2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX - Finals Day 1


The 2018 NAC Day 1 Finals had a nice south to southwest 12 mph breeze in the morning, so 51 of the 52 boats ventured out for race 1. With the sun disappearing behind the clouds, the morning stayed in the low 80s and the folks who went right seemed to get the best lifts so the places changed again and again in both the Championship and Challenger Divisions. The RC ran a 5-leg windward leeward race that lasted a little over an hour. The wind moderated and picked up a few times to about 15 mph but the breeze stayed. The finish of the Championship Division was about as close as it gets, with Zeke and Jay Horowitz nosing out Samuel and Mike Mandell and Tyler Andrews and Bill Bruss.  The next 10 boats came in within 2 minutes of the lead boat!  In the Challenger Division, things were very different.  Forest and Mandy Atkins had a nice horizon job on the rest of the fleet, so far ahead that I could not get a picture of them finishing that showed the boats behind them- they went right both times!

We came back in for lunch and went back out for a 2PM start.  The wind had better ideas and the postpone flag went up.  When we got out to the race course, the wind had died and we waited over an hour before beginning to tow boats back in.  Wait, there’s more!

A little after 4PM the RC decided to go back out and we had race 2!  The wind was about 10-12 mph from the south and course 5 (windward leeward 5 legs) was posted.  The wind laid down a bit and the RC shortened the course to finish at the gates.  After 2 races, the top 3 in Championship are Zeke and Jay Horowitz, Griffin Orr and Tim Ponter, and Kelly and Heidi Gough.  In Challenger the top 3 are Melissa and Eric Hemker, Jody Smith and Annette Johnson, and Randy Pawlowski and Rafael Melendez.  Full results are here: http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=15921&show_crew=1

Pictures from today are being uploaded to: https://imageevent.com/ericbussell/nac2018tuesday

2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX - Qualifier Races are Done!

  2018NACqual   After 3 postponements due to heavy winds and gusts, we headed it out to the race course today at 2PM. The sun peaked out from behind the clouds but with the breeze it was not so hot, even though it was in the 80s out there. PRO Mark Foster and his Race Committee got in 2 excellent 4-leg windward leeward qualifying races in 10-14 MPH south to southwest winds. In both flights the leaders split off from the rest of the pack before ever reaching the windward mark and their chutes were flying a while before the next teams rounded the mark.   After qualifiers, the leader is Zeke Horowitz with his dad Jay crewing. The results will be split 50-50 between the Championship and Challenger DIvisions, with 26 boats in each divisions. There will be 3 days of finals with those two divisions. You can see the results here:   http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=15921&show_crew=1   Lots of pictures are being uploaded to:   https://imageevent.com/ericbussell/nac2018monday1

2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX - Qualifier Day


Qualifiers have not yet started - postpone flag is up.  We hope to start at 11 Texas time!

2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX - Juniors


photo by Diane Kampf

It was a beautiful sunny day in Texas with a 12 MPH southerly breeze - perfect for sailboat racing.  That's good because the Junior NAC was held today with 5 boats competing for the Fleet 76 Trophy.  After 2 races, there were two points separating 1st and 3rd place so it was very competitive.  After 3 great races, detailed results are at: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/15922#_newsroom .  Overall results are:

First place: Lucy Brock, Julius Heitkoetter and Taylor Synder  

Second Place - Rachel and Greta Mittman

Third Place - Sydney Calk and Jeff Progelhof 

Fourth Place - Cullen and Graham Bryant 

Fifth Place - Jamie Weston, Thomas Bergeron and Brandon Evans  

Thanks to Rush Creek Yacht Club, Steve Comen and his entire Race Committee for doing a great job of running the races.  Congratulations to all the competitors!

Pictures are being uploaded at https://imageevent.com/ericbussell/nacsunday1

2018 NAC at Rush Creek Yacht Club, Heath, TX - Lots of boats have arrived

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From registration to measurement and everything in between, Rush Creek Yacht CLub is ready for the 54 boats coming to race in this year's NAC.  Almost half the boats are already measured and everything is like a well-oiled machine.  The weather is beautiful and there is a nice breeze.  Are you here?  You should be!

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Get Fast and Stay Fast - by Zeke Horowitz, NAC Champion


Important factors that affect your Flying Scot boat speed




© Art Petrosemolo

We’ve all read it a million times from all of the sport’s top performers – “boat speed is king,” “the key to winning consistently is boat speed,” “you have to have top boat speed to win”…. There’s a lot of ways to say it… But how do we achieve it? THAT is the question.

In the Flying Scot, one of the most important factors for boat speed both upwind and downwind is the center board engagement. When sailing upwind we need to accurately trim the sails, put the boat on the right heading, and get the body weight in the right spot so that the boat can get going fast enough to allow the centerboard to start working and achieving maximum lift. If any one of those three trims are off, the boat will experience some sort of stall which will decrease lift of the board and increase the distance between us and the fast guys!

The generic tip is “speed before height”. This is a simple concept that most of us understand – but it’s the execution of this technique that can be difficult. It all starts with positioning. The boat has to be in a place where you are able to ease the sails a bit, put the bow down, and let it rumble. If you are sailing with someone to leeward, you aren’t able to make this move and instead you are stuck trying to live in high mode which can be very unforgiving. It’s crucial to make every effort to make tactical decisions that keep people away from your leeward hole. Make sure that you have a big hole to leeward of you right after the start.

A couple keys to achieve that are:

1. Use a “high kill” in the last minute where you get the boat to coast at head to wind (without losing flow/steerage). If the boat to leeward of you isn’t matching, then that hole is getting bigger.

2. Accelerate the boat in the last 10-15 so that you can ultimately “pull the trigger” at 2 or 3 seconds which allows the boat to be already close-hauled at full speed at the gun. Of course this requires accurate knowledge of where the line is, but if you can already be full upwind with the center board working when the gun goes off, you are going to have plenty of room to leeward of you to let the boat rumble.

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