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International Catamaran Challenge Trophy

Added by damonAdmin on Jul 25, 2003 - 02:35 PM
International Catamaran Challenge Trophy:
Olympic Tornado Sailor John Lovell Ups the Ante

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 25, 2003) -- The International Catamaran Challenge Trophy’s (ICCT) heat got turned up another notch when U.S. Olympic Tornado sailor and five-time Tornado National Champion John Lovell of New Orleans showed up earlier this month to compete in the F-18HT class at Sail Newport’s 2003 Newport (RI) Regatta presented by Volkswagen. While in the City-By-the-Sea, Lovell confirmed his plans to return to Newport this September 28-October 3 to sail the fast, high-tech F-18HT catamarans again—in the much anticipated ICCT, better known as "The Little America’s Cup." He also proved he would be a serious threat by showing how unstoppable he was in a boat he’d never tried before.

Typhoon International Scottish National Championships

Added by Cats_in_Scotland on Jul 14, 2003 - 11:39 AM
Royal Findhorn Yacht Club 12th & 13th July 2003.

The promise of good weather encouraged twenty catamarans to travel North to Findhorn for the Typhoon National Championships. The fleet consisted of Hurricanes, Hobie 16’s, Stealth’s, a Tornado, Spitfire & Dart 15 including a number of new faces. Considering travelling times of up to seven hours for some, an excellent turnout for the most Northerly catamaran racing event in the UK.

After battling the tide race at the narrows to get to the race area in the Moray Firth, three races were sailed on the Saturday on a Windward Leeward course in winds building from Force two to a strong five by the end of play.

Typhoon International SNECCA open at Royal Tay Yacht Club

Added by Cats_in_Scotland on May 06, 2003 - 10:34 AM
A healthy fleet of catamarans turned up on the Tay on 3rd & 4th May, despite very mixed weather reports for the first Typhoon International Catamaran event of the year. A new Stealth and Spitfire appeared on the scene amongst the usual suspects of Hurricanes and Hobie Cats, with an A Class, Tornado, and Dart 18.

Slip to Ship Regatta, Ocean Springs Mississippi

Added by Commodore_CCC on Apr 23, 2003 - 01:11 PM
2-day distance race for multihulls May 24-25, 2003 at Ocean Springs Yacht Club, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Come one, come all to the 18th annual Slip to Ship Regatta! Held at Ocean Springs Yacht Club, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Footnote: I'll be there! Ocean Springs Yacht Club is a great place for beachcat sailing.

The Tybee 500, "An Affordable Challenge"

Added by damonAdmin on Apr 01, 2003 - 10:35 PM
Tybee 500

There is a new kid on the block when it comes to beachcat adventure. The first annual Tybee 500 distance race, to be sailed May 12-17, starts in the Florida Keys and ends up over 500 miles north at Tybee Island, Georgia. The six leg event is designed, in the words of the founder Chuck Bargeron,

"To give beachcat sailors a chance to find out what long distance racing is all about."

Footnote: Information for this article was obtained by telephone interview with the race owner, Chuck Bargeron.

Running with the Big Dogs

Added by Bill on Feb 03, 2003 - 09:02 PM

Katherine & I raced in the area C Eliminations for the Alter cup, October 26 & 27 2002. This was only our 3rd race since we began sailing beachcats.

I knew when we decided to do this race that we would be out of our league, “Sailing with the BIG BOYS”. However, it seemed like a good way to end the sailing season. For those of you who may be new to the list, Katherine & I started sailing beachcats in June of 2000. Our first boat was a H16 that we rebuilt and named the Purple People Eater.

Footnote: Thanks Bill, stories like yours are always inpspiring!

Regatta Dates for 2003

Added by damonAdmin on Dec 02, 2002 - 04:56 PM
Be sure and get your events posted to the free regatta and sailing calendar as soon as you know the dates. The earlier you provide the dates, the more exposure your Regatta, distance race, championship, party, etc. will receive.

To submit an event, click on the submit link below the calendar at the left, or just click here.

2002 Juana Good Time Regatta, Navarre Beach FL

Added by Damon Linkous on Sep 18, 2002 - 04:08 PM

This is the story of my trip from Memphis Tennessee, to Navarre Beach Florida to attend the "Juana Good Time Regatta". It's just over 500 miles from Memphis to Navarre. I had never gone that far in just a weekend before, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to sail the Emerald coast one more time this season. My boat, a Hobie 18 Magnum was in good shape for the trip. Although it's an '81 model, pretty much everything on the boat has been replaced or upgraded in the 9 years I've owned it. Everything that is, but the standing rigging. As far as I know, the shrouds, forestay, and bridal wires are original equipment. The original plan was to leave early Friday morning and rendezvous in Grenada, MS with Lee (aka Capt Teach) with a Hobie 18 and Gill with a Prindle 18-2 and caravan on down to Florida...

I pulled out of my driveway pretty much on schedule after a frantic search for the trailer wiring adapter I needed to plug my trailer into the Chevy van. Unfortunately the illusive adapter was nowhere to be found so I spent the next hour in the AutoZone parking lot rewiring my trailer to match the van. I'm hoping this is the worst setback I experience during the trip.

Back on the road I call Lee to give him an updated ETA and find out that Gill has dropped out of the trip and Lee's vehicle has dropped it's transmission, so it's suddenly become a one boat caravan. Lee still wants to head to Juana's to party, so I stop in Grenada to pick him up and we are on the road again. Nine hours later (including the time to change a tire on the van) we pull into the parking lot at Juana's Pagoda House, it's about 9:00pm and the parking area is jam packed with cats on trailers. Registration is nicely organized, payment of the $50 registration fee nets a wristband for meals and $1 Coronas during the weekend, along with two T-shirts. The wind is howling across the parking lot and several people comment that they "hope it keeps this up all weekend", the term "be careful what you wish for" should have come to mind.

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