Archived News - 2011

Sail Sheboygan Newsletter - December 28, 2011

Happy Holidays! During this season of thanksgiving and sharing, we want to express how much we appreciate all of your efforts, contributions, support and enthusiasm towards the Simply Excellent Sailing for which Sail Sheboygan has come to be known here and around the world. We are also sharing this newsletter with those that may have an interest in Sail Sheboygan. Read more...

WMR International Qualifying Regatta - Florida, USA

Hosted by Key Biscayne Yacht Club (KBYC), Florida, USA from February 1-5 2012, the ISAF Grade 2 regatta will be the final chance for the Women's Match Racing teams to qualify their country for the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.
Click here for additional information and to request invitation.

Tune in to ESPN Classic on November 4!!!

Don't miss the following ESPN shows this weekend:

Championship Sailing: The Best of One Design Racing
Airdate: November 4 at 7:00pm ET on ESPN Classic

This one hour program focuses on one design racing. This production includes each of the ten Olympic Classes and interviews with many of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and several world champions. The program includes a feature on the history of one design racing in the early 1900s. All the equipment is identical in one design sailing. It is the skill of the sailor that makes the difference.

2011 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Airdate: November 4 at 8:00pm ET on ESPN Classic
Reair: November 6 at 2:30pm ET on ESPN2

The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup features 22 ten person teams from 16 countries in the second running of this competition. The racing takes place in identically matched Swan Club 42s. All competitors are amateur sailors, who must be members of the yacht club they represent. Eleven highly contested races were sailed over a five day period, off Newport, RI. This program was shot in Hi Definition aboard the race boats, from a helicopter and from the water.

Racing for an Ocean Record
Airdate: November 4, 2011 at 9:00pm ET on ESPN Classic

Racing long distances on the ocean is challenging because the weather ranges from powerful storms to dead calms. During the summer of 2011, 70 boats raced 473 miles from Annapolis, MD to Newport, RI. ESPN had cameras aboard four of the competing yachts including the overall race winner, Beau Geste plus Aurora, Flying Jenny VII and Dragon.
One month later, 90 boats competed in a 363 mile race from Marblehead, MA to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Three of the boats set course records. ESPN had camera crews aboard three boats including the overall winner Valkyrie, plus Aurora and Oakcliff Racing.

Racing at U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta – Final Oct. 30

Key Biscayne, Fla. (October 30, 2011)
In a dramatic conclusion to five days of racing, Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) and her Team Maclaren crew Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) won the 2011 U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta over Genny Tulloch (Sausalito, Calif.) and her Team GetSailing Alice Manard Leonard (East Haven, Conn.) and Jenn Chamberlin (Washington, D.C.). Tunnicliffe defeated Tulloch in two straight matches on Biscayne Bay.

With this win, Tunnicliffe secures the berth to represent the USA at the 2011 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Combined World Championships, Dec. 3-18, in Perth, Australia. The team will soon travel to Australia to begin training.

Tunnicliffe was up two wins over Tulloch coming into the day's matches after coming back to win the semi-final round.

“I'm really proud of my team,” said Tunnicliffe. “We came back and we've really gelled together as a team. We put a lot of time in on the water and depended on that. We took one race at a time. Training paid of in that when you see a situation at a regatta you know what to do. The more time you spend in the boat is going to help you.

Tulloch's team spent that past season sitting out the ISAF Sailing World Cup events as they were the third-place team at the U.S. Qualifier regatta in early 2011. With this second-place finish, they will have the second USA berth at World Cup events when the U.S. is given one.

“We're totally happy,” said Tulloch. “We didn't need to win this regatta. There's not a lot of difference between first and second. We didn't know until yesterday that we had a spring schedule and now we do.”

The day started with a passing storm squall resulting in 18-22 knots of wind for racing. Conditions on the race course made for a thrilling final flight of matches.

First up was the final match of the semi-finals to determine third and fourth place between Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) and Stephanie Roble (Chicago, Ill.). Barkow came into today with one win on her score card in the “first-to-two-wins” round and went at Roble, quickly winning the match to seal third place.

Barkow sails with Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.) and Alana O'Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) as Team 7 Match Race, while Roble, Maggie Shea (Chicago, Ill.) and Darby Smith (Chicago, Ill.) represent Chicago Match Racing Center.

Racing was run by the Key Biscayne Yacht Club Race Committee and organized in collaboration with US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee. Sail Sheboygan supplied the Elliott 6m Olympic class boats as well as on-the-water assistance.

