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2014 US National Championship
by Paul Galvez
It was decided a couple of years back that the 2014 I-14 US Nationals would be held at the High Sierra Regatta on Huntington Lake. Two years later and we are now in a major California drought and Huntington Lake is not looking so good anymore. With historically low water levels unseen before, this put the 2014 National Championship in uncertain limbo. What to do. Enter the always accommodating Richmond Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay. Great venue, great people, and it was a no brainer. This was the same venue of the wildly successful and windy 1997 I-14 Worlds and host to this year’s International Canoe Worlds. With an already packed summer schedule, RYC welcomed us with open arms and it was quickly decided our Nationals would coincide with the RYC Totally Dinghy Regatta and Wylie Wabbit Nationals. Problem solved.
Team Newport Adhesives and Composites (Paul Galvez and David Liebenberg) were one of the first teams to arrive earlier in the week. I barely made it as I just got back from a Baja adventure, narrowly escaping the clutches of Hurricane Odile by [more...]
2014 Pacific Rim Championship
by Joe Bersch
20 boats sailed in the Pacific Rim Championships hosted by Kaneohe Yacht Club and sponsored by Horizon Container Lines, EcoFlag, West Marine and Bigfoot Bags/Canvas. The competition, camaraderie and sailing conditions were some of the finest experienced in recent history. The hospitality of the club and the generously poured and consumed Mai Tais were as always fantastic. Most of the out of towners experienced two fabulous days of practice before the regatta in winds of around 20 knots. Many boats experienced minor breakdowns during practice as a result of a long winter lay-up but were ready to go when racing started.
Notable attendees, other than the usual suspects were skiff sailor extraordinaire Cameron McDonald from Australia, Canadians Jason Lemieux, Greg Loffree, former Canadian 49er FX Campaigner Lauren Laventure, UK nay American Jamie Ried sailing the Hoff and old timers Alan Laflin and Eric Ahrens. Lawrence Henderson and Kurt Schmidt made a reappearance and you could see the smiles of Seattle newcomers Brennan Ashton and Zach Faorcade from anywhere on the bay! Sadly, Chris Rutz sustained a hand injury before the event and was unable to sail, but he came any way to watch, learn, support the junior clinic and just plain enjoy being with the fleet in Hawaiian sunshine! Thanks to all the competitors for coming and making this a great event and thank you to all of the sponsors for making this event possible. Mahalo! [more...]
2014 West Coast Championship - NOOD
By Stephen Shumaker
The West Coast Championship, sailed in San Diego's South bay March 14-16, is the highlight of the regularly scheduled west coast regattas. This year was one of the best in recent years. The days were sunny, the water sort of warm (well, not cold) and the wind consistently fantastic, mostly in the 8 to 15 kt range. Although the fleet was smaller than usual, the competition was tight and competitive each and every race and the spread between the first and last boat was tight.
A few boats showed up for practice on Thursday, and enjoyed the great breeze to tune up. Once again, North Sails had a boat and video on hand to help the sailors tune up. Sailing great Andreas Josenhans thoroughly enjoyed his day observing 14’s on the water and openly wondered why more people don’t sail these great boats. [more...]