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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


Videos will be posted to the Florida 300 Youtube channel

 Also please these Facebook Pages to follow the race.

TheBeachcats.com on Facebook 


The Florida 300 Facebook Page. 


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 

Is a Fully Foiling Beachcat in Your Future?

Added by DamonLinkous on Jan 13, 2014 - 09:27 AM

After watching the Americas Cup last year and seeing the big 72 foot cats fly both hulls, many of us daydreamed about flying over the water on our own (smaller) catamarans.

Discuss this subject in the forum. 

But the question was, is it possible? Will the technology "scale down" to the point that some manufacture would be willing to go into production with a fully foiling beach launched catamaran? We now have the first answer to that question with the Flying Phantom from Phantom International of Saint Lunaire, France.

This all-carbon 18x10 (see full specs at end of article) uses an simple yet ingenious set of foiling boards to reach claimed speeds of 30 knots (34 mph) already. These claims are made more believable since during the last Little Americas Cup the foiling C-Class catamaran Groupma C that dominated the competition used the same system and proved to be extremely fast and stable.

Here is the latest report from Phantom about their new flying boat.


After a successful launch of the Flying Phantom One Design during the 2013 Paris Boat Show, Phantom International starts this new 2014 year with a high pace to ramp up the activity and prepare the future of the world’s first production foiling catamaran: sailing sessions to test, prepare and optimize the boat; a new website to present products, media and latest news; launch of the production of the first units and preparation of the Dusseldorf Boat Show.

Flashback on these last weeks with Gurvan Bontemps – Flying Phantom Test Pilot

“I’m very happy with the new boat, the one we presented during the Paris Boat Show and that is the first production unit. The last two weeks were dedicated to sailing sessions with the new One Design Flying Phantom. The 4 sailing sessions were very instructive in order to discover the boat: we have new mast, new foils, new sails and the boat is much lighter than the prototype boat.

We continuously optimized the settings and L-shaped foils and T-shaped rudders were validated. We experienced different conditions with a range of wind speeds from 6 to 20 kts including flat water and moderate sea.

The new boat exhibits more stability, as compared to our prototype without any impact on performance, furthermore

Eaton/Clarke on Canaan Win 2010 Little America's Cup

Added by damonAdmin on Aug 29, 2010 - 12:36 PM
Canaan working to overtake Alpha to leeward. Photo credit: Trixie Wadson

NEWPORT, RI, August 28, 2010 -- If wing technology didn’t have everyone’s attention after BMW Oracle Racing’s victorious 33rd America’s Cup, it definitely does now. The high speeds and almost instant acceleration of cambered foils had members of America’s Cup syndicates, top designers, and all sailors in awe. 

Canadian C Class Catamaran Team of Fred Eaton, Magnus Clarke, Steve Killing, Rob Paterson, and Rossi Milev have been along for the entire ride, one way or another. Clarke, Paterson, and Milev took six months off from their C Class program to manage wing protection for the largest wingmast ever built for a race-boat: BMW Oracle’s (223 foot) 68 metre-tall wing. Reunited in March, their team brought four wings to the International C Class Catamaran Championship hosted by New York Yacht Club on Narragansett Bay this past week.

“Upwind the camber is moderate, but downwind with the flap set at 40 degrees, the wing will produce almost double the force of an equal area soft sail,” explains Killing.

Eaton and Clarke raced Killing’s latest design, Canaan, to a thrilling victory today in the final day of match racing. 

Little America's Cup All Tied After Day 1 Match Racing

Added by damonAdmin on Aug 28, 2010 - 12:36 PM

Australians Glenn Ashby and Jimmy Spithill battling it out in Narragansett Bay against Canadian Defenders Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke. PHOTO  by Trixie Wadson. NEWPORT, RI, August 27 -- The wind was light and patchy on this first day of match-racing in the International C-Class Catamaran Championship. Canaan, the black cat raced by the Canadian defenders Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke, was in her element yesterday, winning three of three races. 

