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TP52 World Championship Day 1

Mahon, Menorca The 2016 TP52 World Championship began Wednesday with two windward leeward races in 12-20 knots from the southwest.  There was a decent seaway as a front had passed through the area during the night. The World Championship fleet consists of 12 boats from 8 countries.  The racing is very tight as all the […]

J70 Lake Garda Final

Photos by Marta Rovatti Studihrad Riva del Garda Five more races we held over Saturday and Sunday for the J70, Alcatel Italian Circuit Championship. The conditions continued to be challenging on Saturday, in that they were not classic Lake Garda.  Saturday featured light winds where the left side of the course paid hugely most of the time. […]

J70 Riva del Garda

Photo by Marta Rovatti Studihrad Riva del Garda I am here in Italy training with the team that I will race with at the J70 World Championship laster this month in San Francisco.  It is an Italian team and this weekend were are racing the final event of their annual circuit.  Three days and 9 […]

Star District 6 Championship-Vancouver

English Bay Danny and I came up to Vancouver to race against the best of the northwest on Labor Day weekend.  Danny recently moved to Seattle, we thought we would join in the racing up here in beautiful Vancouver BC, home of Star World Champion Ross McDonnald.  Ross, no longer sailing the Star, was mountain […]

Lake Sunapee Open

Harbor at Sunapee Yacht Club Newport, New Hampshire This weekend I participated in the Lake Sunapee Open in the Star Class. The northeast has a long tradition of Star Class racing and Lake Sunapee has had Star racing since 1939. I have long wanted to experience racing on these lakes and finally my opportunity came. […]

Matha’s Vineyard Round the Island Race

Saturday, an 80 boat fleet of various sizes and speeds, raced the 57 nm course, counter clockwise around Marth’s Vineyard.  The forecast was not great but in the end, a nice southwesterly seabreeze filled in and helped the fleet get around before dark. In the TP52 class, we had a good battle with Vesper and […]

Edgartown Race Week Final

Edgartown, MA It was a rainy and dreary start to the day out here on Marth’s Vineyard. By 11:00, it became a blustery and rainy day.  The racing started at 11:00 and I haven’t sailed in that much rain in a while. Three races were held for the TP 52’s today.  Phoenix won the day with […]

Edgartown Race Week

Edgartown, Marth’s Vineyard This is the third leg of the east coast IRC summer series. 4 races were held today, in 9-12 knots from the southwest for the IRC fleet.  The three TP52’s had hard fought battles as usual. Onboard Phoenix, we had 4 good starts. The left looked good in the first half of […]

Rolex NYYC Race Week-Final

Photo by Daniel Forester-IRC 1 start Newport, Rhode Island The wind was very late to fill in today leaving just enough time for one race. At the start we had 8 knots from the southwest and a rolling sea. Onboard Phoenix we felt the left side was going to have more wind so we started […]

Rolex NYYC Race Week-Day 3

Newport, Rhode Island IRC class 1, which includes the TP52’s was assigned to the “stadium” course inside the Bay and in front of Fort Adams today.  The wind were light, under 10 knots throughout the racing period.  Racing got cut a bit short at 14:00 as a large thunderstorm built just to the north of […]

Rolex NYYC Race Week-Day 2

Newport, RI The Race Committee sent us on the Coastal Race today.  The wind was blowing 15-20 knots form the south today. The course had us starting just north of the Jamestown Bridge, sailing upwind, south to a sea buoy about 3 miles south of Castle Hill and then all the way back north, into […]

Rolex NYYC Race Week

Vesper (inside) and Spookie rounding the windward mark. Newport, R.I. I am here in Newport racing onboard Phoenix, a TP 52 designed by Botin. We raced the boat a month ago here and broke our mast.  It has been a very tight schedule to get the mast repaired and the boat back out on the […]

Star District Championship-Final

Marina Del Rey All 15 teams were back out on the Santa Monica Bay today for the final three races of the District 5 Championship. The conditions for race 4 (first of today) were 9 knots from the southwest, sunshine and smooth seas. Danny and i had a good srart down at the left end […]

