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Sailing Competes in Pair of Regattas

It was a busy weekend for Harvard’s co-ed sailing team this weekend, as the squad was split for two different regattas on the East Coast.

The Crimson paired with MIT to host the 84th Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup on the Charles on Saturday and Sunday, while some members of the Harvard team traveled further south to compete in the 73rd Owen, Mosbacher Knapp Trophy, which was hosted by Navy. The Crimson came in seventh place in both regattas.

“We entered the weekend with some trepidation because we hadn’t done well the weekend before,” Harvard coach Michael O’Connor said.

After the weekend, the Crimson sits ranked as No. 15 for co-ed collegiate sailing and remains unranked in the women’s division.

84th BOSTON DINGHY CLUB CHALLENGE CUP

Harvard claimed seventh place out of the 17 teams racing at the 84th Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup, while Boston College, MIT and Brown took the top three spots, respectively.

The first day of competition opened Saturday with gusts of wind coming in as high as 30 knots. Several capsizes occurred in the 12 races, as the sailors tried maneuvering the course as best as they could in fireflies, the type of boat sailing in the majority of the races.

O’Connor selected sophomore Brian Drumm and freshman Jacob Bradt to compete in what he classified as a very competitive A-division. The duo took 8th place with 149 points.

“We struggled a little bit early on with the firefly, which, at least in my boat, we weren’t too familiar with,” Bradt said. “We struggled with that, especially with the windy conditions.”

The Crimson took fifth place in the next two divisions with 115 points from sophomore Michael Drumm and junior Luke O’Connor in B division on Saturday and 108 points from freshman Marek Zaleski and junior Isabel Ruane on Sunday.

“[Drumm] teamed up with heavy air specialist, Luke O’Connor, for some great results in the big breeze on Saturday,” O’Connor said.

The squad also participated in races with FJs at the regatta.

“Once we rotated [to] boats we were more comfortable with, even with the more heavy wind conditions, we felt like we were hanging with a lot of competitive boats and some really good teams,” Bradt said.

Sunshine came through on Sunday for the last five races and winds were kept under 10 knots. Harvard finished off with 372 points, 64 points less than Ivy rival Yale.

73rd OWEN, MOSBACHER KNAPP TROPHY

Competing in one less division than the regatta up north, the Crimson finished in seventh place out of 19 teams that raced on Maryland’s Severn River.

The first day of competition featured favorable sailing conditions, as 12 races were conducted in almost a full day of sunshine and the winds around 12 knots. Luck ran out by Sunday for the sailors, however, as grey skies and unpleasant conditions required the racers to be relocated to the Annapolis Harbor, where five more races got in before the day was called for sailing.

With a total of 165 points, Yale took first place. Connecticut College and St. Mary’s of Maryland followed right behind with 210 and 233, respectively.

Harvard finished out the weekend with 275 points. In Division A, sophomore Gram Slattery and senior Jinyan Zang took 10th place with 165 points. In Division B, the freshmen duo of Andrew Mollerus and Sydney Karnovsky ranked third with 110 points, behind the Bulldogs and Camels.

“This weekend, we showed a lot of improvement from where we were earlier this spring season, [and] definitely from where we were at the beginning and even the end of last fall,” Bradt said.

The Crimson spent the beginning of spring break in mid-Atlantic waters training for the rest of the season in warmer conditions.

“We were really just working on fundamentals,” Bradt said. “[The training] gave us the opportunity to isolate things that each particular boat had to work on and it gave us a lot more time to focus on individual things which we can improve on.”

Despite expressing his happiness with how the team performed over the weekend, Bradt believes there is still more that can be worked on in regard to the squad’s mental preparation and outlook.

“One of the big things about college sailing, especially at the higher level, is having the correct mindset and intensity,” he said. “I think we need to show a little bit more maturity in that regard, but that’s something that we showed some improvement on this weekend.”


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Crestliner announces additions to extensive dealer network

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March 26, 2013
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SAILING : Dustin Durant lives up to the role of favorite

LONG BEACH – With consistent precision, Dustin Durant of Long Beach Yacht Club won Sunday’s Butler Cup and with it the 2012-13 California Dreamin’ Series in the Grade 3 ISAF match race regatta.

On a weekend featuring a breeze that built each day from 6-15 knots, Durant posted 13 wins and only one loss. He showed why he was the favorite going into the regatta after winning the other two regattas (2012 October Butler Cup and San Diego Yacht Club Stop) in the three-race series.

“My team is consistent,” Durant said while crediting his Long Beach match racing team of Shane Young, Ben Wheatley, Alex Jacobs, Steve Natvig and Jack Bazz.

“We don’t have new guys, except for Steve, who I’ve raced with before. There’s nothing new to us. We’ve known each other for a long time. We also don’t talk a lot on the boat.

“When I’m thinking of doing something, it’s already done. That makes my job a lot easier.”

Peter Holz of Chicago Yacht Club finished second. He has been working hard on improving his ranking, currently ranked 205th, which is a long way from 550th just nine months ago. His team included two-time Ficker Cup winner Brian Angel of King Harbor Yacht Club, who was Holz’s tactician this weekend.

“We thought we did really well, especially since we didn’t really get to practice a whole lot on Friday,” said Angel, speaking on behalf of Holz, who had a plane to catch immediately after the race. “Other than me, the team doesn’t

have a lot of experience on these (Catalina 37) boats.”

Finishing out the regatta in third place was Shala Lawrence of San Diego Yacht Club. Lawrence was sixth at the end of the day Saturday but greatly improved her position with great sailing and good tactics.

