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The Beauty and Brawn of the International 14 Fleet
By Jenn Virskus
They told me the I14 was a tough boat, but when the opportunity arose to spend a long weekend racing that sliver of carbon fiber on the sparkling turquoise waters of Oahu’s Kaneohe Bay, I was all in. That there would be a hand-carved Koa wood trophy for the first woman in the 2016 Pac Rim Championships was just a bonus.
Arriving in Hawaii, I meet my competition: Women from Australia, Italy, the mainland, and a couple of locals. The youngest woman was 23, the oldest, well, quite a bit older than that. Among my own friends and family, they think I’m pretty daring (and kind of crazy) for wanting to swing around on a skiff trapeze, not to mention that I’m a girl. In Hawaii, I met women of all provenances who are far more daring than I. [more...]
By Andy Bates
The Pasha Hawaii 2016 International Fourteen Pacific Rim Championship Regatta was hosted at Kaneohe Yacht Club from April 2nd to 5th. The event had three sponsors, Pasha Hawaii a local community and environmentally aware ocean transportation company, Hawaiian Fine Furniture who provided beautiful hand carved Koa wood half-models for trophies, and the Global Sports Alliance (gsa.org) who sponsored the Ecoflag program that promotes clean air and clean water through sporting events worldwide, primarily aimed at young people doing sporting activities. GSA has sponsored the event since 2006. This year’s event included sailors from Japan, Australia, England, Italy, and Canada. Most of them chartered local boats to augment the two containers that Pasha Hawaii sponsored enabling boats from California to participate. [more...]
by Terry Gleeson
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by Brad Ruetenick10 boats came to the annual ABYC Turkey Day regatta the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. We had several good boats for the long standing traditional end of season race out of the best small boat club in So Cal. On the line were the traditional Turkey and Pie awards as well as the recently re-instated SoCal. Season High Point Championship Trophies. These trophies include the W.D. Shock International 14 Championship trophy which was initially dedicated in 1959. The trophy had not been awarded since the early 2000s. Similarly, the MOB Trophy "Miserable Old Bitch" SoCal Season High Point Trophy for Crew was dedicated in 1973 and had not been awarded since 1995.
by Terry Gleeson
Seven 14’s came up and over to San Francisco’s yachting mecca, St. Francis YC, to race on one of the most iconic and difficult venues in the world, San Francisco Bay’s City Front. The Fall Dinghy regatta, a two day event, was a big return for the I14 fleet would had not raced out of StFYC for more than 10 years.
St Francis was a great host on and off the water and we shared the course with 505’s, 29ers, 420’s and some one person dinghy’s. The course was set up on a straight windward-leeward along the city, with the windward mark up in the typical corner and the leeward mark set between Alcatraz and the old waterfront warehouses. A great course which unbelievably did not sail as one sided as some thought with the 4 knot ebbs running out on both days at 2- 2:30. [more...]
Six 14's were treated to excellent fall conditions this past weekend at the Totally Dinghy regatta run by RYC. Although there was no breeze at the city front (sad day for the big boats over there), we had enough breeze on Saturday to twin wire all day long, upwind and downwind, say 8 or a little more knots of breeze? The breeze was very steady and the water was flat, perfect racing conditions and allowing everyone to finish all races. Well, except for the first race on Saturday, in which the fleet demonstrated a certain lack of timeliness perhaps because back at the club house we had bright blue skies and temps in the high 70s, exceptionally balmy weather for mornings on the SF Bay, and no-one was motivated to move too fast? At least that's my excuse. Good job Chris and James for being on time for that one! [more...]
Twenty I-14s came into Cascade Locks, the heart of the Columbia River Gorge for the 2015 North American Championships, held July 24-26, including 9 boats from Canada, with most of those making the long trek from Toronto. Dave Alexander and Dan Wilsdon made the long flight up from Australia making good use of an idle B6 as well as Marcus Korobacz swinging in from Adelaide and sailing with SF local Mike Lazarro.
The Gorge did not disappoint with boats getting out all week practicing. Blasting up the river hitting speeds in the low 20’s and getting tested by the Gorge shifts and blasts.[more...]
Santa Barbara, CA May 15-17, 2015
The 2015 I-14 US Nationals was held out of Santa Barbara Yacht Club on May 15-17. This event was held in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Skiff Fest which this year included a fleet of 29ers, as well as the 505 class' Pacific Coast Championships. Ten I-14s made the journey to SB, of these there were three Henderson built Bieker 6's, two Bieker 5's, a Canadian built Killing 3, the British built 'Hoff', which is sister ship to Pamela from the UK, the 'Shu 2' built of wood by Steve Shumaker, a Bieker 3 'Miss Match', as well as a Biker 2. It was a light breeze event throughout most of the weekend. Thursday a few boats were getting ready for some practice sailing when a rare, and much needed, So Cal. rain squall passed through sucking most of the breeze away with it making for very light air sailing later in the afternoon.[more...]