Youngsters lead the charge on the opening day of the Bermuda Fitted Dinghy Racing Season in the St. George’s Harbor, with the likes of Dimitri Stevens sailing Contest III out of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Lance Fraser sailing Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club's Elizabeth II, Owen Siese sailing Sandys Boat Club’s Challenger II and Mark Soares sailing St. George's Dinghy and Sports Club’s Victory IV.
Contest III with Stevens at the helm sailed to victory in the days three races taking home the Heritage Trophy, Anniversary Cup, and the Leon D. Fox Cup.
Challenger II finished second in the Heritage Trophy race, with Victory IV finishing 3rd and Elizabeth II encountered a problem with their rudder and had to withdraw. Challenger finished second in the Anniversary Cup with both Victory IV and Elizabeth II both sank.
Victory IV finished second in the Leon D. Fox Cup and Challenger II sank, Elizabeth II did not start the race.
1. Contest III 2. Challenger II 3. Victory IV 4. - Elizabeth II – withdrew after damaging a rudder
1. Contest III 2. Challenger II 3. Victory IV - Sank 4. Elizabeth II - Sank
Leon D. Fox Cup
1. Contest III 2. Victory IV 3. Challenger II Elizabeth II – Did Not Start
Friday, May 24, 2013
Powell and Roger Williams in Semi-Finals
Haley Powell and her Roger Williams Women’s Sailing teammates competed on the first day of the 2013 Sperry-Topsider/ICSA Women's Semi-Final Championship, the Roger Williams University Sailing team concluded the opening day and sits in eighth place of the event.
Roger Williams began the event with a strong start, compiling 21 points between A and B Division over the first two races to move into third place. However, a 14th-place finish at A Division in the third race dropped them into a tie for fifth.
A Division closed out the final five races with all top-ten finishes, including a fifth-place in the sixth race. B Division placed 12th or better over the same stretch, pulling off a runner-up finish in the penultimate race.
Powell and Rachel Perry hit the water for Roger Williams in the A Division, while Annie Schmidt, Samantha Bobo, and Jaye Fahey represented Roger Williams in the B Division.
Nine teams have already qualified for the National Championship: St. Mary's College of Maryland, U.S. Naval Academy, University of Minnesota, Boston College, Yale University, University of Washington, Stanford University, College of Charleston and University of Texas. Nine more teams will qualify over the next few days from the 18 currently racing in the Semi-Finals.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Wednesday Night Sailing Round Up
Thirty-one boats went to the start line for race day six of the Wednesday Night Sailing 1st Series, were racing starts and finishes in the Hamilton Harbor just off the Hamilton Princess.
Crossfire was the first boat on the night to cross the line clocking a time of 53.24, but their corrected time of 58.34 saw them finish 4th on the night, next to cross the line was Nasty Medicine clocking a time of 54.43, their corrected time of 59.41 saw them finish 7th on the night.
Thrash finished first on the night with a corrected time of 57.14, after clocking a time of 1:03.55. Mayhem was second on the night with a corrected time of 58.23 and Yabsta was third on the night clocking a corrected time of 58.28.
Wednesday Night Sailing Series One Race Six Results
0.57.14 Thrash 0.58.23 Mayhem 0.58.28 Yabsta 0.58.34 Crossfire 0.59.04 Fram 0.59.08 Elusive 0.59.41 Nasty Medicine 0.59.45 Smokin 1.00.57 Pippa 1.01.20 RHADiCal 1.01.53 Passion 1.01.54 Solna II 1.02.12 Lix 1.02.18 Fat Tuesday 1.02.53 Back in Black 1.03.21 Dark Star 1.03.47 Blitz 1.03.51 Erin 1.03.56 Addiction 1.04.44 Peppercorn 1.04.58 Chequemate 1.05.07 Solaise 1.05.18 Jitterbug 1.06.22 Tiddlywinks 1.07.41 Raven 1.07.56 Vixen 1.09.54 Reckless 1.11.03 Cyclone 1.11.11 Shogun 1.15.13 Eclipse 1.18.36 Premier Cru
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Countdown to Marion Bermuda Race
Where will you be a short month from now to celebrate Summer Sailstice? Smart, adventurous, fun-loving sailors along with their friends and families will be at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club in the sunny isles of Bermuda.
