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FD Nationals NOR


The 2012 USA National Championship Notice of Race has been published and the signup period is open.  The event is hosted by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club, May 25-27.  The NOR is available at the above link and also on the Santa Cruz Yacht Club website:  www.scyc.org

Key date to keep in mind: May 2, 2012  after which a late fee will apply

Registration is online, see the NOR for details.  CharlieRoskosz is the Regatta Chairman and Beau Vrolyk is Principle Race Officer, as they will be for the World Championship in September.  Of course, Santa Cruz will be hosting that event and we all get a chance to get some Flying time at Nataionals. 

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 their North American championships at the regatta this year. They throw a nice dinner and gathering afterward. We had the pleasure of seeing a few FD sailors from years past, it was good catching up with Guido Bertocci and others.

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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 of racing, with beautiful, but on the light side breeze conditions. Saturday morning all of the weather data was pointing to a rainy and very breezy day Sunday, so the decision was made to break down and not sail the last day of the weekend. All the data I saw the next day indicated that was a good call, winds with gusts in the thirties.

 

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Whidbey Island: Blessing & Curse

The first edition of DWI- Dinghies Whidbey Island, was a blessing and a curse... the blessing of wind, the curse of it going away.

This is the second year of dinghy racing as part of Race Week, the premier week of keelboat racing in the Pacific Northwest, and the first year of having the FD as a class. With the expected boats not showing, we still reached the minimum of 4 for a class start: Duane Elhringer and Mike Mezaros in "Henry", their green carbon fiber machine, les frers Jones, Andrew and Josh in the "Chelan Flyer", an old school Plastrend, Derrick Hiltz and his son Jason on the "Mexican Boat", an early 80's Mader,

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Noroton FD Nationals

Lin Robson along with GBR crew Richard Philips showed he would not be denied a return to leader of the pack at Flying Dutchman National Championships, hosted by Noroton Yacht Club.  Long Island Sound delivered a three day event that had pretty much every condition, although without the 20 plus conditions of the last Noroton event.  Strategy, cool heads and perseverence paid off as generally lighter conditions with local breezes but also persistent shifts combined with a variety of current conditions to challenge the competitors the entire regatta.

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