2019 H16/ H20 NAC Wrap-up report

Now the park is empty again and everyone is wending their way home, I truly want to thank everyone who made the journey from near and far to attend the event at our favorite location to sail. Yes, the week got off to a wet start with a rainy weekend, a no-wind Monday and a wet, shifty northerly on Tuesday. Wednesday started with the Northerly then went glassy, then our true Harrison Wind showed up. About 2:30 the call came over the radio: ‘The southerly is here and it’s building!’ The wind quickly rose to 10-12 knots and 3 races were quickly  run giving us an Event (3 races) and a throwout! (5 races). Everyone hit the beach and enjoyed the evening party with hope and enthusiasm. Thursday the wind was ready before we were and another 5 races were run under sunny skies with the wind rising to gusts of 15-16 knots. Friday appeared the same way, wind on the course, sunny skies and 4 more races were run with winds peaking at 17 knots. There were many great starts, a few capsizes, some exciting downwind runs and a lot of smiles on the sailors as they crossed the finish line. The event finished with 14 races in total over the course of the week. A big thanks to our Food providers: Debbie Hughes (Sunday/ Monday), Memphis Blue BBQ House Kelowna (Wednesday), and Lori’s Catering Harrison (Friday) for their excellent meals. Also a big thanks to our entertainers Todd Richard (Sunday) and Cousin Harley (Wednesday). As always, sponsors make a big difference in any event like this, support them when you can. But most of all, a huge thanks to all the volunteers who made the event what is was through their commitment of time and energy to make it all work as smoothly as it did. Be sure to give them the recognition they deserve when next you see them.

Paul Evenden, Event Chair, Event PRO

Final Results

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Hobie 16/ Hobie 20 NAC’s, Harrison Hot Springs

The weekend is over, everyone has arrived… and the fun begins…

Actually, the fun started Friday with the first boats arriving about noon. First in the park were Blair and Sasha Wallace and Pat Porter. John Holmburg showed up shortly after that. The a few more boats arrived during the day with the bulk of sailors showing up on Saturday. The weather was overcast but not rainy as people arrived, unpacked their boats and proceeded with the Weigh-in and check-in. A bit thanks to Scot Chapman who was our tractor driver taking boats from the road side and moving them into the park. Size didn’t matter as he brought everything from single boat trailers to Jim Sohn’s (Iowa) cargo trailer with 6 H16, 3 bikes, 3 cat trax, 2 Eclipse paddle boards and 1 kayak.

The final 5 boats showed up on a rainy Sunday and everyone was there. Practice racing started on the water about 2:30 in damp conditions and about 10 knots on the lake. It was more for the Race Management team to get out the kinks ready for Monday’s racing, but about 15 sailors came out and did some practice starts and a few ‘almost’ races…

Sunday nights Meet and Greet had some great hors d’oeuvres, (which disappeared quickly!) and live music by local singer Todd Richard and the TR band.

The weather is looking to clear up during the week so hopefully we will see the sun so people are able to enjoy the true beauty of Harrison.

Check out the North Americans Facebook page for more information and pictures.

Harrison Regatta 2019…

Well, another Harrison Regatta is in the books and complete! Thanks to all the great volunteers who make it happen, from race committee to food prep, it can’t be done without them. And a special thanks to Mark Moddermann who came out from New Jersey to coach our H16 sailors (and the others as well) to get ready for the up coming H16 North Americans in 2 weeks!

This weekend we saw winds from 10-15 knots, some great tight racing and many leader changes during the racing. The weather stayed clear, except for a bit of rain on Sunday morning, it was all done before the sailors arrived on-site.

Mark did some great clinics on boat handling, body movement and on the water strategies… Also, a big thanks to our own Laura Sullivan who helped Mark talking about body movement on the boat from the CREW’s perspective!! A lot of great information was shared this weekend… we’ll see how much was retained!!

Andrew Gross, who looks after Tim Dorwin on the chase boat, took some great pictures during the weekend.. . SEE THEM HERE

Also, Mark took some great video of the sailors, this will be prepared into a one video presentation and will be posted here soon….

Final results can be found HERE

Todd Christian Memorial/ Skamakawa Regatta : Quinalt Regatta : Harrison Regatta Online registration

Division 4 has started using a new system for online credit card payments called Events.com. Some of you have already used it for Cultus and Jericho. It is an easy, streamlined system which keeps your information secure so you don’t have to enter it every time. We have been fortunate also that we have arranged a reduced fee with the administration for any event registrations we put through the system. The next 3 regattas are now setup for it’s use. Use the following links to access and pre-register for each event.