As the top four skippers at this event, Tulloch, Barkow, Tunnicliffe and Roble advanced to the second, and final, selection event for the 2012 Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta, scheduled for May 4-7, 2012 at the Olympic sailing venue.vThe winner of that event will represent USA at the 2012 Olympic Games. The Olympic Regatta will be held July 27 – August 12, 2012, in the towns of Weymouth and Portland, which are located on the southern coast of England, approximately 120 miles southwest of London.

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Sail Sheboygan Newsletter - December 28, 2011

Happy Holidays! During this season of thanksgiving and sharing, we want to express how much we appreciate all of your efforts, contributions, support and enthusiasm towards the Simply Excellent Sailing for which Sail Sheboygan has come to be known here and around the world. We are also sharing this newsletter with those that may have an interest in Sail Sheboygan. Read more...

WMR International Qualifying Regatta - Florida, USA

Hosted by Key Biscayne Yacht Club (KBYC), Florida, USA from February 1-5 2012, the ISAF Grade 2 regatta will be the final chance for the Women’s Match Racing teams to qualify their country for the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.
Click here for additional information and to request invitation.

Tune in to ESPN Classic on November 4!!!

Don't miss the following ESPN shows this weekend:

Championship Sailing: The Best of One Design Racing
Airdate: November 4 at 7:00pm ET on ESPN Classic

This one hour program focuses on one design racing. This production includes each of the ten Olympic Classes and interviews with many of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and several world champions. The program includes a feature on the history of one design racing in the early 1900s. All the equipment is identical in one design sailing. It is the skill of the sailor that makes the difference.

2011 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Airdate: November 4 at 8:00pm ET on ESPN Classic
Reair: November 6 at 2:30pm ET on ESPN2

The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup features 22 ten person teams from 16 countries in the second running of this competition. The racing takes place in identically matched Swan Club 42s. All competitors are amateur sailors, who must be members of the yacht club they represent. Eleven highly contested races were sailed over a five day period, off Newport, RI. This program was shot in Hi Definition aboard the race boats, from a helicopter and from the water.

Racing for an Ocean Record
Airdate: November 4, 2011 at 9:00pm ET on ESPN Classic

Racing long distances on the ocean is challenging because the weather ranges from powerful storms to dead calms. During the summer of 2011, 70 boats raced 473 miles from Annapolis, MD to Newport, RI. ESPN had cameras aboard four of the competing yachts including the overall race winner, Beau Geste plus Aurora, Flying Jenny VII and Dragon.
One month later, 90 boats competed in a 363 mile race from Marblehead, MA to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Three of the boats set course records. ESPN had camera crews aboard three boats including the overall winner Valkyrie, plus Aurora and Oakcliff Racing.

Racing at U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta – Final Oct. 30

Key Biscayne, Fla. (October 30, 2011)
In a dramatic conclusion to five days of racing, Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) and her Team Maclaren crew Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) won the 2011 U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta over Genny Tulloch (Sausalito, Calif.) and her Team GetSailing Alice Manard Leonard (East Haven, Conn.) and Jenn Chamberlin (Washington, D.C.). Tunnicliffe defeated Tulloch in two straight matches on Biscayne Bay.

With this win, Tunnicliffe secures the berth to represent the USA at the 2011 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Combined World Championships, Dec. 3-18, in Perth, Australia. The team will soon travel to Australia to begin training.

Tunnicliffe was up two wins over Tulloch coming into the day’s matches after coming back to win the semi-final round.

“I’m really proud of my team,” said Tunnicliffe. “We came back and we’ve really gelled together as a team. We put a lot of time in on the water and depended on that. We took one race at a time. Training paid of in that when you see a situation at a regatta you know what to do. The more time you spend in the boat is going to help you.

Tulloch’s team spent that past season sitting out the ISAF Sailing World Cup events as they were the third-place team at the U.S. Qualifier regatta in early 2011. With this second-place finish, they will have the second USA berth at World Cup events when the U.S. is given one.

“We’re totally happy,” said Tulloch. “We didn’t need to win this regatta. There’s not a lot of difference between first and second. We didn’t know until yesterday that we had a spring schedule and now we do.”

The day started with a passing storm squall resulting in 18-22 knots of wind for racing. Conditions on the race course made for a thrilling final flight of matches.

First up was the final match of the semi-finals to determine third and fourth place between Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) and Stephanie Roble (Chicago, Ill.). Barkow came into today with one win on her score card in the “first-to-two-wins” round and went at Roble, quickly winning the match to seal third place.