Today, was not so smooth. After a significant shift to the south the seabreeze filled in at 12 knots and the third attempt to run a race was a success. More of a success for Alpha however, sailed by Australians, Glenn Ashby and James Spithill.

At the approach to the line Canaan stalled, losing the start and six legs later the first match-race. 1-0 for Australia. In the fleet race designed for the French, British and second Canadian entry, Orion retired. Invictus, of England, crossed the finish line first, and despite powering around the course, just milliseconds after crossing the line Patient Lady VI’s wing tumbled.

It's Canada VS Australia for 2010 Little America's Cup

Added by damonAdmin on Aug 26, 2010 - 09:59 PM

NEWPORT, RI, August 26, 2010 -- What a difference a day makes. Today was all Canaan all the time at the International C-Class Catamaran Championship at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court. The stars today were the Canadian defenders Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke, who won all three races, while Alpha, yesterday’s leader, sailed by Australians Glenn Ashby and James Spithill, finished second in all three races. In point of fact, Canaan has won four straight races, winning the last one on Wednesday.

These two teams will match-race tomorrow and Saturday to determine the winner of the International C-Class Catamaran Trophy in play since 1961. This is the 25th iteration of this regatta.

Missing from today’s racing – indeed the competition – was Aethon, sailed by Steve Clark and his nephew, Oliver Moore. Seconds into yesterday's first start, Moore fell overboard and Clark crash landed into the wing, which unfortunately suffered significant damage. They had to drop out of this much anticipated regatta.

Before today's first race Patient Lady VI had some rigging failure, they were towed in to shore and the crew headed back to the race course to observe in an effort to build their knowledge base of the C Class cats. Orion and Invictus  completed all races, often sailing close, but Orion punctured their wing just before reaching shore.

Steve Clark's Aethon Wing Destroyed, America Out of Little America's Cup

Added by damonAdmin on Aug 26, 2010 - 02:55 PM

Aethon Steve Clark Capsize during 2010 Little America's CupYesterday the C-Class Catamaran Aethon capsized after the start of race one of the International C Class Catamaran Championship (long nicknamed the “Little America’s Cup”) and her wing was destroyed. The team hit a patch of turbulence left by a freighter for which they were not prepared and were unable to react in time. Crew Oliver Moore lost his footing and was washed off the boat with the mainsheet wrapped around his leg. As the wing rapidly trimmed in, the boat capsized and helmsman Steve Clark, unable to get out of his trapeze in time, fell through the wing, breaking the mast in the process. Both crew members would be fine, and the platform would suffer only minor damages, but what was left of the wing was all but disintegrated in the three-mile tow back to New York Yacht Club’s Harbor Court.

Click to see horrifying video of the crash!

“The thing I would like to stress here,” said Clark, “is that this was not a product of the conditions. It was a freak accident that could have happened at any time, at any wind speed. If the wing is trimmed all the way to windward and can’t be eased the boat will tip over, and these boats are not designed to do that. It’s a tough end to the last 18 months of work Oliver and I put in, but sometimes these things happen.”

Footnote: Oh, the horror, the horror! Skipper falls off with main sheet wrapped around his leg, boat must capsize, whether it's a Hobie 16 or a million dollar baby. Here's hoping Steve can get right back in the game.

Little America's Cup Racing Begins, Day 1 Results

Added by damonAdmin on Aug 25, 2010 - 07:52 PM

Christophe Launay, Four cats at the start of Race 3, on day 1.NEWPORT, RI, August 25, 2010 -- The nor’easter departed New England today — more or less — and is off to ruin Canada for a couple of days. Its departure — better late than never — gave the half-dozen winged multihulls sailing in the International C-Class Catamaran Championship at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court a chance to stop talking and start performing. As if they needed any other encouragement.  

