MESSAGES FROM OUR FLEET CAPTAIN, MARK SMITH:

January 2, 2007

ORANGE BOWL

Imagine yourself as an eight-year old who has taken sailing lessons for three or four months and finding yourself in among over 600 junior sailors and as many coaches and parents and your first international regatta. The Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, held every year between Christmas and New Years, in Miami, is quite an experience for the uninitiated and veterans. Junior sailors from all over the world descended on Coconut Grove’s waterfront to compete in Optimist prams, Laser 4.7’s, Laser Radials, Lasers and Club 420’s. While the Juniors and their parents were busy finding parking spaces, rigging and launching out of the neighboring US Sailing Center, Coral Reef Yacht Club and Biscayne Bay Yacht Club the Laser Masters and Lightning sailors enjoyed peace and tranquility over at Coconut Grove Sailing Club. -- by Lynn Fitzpatrick, full story:

http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/07/0101/

Club 420: 1. T. Sinks & M. Renoir; 2. T. Canfield & P. Emsiek; 3. C. Barnard & C. Segerblom; 4. T. Fink & B. Ross; 5. R. Vann & A. Lorenzen

Laser Radial Rig: 1. Colin Smith; 2. Marco Teixidor; 3. Sarah Lihan; 4.Michael Menninger; 5. Philip Alley

Laser Full Rig: 1. Kyle Rogachenko; 2. Zack Marks; 3. Fred Strammer; 4.Charlie Buckingham; 5. David Hernandez

Laser 4.7: 1. David Alfonso; 2. Eric Lawrenc; 3. Olin Davis; 4. Patrick Carolus; 5. Grady Timmins

Optimist (RWB): 1. Mac Agnese; 2. Anthony Bailey; 3. Declan Whitmyer; 4.Takumi Saitama; 5. Kenta Nakauchi

 

 

 

 

 

October 31, 2006

READER COMMENTARY - Tad Springer

(October 30, 2006) The Finn’s future was dramatically displayed at the recent Olympic Pre-Trials, hosted by Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Newport Beach, CA. The fact alone of being the largest fleet of all the Pre-Trials classes is extraordinary, but a closer look reveals something equally exceptional. Of the 38 sailors competing, 28 were from California, with Newport Harbor Yacht Club currently having 23 Finns. The NHYC fleet now represents the largest fleet in North America, and likely ranks as one of the largest in the world.

The growth of this fleet didn’t just happen or evolve on its own; it was built through a thoughtful and proven process. Nurturing enthusiasm, educating, planning, and constant communication is the result of a vision less then 12 months old. Certainly having the trials in our own backyard helped with the vision, "it is always important to have a point to journey towards, but in the end it’s the journey that counts." The fleet represents several generations, but the stability of growth in our fleet is in the more mature versus the Olympic aspirant. A majority of our fleet spent their youth in the Finn, but more importantly age has opened the door to a new sector that wasn’t available in their youth, whereas "what you lose on top, you tend to pick up around the middle and all of a sudden you’re Finn Size."

On any Sunday you will find 5 to 10 boats rigging up for an informal training secession, and while the competitive spirit is alive, friendship and comradely are the binding substance of our fleet. The NHYC fleet is planning to travel to Florida for several key regattas, which include the Coaches Regatta in Clearwater, FL (December), Miami Olympic Classes Regatta (January), and the class Midwinters in Ft. Lauderdale (February). Next year also presents the opportunity for travel to Europe and sail the Masters Gold Cup in Spain and hit part of the European Circuit prior to returning to Newport for training leading up to the Trials.

Our fleet continues to grow, which I attribute to both the visible fun a bunch of old guys are having along with the majesty of the boat itself. The Finn has a complex simplicity that rewards the ability to solve simultaneous multivariable situations, but beyond any aspect it rewards fitness. This has been a life benefit to many members of our fleet; they are training in the gym, cycling, indoor rowing, yoga, and incorporating nutrition programs.

