Fernridge Regatta update

A quick (late) update on Fernridge, and also a reminder that Jericho is THIS weekend and Splash NEXT weekend.

Fernridge’s “Livin’ on the Edge” regatta was a ton of fun – some of the most fun Laura and I have had in a looong time.  We were sailing Laura’s new (to her) boat that she picked up from Greg Thomas.  Greg said he only used it 3 times to sail to church and Laura believed him!  Anyway, it came with EPO 3’s and it was my first chance to try out the new boat and new blades.  The 3’s were wonderfully well – much better than the 2’s.  We still had some cavitation when we got our weight too far forward.  But we were able to manage it much better.  One time coming into the weather mark we had overstood and were reaching in and with our weight forward the EPO’s started sending off a rooster tail that would have hit into the 2nd panel of the main it was so tall!

The sailing was great.  Committee sent us on 4 really long courses on Saturday that used up the whole course.  They set a traditional reach mark (1/2 way between the gate and weather mark), so there was no real reaching.  The other weird thing was they set the finish 1/2 up between the gate and weather mark. They used a finish boat that was well camouflaged so the finish was mostly invisible!  It made for some interesting finishes.  But we had single and double-trap conditions under sunny skies all day Saturday.

Sunday was more of the same.  Only this time the breeze was a little lighter – mostly no trap to single-trap.  Both days were very puffy, and crew work was at a premium.  Sunday the wind was fickle and oscillating all over the place, so strategy and boat placement on the course and relative to the fleet was at a premium.

My first time going to this regatta was last year.  I drug my heels going to it cuz it was so far away.  But Laura kept saying it was a lot of fun.  Well, she was right!  The Eugene Yacht Club puts on a great time, and it is a lot of fun to meet up with sailors from other parts of the division.  The lake has flat water, and when the breeze is up (and the sun out), it’s tough to hit the beach without a smile.  I would definitely recommend putting it on your regatta list for next year.

The Youth Wave NAs take over Sail Sand Point this coming Thurs.-Fri. in advance of the bigger sailors arriving Fri.-Sat. for next weekend’s Splash.  Lynn & Jeff Rickard have graciously opened up their “eastern 40”  acres to sailors for camping over the weekend.  I’ve been out to their place, and they have a nice spread.  Should make for a good party!

Passing of a dear friend in our Hobie family

It is with heavy hearts, and great sadness, we report the loss of a super sailor, husband, son, and friend to all of us. Todd Christensen passed away November 20th, at his parents home while recovering from major surgery. Starting at the age of 13, Todd was a big part of the Hobie Cat family, over time joining the International F18 Class Catamarans, and keel boat fleets as a member of the Shrek team. Todd could do it all, from foredeck to skipper, on a large monohull, a fast F18 or master of the Hobie 16.todd at quinault

As an engineer and master craftsman, Todd helped our sailing community immeasurably. From storing and transporting race gear, to modifying trailers for hauling as many boats as possible to events. In his spare time, he volunteered to man chase boats, help with youth programs, organize regattas, and hold various officer positions in our Division and Local Fleets.todd

You are welcome to join us in a celebration of his life on Saturday, December 13th at 2 pm at

John Knox Presbyterian Church
109 SW Normandy Rd
Seattle WA, 98166
(206)-241-1606

Please share/send/post photos you may have collected during the time we were able to share our lives, and sailing, with Todd.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name for new sailors at Sail Sand Point Youth Sailing.

Hobie 16 North Americans — Lewes, DE

Two Div. 4 teams just returned from the 2014 H-16 North American Championships hosted by Div. 11 in Lewes, DE. Rich McVeigh, Carol HIlk, and Mark Santorelli did a fantastic job of organizing this event for the 47 teams from the 5 countries represented. This event had a little extra “pizzazz” because it was also a qualifier for 3 teams for the Pan Am games in Toronto next summer.

The fabulous Lewes Yacht Club hosted the event on the beach just off Delaware Bay. LYC has all the facilities of a top-notch yacht club, including a large swimming pool, fantastic changing rooms and shower facilities, bar, restaurant, meeting rooms, and lots of other amenities. The beach was soft, sandy, and white. Cat Trax were optional because the sand was so soft!

Representing Division 4 was the Fleet 95 team of Peter Nelson and Laura Sullivan. Fleet 72 was represented by the youth team of John Ped and Kendall ??. These guys were putting in their first regatta ever as a team, John’s 2nd NAs (he sailed the 18 NAs in the Gorge last month), and Kendall and John’s first 16 NA.

We had 3 races on Monday in double-trap, perfect conditions. The bay chop made steering a premium. Both teams sailed cleanly, but Nelson/Sullivan had some issues in the 2nd race of the day, flipped twice, and had to eat a DNF. Not good when you have a throwout only the 2nd race into the event.

Tuesday awoke to light air and both teams used their Northwest experience well with Nelson/Sullivan posting their best score of the event in the first race of the day — a 4th. Ped/Kendall posted their best score in the 2nd race — a 22nd.

Wednesday was a different story. The beach was howling and only half the boats rigged to go out before the racing was cancelled due to high winds. Mark Modderman/Tommy Butler and Rich McVeigh/Susie Korzniewski braved the elements for Gary Jobson’s video crew and did some beach fly-by’s to the “ooh’s” and “aah’s” of the crowd on the beach. Ultimately Rich won the capsize contest, 4-2.

Thursday was no better and was a 2nd lay day due to too much breeze. So PRO Santorelli moved the start time on Friday up to 0930 to make sure there were plenty of races.

Friday started in double-trap conditions, but easing throughout the day. Four races were held; the last in very light breeze. After that it was head to the beach, break the boats down, and get ready for the awards party at the yacht club.

Nelson/Sullivan hung on from their 8th earlier in the week to capture 10th overall. It was a very crowded fleet with only 2 notable ‘national’ teams missing (Figueroa and Borcherding). Otherwise, everyone who was anyone had a boat in the water. Ped/Kendall sailed remarkably well and consistent. They finished 6 of the 9 races in the 20s, and still ended up 32nd! Did we mention it was a very competitive fleet?!!!

Overall both teams learned a TON and are excited to bring those lessons back to the Northwest. If you want to learn how to race Hobie Cats, try signing up for a 5-day clinic with some of the best sailors in the world! Rumor on the beach was that the next event will be held in Pensacola, FL. But nothing official has been announced yet.

This youth team had two other youth teams they were keeping an eye on.