Barkow sails with Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.) and Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) as Team 7 Match Race, while Roble, Maggie Shea (Chicago, Ill.) and Darby Smith (Chicago, Ill.) represent Chicago Match Racing Center.

Racing was run by the Key Biscayne Yacht Club Race Committee and organized in collaboration with US SAILING’s Olympic Sailing Committee. Sail Sheboygan supplied the Elliott 6m Olympic class boats as well as on-the-water assistance.

As the top four skippers at this event, Tulloch, Barkow, Tunnicliffe and Roble advanced to the second, and final, selection event for the 2012 Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta, scheduled for May 4-7, 2012 at the Olympic sailing venue.vThe winner of that event will represent USA at the 2012 Olympic Games. The Olympic Regatta will be held July 27 – August 12, 2012, in the towns of Weymouth and Portland, which are located on the southern coast of England, approximately 120 miles southwest of London.

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Racing at U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta – Day 3 Oct. 28

Key Biscayne, Fla. (October 28, 2011)
Where once there were eight teams, now there are four teams remaining in the 2011 U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta in Key Biscayne, Fla. After completion of the second Round Robin this morning by PRO Ron Drucker and the Key Biscayne Yacht Club Race Committee, the top four teams advanced to the Semi-Final Round. After three flights, Stephanie Roble (Chicago, Ill.) leads Genny Tulloch (Sausalito, Calif.) with two wins, one loss; while in the other Semi-Final match up Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) leads Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.).

Tulloch, who sails with Alice Manard Leonard and Jenn Chamberlin, won the Round Robins and had the advantage of selecting her opponent. She chose Roble who was fourth overall in the Round Robins.

The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics team of Tulloch, Leonard and Chamberlin easily won the first match and went into the second, where they lost to Roble.

With a win to each team, the third match in the “first-to-win-four” series would give one team an edge into Saturday’s concluding matches. Roble and Tulloch had a very close third match and it was down to the line for an almost photo finish. Roble’s spinnaker barely edged out Tulloch’s at the finish line for the win.

“We’re feeling really great; I’m excited about our finishes,” said Roble, who sails with Darby Smith and Maggie Shea. “Near the finish, Genny was able to jibe on top of us and cove us. She was getting closer and closer, and closing the distance between us. We knew she was going to hold us out from jibing to the finish line. We weren’t sure if she would do a double jibe or a fake jibe. When she jibed we went with her as if she was doing a double jibe, it was really close and exciting. I looked over (at the committee boat) and my spinnaker trimmer did a really good job easing the spinnaker to cross first.

“We had three great exciting against Genny and two came out to our favor, so we’re excited to have two wins.”

In the other Semi-Final match-up between Barkow and Tunnicliffe, Barkow won the first match, and then Tunnicliffe won the second. In the third match it was an even start with boats splitting tacks. Tunnicliffe, with Molly Vandeomoer and Debbie Capozzi, quickly tacked back to cover. From there it was an all-out tacking duel up the weather leg. Tunnicliffe and her Team Maclaren continued to lead the race and coming into the finish it looked like their lead would give them a win. Barkow was doing all she could to take the lead. A last gasp within two boat lengths of the finish line incurred a penalty and it was a win to Tunnicliffe.

“We get to fight hard to the end of every race,” said Barkow who finished the day with two wins, one loss against Tunnicliffe. “It’s stressful, it’s hot, and it’s hard work to keep mentally clear on the water. Our team was sailing well and we had good communication in tricky conditions. Every race the wind was different; a big cloud came through and really shook things up before the last match. It made the decisions on the race course pretty difficult. Overall, it’s really exciting to have a shot at this against great competitors.”

Wind was fairly light all day and temperatures hovered in the high 80s. The day was definitely a challenge for everyone. “We were just trying to keep our heads clear,” commented Roble. “We were trying to keep it simple.”

As the top four skippers at this event, Tulloch, Barkow, Tunnicliffe and Roble secured berths at the second, and final, selection event for the 2012 Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta, scheduled for May 4-7, 2012 in Weymouth, U.K.

The Semi-Final Round of the 2011 US Olympic Qualifying Regatta is scheduled to conclude on Saturday. Racing continues daily through Sunday, Oct. 30.

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Live Results

Racing at U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta – Day 2 Oct. 27

Key Biscayne, Fla. (October 27, 2011)
With the two round robins near completion at the U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta, three teams have clearly risen to the top of the overall standings with only four matches dropped among them. Anna Tunnicliffe’s and Genny Tulloch’s teams are tied at the top with 10 wins, one loss, while Sally Barkow’s team is close behind with nine wins, two losses. Once the two round robins are completed on Friday, the top four teams will advance to the Semi-Final Round.