Looking down the road after the Trials, Philippe Kahn is working on bringing the Gold Cup to San Francisco in 2009, and the Olympic Trials for 2012 could more than likely end up in the San Francisco Bay area to match the windy venue in the UK. I bought a Finn for the pure joy of sailing it; the true bonus is being able to do it with my friends. - Tad Springer, http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/06/1030

Sept 11, 2006

The 2006 Junior Snipe Championships were held this past weekend at CGSC.
5 races in total. LYC skippers dominated, summary results out of 12
participants -
1. Sheehan Commette
2. Dominique Wright
4. Erika Reineke
6. Mac Agnese
8. Alec Payne
9. Marissa Lihan
See attached pictures and results.
Mark
 
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8/22/2006

Congratualtions to Peter and Sheehan for placing 5th at the Snipe North American Championships

2006 SCIRA North American Championship Regatta – Gull Lake Yacht Club – Richland MI – Fianl Results

Sailed:6 Discards:1 To count:5 Entries:54

Rank

Bow Fleet Nat Helm Crew

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

27 Miami USA Augie Diaz Pam Kelly

(14.00)

4.00

0.75

6.00

3.00

4.00

31.75

17.75

2nd

32 Miami USA Ernesto Rodriguez Merrill Varn

2.00

0.75

11.00

0.75

4.00

(13.00)

31.50

18.50

3rd

19 Annapolis USA Brian Bissell Bryan Stout

8.00

8.00

5.00

(9.00)

0.75

0.75

31.50

22.50

4th

13 Jacksonville USA Hal Gilreath Alex Stout

3.00

12.00

2.00

4.00

(16.00)

2.00

39.00

23.00

5th

12 Annapolis USA Henry Filter Wilson Stout

5.00

2.00

(10.00)

7.00

4.00

8.00

36.00

26.00

6th

14 Miami USA Peter Commette Sheehan Commette

7.00

9.00

4.00

3.00

10.00

(18.00)

51.00

33.00

7th

47 Winchester USA John MacRae Linda Epstein

17.00

3.00

6.00

2.00

(20.00)

6.00

54.00

34.00

8th

05 Lake Lanier SC USA Mike Funsch Dave Meyer

(34.00)

6.00

3.00

8.00

15.00

7.00

73.00

39.00

9th

48 Annapolis USA Nicolas Granucci Ignacio Saralegui

6.00

10.00

(15.00)

13.00

6.00

5.00

55.00

40.00

10th

08 Surf City YC USA Lee Griffith Lorie Stout

(12.00)

7.00

7.00

11.00

9.00

10.00

56.00

44.00

11th

34 747 USA Lee Sackett Mandy Sackett

(58.00 OCS)

17.00

9.00

10.00

7.00 CNF

3.00

104.00

46.00

12th

30 Newport USA Andrew Pimental Julia Langford

0.75

14.00

(19.00)

5.00

17.00

11.00

66.75

47.75

13th

20 Milwaukee USA Mike Blackwood Patty Mueller

9.00

5.00

8.00

14.00

(30.00)

12.00

78.00

48.00

14th

15 Valle De Bravo MEX Jorge Murrieta Andres Akle

(45.00)

11.00

14.00

15.00

8.00

19.00

112.00

67.00

15th

46 Guelph Lake CAN Craig Noakes Heather Marshall

16.00

16.00

13.00

(19.00)

14.00

9.00

87.00

68.00

16th

42 Winchester USA Harry Levinson Sarah Levinson

20.00

15.00

25.00

12.00

7.00

(30.00)

109.00

79.00

17th

11 Alamitos Bay USA Jerry Thompson Mandi Smith

4.00

26.00

12.00

23.00

(33.00)

16.00

114.00

81.00

18th

03 SanFrancisco USA Mike Dinsdale Lars Leckie

15.00

21.00

17.00

18.00

12.00

(31.00)

114.00

83.00

19th

26 Miami USA Gonzo Diaz Andrea Wilsen

10.00

23.00

16.00

(25.00)

13.00

24.00

111.00

86.00

20th

21 Spanish Point BC BER Stephen Dickinson Leatrice Roman

(46.00)

22.00

18.00

20.00

11.00

17.00

134.00

88.00

21st

04 Barton Pond USA Terry Timm Aubrey Timm

11.00

19.00

(48.00)

30.00

25.00

15.00

148.00

100.00

22nd

35 Gull Lake USA Chad Coberly Michelle Coberly

24.00

20.00

20.00

27.00

(40.00)

14.00

145.00

105.00

23rd

09 747 USA Jno Disch Karen Disch

18.00

13.00

23.00

(37.00)

