It was fun. At some point there were 7 boats floating upside down inside of New York harbor, with largest "beach cat" from supercat family (27 or 30 footer) blocking entrance to harbor right under Verezano bridge in main chanell. Ferry services were distracted for about an hour.
In solo division A-cat wiped out two F17 and banch of H17
Wow! That sounds a little hairy! Are results up yet? Is the registration page up to date? Just curious as to wether anyone else I know raced. How did Trey Brown and Alan do? How about Sean McQuilken(?)? Hope everyone and their boats are alright!
Well, the race was not interrupted at all (how do you stop a bunch of guys reaching full speed toward the Statue?). Actually, beside a few capsizes everybody enjoyed the experience a lot. 79 boats on the starting line. Only a few boats did not make it around the Statue.
A 1000 thanks to everybody, your participation is what make this event so exceptional. One special to the Texas team who made the trip.
Results are attached and will be posted shorly on our website.
It's over and it was great. Or better, it was AWESOME .
+ It was awesome because participants came from Massachusetts, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Delaware, Michigan, Virginia, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Washington and Ontario. Thanks everyone for coming out from so far! + It was awesome because the weather was PERFECT. Thursday through Sunday we had blue skies and temparaturs around 85 F degrees. + It was awesome because we saw 79 boats at the start. Not the 100 we are hoping for, but if everyone brings one more friend next year we'll be good <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" /> + It was awesome because the first 4 BOATS BROKE THE RACE RECORD. The race record fell by 8 minutes!! + It was awesome because everyone worked with the organizers to make things go smooth on the parking, on the beach and at the registration. + It was awesome because we finally worked through the coast-guard concerns and did have a complete race after a bit of a (helicopter) buz with the capsized RC30. + It was awesome because even the fun race on Saturday around the 3 lighthouses in our bay happened in perfect sailing weather. + It was especially awesome for everyone to get to know some of the faces and the characters that go behind the screen-names on Catsailor.com (yes...Trey, Alan, that would include you)
+ It was awesome because we had great sponsors who provided great stuff for prizes (APS, Harken, Murrays, Ronstan, Sailingproshop and New England Catamarans)and a beer sponsor (Duvel) who set up a great tasting event. + And finally, it was awesome because tons of volunteering SHBCC club members put in a lot of effort and time to help out where they could.
We're looking forward to another awesome one next year!
Staten Island: Boats Capsize During Race E-MailPrint Reprints Save By MICHAEL WILSON Published: July 3, 2006 A catamaran race from New Jersey to the Statue of Liberty was interrupted yesterday morning when several vessels capsized in the rough waters near Staten Island. The Statue of Liberty Marathon, held by the Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club, was midway through its eight-hour course when the boats capsized near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge shortly before noon, said Petty Officer Angelia Rorison, a Coast Guard spokeswoman. Officers on several Coast Guard vessels pulled the racers from the water. There were no injuries. An official with the club, Jacques Pierret, said at least five boats capsized, the largest a three-person vessel. "It was gusty, very gusty after the Verrazano Bridge, and it was pretty rough conditions," he said.
Congratulations to all! Way to go Velocity! 9th out of 79! I can't believe Chris and Nate had to come back last night so they could work today! Nice to have the energy of youth. Hope you guys are still feeling the thrill of setting a new course record! Sounds like it couldn't have been much better. How about those Moores? Nice work Barry! I'm hoping to read acounts from all of you... <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
Re: Last call for Lady Liberty...
#78237 07/04/0604:08 PM07/04/0604:08 PM
This may be interesting. I found the past results are on the website.
The corrected course record is 4:14:44 set in 2003 by R. Mcveigh and L. Phan on a Hobie 16. That is also the record for a Hobie 16 at an elapse time of 3:13:24 .
the past winning corrected times are: 2006: 4:26:45 2005: 6:24:01 2004: 5:18:41 2003: 254.74 min. 4:14:44 2002: 470.98 min 2001: 401.77 min 2000: 498.88 min 1999: 269.48 min 1998: 431.33 min 1997: 454.68 min 1996: 304.14 min
Just to let you guys know....we have video from onboard our Nacra 20, as well as a load of pics. I'll repost when all of this goes up on velocitysailing.com. There are some awesome videos of us reaching on the boat, as well as some great shots going around the statue.
We were distracted with some spinnaker sheet issues after we jibed away from Staten Island, so we didn't see it go over, but Paul K. saw it blow over in a gust. He said it looked like nobody blew the spin / main sheet since neither was flogging as it went over. We ended up going by them right after it happened (like 20 ft away - not intentionally - that's just where the spinnaker took us <img src="http://www.catsailor.com/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />) and asked them if they were OK. The chase boat was already there.
After we rounded the Statue and came back, they were still there. A NYC Harbor Police boat was circling and they had the RIB from the club assisting in the righting process. They were definitely stuck on the bottom - almost turtle, but one hull up about 4 ft.
Late that afternoon, I saw them back at the beach with the sails down. The mast looked OK - even clean.
there were 3 Texas Teams there and 2 made it around the statue with no problems. Tommy T had kidney stones and spent the day in the hospital and was sorely missed by his buds on the water. (myself and wife, Todd and Britt.)
Sorry Marc, in my mind the team was the whole Texas people. Again, that was great to have you with us. I am sure that your camping place with the sign and the texas flag has been captured in many pics, that was cool!