Tunnicliffe, who sails as Team Maclaren with Molly Vandeomoer and Debbie Capozzi, won all four matches, while Tulloch’s team of Alice Manard Leonard and Jenn Chamberlin won three and lost one to Stephanie Roble and her team of Darby Smith and Maggie Shea.

The first seven flights of the second round robin took place on Biscayne Bay under the watchful eye of Principal Race Officer Tom Duggan, event chairman Ron Drucker and the Key Biscayne Yacht Club Race Committee.

With three of the four slots in the Semi-Finals all but assured, the stage is now set for the fourth team to qualify. Roble’s team stands with 7 wins, six losses and has one match left to sail in the round robin. If she can defeat her last opponent, she advances. If not, the door opens for Becca Dellenbaugh’s and Maegan Ruhlman’s teams.

At stake is one of four berths in the second, and final, selection event for the 2012 Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta, scheduled for May 4-7, 2012 in Weymouth, U.K. In addition, the event winner and runner-up both qualify for the ISAF Combined World Championships, Dec. 3-18, in Perth, Australia.

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Live Results

Sail Sheobygan and North Sails Sponsoring ESPN's Championship Sailing: The Best of One Design Racing

Airdate: November 4 at 7:00pm et on ESPN Classic
This one hour program focuses on One Design racing. This includes each of the 10 Olympic Classes and interviews with the US Sailing Team and several world champions overseas.

The program will include a feature on the history of One Design racing that began in the early 1900s. In One Design sailing all the equipment is identical. It is the skill of the sailor that makes the difference. Three dozen sailors are interviewed from a wide variety of classes across the United States.

The fleet of Sail Sheboygan Elliots 6m arriving in Perth.

October 19, 2011
The Olympic fleet has arrived in Perth. Sail Sheboygan's Rich Reichelsdorfer and designer Greg Elliott have spent the last week putting the boats back together and getting them ready for the upcoming ISAF Sailing World Championships scheduled for December 3-18, 2011.
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Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association Match Racing Championship - October 22-23, 2011

Sail Sheboygan will host the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association (MCSA) Match Race Championship October 22 and 23. Teams from Ohio State, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Miami of Ohio are expected to compete. Learn more...

Nations Cup 2011Laurie Jury and Claire Leroy win the 2011 IASF Nations Cup in challenging final day conditions.

Sheboygan, WI (September 19, 2011) - Open division Laurie Jury (NZL) and women's divison Claire Leroy (FRA) won the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in racing marked by strong winds and big waves on Lake Michigan.

Sunday's conditions were brisk, with a strong onshore southeast 15- to 18-knot breeze with gusts to 20, and the seas built to 3 to 6 feet, with larger breaking waves roaring through the starting area, putting boat handling at a premium. "I was so impressed with how well the sailors handled the conditions, especially Claire in the final pre-start," said Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio, who also took his fair share of green water over the race committee boat. "It was incredible boat-handling by the sailors in the breaking waves."

Claire Leroy (FRA, crew Elodie Bertrand, Marie Riou) went 3-0 against Rita Goncalves (POR, crew Mariana Lobato, Diane Neves) in the women's division, sailed in Elliott 6m's. This is the third straight Nations Cup win for Leroy, a first in event history.

"We weren't sure how well we would sail, with Elodie recently injured during training in Chicago," Leroy said. "It was important for us to do well in the race, but to win was the cherry on the cake."

"It was breathtaking, but really demanding conditions. I was very impressed with how well the sailors handled the boats in the rough conditions," said ISAF President Goran Petersson, who watched the final racing on the water. "It is really unique in the history of the Nations Cup to have a three-time winner. Very well done for Claire."

Leroy appreciated the rough conditions that may be similar to those found in Weymouth, Great Britain, during the 2012 Olympics. "We expected the lake to be light air, not like an ocean," Leroy said. "We learned a lot about sailing the boat in heavy weather."

Heavy weather picks up the pace of match racing tactics and raises the stakes for penalties, making them easier to incur and harder to clear because the competition stays so close, which were revealed in the final race of the open division.

With a 2-1 lead going into race four of the open division sailed in Sonars, Jury (crew Logan Frasier, Mike Edmonds) sailed clean while top-seeded Mads Ebler (DEN, crew Soeren Toender, Chris Keene Boye) was able to clear his first penalty, but received another at the final top mark during a luffing match. Jury was able to sail ahead to the finish to win.

