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Florida 300 Coverage

Added by DamonLinkous on May 16, 2016 - 06:05 PM

The Florida 300 starts Tuesday, May 17th from Islamorada in the Florida Keys. Race headquarters at the start is the Guy Harvey Outpost Islander Resort.

TheBeachcats.com will be posting stories and pictures each day along the way. The photos will be posted to  the 2016 Florida 300 album at

http://www.thebeachcats.com/pictures?g2_itemId=109100 

Videos will be posted to the Florida 300 Youtube channel

 Also please these Facebook Pages to follow the race.

TheBeachcats.com on Facebook 

 https://www.facebook.com/thebeachcats/

The Florida 300 Facebook Page. 

https://www.facebook.com/sailseries/

Here is a quick list of the start and finish locations, the beach starts and landings can be quite a spectacle so come by and say hi and watch the show, get motivated and join the fun next year! 

Start dates and locations: Starting time is 10:00am.

  • Day One Start: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Islamorada, FL - waters near the Islander resort, MM82.1 US‐1
  • Day Two Start: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Key Biscayne, FL - beach near the Silver Sands Resort
  • Day Three Start: Thursday, May 19, 2016, Palm Beach Shores, FL - beach near the Seaspray Inn & Beach Resort 
  • Day Four Start: Friday, May 20, 2016, Vero Beach, FL - beach at South Beach Park
  • Day Five Start: Saturday 21, 2016, Cocoa Beach, FL - beach near Best Western 

Finish Dates and Locations: Finish times depend on weather and competition, usually between 2pm and 6pm.

  • Day One Finish: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Key Biscayne, FL - beach near the Silver Sands Resort
  • Day Two Finish: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Palm Beach Shores, FL - beach near the Seaspray Inn & Beach Resort 
  • Day Three Finish: Thursday, May 19, 2016, Vero Beach, FL - beach at South Beach Park 
  • Day Four Finish: Friday, May 20, 2016, Cocoa Beach, FL - beach near Best Western 
  • Day Five Finish: Saturday, May 21, 2016, Daytona Beach, FL - beach near The Mayan Inn 

2016 Florida 300 Updated Notice of Race (NOR)

Added by DamonLinkous on Mar 24, 2016 - 05:27 PM
Florida 300 Updated Notice of Race has been published. Please read carefully and note the safety equipment, including Personal Locator Beacons (PLB's), required for each crew.

Also for those on the fence and want to "try out" distance racing on the Florida Coast or can't take the whole week. There are now TWO single leg events that can be entered. The Dogfight, raced from Vero Beach to Cocoa Beach, and the Space Coast Challenge raced from Cocoa Beach to Daytona Beach. These are two separate races so you can enter one or both to join the fun.


Florida 300 Early Registration Extended to March 20, 2016

Added by DamonLinkous on Mar 01, 2016 - 06:22 PM

NOTICE: 2016 Florida 300 Early Registration extended to March 20th.

There are a lot of exciting new features and sponsors for the race being finalized now, so the Florida 300 organizers have decided to push back the deadline.

This is to allow for some announcements that should be coming soon that could convince those on the fence to jump into the race.

Watch this space for further news. 

Registration Open Now on www.Florida300.com 


Florida 300 Early Registration Ends March 1st.

Added by DamonLinkous on Feb 27, 2016 - 03:50 PM

Florida 300 Distance Race – Starts May 17 with 5 days of racing ending on Saturday, May 22, 2016. Party to Follow!

Early Registration Ends March 1, 2016 

This year's Florida 300 is going to be the best ever with an extra day of racing and the finish line at Daytona Beach. Lots of details to come, but we already have more sponsorship in hand than ever before and a big beach party at the Ocean Deck near the finish line on Sunday following the race.

Many of you have read about events like the Worrell 1000, Tybee 500, Great Texas, or the Hogs Breath. These challenges give a beachcat sailor a chance to do something few accomplish by pushing themselves and their boat to sail hundreds of miles with a bunch of like minded (crazy) sailors.