Wednesday’s racing took place near Half Way Rock, north of the Pell Bridge, to minimize the remnants of the seas and breeze from the northeast. The wind at the start of the first race was 16 to 20 with puffs pushing it a bit higher. In the first race, Alpha, sailed by Australians Glenn Ashby and James Spithill, had a brilliant port-tack start. It was a shot over the bow. Ashby is an Olympic Silver Medalist and nine-time A-Class, world champion; Spithill was helmsman on BMW Oracle’s wing-sailed trimaran that won the recent 33rd America’s Cup.

Certainly a major story line was the first-leg capsize of Aethon, Steve Clark's and Oliver Moore’s C-Class Cat. This was a new boat for Clark, an American, the absolute prime-mover in the class, who held the International C-Class Catamaran trophy for 11 years, from 1996-2007. Clark has been as important to the class as Tony DiMauro was to the previous generation. These boats motor — on the sunny side of 20 knots — and the disturbed air off a freighter set off a chain reaction that resulted in a capsize and the loss of the wing.

Little America's Cup Update

Added by damonAdmin on Aug 24, 2010 - 11:49 AM

2010 Little America's CupNEWPORT, RI (August 25, 2010) — Six boats and wings are ready to fly, on day two of the 2010 Little America's Cup, aka the International C-Class Catamaran Championship. Instead of racing as planned yesterday, internationally accomplished sailors from five countries played show and tell under the tent at New York Yacht Club. A collection of designers, America’s Cup evaluators and multihull pioneers weren’t too upset that a blustery weather system delayed day one.

One of the most prestigious titles in the world of ultra-high performance sailing, the Championship was last raced in 2007, at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto. There, Canadian challenger Fred Eaton and crew Magnus Clarke sailed Alpha to a 5-0 victory over the previously undefeated Steve Clark’s Cogito.

Of the four catamaran divisions, the C-Class is governed by a simple set of rules that reward outside-the-box thinking in aero and hydrodynamics to create the lightest, fastest course-racing boats on the planet.

“All wings under the C-Class rule are the same area of 300 square feet but it can be distributed in any fashion,” shares Steve Killing, the designer for Fred Eaton’s C-Class program. They are propelled not by traditional fabric sails, but by elegant wings, rigid but with twist capability.

2010 Little America's Cup Preview

Added by damonAdmin on Aug 05, 2010 - 06:35 PM

Aethlon - 2010 Little Americas Cup, C-Class CatamaranNewport, R.I. (August 5, 2010) – Steve Clark has been dreaming of winning back the Little America’s Cup for the USA ever since he lost it to Canada in 2007. In 1996, Clark’s 25- foot C-Class Catamaran Cogito (pronounced with a soft g) had blown away designers and engineers with its mammoth wing sail and unmatchable speed, and with helmsman Duncan MacLane and crew Erich Chase it handily defeated Australia’s defender Edge IV on Port Phillip Bay to win the International C-Class Catamaran Championship, fondly referred to as the Little America’s Cup.

Cogito became and remained the gold standard of C-Class Catamarans for the next eleven years, a place in C-Class cat history to which Clark wishes to return by entering his new boat, Aethon, launched earlier this year, in the 2010 Little America’s Cup, set for August 22-28 off Newport. Clark’s goals for this Cup are oddly reminiscent of what they were for the 1996 event. Clark’s first experience in the C-Class had been in 1985 when he was involved in Patient Lady VI’s unsuccessful defense of the Cup, losing to Australia’s Victoria 150. It was largely this defeat that drove Clark to develop Cogito. Now, his “Cogito Project” is back where it started: testing a new boat and taking aim at winning the Cup back again.

Gilligan's Run: Endurance Series Round Two

Added by cyberspeed on Jul 20, 2010 - 04:35 PM
Endurance Series Gilligan's Run

After a tough weekend at the Islander Reef Run, the second race of the Endurance Series hopes to be an easier day on the water with a much shorter course. Gilligan's Run is the shortest course on the Endurance Series schedule. At just under 30 miles, the race starts and ends at the Acapulco Hotel and Resort in Daytona Beach Shores. The course usually runs North to a mark just offshore from the Ocean Deck Restaurant, then South to round a Ponce De Leon Inlet ocean marker buoy, then back north to the start. The weekend is topped off by awards presentation and fish fry at Steve and Cindy Caron's house within walking distance from the Finish line which is always attended by most participants.