Skamakawa Regatta

Quinault Regatta

Harrison Regatta

We look forward to seeing you there!

2nd Annual Hobie Ski of a Lifetime Planned

That’s right,  now in it’s second year, you won’t want to miss this.  It is a Hobie ski trip of a lifetime!  …even if you are not a skier.  Mark your calendar for Feb. 9-10 at White Pass ski area.

Last year Rich Arneson put together — yep, you guessed it — the 1st Annual Hobie Ski of a Lifetime.  We had sooo much fun we had to do it again.

Rich’s cabin is a slopeside ski in/out A-frame owned by the Olympia Ski Club, of which Rich is a member.  It was built in the 1950s and the chalet is absolutely incredible.  It is set up for a large group…like us!

The first floor has lockers and equipment storage and bathrooms and showers.  This is where most of any wet gear resides.  Go to the 2nd floor and you are greeted by a cozy living room with fireplace, open dining room and open kitchen.  The kitchen is set up as a commercial kitchen and can handle whatever you want to cook.

The 3rd floor is the men’s dormitory.  We sleep in sleeping bags on cushions in bunk beds.  Quite comfy actually.  Especially after a day of skiing.  The women’s dorm is either on this floor or the 4th floor.  There is even a small family dorm for families with small children.  The whole thing is decked out pretty trick.

Last year we had 2 groups skiing on the mountain.  Snow was prefect.  There was so much laughing our sides were splitting.  Great way to build friendships.  See you there!

 

‘Lectronic Latitude rocks it with youth on Nacra 15s in 30k!!!

Hats off to Latitude 38.  This S.F. rag posted this article about youth teams on Nacra 15s in 30k!!  Yee haw!  Included Nick Lovell (Johnny’s boy from Olympic Tornado fame in the 90’s).  This stuff pumps me up.  The photos are awesome!!

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About Last Weekend

May 18, 2018 – San Francisco, CA

On Monday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, we asked the West Coast about their weekend. Last Saturday in San Francisco, we had gnarly, gale-force winds offering both glory and carnage for sailors. In response to our query, Kimball Livingston wrote the following subject-line-only email: “We sailed teenagers on Nacras on Saturday. All day.” Intrigued, we asked for pictures.


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Local Nacra 15 sailors Jack Sutter (helming) and Charlotte Versavel — both of whom are 15 years old — looked pretty comfortable in last weekend’s big winds.

© 2018 Bryan Paine

As it turns out, there was a Nacra 15 clinic held at St. Francis Yacht Club last weekend with juniors from around the country. Local boats included sailors Jack Sutter and Charlotte Versavel, as well as Hoel Menard and Cali Salinas.


Coach Bryan Paine photographed all the action. Nick Lovell — the 13-year-old son of Tornado silver medalist Johnny Lovell — sends his bows deep.

© 2018 Bryan Paine

“As chair of our junior committee,” Livingston wrote, “I can say that we are pleased to find that the Nacra 15s are manageable for young teenagers  — much more stable than 29ers. Last Saturday’s clinic was sailed in an ebb-tide drubbing with gusts to the high 30s; without that manageability it would have been over in a hurry. Not that it was easy. The only skipper who didn’t capsize was 13-year-old Nick Lovell from New Orleans.”


Sutter and Versavel (crewing) out on the trapezes and lookin’ good.

© 2018 Bryan Paine

“When the weather moderated on Sunday,” Livingston — who is also a St. Francis Staff Commodore — continued, “we sailed the kids under the Golden Gate Bridge and almost out to Point Bonita. Then the coaches lined them up and said, ‘Send it.'”


“Here are Hoel Menard and Cali Salinas, sending it,” Kimball wrote us.

© 2018 Kimball Livingston

– latitude / tim

Hobie 101/102

Last Saturday Fleet 95 held its annual Hobie 101/102 class at Sail SandPoint.  The weather was great.  Unfortunately the  turnout was not as great as the weather.  Only two people showed up for each class.  It was great to see the turnout from the fleet, though.  In attendance were: Al & Kailey, Laura & Xena, Peter & Will,  Tim, Josh, and Caleb.  Paul & Bob were in the yard working on the 17, and ready to jump in if needed.