"We are really excited to have won the Nations Cup. It is our first Grade 1 win," said Jury, who is on a match racing streak, winning the U.S. Grand Slam Match Race Series consisting of four grade two events. "It was really tough to get here. We had to win against the best top-ranked New Zealand and Australia match racers."

In the Petit Final for third and fourth place, Olivia Price (AUS, crew Lucinda Whitty, Nina Curtis) won 2-1 over Mandy Mulder (NED, crew Merel Witteveen, Shannan Marck) in the women's division. In the open division, it was Henrique Haddad (BRA, crew Mario Trindade, Victor Demaison) 2-0 over Lucy Macgregor (GBR, crew Annie Lush, Kate Macgregor).

"We are very pleased with how well Sail Sheboygan, Sheboygan Yacht Club and the City of Sheboygan prepared for this event," said Henry Menin, Chairman of the ISAF Match Racing Committee. "It was superb conditions, and the equipment held up so well in the challenging conditions. It is an example to other organizations on just how to run a match racing event."

"I was very impressed how much the community was able to watch the races. Not many places can do that," Petersson said. "Every one was so nice in Wisconsin. When you come down to it, it is about the people who make a successful sailing program and event."

A closing ceremony awarding the Nations Cup trophies was held at Blue Harbor Resort in the afternoon. "We congratulate the winners of the Nations Cup," Sail Sheboygan Executive Director Richard Reichelsdorfer said. "Every race organizer hopes for great conditions and great competitors. We had both."

Nations Cup 2011Nations Cup 2011 - September 13-18, 2011

Sail Sheboygan is partnering with the City of Sheboygan to bring the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final to Sheboygan. This ultimate match race will bring 20 sailing teams from around the globe to Sheboygan September 13 to 18 to crown the nations' top open and women match race sailors.

Proclaimed 'Nations Week' by Governor Walker, Sheboygan, Wisconsin is only the second US location to host the Grand Final. The ten teams competing in the open event will be sailing in Sail Sheboygan's fleet of Sonars and the ten women teams will sail in the 2012 Olympic Women's Match Racing boat, the Elliott 6m. Racing will take place just meters from the shore in front of Blue Harbor Resort offering many public viewing opportunities. The Sheboygan Tourism Board has plenty of great entertainment, music and food options available to spectators visiting the South Pier during the event, including the tall ships Friends Good Will and the Madeleine.

For full event information and schedule of events, go to www.nationscup2011.org and www.visitsheboygan.com

Buddy Melges Challenge

Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) defeated Le Berre (FRA) Saturday in the final round of the Buddy Melges Challenge to claim overall victory for the event.

For up to the minute news, visit BMC Event Page.

Buddy Melges Challenge - Friday Barbecue - August 26, 6pm


August 20, 2011
Dine with some of the top women match racers from around the world and enjoy a great barbecue served at the Lakefront.
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The Buddy Melges Challenge - Press Release


August 18, 2011
With the 2012 London Olympic games right around the corner, the Third Annual Buddy Melges Challenge has taken on even greater importance. Hosted by Sail Sheboygan, one of four US Sailing Centers, the Challenge is expected to draw teams from around the world to the shores of Lake Michigan, August 22nd through the 27th.
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Tall Ship Friends Good Will Sunset Cruise & Fireworks Opportunity!


August 16, 2011
Being on the water is one of the most exhilarating experiences of a lifetime, and for a five hundred dollar donation to Sail Sheboygan Ltd., you and a guest can share a truly unique experience aboard the Tall Ship Friends Good Will with a spectacular sunset cruise on Saturday, September 17th along with an opportunity to view that evenings' fireworks on the water from the beauty of Lake Michigan..
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Van Rijsselberge, Klepacka and Lehtinen Take Gold On An Exciting Day


August 11, 2011
Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED), Zofia Klepacka (POL) and Silja Lehtinen (FIN) picked up the first gold medals of the Weymouth and Portland International after a gripping day of sailing on the Nothe in winds in between 15-20 knots. Read full article...

Nations Cup 2011 Apparel Now Available


We are now taking orders for Nations Cup 2011 shirts. Order online now for delivery during the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final, September 13 to 18. Place your order now!

London 2012 Olympic Test Event

Weymouth/Portland, GBR (August 3, 2011) - Russia's Ekaterina Skudina maintained her 100% winning record in the Women's Match Racing competition after another light wind day at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the London 2012 Olympic Test Event.

Skudina won gold at Kieler-Woche and narrowly missed out on a top three spot in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series by virtue of podium places with Sally Barkow pipping her to third spot. But the Russian has been in fantastic form since she got to Weymouth and is the only match racer to head into the last day of the Round Robin with an undefeated record.

