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Volume 8, Issue 56

 August 12, 2013

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August

11-13 ILYA A champs; Regis. 8/10
15-17 ILYA E/MC champs; Regis. 8/14  Housing options 
13-17 US Sailing Youth Champs - Corpus Christi
22-24 M17 Nats - Lake Geneva

 

September

6-8 E Nats - Lake Geneva

7-8 Max C Fall=-Maxinkuckee, IN 
7-8 MC Team Nat's-Clear Lake, IA
13-15 I-20 Nat'ls -Fond du Lac
14-15 Blue Chip--Okauchee, WI

      Fenton C Fall Lake Fenton, MI

21-22 C Challenge-Lake Beulah,WI
21-22 MC Blue Chip-Spring Lake, MI
28-29 Lotawana C-Missouri YC, MO
     Polar Bear--Lake Davenport, IA
 
October
5-6 C Worlds--Delavan, WI
  

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A's Race Two Late in Day

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For results as completed, follow us on the Okoboji Website.

 Editor's note - A wise, accomplished photographer and friend, Pat Dunsworth, once told me it takes experience to shoot pictures on overcast days. Since the editor posseses little skill or knowledge about the camera settings, an apology is due the winners today for the quality of the pictures. The close vicinity to the boats usually nets some printworthy shots which is more luck than expertise.

 

Elegance graced the waters of Okoboji as fifteen A scows took to the waters on a day that can only be declared dismal: heavy rain in the AM, overcast until the last leg of racing at 5:30, light air - not what the fleet ordered. 

PRO Tom Hodgson promptly started race one as soon as the rain and wind settled. It was a magnificent start with 47 spectator boats following the fleet! It was a race never to be. Tom called the race, flew the abandonment with an H flag, and took the fleet home. The wind decreased to under 3 at times after the storms moved through.

The fleet returned to the water at 2:00 as new, but mostly light, air moved into the area. Two hour-plus races result now in a three-way tie for first. Pat Hughes M21, Blanchard/Burdock I-28 and M2 John Dennis top the leaderboard. But the first race 8th place for the I-1 is due to a starting line mistake requiring a circle from which they did not recover. I-96 had a rounding problem with ground tackle which moved them down substantially in the race. The point is clear - the fleet is so evenly matched that one misstep makes a top five finish an impossibility. It is a new day for everyone today and all are still in contention in this talented fleet.

The Okoboji spectators are enamoured with the fleet. Rightly so - the crew work and precise timing of the maneuvers, the spinnakers in full expansion, the sheer speed across the water make these vessels magnificent.

 M21 took control of race one. The white spinnaker on the right is Pat Hughes and crew leading the pack for nearly the entire race.

Most of you recall the Eagle as owner John Anderson with Buddy Melges steering.  Buddy is here tutoring the fleet. The boat is steered now by the young rock star Vincent Porter who is a force on the E circuit as well. This team has been together for years so the new helmsman has stepped into a cohesive team the last two years.

 Fleet results:

1

I

28

BLANCHARD / BURDICK

4

2

6

2

I

7

T FREYTAG

2

4

6

3

M

2

JOHN DENNIS

3

3

6

4

M

21

PATRICK HUGHES

1

6

7

5

I

1

ANDERSON / PORTER

8

1

9

6

I

55

MIKE KEEFE

6

5

11

7

I

96

CHUCK LAMPHERE

5

10

15

8

M

1

ROB EVANS

7

8

15

9

M

8

TOM BURTON

11

7

18

10

V

999

KLAUSER / HAINES

10

9

19

11

M

10

JACK STROTHMAN

9

11

20

12

W

25

LEE ALNES

12

12

24

13

W

88

LOUIS HILL

14

13

27

14

M

64

JONATHAN McDONAGH

13

14

27

15

W

7

STEVE JOHNSON

15

15

30

 Last night's social was great fun. Most out-of-state guests have never eaten pork chops with a paper towel and fingers. It was finger-lickin' good. A table with perhaps 10 varying pies, roasted corn and sides was an Iowa picnic. For those of you who have not traveled to Okoboji, it has the most welcoming feel primarily due to the warm hospitality of its members. But the view and grounds add to the ambiance greatly. There is rarely a time when children are not playing on the knoll, sailors are not reliving races on picnic tables and folks are not gathered around the outdoor bar. This week there is NEVER a time when co-chair Jacque Schwartz is not present and attending to all of us. Thanks, OYC, for a great event.

X Blue Chip
DJ Jaessing Wins Two Races and Overall Title
  
  
Chicago Match Cup
 YOUNG Canfield Wins Event
For those of you following Matchracing, the following is excerpted from the CMRC website. While Canfield was winning on the water, our young sailors who work there were winning on shore with reporting, marketing, event planning. Congrats to Taylor who is known to many of us and to the support crew which has included at times Mary Ann Ward, Stephanie Roble, Meg Six and Maggie Shea. This is event is a culmination of a year's work. It is the only US visit of the World Cup series.
  
  
Chicago, IL -- Taylor Canfield and USone bounced back from 0-2 to take a last-gasp victory at the Chicago Match Cup today. Representing the US Virgin Islands but also a hometown favorite as race director of the Chicago Match Race Center, the crowd  of spectators went silent with tension as Canfield and USone's Tom 28 keelboat rumbled towards the finish line of the final match, little more than a boatlength ahead of Keith Swinton and Black Swan Racing from Australia.

Then the crowd on Navy Pier erupted into whoops and cheers as USone took their third consecutive victory, and with it the winning paycheck of $25,000 from a total prize fund of $100,000, the biggest prize money in American sailing. Canfield offered the perfect riposte to his early exit from Stena Match Cup Sweden a month earlier, his victory in Chicago rocketing him up the leaderboard on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Bjorn Hansen's eWork Sailing Team also won an important victory in taking the final match of the Petit Final against reigning Tour World Champion, Ian Williams and GAC Pindar.

It was a glorious Sunday at the east end of Navy Pier, with tens of thousands of  spectators circulating though the venue, lured by the action on the water, the vendors on site, and the live narration given by both the AWMRT media team and crowd commentator, Olympic silver medallist Mark Covell. Broadcast to the world on a live TV feed, the excitement built to a fever pitch as the crowd cheered Canfield and
his USone team towards their impressive comeback victory.
  
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