The weather was sunny and warm.  The light northerly in the morning we thought for sure would, um, peter out.  But not so.  Instead it built to a perfect 10!  So while Tim and Al were  holding court under the tent for three of the students in 101, Peter was 1-on-1 with Ken (from Quinault) for 102.  (Ken’s 16-year-old crew joined 101.)

After a great lunch we rigged Laura & Tim’s boats while showing the nubes how to.  After a brief clothing change the two boats were off the beach enjoying a perfect sail under sunny skies.  Those not sailing formed a peanut gallery at water’s edge with camping chairs and shared a wonderful day in the sunshine.

It was sad to see Caleb’s 17 load up and drive away with new owners.  He sold it to some West Seattle guys who likely will not be racing.  We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

We all packed our gear up to head home.  But not before we helped retrieve Tim’s tent which had managed to jump over two cars with the help of that beautiful northerly.  It was simply a fantastic day all around for the fleet.

 

PSSR 2018 Recap

Puget Sound Spring Regatta (PSSR) – small boat is hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club (CYC) out of Shilshole Marina in Seattle each year.  If you are a fair-weather sailor then this is probably not the regatta for you.  Each year that we have been doing it (for the past 3-4 years) there has always been good breeze.  The time of year just lends itself to that.  The bigger body of water (Puget Sound) produces a nice chop that is a great learning/training ground and great way to start off the sailing season.

This year was no different.  Last weekend 7 boats showed up.  The low turnout was disappointing, but the sailing was not.  Committee got 5 races off each of the two days for a total of 10!  Saturday we had a 5-10k southerly and Sunday came in with a 10-15k northerly.  That northerly was pretty cold!

But the facilities at CYC helped take the edge off.  The club served up donuts in the morning and dinner at night.  In addition, there are hot showers downstairs, a bar upstairs, and a beautiful, west-facing set of windows to watch the sunset over the marina.

Five 18s showed early strength including Paul Evenden and Cal Bridge coming down from Canada.  They joined locals Paul VonStubbe, Ethan Salkind, and Jere Bott to create a class.  Unfortunately they were forced to start with the only two 16s that showed up — Tim Webb and Peter Nelson.

Hopefully we can get more support next year as we are looking to partner with CYC for future events.  PSSR is a great way to start the sailing season.  (Sorry no photos.  This interpid reporter was still suffering jet lag!)

 

Cultus Lake Recap

What a fun regatta!!  But it didn’t start out that way this year.  When sailors showed up Friday afternoon for a little afternoon sail it was cold and rainy.  ‘Hotel room sailing’ was quickly decided upon.

As the first ‘official’ Hobie regatta of the season, it was fun seeing good friends again.  There was lots of chatter on the beach and catching up as we waited for the breeze to fill in.  Finally it did and it was boats off the beach.

Winds were light-to-moderate with large shifts and enough big puffs to keep everyone honest (and upright!).  The highlight of the entire weekend, including Saturday — was watching the 3 youth teams battle in the H-16 fleet.  JJ Hoag and Jessie Markovich were by far the most entertaining.  You could hear them giggling and laughing all the way around the course.   And when they won a race — which they did on multiple occasions — the high 5’s and cheering were unstoppable.

While the two girls were trying to put a tight cover on John Ped and Alex LeBlond, they let Will Nelson and Josh Markovich head to the other side of the course.  And on a couple of those races the latter two sailed themselves into victory circle.  That proved to be just enough as Will/Josh eeked past the two tied teams by one point to steal the victory.

In the 18 class a very strong showing of 12 boats hit the line.  Peter & Laura showed great upwind speed, but it was Paul & Vanessa who showed everyone how to sail downwind.  But a lousy second race put Gillian in the driver’s seat, just 2 points back of Peter/Laura after Saturday’s racing.

The dinner Saturday night was particularly cool in that many of the pu-pus looked like sailboats!  There was lots of catching up to do, and later that night a gang of 8-9 teenage sailing thugs were seen roaming the streets of the resort pounding down a 1/2 gallon of ice cream!  Dangerous stuff.

Sunday started out looking promising.  But the wind never filled until very late in the afternoon.  PRO Steve Brunson set a short course and rattled off 4 very short races.  The races were quite refreshing because it was like short-track racing, with a premium on crew work.  In the end the Von Stubbe’s were able to overhaul Gillian and grab second place.

Other notables were Will and ____.  New sailors from Vancouver borrowing an older boat.   They got everyone’s attention right off the bat with a 2nd place in the first race.  Sandbaggers!