In third is Sally Barkow (USA) who went 3-1 today, losing to the Finish team who they now sit behind with a 5-2 record. The Women's Match Racing Round Robins conclude Thursday as the eight Quarter Finalists are decided.

The Men's and Women's RS:X sailors start their fleet racing on Thursday, while the Men's and Women's 470, Laser and Laser Radial events begin on Friday, August 5, and the Finn, Star and 49er classes get underway on Saturday, August 6. The medal races will run August 11-13.

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Elliott 6m's Delivered and Launched at the Weymouth/Portland Sailing Academy - July 2011

Elliott 6m's Delivered to Weymouth

The Sail Sheboygan Olympic Elliott 6m's are being set up in Weymouth England for the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta (aka the Olympic Test Event).

Sail Sheboygan's Executive Director Rich Reichelsdorfer and Elliott 6m designer Greg Elliott onsite to set up the boats and are being assisted by Stuart Chadwick and Harken UK./

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Youth Match Racing Camp & Regatta

Results
Results - Friday, June 24, 2011
Results - Saturday, June 25, 2011
Semi-Finals and Consolation Round
Finals - Sunday, June 26, 2011

Photos - Saturday, June 25, 2011
Photos - Sunday, June 26, 2011

Daily Recap

Friday:
One complete round robin and one flight of the second round robin were completed in a shifty northerly breeze. Judge Ryan and his team representing San Diego Yacht Club went undefeated despite having several close matches. Ryan's crew includes Kevin Laube, Georgie Ryan and Erica Parker. The 2010 winner of this regatta, Will Haeger representing Lake Beulah Yacht Club and Ryan Davidson from Balboa Yacht Club entered the last match of the round robin tied 3-1. Davidson and crew, Gregg Kent, Megan Kenney and Jeff Tolan defeated the Lake Beulah team of Peter Holz, Sean Hudson and Wheeler Morris to claim the second spot. Completing the top four was another team representing Balboa Yacht Club of Brandon Wood, Cristophe Killion, Colin Averill, and Robert Bachman.

Saturday:
It was a great day of sailing in Sheboygan for the 6 youth teams. The second round robin and first 2 flights of the semi-finals were sailed in a steady 10 to 12 knot southeast breeze.

Judge Ryan from San Diego Yacht Club kept his perfect streak alive to finish the first two days of racing with 12 wins. Even when picking up a pre-start penalty in his match against Will Haeger, Ryan's team displayed great boat handling and speed to be able to shed the penalty at the top of the first weather leg. The teams started on split takes and sailed to opposite sides of the course. Although Haeger appeared to be sailing in more breeze on the left side of the course, Ryan had gained enough boat lengths sailing on the lifted tack to clear his penalty and still force Haeger to tack away when they met again at the top mark.

Another exciting finish occurred when Lucas Adams, who was 4-5 boats lengths behind Ryan Davidson at the last windward mark, was able to sail faster and deeper on the run to the finish line. Adams closed the gap and crossed the line just inches behind Davidson.

After two complete round robins, the standings are:
1st - Judge Ryan - San Diego Yacht Club
2nd - Will Haeger - Lake Beulah Yacht Club
3rd - Ryan Davidson - Balboa Yacht Club
4th - Brandon Wood - Balboa Yacht Club

Ryan choose the 4th place team of Brandon Wood from Balboa Yacht Club to sail against in the Semi- Finals, leaving the teams of Haeger and Davidson, who were tied in points racing against each for the opportunity to proceed to the finals.

At the end of two flights of Semi-Finals, Ryan was up 2-0 and Haeger and Davidson were split 1-1. Semi- Final racing will continue Sunday.

Sunday:
Racing was delayed waiting for the wind to fill in until nearly 11:00. Racing began in what appeared to a light, but steady 5 knot southeast breeze, but became very light and variable during the course of the race. Ryan experienced his first loss of the regatta as Wood was able to follow the breeze around the course and stay ahead of Ryan. Haeger passed Davidson on the first downwind leg to capture the lead and go on to win. Winds were still light and the Organizing Authority made the decision to terminate the Semi-Finals and move on to a reduced Petit-Finals and Finals once the breeze built to provide good racing conditions.

Finally, the breeze became steady at 5 to 7 knots just before 1:00 pm and PRO, John Strassman, started the final stages of the regatta. It was the battle of the Balboa Yacht Club teams in the Petit-Finals and Ryan Davidson led the race from beginning to finish to claim 3rd place in the regatta. Judge Ryan beat Will Haeger in both of their Finals matches to claim 1st place. Ryan also will receive, as a result of his first place finish, an invitation to the 2011 Governor's Cup Regatta, an international youth match race hosted by Balboa Yacht Club.

