Flying Scot Sailing Association

2016 North American Championships at Sail Newport - Special Awards

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Fleet 1 Trophy Winners from Clinton Lake Sailing Association - photo by Evan Locke

2016 North American Championships at Sail Newport - Final Day

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Championship Winners Zeke and Jay Horowitz and Challenger WInenrs Rob and Maggie Fowler - pictures by Even Locke

Well, the 2016 NAC at Newport is a wrap - and the winners are a Son-Father team and a Father-Daughter Team - how cool is that!  We sailed through Challenging conditions for the entire week, but it was NEWPORT and we were in one of the most beautiful sailing venues in the world.  Sailing out of Newport Harbor with the gorgeous view of the yachts and ships and sailing under the Newport Bridge was awesome.  

2016 North American Championships at Sail Newport - Day 2 of Finals

On another beautiful sunny 80-degree day in Newport, the morning brought us some breeze, but it was just inside the harbor and the current was against us, plus the sea breeze was coming if we could only wait for it.  The RC put up the postpone flag and we waited, and while we waited, Zeke Horowitz and Brian Hayes from North Sails put on a clinic for us that drew most of the competitors to the tent area to listen.  Lots of information was shared about rigging, sail trim, position of the team in the boat, and in general how to make the boat go faster.  About the time they were finishing up, in came the sea breeze, down came the postpone flag, and out went the fleet to the race course.

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Despite the postponement, the RC was able to hold two races one 4-leg W-L and one 3-leg W-L finishing upwind near the Newport Bridge which was on the way back to Sail Newport.  The Southwest winds were steady at 10-12 for both races.  The windward mark was not far from a channel marker and boats had to decide whether to sneak in between the mark and the channel marker or go around the channel marker.  A few boats had trouble navigating that area but

2016 North American Championships at Sail Newport - Day 1 of Finals

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Day 1 of finals was a lot more civilized that the qualifiers.  Although the 12 MPH northwest wind was more than the expected 8-10,.  We had a postpone in the AM to validate some results, but once that was done, down came the postpone flag and we were on the way out to race.  It was tough getting out to the race course with the tide and the wind against us and several boats tacked back and forth in place for a while trying to get to the Newport Bridge,  Once we got out to the committee boat south of Gould Island, we had the wind we needed and were less affected by the tides.  

The first race saw a significant windshift requiring a course change.on the second upwind leg.  Between races, the RC moved the marks twice with another significant windshift that eventually came right back to where were originally were.  Hopefully, during the delay, the sailors were taking in the local scenery which is just so pretty.  With two races down and 3 to go, 

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Zeke Horowirz and Brian Hayes from North Sails gave a great chalk talk after racing with lots of participation and great questions from the racers.  Hopefully we can all use what we learned on the race course tomorrow.  After a nice Italian dinner under the teant ont he Newport Bay waterfroint, we all headed back to rest up for tomrrow's raced. 

After Day 1, Zeke and Jay Horowitz are leaders of the Championship Divission and Rob and Maggie Foster are leading the Challenger Division.  Full resutls are here.

2016 North American Championships at Sail Newport - Qualifiers

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Things were wild on the water today at Newport for the 2016 NAC Qualifiers.  We had a nice ride out to the race course past so many sailboats/yachts you could not count, then under the Newport Bridge - what a beautiful sight!  On a nice sunny day in the 80's, 46 boats were ready to vie for their place in the Championship or Challenger Division, hopes were high for getting in all 3 races today, and we did.  

Race 1 with group A and B sailing together then group C and D sailing together, brought 10-12 MPH southwest winds, quite manageable and everyone sailed the race.  Race 2 with groups A and D and B and C, brought 12 MPH winds which had built to 16 by the end of the race and a few boats retired immediately after the race.  

Race 3 with group A and C and group B and D,  was a different story.  The wind at the starting line had continujed to build and was getting close to the limit in our guidelines.  Upwind we definitely had gusts way into the 20's and several boats retired before the race.  Sailing back we had 2 huge car carrier ships coming through the channel and the second fleet had all they could do to avoid them.  

With all that wind, there was just one protest which was denied and 1 request for redress which was granted.  Monday night was a free night so there were no formal social events.  Ready to do it all again tomorrow.  Results are here.

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