The Marion Bermuda Race starts June 14 and the prizes are given out at the Dinghy Club on June 22, the Summer Solstice. Then the gala dinner party starts. It is the finale to an exciting 645-mile cruising yacht race to Bermuda, where everyone will enjoy days of great Bermuda activities and be able to explore one of sailing’s finest destinations. For details go to http://www.marionbermuda.com/index.php?page=bfamily .
Summer Sailstice was founded in 2001 by John Arndt, as the global, annual celebration of sailing held on the summer solstice. The annual Summer Sailstice sailing event is free to all participants and has grown from 200 boats signed up in 2001 to almost 5,000 boats today.
Since many sailors join in the fun on many different boats, the actual number of Summer Sailstice sailors participating is estimated at almost 19,000 annually. Some 1500 of them will be in Bermuda at the RHADC celebrating Sailing as their passion.
In joining with Sailors for the Sea, Summer Sailstice < http://www.summersailstice.com/ > strives to inform and mobilize sailors, their families and communities to enjoy and conserve the beauty of the oceans and while raising awareness of human impacts on the fragile marine environment and wildlife.
Come for the race and stay for the fun. It starts at St David’s Lighthouse in Bermuda on Monday June 17, as friends and family wait for their yachties to reach the island. While enjoying a famous Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy and spectacular Bermuda fish chowder, guests at the finish line tower might just witness the first boats approach Bermuda the finish at this historic location. Traditionally the Lighthouse Party is for race committee and volunteers, but this year all early race guests are graciously invited. Anyone agile enough may climb the tower and sight the finish line.
Traditional afternoon tea at 4PM with Margaret Fergusson, wife of His Excellency the Governor of Bermuda begins the week’s activities at the clubhouse on Hamilton Harbour. Tuesday it’s a fashion show luncheon, beachwear to flashy eveningwear. Where that show ends, the rum tasting begins with tasting and sippin’ some of Goslings’ finest. Thursday Fishcake King Dale Butler gives a cooking demonstration of the daily lunch special — Bermuda Fishcakes. That evening it’s a Pig Roast by the water, a dance with the Gombeys to the cool sounds of the Steel Drums, and cold refreshments under the Stars.
Friday’s activities turn physical and chancy. Start with Cricket lessons with a first hand, and light-hearted look at Bermuda's other National Sport (sailing comes first). The coach is former National Cricket Team Star batsman, Allen Richardson. Then, after lunch at the club, attention turns to the water for the ALL NEW Friends & Family Race. Enter in a random team J105 regatta around Hamilton Harbour or try your hand at the newest sailing sensation: the O'pen Bic!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Dickinson Wins Flag Pole to Flag Pole
Comets Leaving Hamilton Harbor
Stephen Dickinson continued his winning way picking up the 2013 Flag Pole to Flag Pole title.
Dickinson and his crew Pat Young battle hard from start which was in line with the Hamilton Flag Pole to finish eventually pulling away from the Fleet to win by more than 15 minutes in line with the Flag Pole in the St. George’s Harbor.
At the start Heath Foggo who was making a return to the class ironically he had Dickinson’s former crew Wesley Tucker in his boat, made a break initially after Rockal Evans and his crew Christine Barnard went to the front at the start line, however Evans’ lead was gone before they reached the RBYC dock.
Dickinson took the lead near the Spanish Point Boat Club where the field thinned out,, Dickinson, Evans and Gladwin Lambert and his crew Lorenzo Lambert fought all the way down to ferry Reach, where Dickinson’s knowledge of the area took over and he was able to put some distance between himself and the other two.
Evans was less than five minutes behind Dickinson entering the Town Cut Channel but struggled in there and Dickinson was able to sail away and claim the title, with Evans second and Lambert finished third.
Five boats did not finish the race having to be towed in, Foggo had a issue with his boat, while others succumb to the winds and wether.
Flag Pole to Flag Pole 2013 Comet Results
3:10.00 Stephen Dickinson & Pat Young 3:25.17 Rockal Evans & Christine Barnard 3:30.05 Gladwin Lambert & Lorenzo Lambert 3:50.01 Dale Brangman & & Shawn Smith 4:20.30 Quinton Simons & Reggie Paynter DNF Scott Fox & Dane Symons DNF Heath Foggo & Wesley Tucker DNF Anthony Smith & Geovanni Masters DNF Maxwell Curtis & Stefan Frances DNF Tre Joinville & Peter MacGlashan