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2015 San Diego Super Cup
Seven I-14s came to SDYC on Apr 11-12 to participate in the San Diego Super Cup.   49ers, 49erFX and 29ers were invited as well, however there was no participation from those fleets this year.  Super Cup racing is short course windward / leeward racing with a mid leg gate which must be honored both upwind and downwind.  This puts a premium on boat handing and starting, and decreases a pure boat speed advantage.  The course is set close to land to allow for better spectator viewing.  With a busy weekend occurring at SDYC, a last minute race committee was cobbled together by Summer Green.  This was a different set up than the RC is used to as we set a leeward gate which also acts as a start / finish line, there is a 'floating RC boat' which lines up and starts the fleet on a 3 min 'college' type start.  The legs are 1/4 - 1/3 mi. and have a mid leg gate which is approx. the size of the start line if not smaller which must passed through upwind.  The weather mark, and then return through the mid-leg gate on the downwind leg, leeward gate and repeat.  Most of the races are in the 15 min. range with the emphasis on boat handling and lay lines, as well as the physical challenge of getting these boats around the course with sets, gybes, and douses.  Sat. had breeze a bit more left than the usually sea breeze and in the 6-10 kt. range. [more...]


 

2015 San Diego NOOD
by Brad Ruetenik
Five boats made it to the SD NOOD, unfortunately several boats that had planned to sail were stuck in Container Jail.  The boats returning from Geelong Worlds were held hostage by the West Coast shipping/dockworkers strikes.  The five boats that did make it to SD enjoyed Santa Ana breezes and hot temps.  The Santa Ana are famous in SoCal for strong offshore breezes and hot dry atmosphere.  These winds make for puffy, unstable conditions which are much different from the normal predictable sea breeze.  There is mixing of the breezes and a fight to see who wins, the offshore or onshore with a line drawn in the sand and occasionally a no man's land between the two breezes with little or no breeze.  Fortunately the offshore was strong enough most of the time to win and we generally had hot offshore breezes between 6-16 kts. from 280-305.  The 14s were slated to start third, after two larger and significantly slower fleets of Vipers (14 boats), and J-70s (17 boats).  We also had to contend with Ultimate 20s (9 boats), Fast 20s (3 Flying Tiger 7.5s) and a fleet of Buccaneers (6 boats).  We had to sail through these fleets every race which made for challenging sailing with lots of traffic and often not being able to go where you would like.  Interesting and challenging sailing, and made for some very wide eyes on some of the other fleets when they realized how much faster we were going than their lead assisted craft.   [more...]


 

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...]

 

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2015 US Nationals

Posted by Brad Ruetenik on May 22, 2015 at 6:31pm

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