 If you have the boat, and basic skills like surf launching and landing, why not give yourself this opportunity? If you are ever going to do a major distance race the Florida 300 stands out as a “doable” event. Five days of racing with reasonable leg lengths from 60 to 80 miles and each finish line is right in front of your hotel! Couldn’t be better, so come along and join us for the 2016 Florida 300 and save $55 by getting your registration in by March 1st.

To get your early registration in or ask any questions please contact any of the Sail Series Promotions board member on the Contact the Florida300.com organizers.

Or REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2016 FLORIDA 300


2016 Nacra 17 Worlds Final

Added by DamonLinkous on Feb 15, 2016 - 01:48 PM

Billy Besson and Marie Riou from France Win 2016 Nacra 17 Worlds

The Unbeatable Billy Besson and Marie Riou chose to sail the final race of the series even though their point spread was enough to call it a week! Billy and Marie are definitely please with their performance and with the event as a whole. They feel the race committee, and all of the organizers were great on the support and thank them for helping put on a successful World Championship. The pair took a 2nd place finish to add to their already extremely low score. When asked how he felt about his days finish Billy replied,

"It was a little bit complicated near the harbor because the wind is going to be shifty with the buildings. We finished two, which is not so bad, but when we are competing, we like to win every time." Never settling for second best apparently.

Interestingly enough, competing on just another race course away from the Nacra 17 fleet, the 49er skiffs also had their 2016 World Championship. They too had a World Champion announced. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke also took home their fourth World Championship title. Billy notes,

"We were in competition to see who could get the four World titles, haha."  Well Billy, it seems you both take home the win!

Still sitting in second, taking their first ever silver medal at a World Championships is Danish team of  Allan Norregaard and Annette Viborg Andreasen. Allan gave us a quote before going out as he was all smiles and completely relieved. Today Allan and Annette found out they are the Nacra 17 duo going to represent Denmark in the Rio Olympic Games, this August. Three regattas were used in the Denmark national selections: 2015 Europeans in Barcelona, 2016 Miami World Cup, and this final 2016 World Championships. The second boat in contention Lin Ea Cenholt Christiansen and Christian Peter Lübeck fought hard to stay near their compatriots, but after the final points/protests, they were unable to beat out Allan and Annette.

"It's a big relief to be over that trial, and now we are surprisingly in such a good position, which we didn't know because we were defending our trial, it's really surprising for us that we would end up so high on the scores, so it's really just a bonus for us now to go out there and fight for a medal," said Allan. "It turned out as good as it could for us, cannot complain!"

 

Allan and Anette finished just two places in front of the Italian to give them just a five point lead ahead of Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri of Italy. The strong Italian team pushed their way back on the podium managing a third place finish, bumping their overall place into third.
 
The Danish team of Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank came to shore with low hanging heads. The pair competed very strongly throughout each day, and were very much looking forward to ending this 2016 World Championship with some silverware.
 
The final medal race took a turn for the worse for these two Austrians. The boat was focused very much on their competitors around them that they weren't focusing on the shifty conditions that only progressed as the race went on.

"It was nice to see that we can fight for a medal, and looking at the 2015 Worlds, they were not like this, so that was quite great. Even with the medal race, we are proud we had come so far,"  Tanja admits.
 
This pair will be have their chance in the coming months to take on their competitors once again before the ultimate athletic event in Rio.
 
Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin came back from a bit of a dip in scores to steadily finish in fifth overall.  The pair took a bit of a risky move going into the first upwind leg and had to fight back to keep a near top position.

"We still were able to pull off a fifth off at the Worlds which is a great achievement, especially after coming off a silver in Miami, so its a great way to finish off our US tour,"

Jason Waterhouse feels he and Lisa will be able to keep this momentum going into the rest of their season continues.

"Now, back home for a bit of rest, and then back at it training in Sydney harbor!"
 
The sailors all enjoyed their time in Clearwater, and with the trying and variable conditions, they all felt this venue definitely helped to showcase the extreme talent amongst the fleet.

END of regatta reports, we call it a wrap here at CLEARWATER Florida. Thanks for receiving and posting.

Kind regards,

NACRA 17 Class association.

More Information
For more information, high res photos and interviews please contact Gunnar Larsen at gunnar@nacrasailing.com or at +31 (0)6 533 55 806

Photo credits: Laurens Morel

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