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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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!)
This last weekend a group of intrepid Div. 4 Hobie sailors took to the slopes at White Pass Ski Area for a weekend of frolicking and laughter. To describe it in one word would be “epic”. The fun, laughter, bonding, friendship, sport, and environment were all 10.5 on a 10 scale.
Kudos to Rich Arneson for organizing this event and hosting us at the slope-side chalet of the Olympia Ski Club. This A-frame was built by volunteer labor in 1955 and added a good dose of nostalgia and ambiance to our weekend.
Rich was ably assisted by Elizabeth Prout, who took over the weekend cooking responsibilities not just for our hungry mouths, but for the entire Olympia Ski Club. Between the ambiance of the lodge, Elizabeth’s cooking, and the hospitality and congeniality of the club members, we were treated like royalty. And as an added bonus, not one Hobie person got kicked out of anywhere the entire weekend! lol
On the slopes it was giggles and grins across the board. We had 7 on Saturday and 11 on Sunday when Della showed up with JJ in the morning while Matt Markovich drove Josh up Sat. night. It was just too much fun on the chair going up and on the runs headed down.
Eventually groups broke up according to skiing preference and skill. Bob Combie and Kayley Jones were cutting fresh tracks on the runs through the 4″ that fell Friday night. Al Jones was shifting time between skiing with Kayley and the tree crowd. The tree crowd included our personal guide and host Rich “Gorilla” Arneson, Paul “Smooth” Carter, Tim “Drop” (aka “Teardrop”) Webb, and “Crazy” Peter Nelson. Teardrop hooked up with Smooth Saturday afternoon after selling his 2nd boat to Will Schwenger from Canada in the morning. (Expect to see Will slicing through the race course this summer!) Turns out JJ is a powder hound, and dove into the trees on Sunday every chance she got.
It was soooo much fun because everyone was an accomplished skier so you were always skiing with a friend. When it was time to head back to the lodge there was warmth, food, refreshment, friends, and games. Based on the success of this weekend, expect to see more skiing opportunities in the future.
As we wind down the year at the incredible sailing season we had, it is a good time to look back and recognize the class champions. These are the sailors that put in the hard work, drove the miles, and climbed their way above the heap to claim the most points for the season.
Points are awarded based on class size as well as importance of the regatta. For instance, an area championship (Quinault) will earn extra points and a national championship will earn the sailor the most points. So if you are chasing the season championship then it pays to get to a bunch of regattas and do well.
These sailors will receive huge accolades, fame, and fortune. Speaking tours, speeches, you name it. Heck, any of them could run for office and win! If you missed them on Good Morning, America, well, too gad. They were great!
So here are the 2017 season champions in each of the Hobie classes.
J Rosenbach / Jessie Markovich
Tim Webb / William Cran
Will Nelson / Josh Markovich
Paul Evenden / Sarah Isaak
Paul Von Stubbe / Vanessa Von Stubbe
Gillian Thomson / Breshen Holmes-Slattery
Congratulations to each of these sailors for a job well done!
A couple of items to note. Paul/Sarah were #1 in the NATION this year! Nice going, guys. Guess you figured out how to make that boat go!! Von Stubbe and Thomson were 5 and 6, respectively, nationally. Newbie sailors (to Hobiedom) Will Schwenger & Angie McLaughin were right behind in 8th in their first year sailing a Hobie. Pretty cool!
In the 17s Wilder was 4th overall nationally. And in the 16s Rosenbach was 27th overall. But their standing would have been much higher had they gone to the North Americans, and had sailed in more than just the 4 regattas.
Overall Division 4 did a very respectable job. For the full results click here.