24.00

32.00

147.00

110.00

24th

28 Cowan Lake SA USA Bob Rowland Sandy Rowland

32.00

24.00

21.00

17.00

27.00

(37.00)

158.00

121.00

25th

17 Winchester USA Andrew Klein Barb Evans

13.00

29.00

(58.00 OCS)

22.00

32.00

26.00

180.00

122.00

26th

39 Milwaukee USA Mark Heup Julie Heup

19.00

30.00

28.00

16.00

35.00

(45.00)

173.00

128.00

27th

31 Guelph Lake CAN Dirk Kneulman Peter Kneulman

(38.00)

18.00

30.00

34.00

19.00

33.00

172.00

134.00

28th

22 Guelph Lake CAN Chris Hains Don Hains

(44.00)

27.00

31.00

33.00

22.00

22.00

179.00

135.00

29th

23 Milwaukee USA Tom Peterson Jim Peterson

(43.00)

36.00

27.00

31.00

18.00

25.00

180.00

137.00

29th

10 591 PUR Jesus Rodrigez Jorge Santiago

23.00

40.00

22.00

24.00

28.00

(52.00 DNF)

189.00

137.00

31st

52 SPYC USA John Hagman Jeff Hagman

26.00

(41.00)

40.00

26.00

31.00

21.00

185.00

144.00

32nd

24 Gull Lake USA Jim Richter Catherine Miles

37.00

25.00

24.00

28.00

36.00

(39.00)

189.00

150.00

33rd

43 Indianapolis SC USA Tom Townsend Conner Kohl

41.00

(46.00)

29.00

21.00

37.00

23.00

197.00

151.00

34th

25 Milwaukee USA Tim Putney Katlyn Putney

22.00

(45.00)

42.00

29.00

41.00

20.00

199.00

154.00

35th

06 Gull Lake USA John Crookston Benjamin Crookston

21.00

42.00 ZFP

37.00

36.00

21.00

(52.00 DNF)

209.00

157.00

36th

53 Cowan Lake SA USA Mac Jacob Suzie Jacob

28.00

28.00

39.00

39.00

(53.00 CNF)

27.00

214.00

161.00

37th

50 Detroit USA John McAllister Brian McAllister

35.00

35.00

34.00

35.00

29.00

(43.00)

211.00

168.00

38th

51 Guelph Lake CAN Harri Palm Molly Kuruink

40.00

42.00

33.00

32.00

23.00

(47.00)

217.00

170.00

38th

36 Portage Lakes YC USA JR (Dick) Hand Victor Gravenstein

25.00

33.00

(49.00)

44.00

34.00

34.00

219.00

170.00

40th

41 Gull Lake USA Stanley McKay Krista McKay

27.00

32.00

36.00

(48.00)

39.00

40.00 ZFP

222.00

174.00

41st

49 Milwaukee USA Bill Goggins Dan Gautraud

(47.00)

39.00

26.00

40.00

47.00

36.00

235.00

188.00

41st

40 Gull Lake USA Charlie Young Aaron Thompson

31.00

38.00

32.00

45.00

42.00

(52.00 DNS)

240.00

188.00

43rd

18 Valle DeBravo MEX Martin Merino Patricia Valdespino

48.00

47.00

35.00

(49.00)

26.00

42.00

247.00

198.00

43rd

16 Newport YC USA Matthew Disch Wendy Dannels

33.00

(52.00)

41.00

38.00

45.00

41.00

250.00

198.00

45th

33 Cowan Lake SA USA Bill Worster Katie Worster

42.00

34.00

43.00

46.00

(54.00 CNF)

35.00

254.00

200.00

46th

01 Gull Lake USA Eric Ulbrich Betsy Ulbrich

29.00

(53.00 CNF)

45.00

41.00

44.00

44.00

256.00

203.00

47th

07 Atlanta YC USA Jack Smith Pete Gregory

39.00

43.00

46.00

52.00

(53.00)

28.00

261.00

208.00

48th

45 Indianapolis SC USA Tug Townsend Katie Rucker

(49.00)

44.00

38.00

43.00

38.00

48.00

260.00

211.00

49th

29 Indianapolis USA Cliff Browning Ros Lim

51.00

37.00

44.00

42.00

(52.00)