Slip to Ship - Memorial Weekend - Ocean Springs, MS

Added by damonAdmin on May 26, 2010 - 12:03 PM

Message from the OSYC Vice-Commodore - Wed, May 26, 2010
Not Oil For Slip to Ship!
Sign up online now, $50 with no late fee.

2009 Slip to Ship Beach at OSYCWe are looking forward to another terrific Slip to Ship this weekend. Looking at the marine forecast as of today, winds are forecast on Saturday to be out of the NW at 5-10 kts. Sunday's forecase is out of the W at 5-10kts. Should be plenty of wind for competitive sailing.

I have received several inquiries about oil and the Islands. As of today, no change. The oil is 60 miles away and the Islands remain open. Me and 4 other boats sailed to Horn Island last weekend and it was beautiful. If you know someone who is aprehensive, tell them to sign up now. 30 boats is fine, 50 would be awesome.

Robbie Holstead will be cooking his cajun fare extrodinaire and we are lowering the food prices for extra meals down to $6.00 from $8.00. If you have already paid the $8.00 let us know and we will give you extra raffle tickets to make up the difference. Also, if you paid the late fee, I will put in for a refund for you.

We will have several special awards to give out as well as the Round Dear Perpetual. We will also have a great local band to entertain you on Saturday night.

As always, tents are permitted and a good time required.

As to the course, we will be providing the GPS coordiantes for the finish boat near the eastern tip of east ship Island (Race 1) at the competitors meeting.

Race 3 (Round Dear). The large range marker is no more. After being damaged in the Hurricanes last year, it has been removed. To keep consistency in the race, we will station a chase boat at the former location of the large range marker. An Orange Cylinder will be dropped as well. Competitors must round the Orange cylinder to port. Race 3 will remain the same in all other respects.

Footnote: Sign up now, this is an awesome event in great sailing waters!

2010 Tybee 500 Final Results

Added by damonAdmin on May 20, 2010 - 12:53 PM

Thirty stalwarts of the beach catamaran sailing community took sail on 15 boats May 10th, 2010 to face the elements in a grueling race to Tybee Island, Georgia, some 560 miles from the starting point in Islamorada, Florida. 

The first day from Islamorada, FL. saw stiff breezes on the nose changing as boats rounded the tip of Florida to continue a tough beat to the finish.  The distance of 90+ miles took the last boats more than 12 hours to finish in the dark, but all boats made it, with crews beat up and looking for a comfortable bed. 

The second day from Hollywood to Jupiter, FL  was a shorter leg, but rough seas continued.  Crews saw wash board sailing and challenging sea conditions take a toll on the boats.  Ground crews were up late into the night working repairs. 

Day three from Jupiter to Cocoa Beach were equally challenging, where inlets caused rough sailing even though winds had clocked to give sailors their first chance to use spinnakers.  One boat lost a crew member in early going, recovering, but the boat and crew drifted ashore with broken battens and a decision to take its penalty and a day ashore.  Another crew lost a crew member and put panic in the race committee until all systems worked as planned and the crew member was found by use of the required personal EPIRB and was returned to his boat by Boat US, to continue the race.

Day four starting from Cocoa Beach involved a trip around Cape Canaveral, where a Shuttle stood on the pad, ready for launch the following day.  All boats were required to remain 3 miles off shore for the rounding before arriving in Daytona Beach.  The day was a glorious sail for all with great reaching winds cooperating for a continuous spinnaker run, after turning the corner off the Cape.  

Day five from Daytona Beach was equally a great sailing day, traveling from Daytona to Fernandina Beach, Florida in record time. The race committee had to drive ahead quickly just to stay up with speeding catamarans.

