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ABYC Turkey Day Regatta 2015

by Brad Ruetenick

10 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. [more...]   

Fall Dinghy report... San Francisco!

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...]

2015 Totally Dinghy Regatta – Richmond Yacht Club

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...]

2015 International 14 North American Championships – Columbia River Gorge
By Terry Gleeson

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...]

2015 National Championship
by Brad Ruetenik

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...]


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...]


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ABYC Turkey Day Regatta 2015

Posted by Brad Ruetenik on November 26, 2015 at 2:30pm

Fall Dinghy report... San Francisco!

Posted by Terry Gleeson on October 29, 2015 at 1:30pm

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