38.00

264.00

212.00

50th

44 Indianapolis SC USA Bill Townsend Elliot Thompson

36.00

49.00

50.00

47.00

(51.00)

40.00

273.00

222.00

51st

38 Gull Lake USA Fred Einspahr Alice Martino

30.00

50.00

47.00

50.00

46.00

(52.00 DNF)

275.00

223.00

52nd

37 Portage Lakes YC USA Rumpi Gravenstein Paige Gravenstein

50.00

(53.00)

52.00

53.00

43.00

46.00

297.00

244.00

53rd

02 U.S.Virgin Islands USV Thomas Kozyn Theresa Gedda

(53.00)

51.00

53.00 RAF

51.00

50.00

49.00

307.00

254.00

54th

54 Guelph Lake CAN Adrian Dangerfield Emily Dangerfield

52.00

(54.00 DNF)

51.00

54.00

54.00 DNF

DNC

319.00

265.00

8/21/2006

TEAM USA

Anna Tunnicliffe has been selected by her teammates to carry the Stars and Stripes at the opening ceremony of the Qingdao International Regatta on Sunday night. "The Olympic venue is still getting its finishing touches and we don't move onto the site until Saturday," Tunnicliffe said. "Until then, we're based at the Yinhai International Yacht Club which, itself, was only built three years ago. Although the venue is off limits, there was a practice session for the flag bearers which meant that I got a sneak peek at all the work the Chinese have put in to create the new waterfront facility. It's very cool, quite awesome.

"I got in some good sailing practice yesterday, about two and a half hours in a breeze that varied between eight and 15 knots. This was an offshore breeze which is not the normal condition for Qingdao, but that always happens. I trained with Brad Funk and Andrew Campbell, the two US Team Laser contestants, and worked on upwind and downwind speed and checked the current. There was a very short chop, very much like Santa Monica Bay, if not worse. The current wasn't as strong as the previous day but it was still ripping hard," Tunnicliffe concluded. -- http://www.annatunnicliffe.com

8/14/2006

AMERICAN SWEEP

California YC, Marina del Rey, Calif. --- Kyle Rogachenko, who finished eighth at last year’s Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Fortaleza, Brazil, became the first American to win the Laser Radial Youth Worlds Championships Saturday, while 15-year-old Claire Dennis in the girls competition and Bill Petersen in the boys' Silver fleet completed an American sweep of the event.

Rogachenko, 18, of Collegeville, Pa. and Dennis of San Francisco led their classes entering the sixth and last day. Rogachenko paced the 70-boat boys' Gold fleet by 10 points and Dennis was the leader among 39 girls by eight points. But with the second throwouts still to kick in, they had to hold off strong bids from their nearest contenders---Brazil's Guilherme Barbosa Lima in the boys and Spain's Susan Romero in the girls.

Dennis didn't have to sail the last race, in which she cruised to 11th place, her only double-digit finish in 10 races. She turned 15 only 33 days earlier, was the minimum age for the event. Also remarkable was that the previous week she competed in the women's championship and qualified for the upper Gold fleet, among the grown-ups. The Radial will be the women's new single-handed dinghy for the Olympics in China in 2008, but Dennis isn't really interested. "I'm going to be a sophomore in high school," she said. "Maybe in 2012." -- Rich Roberts, http://www.calyachtclub.com

Laser Radial Youth Worlds, Male -- 133 boats:

1. Kyle Rogachenko, USA, 62
2. Guilherme Barbosa Lima, BRA 75
3. Mathew Archibald, ESP CAN, 84
4. Joaquin Blanco, ESP,86
5. James Sandall, NZL, 96
Laser Radial Youth Worlds, Female -- 38 boats:
1. Claire Dennis, USA, 17
2. Susana Romero, ESP, 19
3. Allie Blecher, USA, 25
4. Laura Maes, BEL, 31
5. Stephanie Roble, USA, 41
12. Sarah Lihan, USA, 97

 
From: Sumbutty420@aol.com [mailto:Sumbutty420@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, August 04, 2006 11:45 AM
To: Smith, Mark
Subject: (no subject)

