Roberts and Wier Take All the Marbles of 29th Annual Key Largo Steeplechase
The twenty ninth running of the Key Largo Steeplechase was blessed with
temperatures in the lower 80s and winds averaging 15 mph and more. One
could not ask for any more than that. One could ask for more boats to
participate, as this was the lowest turnout since the very first time
the event was run. The Supercat, by doing this, not only won the first
to finish with the fastest time, but also won all the marbles by also
taking first on Corrected time. Their overall time was 6 hours; 26 minutes;
and 47 seconds.., not a bad time to complete a 110-mile sail. However,
it did not set the recond. Several years back Robbie Daniel finished
in 6 hours; thirteen minutes. For full story and pictures, Click here!
Kenny Pierce Takes the Wave Nationals in the Florida
Miami sailor Kenny Pierce dominated a talent-loaded class of catamaran
sailors from all over the USA in the 16th Annual Hobie Wave National
Championships held at the Islander Resort in Islamorada held the first
weekend in December.
Pierce is new to the class but found the groove to take five first place
finishes of the thirteen races sailed, with his worst finish being a
third – awesomely
consistent racing. Pierce was pushed hard by two-time North American Champion,
Tom Whitehurst of Pensacola Beach, Florida. For the Full Story and Pictures,
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Three-Peat and the "Karls" Win Steeplechase Overall
It was the 27th running of the Annual Key Largo Steeplechase and it lived
up to its reputation -- tough downwind sailing in 15+ mph winds and
choppy seas down the Hawk Channel on the Ocean Side, and picking and
choosing the fastest route on the second day. Often the Intracoastal
Waterway Channels are not the fastest way, rather blasting over sandbars,
blowing through mangrove sprouts, scaring Egrets, and kicking up a
mud rooster tails usually wins the war. For full story and pictures,
White, 2nd Sailor to Win Three Wave Nationals White is only the second woman to ever win the Hobie Wave
Nationals, and she has now done it three times, tying the record of Paul Garlick.
At a new venue, the 15th year of the event was held at Islander Watersports at
the Islander Resort Hotel on the Ocean Side of the Florida Keys. It was tight
racing amongst the top three sailors in the fleet made up of many National and
North American sailors. For more story and pictures, click here!
Live on the Edge Regatta in Oregon has Great Turnout
Living on the edge
of our patience in wait for wind, is an appropriate summary of the “Live
on the Edge” Multihull
on Friday the early arrivals were greeted with very strong winds and
squalls, on Saturday the wind failed to build despite the efforts of
the Race Committee to set out a course for the boats drifting in anticipation. Ultimately
the waiting was called off and all headed in to taste the cold Ninkasi
beer (donated!) and the now famous pizza dinner. Sunday started out in
similar fashion, but ultimately the Race Committee was able to set out
a short course in a very, very light and fickle breeze. But after the
first fleet was sent off, the wind changed direction and further starts
were called off. Eventually a new course could be set and the 4 remaining
fleets got their start in still light wind and enormous shifts. For full
story and pictures, click here!
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Boys Win US Sailing Youth Championship, Sarah Newberry Wins US Sailing
and Sam Armington of Sarasota, Florida took first place in the Juniors,
and was 7th place overall in the class. Ben Brown and Luc Lisi of San
Francisco were ten points behind and took 2nd place, and in the overall
score were 9th. Joseph Bello and Shelby Brown of Ft Walton Beach took
the final podium spot, and were 12th place overall.Sarah Newberry/Matthew
Whitehead started Saturday off with a bang, nailing 3 bullets out of
five races, and holding a one point lead over Junior Champ Taylor Reiss/Brianna
Chu. Close behind these two teams was Mike Easton and McKenzie Wilson.
Pease Glaser and John Williams were back in 4th place. For Full
Story and Pictures, Click Here!
Moss and JC do a RePeat of the 27th Annual Key
Brett Moss and John Casey once again teamed up on a Marstrom
20 to win all the honors, both line honors and handicap, of the 2011 and
27th Annual Key Largo Steeplechase Race for the second year in a row. They
won the Olde Lawn Chair for first to finish, and the Rick White Perpetual
Trophy for first on corrected time.
The team was first to finish on both days, but were closely shadowed
by Mike Krantz and Dave Lennard on a Nacra Carbon 20, as well as Mike
Phillips and Kenny Pierce on another Marstrom 20.
At the awards there was a major foul up. In scoring the event, one step
in using the Sailwave Software was forgotten. Consequently the results
and awards were mostly handed out to the wrong sailors.
All finishers did get the complementary bottle of champagne, so Rick
and Mary got that part straight. Duh! How could you go wrong?
The overall winners were Moss and Casey, with Phillip and Pierce taking
second place on handicap, and Krantz/Lennard finishing in third.
Just out of the podium was Dave and Bob Ingram, brothers who got back
together after years of not sailing with each other. They took the fourth
place spot, finishing just two minutes ahead of Jake Kohl and Frank Moore. For
Full Story and Lots of Pictures, Click Here!