The final day, starting at Fernandina Beach on May 15th, 2010 looked to have light winds and the crews voted to start at 8:00AM in case the forecast held.  Actually, the winds held, but the course carried to the north east, causing the leg to be full of short and long spinnaker gibes.  But even so, much to the pleasure of all, boats began to arrive at 3:30 in the afternoon. There was a joyous celebration throughout the home city of Tybee Island, GA.  Awards followed on Sunday morning.

Final Results 2010 Tybee 500
See Complete Results
F18 Teams Skipper/
Total Elapsed Time
Bugaboo (Hobie Wildcat) Mischa Heemskerk (Neth)
Eduard Zanen (Neth)
38:09:51 1
AHPC (AHPC C2) John Casey
Dalton Tebo


PepPod Sailing (Nacra Infusion) Tyler Burd
Garth Fasano
40:47:59 3
Seacats Adrenaline (Nacra Infusion) Todd Riccardi
Brendon Scanlon
41:07:41 4
Nacra 20 Teams Skipper/
Total Elapsed Time
Velocity 1 Trey Brown
Baily White
38:15:53 1
Royal Yellow Steve Lohmayer
Jay Sonnenklar
38:23:11 2
Royal Orange Jared Sonnenklar
Colin Page
39:31:25 3
Seacats Orange Jake Kohl
Frank Moore
39:41:14 4
Royal Blue Todd Hart
Jeff LaSapio
41:26:33 5
Royal White Jason Childers
Zack Marks
43:25:18 6
Velocity 4 Sam Carter
Kirk Spicer
44:50:14 7
Velocity 5
Cat in the Hat
Larry Ferber
Bryan Paine
45:11:19 8
Velocity 3 Brett Robinson
Alan Friedman
49:34:46 9
Velocity 2 Don Lenfestey
Ryan Boyle
56:43:41 10
Seacats White Chris Zander
David Strickland

Footnote: I had a wonderful time following the race up the coast and hope to get caught up enough soon to write the "on the road" story about following these great sailors up the coast.

Tybee 500 - World Class Sailors Race from Florida Keys to Georgia

Added by damonAdmin on Apr 30, 2010 - 07:30 PM
2009 Tybee 500 Finish

500 miles in 6 Days up the Atlantic Coast - The Tybee 500 is an extreme sailing endurance race from Islamorada in the Florida Keys to Tybee Island, GA. The annual race begins May 10th at the Islander Resort in the Florida Keys and continues up the coast for six days, arriving on Tybee Island May 15th.

Each day there is a spectacular beach launch through the Atlantic surf that is very exciting for race fans on the scene. After the teams leave the beach the race is covered live on the Tybee 500 website at http://Tybee500.com . Each catamaran will carry the Spot™ satellite tracking beacon enabling a realtime view of the race on the website while the teams are offshore.

Race Schedule: Starts are 10am, finish times vary.

  • May 10 Start from Islander Resort, Islamorada, FL and finish at Ramada Hollywood Beach Resort, Hollywood, FL.
  • May 11 Start from Ramada Hollywood Beach Resort, Hollywood, FL and finish at Jupiter Beach Resort, Jupiter, FL.
  • May 12 Start from Jupiter Beach Resort and finish at the International Palms Resort, Cocoa Beach, FL.
  • May 13 Start from the International Palms Resort, Cocoa Beach, FL and finish at the La Playa Resort, Daytona Beach, FL.
  • May 14 Start from the Playa Resort, Daytona Beach, FL and finish at the Amelia Hotel, Fernandina Beach, FL.
  • May 15 Start from the Amelia Hotel, Fernandina Beach, FL and finish at the Oceans Plaza Beach Resort, Tybee Island, GA.