Mr. Smith,
 
I wanted to let you know that I just got back in town from Texas. IT was an overall amazing experience. I am so very proud of Sarah, she really raced like a champion and every girl there could agree that she deserved the win. The conditions where very fluky. It consisted of sitting on shore for hours on end, launching at 3:30 in the rain, and racing until 6 or 7 at night. Unfortunately, as you know, I am still recovering from a knee injury which the doctor says isn't exactly getting better anytime soon. This was my first regatta back in my laser since I had to drop out of Key Biscane over Easter Break. I am very happy with my 12th place finish, especially considering that I started the regatta off with an OCS. Hiking, for once, was not my strong suite since I can no longer support myself. Many of the days I spent in tears. Sarah and Shannon Bush actually would pull me off of my boat as I arrived to the dock, carry me to the bench, get me ice, and help me derig because even standing at that point in time was an issue. Maybe one day I will be back up to par with Sarah, my mentor, but for now I just thank God that I am able to race.

 
Smooth Sailing,
Caroline Wright
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From: Jeff Ecklund [mailto:J.Ecklund@mindspring.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2006 8:13 AM
Cc: Smith, Mark
Subject: King and Pinta

This picture was taken on stage at the award ceremony in a castle in Palma de Mallorca on Sunday night. The Regatta was the "King’s Cup" otherwise known as the "Copa del Rey" which is the largest keelboat event is Europe. Smallest boat was around 40’ and the largest around 60’. There were over 250 yachts competing...We had 22 in our TP52 Class and most of the boats were crewed and driven by America’s Cup crews and Volvo70 crews...some of the names on the helm include: Roussel Coutts, Paul Cayard, King Juan Carlos of Spain, King Harald of Norway, Torbin Grael, Vince Brun, Ben Ainsle, Mark Mendleblatt, Gavin Brady, Dee Smith, Mark Reynolds, Dean Barker, Vasco Viscotti, Ray Davies, and the list goes on and on and on....Our team had no less than 6 guys who’ve won at least one America’s Cup and multiple Volvo/Witbread races and are racing on various AC teams in Valencia including BMW/Oracle and Luna Rossa.

Our TP52 "Pinta" team went on stage to receive our 3rd place trophy in our TP52 Class...we had the honor of shaking hands with the King and Queen of Spain who also raced a TP52 "Bribon" and his son, the Crown Prince of Spain with yet his own TP52 "Aifos" and his wife, the Princess. After the awards, King Juan Carlos and the Queen made a point to come over and chat with our team for 15+ minutes and mentioned he’s a fan of Illbruck Racing and Pinta over the years...Unfortunately, Michael Illbruck and John Kostecki had flights to catch after racing Sunday so they missed the gala. Ross Halcrow and I were left to lead the team....

 
From: Kent Fox [mailto:kfoxcpa@hotmail.com]
Sent: Friday, August 04, 2006 5:51 PM
To: Smith, Mark; sailmaster@lyc.org
Subject: LYC romps in New Jersey
Mark and Ben,
Just wanted to let you know that LYC sailors dominated the Long Beach
Island Optimist Championships at Brant Beach Yacht Club this week. In a
101-boat fleet, Mac was 1st, Chanel was 2nd, and Haley was 20th.
Obviously Mac was first in Blue and Chanel first in Red, Haley placed
8th out of 54 in blue just two weeks after her 11th birthday. Here are
the results for 1-20.
Brant Beach Yacht Club
Annual BBYC Opti Regatta
August 3 & 4, 2006
Optimist Class Series Summary
All Boats Pl. Sail # Name From Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Tot
1 13773 Mac Agnese LYC Blue 4 1 3 3 1 (5) 2 14
2 13829 Chanel Miller Lauderdale YC Red 3 2 (4) 2 4 3 1 15
3 12236 Jack Swikart SSYC Red 1 11 5 1 (32) 2 4 24
4 14755 Scott D'Alessandro Mantoloking Yacht Club Red (25) 3 2 10 2 1 6
24
5 12218 Scott Barbano BBYC/Mast Blue 2 4 6 (24) 17 4 3 36
6 12240 Dan Ricker Shrewsbury Sailing & Yach Red 7 8 14 (16) 7 10 8 54
7 12479 Madeline Kiep LEHYC Blue (21) 7 9 7 11 8 16 58
8 10581 Dylan Herrmann LEHYC Red 15 (30) 22 8 3 13 5 66
9 8711 Robert Patten MYC Red 14 (17) 7 9 16 15 10 71 10 13808 Kelly
McGlynn LEHYC Red 12 13 11 (27) 6 11 20 73
11 11856 Allyson Donahue Brigantine Yacht Club Blue 13 5 15 22 10 9 (28)
74
12 11223 Austin Neuman Riverton Yacht Club Blue 18 15 1 6 14 22 (50) 76
13 12169 Connor Swikart SSYC Blue 5 14 18 (37) 18 7 17 79
14 14426 Matt Turner LEHYC Red 40 6 16 (41) 15 6 7 90
15 12176 Brogan Savage Mantoloking yc Red 6 19 31 (68) 8 12 18 94
16 12382 cheyne meseroll mryc Red 10 25 8 (51) 30 18 23 114
17 10165 Jonathan Lutz MAST/MCYC White 28 29 10 4 24 21 (32) 116
18 11652 Alix Zweig shrewsbury sailing and ya Red 17 (56) 37 19 20 16 12
121
19 11526 Turner Wibbelsman SSYC Blue 22 9 21 (42) 28 30 14 124 20 12277
Haley Fox LYC Blue 9 32 (58) 13 39 19 19 131
 
