Gold Fleet Finish Photos

July 23, 2010 3:14 pm

IMG_2429Sean Brennan, Coral Reef Yacht Club, shown at left crossing the finish line first in Gold Race 1 on Friday. In his post race interview, he said “I felt really good.  My strategy was to start at the right at the Boat, and play the shifts.  But the wind was oscillating and was shifty.”

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Haddon Hughes, Houston Yacht Club, winning Gold Race 2 on Friday.   After the race she told T2P.TV in her post-race interview that she stayed on the shifts and played the pressure.

Haddon also won the Girls Championship on Tuesday.

First set complete

July 23, 2010 12:30 pm

One set of racing has been completed on Day 3 of the 2010 USODA Layline Nationals.  We have light west, south-west winds at 4-7 knots.  All fleets were started under Z-flag.  We have a great spectator and coach fleet watching around the course and we’ve reminded all boats to go slow and make no wake.

We’ve seen a few fins out on the race course.  For our younger sailors who may not be familiar with the area, those fins are dolphins and NOT sharks.  They’re friendly and won’t harm anyone.

The wind appears to be holding and is expected to shift further south and build as the day goes on. We hope to get a couple more sets in.

Outlook for Friday, July 23

July 23, 2010 7:36 am

With no sailing on the championship course yesterday, the sailors start out racing today in the championship divisions.  Based on their position from day 1 racing, the sailors have been put into 4 divisions with the best 67 sailors in Gold, then Silver, then Bronze, and then Pearl.

Today is going to be the hottest day of the regatta so far.  Be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and drink water.

A couple of SI changes were posted which clarify how the championship series will work.

The Green Fleet will continue with some on-land instruction first thing followed by racing and coaching on the water.

Schedule

  • 0830 Skippers’, parents’, and coaches’ meeting
  • 1000 First warning signal

Weather

High today of 97. Mostly clear with no chance of storms until the evening hours.  Winds will be light and from the south west to start the morning.  They will likely ease around mid-day and a south easterly sea breeze should start to build later in the day.

Water

The water temperature is 83.9.  High tides are at 9:30am and 9:59pm.  Low tide is at 3:54.

7/22 Notices

July 22, 2010 9:14 pm
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Racing Abandoned Today

July 22, 2010 2:37 pm

Racing on day 2 of the 2010 USODA Fleet National Championship has been abandoned.  The sea breeze never managed to come in and never had more than 6 knots of wind all day.  There will be a 5pm competitors’, coaches’, parents’ meeting to review the format of the final 2 days of racing.

The green fleet has been out on the course for most of the day and got in at least half a dozen races.  They were able to race in a small area nearer land that did have just enough wind for them to sail.

Photos from this morning can be found here. Results from the conclusion of yesterday’s racing are here.

Championship Course Postponed on Shore

July 22, 2010 12:07 pm

The championship course is currently postponed on shore. The sailors were brought in having sailed no races at about 10:45. The race committee intends on making another announcement at 1pm.

The green fleet went out around 11 and is still currently racing in light winds near the entrance to Jackson Creek. Watch live now on Sailgroove.

The hope is that the sea breeze will be able to overcome this light northerly wind we have and we’ll be able to go back racing later this afternoon.

There’s also a great view of all of the optis moored near Jackson Creek on the webcam.

Outlook for Thursday, July 22

July 22, 2010 7:48 am

Today will be our second day of fleet racing. The sailors have been re-grouped into new divisions based on their finishes yesterday. We’ll start the day with a competitors’, skippers’, and coaches’ meeting, launch boats and go racing.

Sailgroove will be out on the water again broadcasting the racing live. We’ll be posting updates on twitter and keep an eye on the blog for updates.

This evening Christchurch school will be hosting a reception and competitors dinner for the sailors. We’ll have a DJ for some entertainment.

Schedule

  • 0830 Skippers’, parents’, coaches’ meeting
  • 1000 First Warning Signal
  • TBD Following racing – competitors dinner, etc

Weather

Today high of 92. Partly cloudy this morning clearing by mid afternoon with a change of afternoon thunderstorms. We’ll have light winds out of the North this morning and that should give way to a sea breeze out of the south, south-east this afternoon.

Water

The water temperature is 82.7. High tides are at 8:36am and 9:10pm. Low tide at 3pm.

Fleet Nationals Day 1 Recap

July 21, 2010 8:20 pm

Optis at the start day 1The 2010 USODA Layline Fleet Nationals opened today with 261 competitors sailing on the championship course and .  Ian MacDiarmid, Nic Muller and Duncan Williford all won all of their races to be tied for first after the first day of racing.

The day started with a competitors’, coaches’ and parents’ meeting where our event officials addressed the group and shared important information about the regatta.  As part of the meeting the Girls National Championship awards were handed out.

The first warning was scheduled for 11 and the after a brief delay the race was started a short time later.  All day we had winds out of the west with 8-10 knots winds.

The sailors were separated into 4 divisions of a little over 60 competitors each.  Tomorrow they’ll be regrouped again to give different competitors a chance to sail against each other.

All four divisions started the first race successfully under P-flag.

optis on the line day 1On the second race the blue fleet was the only fleet to start under P flag. The tide helped push sailors over early on the first try for the other 3 groups which were recalled. All 3 other groups successfully started on their second try which was under Zulu flag.

The third race was also started under Z-flag for most of the divisions.  Our wind held steady most of the with a slight shift to the right.

Nic Muller (US Sailing Center Martin Count), Duncan Williford (Lauderdale Yacht Club), and Ian MacDiarmid (Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club) all had stellar days on the water.  Each of them were in separate divisions and each took bullets in all 3 races.

Racing concluded around 4:30 and sailors headed back to shore.  Our food vendors J&W Seafood and DooWilly served everyone dinner and that was followed by the USODA Annual General Meeting.

Check out our website(http://optinationals2010.org) for photos, videos and updates throughout the week.