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Young Sailing Squad Takes Fourth at Sharpe Trophy

The Harvard sailing team fell short of capturing the Sharpe Trophy in its first home regatta of the year this past weekend. After facing seven other teams in the team-racing regatta, the Crimson came out in fourth place with a 5-8 record for both days.

“Overall, our win-loss record may not have shown that we stuck with them,” freshman crew Jacob Bradt said. “In each race there was a marked improvement from the previous race.”

Head coach Michael O’Connor chose the six athletes who competed in the regatta. Sophomores Brian Drumm, Michael Drumm and Gram Slattery were the skippers competing this weekend, while freshman Sydney Karnovsky and junior Isabel Ruane joined Bradt as crews.

Harvard went 4-3 in the first open rounds, defeating the University of Vermont, No. 7 Boston College, No. 10 Tufts and No. 8 Roger Willams. The Crimson fell short to No. 2 Yale, MIT, and No. 9 Brown, last year’s New England Champions.

In the two final-four rounds, the Crimson went 1-5, which was good for its fourth-place finish.

Despite temperatures being mild on Saturday and Sunday, the weather did not work in the sailors’ favor, as there was a very light wind both days. Of the scheduled 20 races for Saturday, only three were actually conducted.

“In light air, the importance of boat handling…is really important,” Drumm said. “How you conduct [team] maneuvers depends on how good of boat handling you have.”

One of Harvard’s greatest problems over the weekend was its starts. In team racing, the three boats from each school in the head-to-head match-up start in a marked area of the water. In the first leg of the there-and-back race, sailors are going against the wind, so whichever boat is in front has the advantage and ability to block the wind from its competitors in following FJs.

In its second match-up with Yale in the second round of final-fours, the Crimson went 4-5-6.

“We had two or three particularly bad starts, and it’s always a sinking feeling [when that happens],” Drumm said. “It’s always very unlikely that you’ll catch up.”

Improvement was an obvious theme for Harvard this weekend, as the relatively young squad focused on what it learned in the offseason to put forth on the water. The Crimson opened its spring season with this regatta, but has already been on the water five times for practice this semester.

“We had several opportunities in the offseason to sit down in a classroom setting and dissect some common situations in team racing,” Bradt said. “Team racing is a very technical side of the sport of sailing, so you need to have a firm grasp on these different situations and how each person in your boat has to react.”

Having extended chalk-talk with the team’s coaches, Drumm believes the team was able to get a better sense of strategy as it moves into the spring season.

“[The coaches] explained and reiterated what are some of the key maneuvers you can do to help your teammates,” he said.

In this weekend’s races, it was time to put this preparation to test. The team’s plays were both offensive and defensive, as the other schools would produce counter maneuvers.

“We had great communication on the water trying to help each other out, making sure we were all following the play,” Drumm said. “But one slip-up is all you really need to lose it.”

The time in the offseason and the exposures to the water already have been major reasons for the sailors’ belief that things are looking up for Harvard this spring season.

The Crimson squad is very young, with many freshman and sophomores amongst those who took part in the team racing at the Sharpe Trophy regatta. Looking ahead to the long-term, Bradt believes this composition will be highly beneficial after a year or two of working together as teammates.

“As a freshman, I have personally benefited from all the detail that we have gone into on the subject and the experience we have had,” he said.

Harvard’s spring season officially opened last weekend. The Crimson will be competing nearly every weekend this semester until the ICSA Championship in late May.

“Overall, I think our performance this weekend was a mark improvement from this past fall season,” Bradt said.

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Detroit Boat Show reports increased attendance and consumer confidence

Michigan Boating Industries Association
March 5, 2013
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February 26, 2012 — Livonia, MI – The Detroit Boat Show wrapped up its nine day run at Cobo Center yesterday with a 3% increase in attendance over last year. Thousands of consumers packed the halls of Cobo, pleasing exhibitors as they reported consumer confidence is gaining and boat buyers are back.