 
 
August 3, 2006
 
Please find attached a report from Kent Fox on the Optimist National
Championships recently help in Sarasota. In addition to the sailors
noted by Kent below, Christopher Williford placed 16th overall, Marissa
Lihan place 42nd overall and Duncan Williford placed 106th overall.
Congratulations to all the children!
Mark
 
>
> Opti Parents,
>
> I am happy to announce that 6 LYC Sailing Team members have qualified
> for the 2007 Team Trials Regatta as a result of their finish at the
> National Championships held in Sarasota last week. Leading the way
> was Erika Reineke who placed 41st in the 279 boat red/white/blue
> fleet. Erika was followed by Dominique Wright at 121, Alec Payne at
> 136, Erik Weis at 151, Sam Pierson 169, and Julian Harris at 177. Sam
> and Julian have qualified for Team Trials for the first time.
> Congrats to all six sailors. Additionally, Haley Fox, Karl Ryder, and
> Elizabeth Ryder came up a bit short, but I know will all continue to
> work hard and look forward to additional opportunities to qualify this
upcoming season.
>
> LYC was also represented by four green fleeters, Jensen McTighe,
> Martina Sly, Anna Weis, and Clyde Wright. Martina was the top LYC
> green fleeter finishing 14th in the 65 boat fleet.
>
> Thanks to all the parents and to coaches Ben Williams and Adam Harris
> for a job well done.
>
> Kent
>
>

Note: Laser Radial Women's World's have been taking place for several days now at California Yacht Club. At this point the fleet has been split into Gold and Silver based upon the results of the first several races. Anna Tunnicliffe who has been training at LYC and has helped with coaching is currently in 2nd overall and clearly in the hunt for top honors. Sarah is competing in the Silver fleet in the 10th spot. The following is the write up from Scuttlebutt on the event and you can get more detailed info on the event from Anna at her website, www.annatunnicliffe.com.

CHINA'S XU LEADS BY 8

Marina del Rey, Calif.Two days earlier Paige Railey, the defending champion who was struggling in the Laser Radial Women's Worlds, allowed that "I've got to step it up."

In light of the ill wind that blew her way Wednesday, that is now an understatement. Minutes after an encouraging fifth in the day's first race, she was compelled to withdraw from the second. Her boat was OK; the only thing broken was her heart. She is in seventh place, 27 points behind the new leader, Lijia Xu of China.

Railey was yellow-flagged by an on-water judge for sculling---i.e., thrashing her tiller to and fro to gain propulsion---at the start.

Because it was her second such violation of the week---the first drew only a double penalty turn---she had to drop out and take a last-place score or lose the option of using the race as a discard at the end of the six championship round races through Friday. She returned to the California Yacht Club launch ramp under tow by her coach, reportedly in tears.

Railey, ranked No. 1 in the world in the women's new Olympic class, started the championship round in 11th place in the 45-boat Gold fleet, which became the elite group after the first 6 of 12 races comprising the qualifying series. The other 44 boats are now sailing for Silver honors. Railey, 19, of Florida, actually was fifth before the first discard kicked in after Tuesday's races (an adjustment in the standings completed after the evening's press release) but her worst discard was a 12th, while France's Solenne Brain temporarily moved into first place by dropping a 21st and Xu skyrocketed into third by tossing a 33rd.