This will be the 8th annual race, beginning in 2003 where two man teams battle the open ocean, equipment breakdowns, and fatigue to be the first on the beach at Tybee Island. Sailors appear as alien figures wearing their protective gear. Each sailor carries enough food and drink to compete for up to 20 hours, in case light winds keep them offshore longer than expected.

Footnote: TheBeachcats.com will be reporting live from the race this year.

55th Annual Miami to Key Largo Race Report

Added by ricktobin on Apr 30, 2010 - 05:18 PM
April 17, 2010: It was a windy, wet, and wild Miami Key Largo Race this year. The race started at 8 AM just south of the William Powell Bridge in Biscayne Bay with the downtown skyline of Miami as a backdrop. When the gun went off, over 100 boats took off like a herd of leaping gazelles. We had a left quartering headwind at about 15 knots. Everyone was bounding headlong down the bay, going south toward Key Largo. Oriol and I had our hands full the whole race.

Footnote: Thanks for report John, excellent!

Adventures of a Newbie, Nacra 20 Edition

Added by delaunhe on Apr 22, 2010 - 01:49 PM
Where should I start? Things have been going wrong all week. I thought this weekend would give me a chance to start over and get things back on track, however I should have known better when I found myself tossing and turning all night. I could not sleep. It has been over three months since I have had a chance to sail, but this weekend the wind is going to be between 10 to 15 knots. This is perfect for my Nacra 20 and it is what I have been patiently waiting for.

Adventures of a Newbie

Added by delaunhe on Apr 22, 2010 - 01:47 PM
I recently purchased a Hobie 18 and it took me over three months to re-rig everything and also learned how to properly put it together. I have never owned or even sailed a catamaran before and I quickly found that documentation on the web is scarce on how to properly setup and sail one.

Footnote: Thanks delaunhe for sharing your experiences, we've all been there, so keep at it!

Wild Weather Greets Races on Day Two of the Charlotte Harbor Regatta

Added by jhuber7672 on Feb 07, 2010 - 09:36 PM
A second day (Feb. 7, 2010) of unusually strong winter winds tested racers and tossed up the standings on Day Two of the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Regatta on Charlotte Harbor, Florida.

Day One Results from the Inaugural Charlotte Harbor Regatta - Feb 5

Added by jhuber7672 on Feb 07, 2010 - 09:35 PM
Sailors competing in the Inaugural Charlotte Harbor Regatta battled blustery conditions ahead of a strong thunderstorm including 20-plus knot winds. Following are results from the Feb. 5 races.

Tybee 500 Registration Open

Added by damonAdmin on Feb 03, 2010 - 02:45 PM
Tybee 500 Catamaran Race

TheBeachcats.com is happy to announce the launch of www.Tybee500.com a new website for the 2010 Tybee 500 long distance catamaran race. Teams wishing to enter this years race from Islamorada, FL up the East Coast of Florida to Tybee Island, GA can begin the registration process by filling out the simple online registration form.

There are over 3,000 photos from past years races, so be sure and take a look and see if you spot anyone you know.

Each team that is accepted to participate in this epic adventure will be provided with a team profile page on the Tybee500.com site. News items and updates posted on the site will be automatically tweeted, so be sure to add Tybee500 to your twitter account.

Hobie 16s, Weta trimarans featured in Charlotte Harbor Regatta

Added by bglesun on Jan 04, 2010 - 02:12 PM
Strong Hobie 16 and Weta trimaran fleets will be featured on one of three racing circles in the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Regatta, scheduled for Feb. 5-7, 2010 in Charlotte Harbor, Florida.

The multihull circle will include Hobie 16 class chairman and Florida district president Arie Van Duijn, while the Weta fleet will include the class's North American distributor Jon Britt of NorBanks Sailing. Hobie 16 charters will be available via Tradewinds. The two classes will be among nine classes on three racing circles on beautiful Charlotte Harbor, named by SAIL magazine as one of the "top 10 greatest places to sail in the United States."