Patrick Green Wins Wave Nationals
There has only been one triple winner of
the Hobie Wave Nationals since its existence until this weekend. Patrick
Green of Put-in-Bay, Ohio, sailed extremely consistent, and along with
taking 6 bullets out of sixteen races, won the event by 32 points over
the second place boat and became the second person to win it three times..
Put-in-Bay Yacht Club, located on a small island in western Lake Erie, had great
representation for the regatta, winning five of the top six positions. The group
has a very active sailing schedule in the summer time, and it shows.
The Wave National Championships were hosted by the Upper Keys Sailing Club of
Key Largo, Florida over the 3-day weekend of December 1-3, and sponsored by Catamaran
Sailor Magazine (www.catsailor.com), OnLineMarineStore.com and Founders Park
Watersports. For Story and Pictures, Click Here!
Tomko and Billings Take the Whole Enchilada The
fourth and final leg of the 2011 GT300, a short 40 nm from Surfside
to Galveston, again saw race leaders John Tomko and Ian Billings
on Team Ruff Rider dominate the F18 fleet, extending their lead and
securing their position at the top of the podium in both the overall
and F18 classes. The Nacra F20 Carbon monster, Team Zhik 1, actually
beat them to the beach by over three minutes, but with the handicap
factored in, Ruff Rider easily won the leg on corrected time.For
Full Story and Pictures, Click Here
John Sherry Wins in a Tie Breaker at Woodruff Invitational
was pretty fierce in this awesome Wave Class, particularly between John
Sherry, Jeff Linton and Skip Kaub. In attendance three past National
Champions, three World Champions, a couple of North American Champs
and others that have been champs in other classes. You had to know
this was going to be a tough regatta. On the second day the winds did
a 180 shift and filled in nicely from the east. John Sherry nailed
the first start and motored easily to be first around the weather mark.
He never looked back, but had he looked back, he would have seen Skip
Kaub and Jeff Linton nipping at his heels. For More Story and Pictures,
Enrigue Figueroa Wins another Hobie 16 Championship at Hobie Midwinters
East and Jack Woehrle Take the Victory for the Waves
In the Hobie 16s, after the first day for first place there was tie with
4 points each between the two Puerto Rican Teams – The Streakin
Rican, Enrigue Figueroa and Tito Aponte on the one hand, and on the other,
Francisco Figueroa and Jolliam Berrios. Tom and Susan Korzeniewski were
hanging in 3rd place with 12 point, just one point ahead of US Pan Am
team of Greg Thomas and John Williams. Tied for fifth were Ken Hilk/Tina
Pastoor and Bill Jeffers/Diane Bisesi. The Wave Class was being dominated
by Leah White, two-time Wave National Open Champ and North American Champ
taking two bullet and second. But, she decided not to race the 4th race
on Saturday. For More Stories and Pictures, Click Here
Harbor a Great Success
With a field full of champions past,
present and future, the 2011 Charlotte Harbor Regatta wrapped up Sunday
with a frantic scramble for the remaining undecided titles. With 84 boats
in 11 classes, the Charlotte Harbor Regatta became the largest in the
Port Charlotte Beach Park was a spectacle of multicolored sails each morning
and afternoon, with 34 boats being rigged and launched, then retrieved by the
nomadic band of high-level racers, such as Hobie 16 superstar Greg Raybon, who
took 3rd in the Hobie 17 World Championships and former North American Hobie
16 champions Paul and Mary Ann Hess of Santa Clara, California. Paul Garlick,
a multiple national champion in the Wave class and his equally accomplished wife,
Kathryn, set up shop on Charlotte Harbor in their 60-foot Etincelle, Cool Cat
1, before embarking on a cruise to the Caribbean for the 2011 St. Maartin Heineken
Regatta in March. National, North American and World Champ, Rick White also showed
up for the event.
Future superstar 18-year-old Taylor Reiss showed why he is getting so much buzz,
sailing to a third-place in the F18 class behind three-time North American champion
John Casey and multiple national and world champ Robbie Daniels of Red Gear Racing. For
More Story and Pictures, Click Here!
Perfect Winds, Flat Seas and Awesome Sailors at Tradewinds
Over eighty high-speed, high-tech catamaran sailboats came
from twenty two states, and from Canada, Brazil, Italy and Puerto Rico,
for the 2011Tradeswinds Midwinter Open Cat National Championships. The
event was held off the beach of Founders Park, and was hosted by Founders
Park Watersports on the Bayside of the Islands. The event was Friday
through Sunday January 14-16. There were six different classes of boats,
with the F16 and F18 Classes each featuring their Class Midwinter National
Championships. For story and pictures, click here
Brett Moss and John Casey Take All the Marbles in a Slow Key
The 26th Annual Key Largo Steeplechase was held in Key Largo December 11-12
with 17 teams of catamaran sailboats from around North America competing.
What is normally an action-packed, hull-flying contest, the weekend was
cursed with light air. On the first day some of the later boats were on
the water for over fourteen hours.
The race is a 110-mile trek around the islands with the first leg usually a relative
drag race down the ocean side of the islands. The second leg up the Florida Bay
side requires a lot of navigation skills and water reading for the sailors.