“We definitely saw a higher level of interest in purchasing, especially in the higher-end models than we have in years,” said Mike Apling of Devil’s Lake Watersports in Manitou Beach, Mich.

“Last year we had 10 – 15 quotes lined up at the end of the show – this year we have more than 50,” said David Goodwin, Soundwaves in Clinton Twp., Michigan.

“Sales appeared to be strong and prospects plentiful,” said Show Manager Nicki Polan.  “Everyone we spoke to at the show, from the boat dealers, marina operators, to the accessories and service companies, seemed upbeat about sales at the show and the momentum leading to the upcoming boating season.”

The show’s space sales were up significantly (35%) over 2012 as the show grew to two halls for the first time in four years, covering more than 275,000 square feet of exhibit space. “Attendees were pleased with the bigger show and stayed longer to see the nearly 500 boats on display, representing more than 60 manufacturers, including seven from Michigan and three from Italy.” said Polan. More than 50 cruisers measuring longer than 24 feet drew the biggest crowds.

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Girard Equipment's HETY Award for February Goes to the IR Youth Sailing Foundation

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Anna Valencia from Girard Equipment presenting HETY Award to Chris Charlie Pope

It is truly inspirational to see what a passion for sailing can do for these kids.

Vero Beach,Fl (PRWEB) March 05, 2013

The Indian River Youth Sailing Foundation just celebrated their third annual cook out fundraiser at the Vero Beach Yacht Club. Presenting sponsor Girard Equipment was elated to be a part of the event and learn more about this family driven organization. “The kids were all so well behaved and diligent in their tasks; it is truly inspirational to see what a passion for sailing can do for these kids.” stated Anna Valencia, Marketing Director for Girard Equipment.

Founded in 2009, the Youth Sailing Foundation began their partnership with the Vero Beach City Marina to offer free sailing classes to the area’s youth. Now having built over twenty eight entry level wooden sailing boats the YSF provides lessons all year long. The YSF uses sailing as a vehicle to teach life skills such as self-reliance, goal setting, leadership, problem solving, and self-confidence; this organization is run entirely on donations. To find out more visit and to nominate your youth focused organization for the HETY Award presented each month by Girard Equipment visit to download the application.

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Permare Group & Group United Yacht Sales Sign Agre…

With United Group Yacht Sales in charge of offices across 17 states in the US, 22 offices in Canada and a total of 120 brokers, Permare is extending their two year exploration in to the American market.

The Italian yard’s goal is to let people know about their ability to customise hulls and using high-qualitative standards as well as the most sought-after materials and innovative research.

The first exhibition between the two companies will be at the Palm Beach boat show later this month.

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Lahad Datu: Philippines media says thousands of Suluks sailing to Sabah

PETALING JAYA: The Philippine Daily Inquirer is reporting that thousands of Suluk from southern Philippines have sailed to Sabah to join forces with the armed intruders in Lahad Datu.

Quoting a source from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the report claimed that many have made their way to Sabah in small boats to support the armed intrusion.

MNLF’s Islamic Council Committee chairman Habib Hashim Mudjahab, told the Inquirer: “Many of our people are going to Sabah to help the sultanate. They sailed in small numbers so they can easily penetrate Sabah unnoticed.”

“The naval blockade is of no use” he said, referring to a naval blockade by the Philippine navy and coast guard to ensure armed sympathisers do not join cross over to Sabah.

“President (Benigno) Aquino kept issuing statements favouring the Malaysians, which made our people agitated. The President must realise that it is about pride and honor, and our people are ready to sacrifice,” Mudjahab said.

A retired educator in Tawi-Tawi, who asked not to be identified by name, said the sultanate of Sulu represented an extension of their rich heritage.

“They are the first Filipinos. The sultanate of Sulu was already there even before Philippines existed,” he claimed.

A group of Sulu gunmen have been involved in a stand-off with Malaysian security forces in Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu, Sabah, since Feb 9.

An all-out attack was conducted by Malaysian forces on Tuesday to flush out the intruders.

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