Free Sailing Lessons in West Virginia

Added by soapysails on Dec 02, 2009 - 01:15 PM
"Hillbilly Cat's" is now "Sewell Mountain Sailing"

West Virginia has 65 new sailors and we have a new name.

When I decided to give back a little and start a free sailing school for the youth of WV., I would never have believed the success and joy this effort would bring. At the end of 2009, we count our fleet of training boats, at 9..and our graduates at 65. We are now offering three stages of training. Basic,Stage Two and Three (racing and Keel Boat)Our first 22' keel boat will arrive in the spring of 2010.

The state and people of WV.have been very supportive of our grass roots group. West Virginia Sports Radio (22 stations) and WHOA TV-4, have both ran stories and interviews on Sewell Mt. Sailing and it's efforts to promote sailing. Take another look at what we are doing: http://www.soapysails.webs.com

New Hulls for your Hobie 18 !!!

Added by hobiecatsailor on Oct 27, 2009 - 06:09 PM
Hobie will make a run of Hobie 18 Hulls if we can get hard commitment from at least 10 buyers.

Ok folks, after some lengthy discussions with Hobie Cat Company, we finally have some hard numbers. Hobie will make a run of Hobie 18 Hulls if we can get hard commitment from at least 10 buyers. At this point we are looking at a price for two hulls of $6950.00 plus shipping. As a one time deal, you can order anything else you may feed for the boat, Tramp, Sails, Standing rigging, Rudders, Daggers, whatever, at a 20% discount. This is a unique opportunity to freshen up your tired old Hobie 18, or to dig one out of a storage yard somewhere and essentially "build" your own "new" Hobie 18. If you are interested in participating in this unique program/opportunity.

Speak Up NOW.
We need commitments from at least 10 people by the end of the first week in January if we are to get this pulled together in time for a May/June Delivery. Now that we have hard numbers, we can quantify the true level of interest. I would imagine that at some point, we will need a deposit so that Hobie Cat Company can be assured that they will not end up with a bunch of hulls sitting in the warehouse.

For the time being, I have volunteered to be the liaison between Hobie 18 Owners and Hobie Cat Company as we build interest.

In the interest of keeping inaccurate rumors to a minimum, please direct your questions and interest to me, although, I am sure that at some point you will need to get in touch with a dealer to place an order and make your deposit. Once we have all the details worked out, and before you actually part with any money, you will all get good accurate and reliable information on how to proceed.

NO part of ANY financial transaction will be handled by me. This will all be handled through authorized Hobie Dealers Only.

Stephen Cooley

2009 Nacra North American Championship Wrapup

Added by damonAdmin on Oct 19, 2009 - 01:15 PM

2009 NACRA North American Championship

2009 Nacra North American Championship N20 and F17The 2009 Nacra North American Championships was held in Fort Walton Beach, Florida the week of October 12-15, 2009 and was sponsored by Performance Sports, Inc, the manufacturer of NACRA racing catamarans, Annapolis Performance Sailing, Harken USA, Emerald Sails, and ZHIK USA.  The event was hosted by the multihull friendly Fort Walton Yacht Club on beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay.  The North American Championships, or NAs, was open to the Nacra 20 class, the Nacra F18 class, and the Nacra F17 class.  However, the Nacra F18 class decided not to attend leaving only the 20s and F17s to mix it up on the bay.  Four races a day were scheduled for the 4 day event.

DAY 1 – Monday, October 12th

Monday dawned with sunny skies and a south to south west wind building to 8-12kts.  The FWYC Commodore said a few words welcoming all the teams and after skippers meeting, the sailors finished rigging their boats and set sail for a 1200 start.  The order of starts for the week was the 20s first followed by the F17s not on a rolling start.  The courses were US Sailing multihull courses 5G and 6G with an upwind finish leaving one more chance to be a hero or a zero!