Brett Moss and John Casey of Ft. Lauderdale were very consistent on their Marstrom
20 and took top honors both on first to finish and on handicap. After 110-miles
of grueling sailing in winds ranging f rom 2 to 10 mph, the managed to keep it
going the whole time. For
more story, pictures and results, click here!
Leah White Dominates !3th Annual Wave Nationals
Taking nine aces out of fourteen races, White is the second woman to ever
win this prestigeous event, and the first to ever win it twice. She had
eked out a win in 2008 over favorite Patrick Green at that time. She was
shocked at the awards when a group of sailors dumped the remains of the
beer cooler over her head, much like the Gator Aid dowsing of winning football
coaches. For more story and pictures, click here!
Kaub & Mike
Fahle Win the Big Ones
There are two great Perpetual Trophies for the Sandusky to Put in Bay,
OH Steeplechase -- The Bill Wells Sailing Spirit Trophy to the best boat
on corrected time and the Rick White Perpetual Trophy for first to finish.
It is a 21-mile feeder race for the I-YA Bay Week Regatta, where in the
past as many as 454 boats vied for these great trophies. This year an ARC22
took both trophies. For more Story and Pictures, Click Here.
Middle Bass Challenge Race Report
It was a first of a kind. You had your option to sail clockwise or counterclockwise
around Middle Bass, and then the opposite way around North Bass. The overall
course would be a figure 8. Go Figure. Very interesting. Check out the
race, the sailors, the story, the pictures by clicking here!
Team Ruff Rider Wins the Great Texas
The morning was kicked off with an 8 AM Skippers Meeting and a 9 AM
start to the second annual Surfside to Galveston Dash. This year
there were 23 Dash teams, so the first line of 11 boats left the beach
at 9 AM and the second line of 12 boats left the beach two minutes later. Pat2
got a slower start, leaving about 15 minutes after the last Dash boat left
the beach. The
winds and surf were light, but getting out was not a problem and all
23 boats were on their way to East Beach in Galveston. For More
Story and Pictures, Click Here!
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Dave White Ekes Out Victory at Woodruff Invitational on Tampa
Opening their beautiful home to a bunch of roudy Wave Sailors, Stan and
Sharon Woodruff also managed to have 17 of the top Wave competitors in
the country converge on their residence on the bay. It was awesome competition
with only four points between first and fifth place overall. For more Story
and Pictures, Click Here!
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Woehrle Wins North Americans
In his debute to the Wave Class, newcomer Jack Woehrle of Gainsville, Florida
showed he had the consistancy to take all the marbles. It all came down
to the last few races, but he nipped out past NA Champ, Rick White, by
only a few points. Interestingly,the competition was absolutely fierce.
You could not get closer racing. Just look at the number of bullets and
by whom. Six different boats took a first place finish:
Woehrle had 5 aces (three in a row), Rick White had 4 aces (three in
a row), Stan Woodruff had 4 aces,
4. Mark Scarpelli had 2 aces, Sharon Woodruff had an ace, Nelson Wright
had an ace, Scott Hubel just narrowly missed being the 7th boat with
an ace by a few inches. For more
Story and Pictures, Click Here
Jack Woehrle Wins Wave Nationals
After many years off from the sailing community, one-time Tornado ace from
the 70's era returned to guess what? A Wave! After sailing in the North
Coast Championship in Put-in-Bay, Ohio this past August, he said he was
hooked. Guess so! He just won the Wave North Americans a few weeks ago,
and now he has won the Wave Nationals. For more story and pictures, click
Bryan and Christina Perrin Capture Shark Nationals
4th Time in a Row
A warm front rolled through the area on the last day of
sailing, bringing southerly winds of 15-20 mph winds with a few gusts to
24 mph. This was when the two teenage boys, Eric Perrin and Patrick Turbett,
got it all together, taking first in both races and moving them up into
second place overall in the standings.
Meanwhile Pattenaude/Couch broke their boom while jibing at the reaching mark
and had to limp back to port. That dropped them out of the money to 6th place
overall. Braddon and Bennett broke a centerboard on the way to the race course,
but held on just enough to still hold on to 3rd place overall. For more
story and pictures, click here!
Phillips RePeats as Steeplechase Champ
Mike Phillips of Miami teamed up with All Star crew, Kenny Pierce, and
captured the title for the second year in a row, winning the infamous
Old Lawne Chair (Best Time) and the Rick White Perpetual Trophy (Best
Time Corrected). They were the first across the finish line on both days
of the 110-mile trek around the Upper Florida Keys. For more story, results
and pictures, Click Here!
was White over Green for the Wave Nationals
Leah White of Key Largo was the second woman to ever win the Wave National
Championships. The first to do so was Kathy Kulkoski of New Jersey. White
entered the last day of sailing 12 points behind Patrick Green of Put-in-Bay,
Ohio. Green is a past National Champion, this year's North American Champion
and has won every regatta he entered this year. But White rattled off
a bunch of bullets while Green got stuck in traffic. It was a real nail
biter. For full story, Results and pictures, click
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