Xu is thriving with a string of 2-3-3 finishes in the big winds that blessed the last three races. After hitting 16 knots late Tuesday, the breeze started at 15 Wednesday and built to 17, with seas of 3 to 4 feet that tossed the little boats like corks. And Xu (pronounced zoo) is learning to love it. - Rich Roberts

Women’s Gold Fleet:
1. Lijia Xu, China, 6-4-6-(33)-3-2-3-3, 27 points.
2. Anna Tunnicliffe, Florida, 3-1-3-7-7-9-(24)-5, 35.
3. Sarah Steyaert, France, 1-24-(32)-1-6-1-2-2, 37.
4. Katarzyna Szotynska, Poland, 12-7-1-2-7-6-(27)-8, 43.
5. Solenne Brain, France, 6-2-2-5-1-21-9-(29), 46.
Women's Silver Fleet:
10. Sarah Lihan,
 
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11
(35)
28
31
27
6
3, 139
 
Men’s Radial Worlds:
1. Jon Emmett, Great Britain, 18-2-(25)-16-6-1-5-7, 56.
2. Steven Le Fevre, The Netherlands, 4-4-1-(41)-15-2-2-4, 62.
3. Steven Krol, The Netherlands, 2-1-(20)-15-3-19-7-20, 67.
4. Ryan Seaton, Ireland, 5-25-9-(46)-13-7-2-10, 71.
5. Fabio Pillar, Brazil, 16-12-5-1-4-9-(30)-28, 75.
Event website: http://www.calyachtclub.com

 
July 25, 2006
Clyde - thanks for the update. Our girls continue to amongst the best in the country!!
Congratulations to all the competitors.
Mark
From: Clyde Wright [mailto:cwright@bbftlaud.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2006 10:37 AM
To: Smith, Mark
Subject: United States Girl's National Optimist Dinghy Championship
Mark,
Four races were completed in the US Girl's National Championship.
LYC should be very proud of our competitors and they are poised to do well in the National Championship which begins today.
Maggie called me with the following results as they are not posted yet on the web site:
 
Ericka Reineke 2nd in Blue Fleet, 6th overall
Marissa Lihan 6th in Red Fleet, 8th overall *
Dominique Wright 12th in Red Fleet, 17th overall
Alec Payne 25th in Red Fleet, 36th overall
Haley Fox 17th in Blue Fleet, 48th overall
Elizabeth Ryder 5th in White Fleet, 69th overall
Anna Weis 11th in White Fleet, 83rd overall
 
There were a total of 94 competitors.
* Marissa suffered a penalty score after the safety check. Her scores were 5,4,7, and 30.5 but I believe she had all top ten finishes until the penalty was applied.

LYC MEMBER JEFF ECKLUND IS 2006 MELGES 32 NATIONAL CHAMPION

23 JULY 2006 • Jeff Ecklund and his "STAR" crew are the 2006 Melges 32 National Champions! On board with Jeff is Harry Melges, III calling tactics, Hans Melges, Bill Wiggins, Jim Condon "Big Jim", Andy Labanauskas "Rooster" and former "Heart of America" America's Cup team member Bill Chamberlain. "We are all really happy to win the very first Melges 32 National Championship. Newport is a great place to sail. It's awesome." commented Ecklund.

The Melges 32 will not disappoint and the final day of the National Championship is proof. Until now the teams have enjoyed a wide range of conditions from big seas and monster swells, rain, fog, to 5-18 knots of breeze that produced downwind planning that will be spoken about for a long, long time. Every team on Saturday afternoon had smiles from ear-to-ear, which they proudly carried with them to the big evening party at the New York Yacht Club like badges of courage. The physical reinactments of the teams shifting their weight aft planning downwind was just part of sharing the experience and exhilerating performance of the Melges 32.

For Sunday's races, overcast skies and somewhat shifty conditions led to a brief race postponement. One hour later the Melges 32s jostled for position at the start under sunny skies and 5-8 knots of breeze. Ecklund and Kullman kept each other close, as if attempting to anticipate each others moves. Both with one goal in mind - no mistakes. Despite the nervousness, the fleet made a clean start. Ecklund jetted off to leeward, Kullman preferring the middle of the course. Half way to the weathermark, the race was abandoned due to a complete shift in the wind some 25-30 degrees. The fleet returned to the starting line.

