Meet the President

For those who have not heard, after a long and successful tenure as President of the U.S. class, Tim Sayles has handed the reins to Buzz Ballenger of Santa Cruz, CA. Buzz is known worldwide as an expert sparbuilder, boat builder and competitor in dinghies and keel boats.

HPDO / North Americans

Every year over Columbus Day weekend in October, the American Yacht Club in Rye, NY, hosts the HPDO. HPDO is the acronym for High Performance Dinghy Open. It is a regatta that has become a big fixture in the Fall on the East Coast, with many dinghy classes in attendance. In fact several classes held […]

CORK

Hurricane Irene had several effects on the regatta held in Kingston, Ontario this past weekend. After racing Friday night, NED 308, the team of Willem and Maarten, had to return to Connecticut to prepare for the storm. Their home is in Darien,CT, right in the expected track area . We did have two good days […]

Worlds review

Lin & Richard heading upwind After all the stories and images before coming to Garda, I’d have to say in this case the anticipation could and did not exceed the reality. As all those attending know, we sailed in one of the World’s most beautiful places. Racing could be a very one sided affair tactically, […]

Full Circle

With all that is going on in everyone’s life these days it’s sometimes hard to keep sailing schedules aligned and on track. Fifteen years ago, much of the U.S. fleet was preparing for our National Championship in Canandaigua, NY. During a warm up at the race site for the regatta, the person I was planning […]

Davis Island Regatta Results

March came in with some vigor (at least for one day) as the FD fleet joined other classes at the Davis Island Yacht Club recently for their Midwinter regatta. The event actually started as the Fireball Midwinters, but over the years other classes have been invited to join. The regatta is now known as Fireballs and Friends. […]

Davis Island

We are trying again this year to participate in the Fireball & Friends Regatta at the Davis Island Yacht Club.  This is a good venue on the other side of Tampa Bay NE of MacDill AFB.  The location tends to provide better wind this time of year and Davis Island YC has an active racing […]