Ft Walton Beach, Florida, September 27, 2014
The 2014 Round The Island Regatta saw plenty of breeze and moderate carnage.
Friday night's skippers meeting saw a few course changes and a Coor's Light keg sponsored by Mike Kelley's Beach Liquors.
Saturday morning was overcast with a pretty solid NE wind.
Front beam failures seemed to be the trend early in the day (within ten minutes of the start), and a sheared rudder pin dropped the field to three boats by noon. The Nacra Olympic 17 team (Sam Ingham & Casey Gilmore) only flipped a few times to take a pretty decent lead over Randy Smyth's Sizzor coming past Key Sailing. The sail east through the narrows was a beat with slightly dying breeze and a ton of incoming current, but the Nacra 17 and the Sizzor finished before 6:30.
"You can't complain about going downwind for 50 miles. 50 miles downwind. Even if you have to go back upwind after."
--- Sam Ingham, winner of 2014 RTI
Those who couldn't sail due to assorted boat failures spent the day either volunteering, rescuing sailors, telling stories about past years, and helping plan next years regatta.
Congratulations to first time racers Sam Ingham and Casey Gilmore for winning the 33rd Round The Island regatta, and thanks to the sailors that pushed to have the regatta and all of those that helped, especially Mike Kelley, Steve Dowell, Rundell Curtis, and Doug/Gwen Klem.
Ashley Sukalski (FWYC)
Hurricane5.9 Nationals edition 26: “The Hurricane way of life” -- Weymouth Olympic course, GBR.
What better season finale for the Hurricane59 fleet, than GBR's pinnacle location Weymouth and the 2012 Olympic course…
Class secretary Maxine Oliver, organised a blinding combo of international quality racing facilities with social events to match. World class race officers, Olympic facilities, the band Super Massive, an RNLI benefit race night, Hog roast and more…. Did you see the prizes waiting for every competitor? Thanks to Typhoon, Hyde sails and AWSailboats J
The fleet however out shone all of this with a huge show of camaraderie and mutual support on 'big Sunday'….. This is really what Hurricane sailing and its sailors are all about, sail with us and you become part of the family…. It's the Hurricane way of life baby!! (By the way there are no secrets either, have you seen the tuning guide link below?)
Day1 Races 1-3:
Beautiful Weymouth bay, glorious sunny conditions and a 10knt offshore breeze greeted our contenders, in what turned out to be ''do or die" day for nationals 2013.
There was no chance for slow starters as competitors fought to make their mark on the score board in this soon to be truncated 4 race series, but no one knew that yet…
- Best attended cat nationals of the year -
The Hurricane5.9SX comes home to Brightlingsea SC. ‘The Church of UK Catamaran sailing’
The 25th edition of the Hurricane Nationals could only be held in one club. So on Sept 27th 28 teams returned to Brightlingsea SC in Essex, to compete as part of the 3rd ‘RegFest’ celebration of UK cat sailing, in the place where it all began with Reginald White MBE.
Just reading the roll of honour surrounding the club bar is a jaw dropping story of Olympic and World Championship glory.
The last six National Champions were lured by this mouth watering prospect. Defending 2011 Champion Richie Hanmore and clubmate 2 time Champion Neil Connelly with his Shearwater crew from 1976, nice one! Sail maker, former National & European Champion, Olympic Nacra dealer and ex-Tornado squad member Grant Piggott, crewed by a very accomplished Simon Farren, were back to avenge a narrow defeat in the 2010 edition. Also in attendance, two time winner John Ready, with a very handy ex-49er GBR Development Squad sailor Jamie Bolingbroke.
Every fleet has its dark horses, this year they came in the shape of the Charlesworth brothers who turned out to be blisteringly fast in a blow and the recently reunited team of Bawden and Wass with their very tasty red and white Hurricane, which would prove to be smashingly fast....
The fleet also included; a youth team, six mixed crews, six brothers and two father/son teams, drawn from Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Central and Southern England.
In recent years the classes coaching programme and uniquely detailed, freely available tuning guide has done much to raise the bar.
So just who would take the title at the church?