The additional postponement lasted only a few minutes, resulting in resetting the course at 200 degrees, 1.5 mile legs, on a windward, leeward course. On the second start Ecklund got hung out to dry as he was forced to OCS at the committee boat. Ecklund quickly recovered and got back up to speed. The right side was definitely favored, Kullman in the lead. Ecklund, slowly but surely showed signs of catching up. Into the weathermark the fleet was tight with Kullman around first, then Joe Woods on "Red", Glenn Darden (helm) and Reese Hillard on "Hoss", then Ecklund. Kullman's team set the kite flawlessly, ditto for Darden and Woods. Ecklund's team struggled initially on the set but was quick to turn on the speed. He zipped past Woods and Darden, determined to take the lead from Kullman. Ecklund blasted down the course. Kullman jibed to the left while Ecklund stayed right - and it paid off big time. Ecklund rounded through the leeward gate in first, a few boat lengths ahead of Kullman. Rick Orchard on "Grins" slid into the second position just barely ahead of Kullman. Kullman took to weather, whilst both Ecklund and Orchard went left. In the end, Ecklund clinched the championship with two points to spare, Kullman finished in second, Woods in third, Orchard was fourth and Geoff Masters on "Melges Asia Pacific" in fifth.

FULL RESULTS
1.) Jeff Ecklund, STAR; 1, 1, 3, 2, 1, 2, 4, 2, 1, 1 = 18
2.) Marty Kullman/Mike Carroll, New Wave; 3, 2, 1, 1, 3, 1, 1, 4, 2, 2 = 20
3.) Rick Orchard, Grins; 2, 4, 2, 4, 6, 3, 3, 1, 4, 4 = 33
4.) Geoff Masters, Melges Asia Pacific; 6, 3, 7, 3, 2, 8, 2, 5, 5, 5 = 46
5.) Joe Woods, Red; 5, 6, 5, 6, 4, 5, 5, 8, 3, 3 = 50
6.) Glenn Darden/Reese Hillard, Hoss; 4, 5, 6, 7, 5, 6.5, 3, 6, 3 = 54.5
7.) Doug Croker, Canvasback; 7, 7, 4, 10 OCS, 7, 4, 8, 7, 10 DNC, 10 DNC = 74
8.) Walter Kennedy, Savannah; 8, 9, 10 DNS, 5, 8, 6.5, 6, 8, 7 = 74.5
9.) John Cooper, Quick Fix; 9, 8, 10 DNF, 10 OCS, 9, 10 DNC, 10 DNC, 9, 7, 8 = 90

A very special thanks to everyone that has made these reports possible including the New York Yacht Club who put on a first-class event, title sponsor Rolex and members of the Rolex Media Center team, especially Dana Paxton. A special thanks to every competitor that traveled - for some, great distances especially Joe Woods and crew from the UK, as well as Geoff Masters on "Melges Asia Pacific" from the land down under - Australia. Without you this would not be possible. And last but not least, Doug Croker and the "Canvasback" team, who provided on the water access Saturday giving way to some amazing photos. A gallery will be posted online at www.melges32.com in the next couple of days.

Next stop for the Melges 32 is WFORC in fabulous Pensacola, Florida! We hope to see everyone there!

The Melges 32 is taking one design racing to the next level, so stay tuned to the official web site of the Melges 32 Class Association - www.melges32.com as daily reports, results and interviews will be posted. Also, visit Melges Performance Sailboats online at www.melges.com.

Rolex Watch U.S.A. has been the exclusive presenting sponsor of the NYYC events since 1994. Supporting sponsors of Race Week include Mount Gay Rum and Heineken USA. For more information, visit www.nyyc.org or contact the New York Yacht Club Sailing Office, Harbor Court, 5 Halidon Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island 02840; phone 401-845-9633; fax 401-846-3303; email sailingoffice@nyyc.org

For further information about the Melges 32 Class Association and the 2006 Melges 32 National Championship contact Joy Dunigan, Melges 32 Press Officer on email at press@melgesperformancesailboats.com, phone 912-398-5776.

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