Final standings:
1st - Judge Ryan - San Diego Yacht Club
2nd - Will Haeger - Lake Beulah Yacht Club
3rd - Ryan Davidso -, Balboa Yacht Club
4th - Brandon Wood - Balboa Yacht Club
5th - Lucas Adams - Sail Newport
6th - Ben Brotz - Sheboygan Youth Sailing Club

Thanks to sailing rules author and advisor; 2-time national match racing champion; and sailing coach to the US Sailing AlphaGraphics Women's match racing team, Dave Perry, this event became much more than just a regatta where wins and losses were counted. Every competitor received 5 days of personalized coaching on how to race keelboats, how to trim spinnakers, how to go fast and how to go slow and why, and oh yeah, how to match race! Dave held daily debriefs with the competitors showing video footage of the teams and drawing scenarios on the whiteboard. The local team representing the Sheboygan Youth Sailing Club received an exceptional surprise Sunday morning when Dave Perry joined Cole Meller, Dallas Wright and Joe Schmitt to spar with the Sail Newport team! "I learned way more than I thought I would", exclaimed Cole when asked of his experience. Everyone finished this event a winner knowing much, much more about sailing and match racing than they did before.

Sail Sheboygan would like to thank John Strassman and Shannon Bush for their race management contributions to this event, and to Balboa Yacht Club for extending a Governor's Cup invitation to the winning team. Thanks also to the area families who hosted teams: Chris and Lana Werner, Mary Snyder and Tom Wright, Karla Zahn, Jon and Carmen Dolson, and Karin Jacobson.

Special thanks also to Sail Sheboygan sponsors:

GrandStay Residential Suite Hotel, lodging sponsor providing spacious suite accommodations minutes from the lakefront.

Blue Harbor Resort, entertainment and activities sponsor providing a night of fun for the competitors at the Breakers Bay 43,000 square-foot waterpark featuring water slides and a lazy river.

Harken, sailing hardware and canvas sponsor providing great trophy backpacks.

Sheboygan, Wisconsin - Sailing and Sausages

Sheboygan, Wis., has long been called the "bratwurst capital of the world," but the Lake Michigan port is now establishing itself as a sailing capital, too. Read full article by Patricia Strutz.

Courtesy of Heartland Boating Magazine, www.heartlandboating.com

Northern Lights Cup Clinic & Regatta - Road to Rio

Saturday, June 18, 2011
After a morning scare of fog, the day settled in with excellent racing conditions - steady north winds at 8-10 knots and flat water. NLC PRO, Dave Bronson and race committee ran 44 races finishing both the first round robin and the second. Read more...

Results - Saturday, June 18, 2011

Photos - Saturday, June 18, 2011
Photos - Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday Schedule

Event Page

Sail Sheboygan Going to Weymouth

Sail Sheboygan's Container displaying donor names left the Sheboygan Yacht Club today to head over to Weymouth to meet up with the other Elliott 6ms for the Olympic Test Event being held in July, 2011.

The second stop will be Perth, Australia in December for the ISAF Sailing World Championships.

Finally, the Elliotts will return to Weymouth for the 2012 Summer Olympic games, where Women's Match Racing will be featured for the first time.


2011 Northern Lights Cup will feature Elliott 6m Boats and Coach Dave Perry

March 2011
Sail Sheboygan is pleased to announce that the 4th annual Northern Lights Cup Women's Match Racing Clinic and Regatta will be held June 15 to 19, 2011. Dave Perry, 3-time US Match Racing Champion and coach to the US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics Women's Match Race Team, will begin the event with a two-day comprehensive clinic. A complete ISAF Grade 3 regatta sailed in Sheboygan's fleet of Elliott 6m boats will follow.

The Perry clinic is one of a series of opportunities offered in 2011 for women sailors looking to take their match racing game to next level of competition. On-the-water drills will be combined with practice races and detailed video debriefings to help sailors faster and smarter. The three-day regatta will provide a great opportunity for participants to put their newly learned skills and tactics to the test in close racing competition with continued coaching by Perry.

Not only will competitors learn match racing skills and tactics from one of the world's very best coaches and have the opportunity to sail the 2012 Olympic match racing boat, but the top US placing skipper will qualify for the US Women's Match Racing Championship hosted by Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, November 9 to 13, 2011.

Space is limited. Click here to request your invite today! Invitations will be issued beginning May 9th.

