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Up to Speed & Smarts: Assess Your Risk Level at the Start

By David Dellenbaugh

Starting line racing Every race is full of choices. You can go to the left side or the right; start at the pin end or in the middle; cover the other boats or sail your own race; duck a starboard tacker or lee-bow them. The chance to make hundreds of choices in each race is part of the challenge and fun of sailing.

You don’t have to win the start to win the race.  © Clagett Regatta/Ro Fernandez

Each of the decisions that you make in a race involves a certain amount of risk. If you go all the way to the left corner you may lose everyone on the right. If you start in the middle (where it’s harder to judge the line), you might be OCS. Risk is not inherently good or bad. But if you don’t think about your own situation and how much risk you are willing, or need, to take, then your choices may not turn out to be very successful.

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Whitebread XXV is September 29, 2018

By Andrew Shemella

WhitebreadTwenty-five years! Wow, that’s a lot of years for a regatta that was started by five guys sitting around a table in a bar. The Sailing Instructions were written on a napkin, and they were just the course. Ten boats sailed in the original rendition of the Peconic Bay Sailing Association’s (PBSA) Whitebread Race. It must have been a good idea, because the race quickly grew to over 100 entries. It wasn’t long before there was a post-race party, and then a band and a barbecue.

© RJ LaBella/RJLaBellaPhotos.com
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Ideal 18 North Americans are September 29 & 30, 2018

Ideal 18The best Ideal 18 sailors from fleets up and down Long Island Sound, Rochester, NY and the Chesapeake will be converging on Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY the last weekend of September for two days of racing to determine the 2018 North American Champion.

A limited number of boats are available for charter on a first-come basis. When possible, competitors who are members of clubs providing boats for the charter pool will be assigned boats from their respective clubs.

© Mary Alice Fisher/maryalicefisher.com
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NYYC American Magic Announces Roster for 36th America’s Cup

New York Yacht Club American MagicNew York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, has announced an initial roster of 17 sailors who will train and compete with the team. The accomplished group includes nine Americans and sailors from four other nations. The 36th America’s Cup will take place in March 2021 off Auckland, New Zealand. The regatta will be sailed in the AC75 class, a new 75-foot foiling boat designed specifically for the next edition of the Cup that is expected to race with a crew of 11 sailors.

If things go NYYC American Magic's way in Auckland, the New York Yacht Club’s Harbor Court clubhouse in Newport might host subsequent America’s Cup regattas for years to come.   Photo © Dan Nerney 
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Champions Crowned at The Clagett and U.S. Para Sailing Championships

By Sam Crichton 

Clagett and US Para SailingForty-six sailors from across North America competed in the 16th C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta and the 2018 U.S. Para Sailing Championships, which were hosted by Sail Newport in Newport, RI June 20 - 24, 2018.

With 22 sailors, the singlehanded 2.4mR class was the largest fleet in the 16th C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta and the 2018 U.S. Para Sailing Championships.   © Ro Fernandez 

“We’ve just concluded the 16th Clagett Regatta and we couldn’t do it without the support of the volunteers, sponsors, supporters and especially the sailors,” said Clagett President and Co-Founder Judy Clagett McLennan (Portsmouth, RI). “We’re so thrilled that we’ve been able to join forces with US Sailing to host the U.S. Para Sailing Championships this year. We are working together to demonstrate the interest in sailing and to get it reinstated to the Paralympics.”

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Stonewall Sails Regatta

By Julia Miller

NEW_Stonewall_image_for_web.jpgHudson River Community Sailing (HRCS) and the Knickerbocker Sailing Association (KSA) came together on June 23, 2018 to celebrate the 15th Annual Stonewall Sails Regatta. What began as a gray and cloudy day brightened when a wave of 30 racers donning rainbow flags appeared in the HRCS boathouse on Pier 66 in Manhattan.

Gloomy skies and light air failed to diminish the enthusiasm of participants in the 15th Annual Stonewall Sails Regatta.   © Tom Kluepfel
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Up to Speed & Smarts: Make Your Jibes Efficient

By David Dellenbaugh

Speed & SmartsJibing is one of the most complex maneuvers you ever make on the race course. To get good at it, you must be skilled and practiced in your boathandling and sailhandling skills. These almost always make the difference between a mediocre rounding and a fast one where everything clicks.The key is adjusting the trim of your boat and sails as you jibe amidst a fleet of boats. It’s not easy because you have to focus on your own crew work and keep your head out of the boat at the same time. Here are some suggestions for smoother, more efficient jibes.

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The Newport Bermuda Race Aboard Elvis

By Chad Corning

ElvisTwenty-eighteen marked the first year multihulls were invited to compete in the Newport Bermuda Race, and we were thrilled to take part with Jason Carroll’s Gunboat 62 Elvis. Elvis has been much modified from original, and now sports a 28-meter rotating mast, external tillers and deep asymmetric daggerboards, all of which puts a bit of spring in her step, especially in lighter air. This would prove a decisive asset in this year’s race.

Still The King: Elvis is the first multihull winner of the Newport Bermuda Race.   © Daniel Forster

We were in good company with Greg Gigliotti’s Gunboat 62 Tribe (also with a taller rig), and NYYC Commodore Phil Lotz with his Gunboat 60 Arethusa – both very well sailed and well organized campaigns.

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A Very Strategic Newport Bermuda Race

Kawil Newport BermudaThe 51st running of the Newport Bermuda Race was a slow but strategically challenging race. Of the 169 boats that started in Newport, RI on Friday, June 15, 2018, 166 completed the 635-mile race in two to six days’ time (there were three retirements). After making very slow progress in the middle of the racecourse in light to non-existent winds, most of the fleet finished quickly on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

The first Super Yacht to win the Newport Bermuda Race is the 112-foot Kawil.   © Daniel Forster
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A Race Week Revitalized

Block Island Race Week

BIRW 2018

By James Gallacher

The inaugural reboot of the ‘off-year’ Block Island Race Week, co-hosted by Duck Island Yacht Club (Westbrook, CT) and Block Island Yacht Club June 17 - 22, is in the books.

Impetuous, a Swan 42 owned by longtime Race Week competitor Paul Zabetakis, claimed the overall win.   © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us

We were able to get four good days of racing in, with only one shore day (too much wind). The race committee, run ably by PRO Sue Reilly, did a great job getting the races going and a great job knowing when it was time to go back to the barn. Mudslides taste better when you’re not too gassed to enjoy them.

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