5th District Champiinship

Marina Del Rey 15 teams showed up to contest the 5th District Championship which is being held concurrently with the King of Spain regatta, an annual So Cal classic. Three races were schedule for today and we had  7-10 knots of wind from the southwest with a gentle swell. The fog line moved over and […]

Star World Championship 2016

Coconut Grove Today was the final race of the 2016 Star World Championship.  The wind was slow to build but finally came in at 7-8 knots from 060.  It was blowing over Key Biscayne onto the course and this made for very shifty conditions and significant deltas of wind pressure. After several attempted starts, we […]

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Star World Championship

Coconut Grove Race 5 was held yesterday in a light 7-8 knot breeze from the south east.  The sun was out, the sea was flat and warm.  It was classic Star sailing on Biscayne Bay. After three general recalls of the start, the Black Flag came out and  3 teams were caught out by this.  Brian and I […]

Star World Championship

Battling the kelp today. Marco Oquendo photo Coconut Grove Race 4 was held today for the 73 competitors in the Star World Championship on Biscayne Bay.  The winds were light again blowing in from the southeast at 7-8 knots. I felt like it was going to be good on the left today so we started […]

Star World Championship

Skin cancer awareness has hit the Star Class and we are all wearing these neck and face covers. Photo was from Race 2. Photo by Marco Oquendo. Coconut Grove Day 3 of the Star World Championship started off without wind.  The fleet waited for over an hour before we could attempt to get a race started. […]

Star World Championship

Coconut Grove Race 2 of the 2016 Star World Championship was held today on Biscayne Bay.  At start time, 11:30, the wind was in at 16 knots from 085 and stayed pretty much the same all race.  Having said that, there were 15 degree oscillations and 4 knot changes in windspeed.  It was still a […]

Star World Championship

Coconut Grove Coral Reef Yacht Club is hosting the 2016 Star World Championship this week.  75 boats from 13 countries are competing with 8 former World Champions in the lineup. The format is one race a day with a lay day mid way through the week. Today was the first race. The wind was blowing 16 […]

St. Barths Bucket Final

St. Barths, French West Indies Another perfect day today with winds a bit further right coming out of 130 at up to 20 knots. The course for the final race was clockwise around the archipelago of St. Barths. For the third time, Peter Holmberg and I devised a good strategy to get clear of the […]

St. Barths Bucket

St. Barthelemy French West Indies Another beautiful day for sailing down in the Caribbean.  Today the winds were slightly more to the right at 110 and 15 knots. The course for the today is known as the “not so wiggly” course.  The fleet starts downwind to the west and goes around some rock at the […]

St. Barths Bucket

Saint Barthelemy, French West Indies Today was day 1 of the 2016 Super Yacht Bucket.  I am sailing onboard Rosehearty with Joey Kempfer for the third time in a year.  36 Super Yachts are here racing divided into 5 classes.  Super yachts are yacht more that 100 feet in length and typically quite luxurious. Rosehearty is […]

89th Bacardi Cup

Coconut Grove Another perfect day for sailing today on Biscayne Bay with 12 knots of wind to from the southeast and sunshine. The final race was for all the marbles.  Robert Stanjeck with Fritjof Kleen (GER) up front and Diego Negri with Sergio Lambertenghi (ITA) were tied and no one else could beat either of […]

89th Bacardi Cup

photo by Cory Silken Coconut Grove Two races were held today on Biscayne Bay for the Star fleet. The conditions were perfect for the Stars, Southeast winds starting at 16 knots in the first race of the day and dropping to 10 knots by the end of the second race. Diego Negri and his crew, […]

89th Bacardi Cup

Photo by Cory Silken from Tuesday’s race. Cayard/Fatih in bow 41 in 18 knots of wind. Coconut Grove The wind was blowing hard all night and early this morning.  The Race Committee put up the postponement flag at 0900 and at 11:00 called it for the day.  This is a good call for the fleet on the […]