Sheboygan Hosts Youth Match Racing Camp and Regatta

March 2011
A high level match racing camp for youth sailors will be held June 22-26, 2011 at Sail Sheboygan. This camp is open to sailors who have not reached the age of 21 as of June 26th who want to learn the game of match racing from 3-time US Match Racing Champion and coach to the US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics Women's Match Race Team, Dave Perry.

This 5-day program is an exceptional opportunity for sailors and/or teams training for national or international events, as well as those who would like to learn match racing skills from one of the finest sailing coaches in the world. The final two and one-half days of the program will be an umpired regatta offering the winning skipper (if age- eligible) an invitation to the 45th Governor's Cup International Junior Match Race Championship hosted by Balboa Yacht Club in July 2011. To sail in the Governor's Cup, sailors must not have reached the age of 20 as of December 31, 2011. Perry combines classroom instruction with on-the-water drills, practice races, and detailed video debriefings to help you sail faster and smarter and to successfully maneuver in close action. "At this camp I will be teaching the advanced techniques and tactics needed to be a strong match racer, including insights on how to sail a keelboat and trim a spinnaker for speed. Sailors who enjoy tight tactical racing will love match racing". Perry adds, "Come give it a try!"

Sailors may apply to the Camp as individuals or in teams of 3 or 4 (maximum weight 772 pounds). Skippers interested in qualifying for the invitation to the 2011 Governor's Cup are encouraged to register as a team and review the age and team requirements at www.balboayachtclub.com/files/2011GovCupBrochure.pdf

Space is limited. Click here to request your invite today!

Elliotts Heading Back to Sheboygan, WI

March 2011
The second truckload of Elliotts and one umpire boat are on their way back to Sheboygan. The boats are being delivered by Great Lakes Boat Transport.

We will be up and running very soon, as soon as the ice melts.



Partnership wth GrandStay Residential Suites Hotel

March 2011
Sail Sheboygan is excited to announce the continuation of its partnership with GrandStay Residential Suites Hotel of Sheboygan for its 2011 season. GrandStay has partnered with Sail Sheboygan to provide deluxe accommodations for world-class athletes, umpires and officials who participate in Sail Sheboygan's events. "We're thrilled to have GrandStay back as a partner for the 2011 season," said Sail Sheboygan Executive Director Rich Reichelsdorfer. "Sponsors like GrandStay are crucial to the success of Sail Sheboygan and the athletes we host."

GrandStay offers everything athletes and officials need during their stay in Sheboygan within walking distances of Sail Sheboygan's facilities. For more on the 2011 schedule at Sail Sheboygan, an official U.S. Sailing center, click here. For more on GrandStay Residential Suites Hotel, visit www.grandstaysheboygan.net on the Internet.

Northern Lights Cup Clinic and Regatta - Notice of Race Amended, February 21, 2011

February 2011
Amended Notice of Race is ready for download.

Sail Sheboygan has another great reason for you to request an invite to the 2011 Northern Lights Cup!

Top Reason #1 - Dave Perry will provide Olympic quality coaching and instruction on match racing techniques and tactics
Top Reason #2 - The winner of the Northern Lights Cup will receive an invitation to the 2011 Grade 1 Buddy Melges Challenge
Top Reason #3 - The top placing eligible skipper will receive an invitation to the 2011 US Women's Match Racing Championship

2011 Miami Invitational

February 2011
The Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) and Sail Sheboygan have teamed up to organize the 2011 Miami Invitational, the first event of over 60 in the 2011 US match racing season. This will also be the first Open match racing event sailed in the boats used for Women's Match Racing discipline in the 2012 Olympic Games, the Elliott 6M, and as such has attracted a field of nine men's and women's teams to compete over February 19-20th on courses set in Miami's Biscayne Bay. Read entire press release or visit www.chicagomatchrace.com for more information.

Day 2 Results

Final Results

Nations Cup 2011 - Official Website Launched

February 2011
The Sail Sheboygan ISAF Nations Cup site is now open, providing regularly updated information for the September 2011 event. The site features breaking news, race documents, and event schedules. Check it out at www.nationscup2011.org

2011 Schedule

February 2011
Sail Sheboygan's summer season is fast approaching and requests for invitations are now being accepted. Information on upcoming events as well as invitation request forms can be found under the Events tab. Sail Sheboygan is excited to host both Women's and Youth Match Race Regattas and Clinics in collaboration with USSTAG Women's Match Racing Coach, Dave Perry this summer. Click here for dates and event information.

2012 Season Schedule
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