After the fourth race of the day in the 20 fleet, Alex Shafer/Nigel Pitt wrapped up the day with finishes of 1, 1, 1, 2 to lead the fleet.  Wisconsin favorite Guy Selsmeyer was not far behind with finishes of 2, 2, 3, 6.  There was a big collision at the start of race 1 involving Kirk Newkirk and Chris Blake resulting in one of Kirk’s rudders coming off the boat.  Chris quickly sailed up to Kirk and the crews swapped boats.  Nice!!  Kirk went on to sail scoring a 4th and setting up a redress situation for the end of the day while Chris headed back to the beach for repairs.

In the F17 fleet, former 2 time class champion Bob Curry showed the way with an awesome first day score of 1, 1, 1, 1 followed by Jim Leonard with a score of 2, 3, 2, 2.  Curry was challenged at 2 A mark roundings and 1 gate by Bill Gillispie.  The battle line was being drawn between Jim and Bill as only 2 points separated them after the day’s racing.  It wasn’t very long after the races were concluded that the boats were washed off by mother nature.

Gilligan's Run: Endurance Series Round Two

Added by cyberspeed on Jul 28, 2009 - 10:13 PM
After a three month break, the Endurance Series heads to Daytona Beach on August 1st for round two. The race boasts fierce competition, a great venue, online tracking, a leisure start time and a great fish fry.

Fierce Competition

The competition will be fierce with 18 boats preregistered including three of the past series champions and the defending Gilligan's Run champion. The defending series champions Bret Moss and Mark Jones with Carbon Cruising will definitely be the ones to watch. They suffered a broken spinnaker and had to retire early from the Keys 100 after a perfect start. Team CyberSpeed won the Endurance Series in 2007 and also won the first round (The Keys 100) of 2009 series. Rob Behrend was injured during the Keys 100 after he hit the port shroud to avoid a pitch pole in heavy wind and seas. Tristan Fiedler will be Rob's replacement teaming with Craig Van Eaton. Dave Ingram who won the first Endurance Series Championship will be competing with his wife Cathy forming Dingo Racing. This is their second year competing together and they are always at the top of the score card. Also making it a family affair is Team McDonald. Matt McDonald will either be racing with his wife Gina or his daughter Riley. Matt and his son, Peyton, won the race last year.

Slip To Ship Regatta, Memorial Weekend, Ocean Springs Yacht Club

Added by damonAdmin on May 12, 2009 - 09:32 AM

Ocean Springs Yacht Club, Ocean Springs, Mississippi Discuss Slip to Ship
It's getting close to the Slip to Ship Regatta (May 23-24, 2009). This is a fun two day distance regatta in its 24th year. It is a blast and we are ready to put S2S "Back on the Map."

I have listed the top three reasons not to miss it this year.

1. New club: Katrina be damned. We now have a beautiful facility, full kitchen, fuller bar expansive balcony.

2. New management/New Value: With the openning of the new building, we have sailors at the helm. We have heard your complaints and are responding.

Entry Fee: $50.00 (single handed), $60.00 (double handed). Late registration (after May 15, 2009) will be an additional $10.00. Entry fee will include the following:
a. a custom S2S regatta t-shirt for you and your crew (if applicable) b. contintental breakfast Saturday morning c. Beer and chicken out on the Island d. A Saturday Cajun dinner extrodinaire created by Robbie Halstad; e, An automatic entry in the sailor's door prize; f. Two Raffle tickets for the raffle;

3. Old school: We remember what makes a regatta fun: good wind, good food, good drink and friends. This year, we are striving to bring back the fun from the days of old. Call it our Reggatta stimulus package.

Remember, camping is permitted on our grounds.

Please fax or email your completed registration to fleetcaptain@osyc.com or (228) 865-7885. Also, while our physical address is 100 Front Beach, Ocean Springs. Please send all mail to P.O. Box 821, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Please get your registration form in early to avoid the $10.00 late fee. I would also appreciate an email just to help us gauge the number os sailors to plan for.

More information can be found at www.osyc.com Ocean Springs Yacht Club Slip to Ship - Group Shot on Ship Island

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