89th Bacardi Cup

A portion of the 60+ boats still tightly packed at the first mark after 20 minutes of racing.  Photo Cory Silken Coconut Grove Today was a perfect Miami day for sailing.  The wind was in the mid teens, the waves were good for surfing the boats downwind and the Star Class was out in force […]

Bacardi Cup

Coconut Grove Today was Day 2 of the 88th Bacardi Cup and all the forecasts were predicting big breeze-20 knots.  It didn’t materialize.  That’s why they call it a forecast and not a factcast. We had a much shorter day on the water which was appreciated by all. I was in bed at 8:15 last night! […]

Bacardi Cup

Coconut Grove Today was the first day of the 88th Bacardi Cup.  The Bacardi Cup started in Havana Cuba and was moved to Miami in the late 50’s. 70 Star teams from 14 countries are entered for the event. The wind was in from the east at 15-17 knots and all the teams were ready for […]

Walker Cup Final

Coconut Grove Two races were held today in a postcard perfect Miami.  10-15 knots from the North and clear blue skies. The Walker Cup is in honor of Harry Walker, who served the star class as secretary for many years.  The 43 competitors were competing to win the Walker Cup but also as a tune up […]

Walker Cup

Coconut Grove Three races were held today on Biscayne Bay for the Star fleet.  The Winter Series fleet has swollen to 40+ boats in anticipation of next weeks Bacardi Cup. The wind was generally steady in direction and strength with 10-14 knots from East Northeast.  This made for a shifty day as the wind was coming over […]

Schoonmaker Cup Final

Photo by Marco Oquendo Coconut Grove Two races were held today today in 8-10 knots from the east-southeast. We had our ups and downs but basically Danny sailed very fast downwind and we made huge gains on the final runs of both races to finish 9 and 7.  That was enough to move us up to 7th […]

Schoonmaker Cup

Coxonut Grove Danny and I are back in the Grove for more Star Racing. This time the Schoonmaker Cup with 20 other teams. For this event,  I am crewing for Danny. It has been fun to share the Star with him this past year and I hope he enjoys Star sailing for as many years […]

Zag Masters

Coconut Grove Two races were held today in 8-10 knots from the east on Biscayne Bay. This weekend is the “Masters” regatta in the Star Class. Obviously,  the name is indicative of a certain amount of life experience required to race in the “Masters”.  The Masters has become the Zag Masters in honor of Frank Zagarino, […]

Star Midwinter Championahip 2016

Coxonut Grove We had just one race today and that’s all Magnus and I needed to end the weekend on a good note. Truth be told, we were very lucky today.  At the start of the race, the pin end was favored 20 degrees and of course the black flag was up. We fouled Ante at […]

Star Midwinter Championship

Coconut Grove The wind was late filling in today so we didn’t get the first race of the day started til 14:00. There is no other way to say it than the starting lines were horrible. Yet, the race committee put the black flag up! We haven’t had a race in this regatta without the […]

Star Midwinters Day 2

Coconit Grove Three races were held today on Biscayne Bay for the Stars. The winds were 6-10 knots from the South-Southwest. I made a cardinal mistake in race 1 and was over early with the black flag up. So we were instantly disqualified. I was kicking myself for the whole day. Sorry Magnus! John Max […]

Star Midwinter Championship 2016

Coconut Grove No wind, no race. Actually, we got 3/4’s of the way around the course in a northerly breeze that started at 4 knots and died to less than 1, when the race committee abandoned the race. It was good for Magnus and I as we were in about 12th place. 3 races are […]

New Star

Coconut Grove It’s winter in the northern hemisphere so where do Star sailors go? Miami. More than 30 teams are here in Miami for the 2016 Midwinter Championship. As usual the fleet is very is international with teams from Sweden, Italy, Germany, Canada, Argentina, France, England and USA. Today was a special day for me […]

SSL Finals Day 3

Nassau No wind today. Not sure I have ever had a day of no wind in my 10+ regattas in Nassau. It did happen in 1959 apparently! 1959 was otherwise a good year I am told. It is hard on the guys who were just a few points out of the top 11 and hoping […]