2007 'Round the Island Multihull Sailboat Race
Fort Walton Yacht Club
June 15- 17 2007
The 'Round the Island Race is a 100 mile circumnavigation of Santa Rosa Island located in Northwest Florida. Headquartered at the Fort Walton Yacht Club, the race begins off the point, through the East Pass and continues west to the Pensacola Pass where the northern turn is made for the return trip through the inter-coastal waterway.
A light but steady breeze and an early morning start made for a fantastic day to be on the water along the Emerald Coast. Not half and hour into the race, the fleet, heading east through Choctawhatchee Bay, was clipping along at 15 knots as they approached the East Pass and hit puffy wind and a 5 knot incoming tide. With more than half of the fleet flying spinnakers, the wind shifted and the made the approach to the Destin Bridge exciting as they maneuvered through the pass and into the Gulf of Mexico.
July 1, 2006 - Ventura Sailing Club - First and foremost, we want to thank every for participating in this years event. Unfortunately, this year's Rum Run didn't make it to Anacapa Island. Although a mark was successfully set in Frenchy's Cove for the race, the Race Committee decided to abandon the scheduled course to the island due to a small-craft advisory on the inner waters and a reported 25-35 knots of wind on the outer waters of the Santa Barbara Channel. Not wanting to push the limits of safety for the fleet, we decided stay closer to shore and in more friendly conditions with this alternate racecourse:
Conditions on the course were ideal - brilliant sunshine, 2-3 foot white-capping seas, and a warm 15-18 knot breeze. The fleet of 18 racers included 6 PHRF Non-spinnaker, 4 ORCA, and 8 Beach Cat boats. The race began at 11:00.00 for the PHRF non-spinnaker, 11:05 for ORCA, and 11:10 for the Beach Cat fleets. Full Tilt, a 20 ft. Tornado catamaran skippered by Mike Dobbs, was the first boat to complete the course at 13:17.30. The last boat to finish was the SpitDog, a Del Rey 24, at 15:28.06. One PHRF Non-spinnaker boat did not start due to lack of an adequate crew, and 2 Beach Cat and 1 ORCA boat DNF'd. This left 14 of the 17 original entries finishing the race.
Although the racing in the Youth fleet was tight at times the Guatemalans always came out on top. Jason and Alexander Hess ended the series with a perfect score of all first place finishes. Last years champions, Michael Siau and Trey James finished second. Canadians Andrew Robins and Trent Freeman were third.
In the Women’s fleet the win went to former World Champion Annie Nelson and Kathy Kulkowski. Worrell 1000 veteran Sandra Tartaglino and Eileen Haubl came on strong in the end to finish the series in second. Mary Lindsay and Barbara Roettger were third.
Racing for the Open Championship starts on Monday. The winds over the weekend have been unseasonably light making it hard to get through the surf. When the wind does come up it tends to be late in the day and could make for some late afternoons on the water.
We specifically told people they had to pre-register because we wanted to limit the class to a manageable size. But people showed up with friends, relatives, the family dog! It was amazing! We can’t seem to keep them away! exclaimed Peter Nelson, one of the event organizers and teachers of the class. Each year it keeps getting bigger and bigger! We figured two years ago the numbers would peak and start falling. Instead, they just keep growing and growing. People can’t seem to get enough of this class! he added.
This year was the first year event sponsors were formally recognized and introduced to the participants. They included: Hobie Fleet 95; Sail Sandpoint; Hobie Cat Co. and the local dealer, Hobie Cats Northwest; and Harken. Each participant received the Hobie University booklet, a Hobie calendar and waterproof credit card holder from the Hobie Cat. Co. and Hobie Cats NW, and several Harken promotional items. The items were devoured by the attendees, and nothing was left at the end of the day!
The class started out in a jam-packed, standing-room-only classroom at Sail Sandpoint’s sailing facility. After a couple of hours to chalk talk, it moved out to the floating dock. There, Nelson and his regular 16 crew, Laura Sullivan, discussed clothing, safety, and rigging, and demonstrated many boat handling skills. After a delicious box lunch in the parking lot where attendees had the opportunity to informally ask questions and meet and make new friends, those who brought boats set about to rig them. Fleet members from the local Hobie fleet walked around the parking lot and assisted participants with the rigging of their boats.