While the 2016 Rio Olympic Games may still be two years away, 2014 is an important year in the Olympic sailing cycle. The ISAF World Championships, held in Santander, Spain earlier this month, are hosted every four years and serve as the country qualifier for the Olympics. The worlds best dinghy sailors and Olympic hopefuls gathered in Santander for this pinnacle event in each of the Olympic classes.
We are pleased to share exceptional results from several of our sponsored sailors who participated in the event. In the Laser Radial (Women’s Singlehanded), Canadian hopeful Isabella Bertold placed 18th and Bay Area native Claire Dennis placed 56th in the competitive 120 boat fleet. Congrats to Isabella and Claire!
In the Laser (Men’s Singlehanded), West Coast Sailing Team member Chris Barnard placed 15th, his highest finish in a World Championship. This SoCal sailor has shown tremendous improvement over the last year and we’re proud to be able to support him.
Excerpt from Chris: “Nearly to the date, this regatta concluded my “rookie season,” the first full year of my Olympic Campaign. Consequently, my result here would show the improvements made in just one year, particularly in comparison to finishing 65th at last year’s World Championships. Clearly a huge improvement, much greater than even my expectations.”
Full results and media coverage can be found at www.santander2014.com
What happens when you mix fun boats, close racing, and a beautiful venue? Tons of excited sailors, and a clear indication of the growth of youth sailing in the state of Hawaii. Our very own Andrew Cannard (Customer Service Manager) headed to Hawaii to check out the Dinsmoor Trophy Regatta at Lahaina Yacht Club. Thank you to Mike Sowers for the following regatta report.
The 2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Trophy Regatta was held in the waters off Lahaina over the weekend of September 13th & 14th, with over forty sailors competing in O’pen Bic (single man, single sail) and RS Feva XL (two-man, triple sail) boats. Crews ranged in age between 9–16 years old, and were comprised of members of the Lahaina Yacht Club Junior Sailing Team from Maui and the Hawaii Kai Boat Club Junior Sailing Team from Oahu. This was the largest junior sailing regatta to ever be held in Maui waters and reflects the growth of junior sailing in Hawaii.
Five races were held each day, with three separate classes: Bic under 12 yrs old, Bic over 12 yrs old and RS Feva. The fleets were started separately to spread the boats out on the course, and the racing was close in these one design sailboats. The RS Feva XL is a new sailboat in Hawaii and the 2 person crews have been training rigorously to get them figured out. The kids showed impressive improvements in their tactical abilities and boat handling.
At the end of the regatta there were nothing but smiles all around as the crews congratulated each other at the awards ceremony at the Lahaina Yacht Club. Junior sailing is growing by leaps and bounds on Maui, the boats are exciting to sail and there are motivated sailors and coaches. The event was Hosted by the Lahaina Yacht Club with support from Matson, West Coast Sailing, Trilogy, Bluesmiths, CJ’s Catering, Pioneer Inn, Starbucks Cannery Mall, Maui Soda & Ice and the tireless volunteers and coaching staff of the Junior Sailing program. At the end of the day it is about the kids having fun!
The 2014 Allen RS Feva Worlds took place last month at Yacht Club de Carnac in France. 368 sailors from around the world competed in this 7th world championship for the title of RS Feva World Champion. The RS Feva has exploded around the globe since being awarded ISAF status. In North America, the RS Feva can be found at many yacht clubs and programs and is seen as an ideal training platform for youth sailors. If you’re curious about the potential of the RS Feva, check out the video below:
Allen RS Feva Worlds Recap Round Up – Brought to you by RS Sailing
Interested in the RS Feva? Send an email to Boats@WestCoastSailing.net
Our sponsored sailing team members have had a busy summer of sailing at events across the country and around the world. We’d like to share a few great photos and updates from the road. We’re proud to support them along the way as they work towards their individual sailing goals.
Chris Barnard training in Rio for the first Olympic test event. This pictures was taken by US Sailing photographer and Communications Director Will Ricketson after the first day of racing in 15-20 knot winds and 10+ foot swell.
Chris Barnard competed in the first Olympic test event in Rio earlier this month. Major credit to U.S. Sailing media guru Will Ricketson for snapping this awesome shot. You can read the full report from Chris here.
Derick Vranizan working hard on his way to a 3rd place finish at the 2014 U.S. Laser Nationals. Photo by Chris Ray.
Back on the West Coast, Derick Vranizan sailed in the 2014 U.S. Laser Nationals, hosted by Saint Francis Yacht Club. He placed 3rd in the very competitive Standard Rig fleet, behind Rob Crane and Erik Bowers. Fellow sailing team member Claire Dennis placed 20th in the 50+ strong Radial fleet. Results here.
Both of our Youth Development Team members participated in the 2014 U.S. Sailing Youth Championships in Michigan last week. Max Brill, along with crew Zack Malcolm, placed 3rd in the 29er fleet. Adam DiDomizio, a local Pacifc Northwest sailor, placed 11th in the 18 boat Laser fleet. It is always a pleasure to see local sailors participate in high profile national events, so great job Adam! Full results here.
Video highlights from the week:
Interested in our sailing team and other sponsorship opportunities? Visit our Sponsorship page.
We’re happy to announce our Fall Event Laser Offer.
This is your opportunity to get a top notch race boat or build your fleet with a dialed in Laser at a great value.
WHAT IS AN EVENT BOAT?
Event boats, sometimes known as ex-charter boats, are new boats that have been used at several high profile events. At the conclusion of the event cycle, the boats are received and inspected by our staff for any issues and offered to you at a significant savings over the cost of a new boat.
WHY BUY AN EVENT BOAT?
An event Laser is a great way to get your hands on a solid boat without the new boat price. Typical savings is upwards of $800, including reduced inbound shipping and a free beach dolly.
DO YOU OFFER FLEET PRICING?
Yes, we are happy to offer special fleet pricing on packages of 4 boats or more. This is a great way for programs and clubs to help grow their Laser fleets and get more sailors on the water in top quality boats. We also offer a variety of storage and transportation options.
WHAT ARE THE DETAILS?
Our fleet of Event Lasers will be arriving in late November. These Lasers are U.K. built and will have just 5 days of sailing on them. They are all-white, 2015 model year boats with upgraded vang, cunningham, and outhaul and include a Seitech dolly. They also feature the next generation GRP fiberglass foils. Pricing information:
New Laser (2015): $6,250 + Dolly ($495) + Inbound Shipping ($490) =$7,235
Event Laser (2015): $5,950 + Dolly (Free) + Inbound Shipping ($245) = $6195
SAVE OVER $1000
HOW DO I RESERVE ONE?
A $700 deposit reserves your boat now. Boats will be available starting December 10th, 2014. Don’t forget to ask about our trade in program! All accessories and apparel get a 10% discount for 30 days from pickup. There is no better time to up your Laser sailing game!
Questions? Send an email or call us at (503) 285-5536