By admin ~ December 12th, 2008. Filed under: Features.
Racing RoundupBy Risa Merl
U.S. Sailing Introduces New
Rules, New Boats and Welcomes
Back Favorite Events in 2009
It happens every four years…the Racing Rules of Sailing change. Starting January 1, 2009, new rules will go into affect for 2009-2012. This year’s changes include revisions to Rule 18–the mark-rounding rule–which has been updated with a three-length zone. Other big rules have changed, and Rule 17.2 has been eliminated completely. North U is partnering with U.S. Sailing to offer a course specially designed to keep sailors up-to-date about the latest rule changes. The U.S. Sailing Rules Seminar will cover all these changes, and it will teach all the current rules to give sailors a refresher course. As a bonus, the seminar will include tactics and how to position your boat to take advantage of the rules. Taught by North U’s top instructors, it’s a bang for your buck with prices starting at $115 for U.S. Sailing members. Seminars will take place across the country, kicking off in St. Petersburg, Florida, on January 3, and running until April 25, in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, visit NorthU.com.
Also new this year, female sailors will be stepping out in new Laser SB3 boats designed by Tony Castro for women’s match racing, the latest Olympic sailing event. The first women’s match racing event in the U.S. will take place at the Miami Olympic Class Regatta (OCR). U.S. Sailing will generously supply 12 boats for this event, which retail at about $39,000 including trailer.
The Miami OCR celebrates its 20th anniversary in Coconut Grove, Florida, January 25-31, 2009. Last year’s event had a smaller than usual turnout due to sailors to preparing for the 2008 Olympics instead. But now, with four years to go till the next summer games, the world’s top sailors will be back at the OCR, proving themselves in their respective classes. New for 2009, the OCR will be the second stop on the inaugural International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 circuit. The OCR is already an ISAF Grade 1 world ranking event, and its inclusion in the new circuit will only add to the excitement of this world-class regatta.
Other exciting qualifying events for 2009 include youth events such as the U.S. Youth Multihull Championship, which will be held in conjunction with the ISAF Youth Worlds Qualifier January 17-19, and the U.S. Youth Sailing Championships taking place June 25-30. Other big events include the U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship September 10-13, U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sailing Championships taking place September 23-26, and the U.S. Match Racing Championship November 19-22.
Raises Money for Charity
More than 60 boats turned out to lift their sails and compete in a variety of classes in the name of a good cause during the 8th annual Sarasota Yacht Club Invitational Regatta, November 7-8, sponsored by Kadey Krogen Yachts in Sarasota, Florida. The event raised $30,000 for The Wellness Community, which provides education and support for cancer patients and their families and caregivers. Kadey-Krogen began partnering with The Wellness Community in January of 2008 when it hosted the Kruisin’ for a Kause event held in Sarasota, Florida, and is now a proud supporter of the charity. The event brought sailors and powerboaters together as the racers were cheered on by supporters from the decks of 21 powerboats, led by a 58-foot Krogen, Blue Heaven. Graceous won the Cruiser C class, Solitude won Cruiser B, Racer Cruiser A went to Joy Ride, XS took Spinnaker A, and Non Spinnaker went to In Tune.