“It is totally my team that got us to this point,” Lawrence said, “and Dusty (Durant) gave us a few tips yesterday that really helped us. Although when we were leading him at the windward mark today I’m sure he was thinking, `Maybe I shouldn’t have helped them.’ ”

Rounding out the top eight were: Bruce Stone of St. Francis YC in fourth, followed by Dave Hood of LBYC, Dan Aeling of SDYC, Carson Reynolds of Balboa YC, and David Storrs of Pequot YC.

The event is named for Frank Butler, founder of Catalina Yachts, who in 1990 designed, built and donated the 11 Catalina 37s used for all of the match races held at the yacht club.


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SAILING | Elis maintain momentum over spring break

Both the No. 1 coed and No. 2 women’s sailing teams took advantage of five-day training programs at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., over the break, in addition to participating in several regattas.

The coed team first traveled to Maryland March 9-10 for the St. Mary’s Team Race, finishing fourth. The next weekend, after completing its training in Florida, the coed team defended its title at the largest fleet race of the season, the Truxtun Umstead hosted by Navy in Annapolis, Md. On the final weekend of spring break, the Bulldogs divided and conquered. At Navy, the coed team won the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp trophies, the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association equivalent of the Ivy League Championships. The Bulldogs also sent boats to the Boston Dinghy Cup hosted by Harvard and MIT and the Central Series Two hosted by BU, placing eighth and third, respectively.

The women’s team began spring break with the Navy Women’s Interconference Regatta March 9-10 and the St. Mary’s Women’s Interconference Regatta March 16-17, placing fourth both weekends. This weekend they rebounded well at the Duplin Team Race Regatta hosted by Tufts University, finishing first overall.

“Even though we didn’t finish as well as we would have hoped at Navy and St. Mary’s, we took those regattas as learning experiences,” women’s team captain Marlena Fauer ’14 said. “These fourth place finishes only further fueled our desire to win the upcoming regattas.”

At Navy, the women’s A division boat skippered by Claire Dennis ’13 and crewed by Katherine Gaumond ’15 finished fourth overall, while their B division boat skippered by Emily Billing ’13 and crewed by Amanda Salvesen ’14 came in fifth. At St. Mary’s, skipper Morgan Kiss ’15 and crew Urska Kosir ’15 sailed to a third-place finish in the A division, while Fauer and crew Eugenia Custo Greig ’15 finished fifth in B division competition. The Duplin Team Race featured a different racing format, with a full-team round robin Saturday deciding the final four on Sunday. The Elis lost just one race each day and won the event with a cumulative 12-2 record.

Dennis attributed the team’s training at Eckerd College to the improved result at Tufts.

“The week of training in Florida was essential to our team’s winning performance at the Duplin trophy this past weekend. Our team worked hard to improve and felt we made big strides racing against the guys over break,” she said.

The coed team experienced similar steps forward following the team training in Florida. After a disappointing finish at the St. Mary’s Team Race, the Bulldogs responded by winning the Truxtun Umstead Trophy and the Owen, Mosbacher and Knapp Trophies hosted by Navy.

Head coach Zachary Leonard ’89 said it was clear the training helped push the Bulldogs to victory.

“We had zero days of practice before the St. Mary’s race, and we had a full week of practice in Florida before Navy. It’s a really important part of our season each year,” Leonard said.

The Bulldogs enjoyed a great team-wide effort at the “Trux.” Skipper Graham Landy ’15 and crew Heather May ’15 sailed in both FJs and 420s to win the highly competitive A division, while former national champion laser sailors Cameron Cullman ’13 and Dennis turned in excellent performances as well. Cullman finished second in the C division and Dennis finished first in the D division.

The team’s performance over the two weekends at Navy raised Yale coed to the No. 1 national ranking. However, Landy said that rankings are not the team’s top priority.

“While we are excited to move into first place in the national rankings, it’s important to remember that we can’t become complacent,” he said. “While we take great pride in winning an Ivy League Championship for Yale, our team’s goals center around performing well at the National Championships in May.”

The coed team will sail next weekend at the Southern New England Team Race hosted by Connecticut College and the Mystic Lake Team Race at Tufts, while the women’s team travels to Brown to compete for the Brad Dellenbaugh Trophy.


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Boat sales suffer setback in February

Boat sales suffer setback in February


Posted on 25 March 2013


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A year ago, spring arrived early in many parts of the country and the recreational boating industry rode a large and early wave of customers to strong results in February. This year, the industry appears to have caught a chill.

Sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments reversed course. Rather than the double-digit gain of a year earlier, the group that consists of two aluminum and five fiberglass categories saw a 9.5 percent decline in sales to 4,013 boats in February from 4,434 in the same month a year earlier, Statistical Surveys Inc. said today.

Industrywide, sales dropped 9.8 percent to 5,853 from 6,491 a year earlier.

Statistical Surveys national marine sales manager, Ryan Kloppe said the 2013 results suffered by comparison with the sharp sales gains the industry had in 2012.

“We had a heck of a February last year,” he said.

The February 2013 data in the Statistical Surveys report are based on information from 27 early reporting states that represent about 63 percent of the U.S. boat market. Reports of sales of documented vessels were complete only through November because of data entry delays at the Coast Guard, creating an incomplete report for boats larger than 31 feet and understating the cruiser and yacht markets.

“Obviously we know how far the Coast Guard is behind and that is part of [the reason the sales figures appear so low],” Kloppe said.

A year ago, when reports from all 50 states were in, main-segments sales rose 34 percent in February to 5,662 from 4,228 in February 2011. Industrywide sales climbed 28 percent to 10,119 from 7,814 in the previous February, Kloppe said.

February sales typically amount to 4.4 to 5.5 percent of the year’s retail activity. The month represents the start of the spring selling season, which runs through May.

Among the main segments, the only category that showed a gain in February this year was aluminum pontoon boats, where sales rose 10.6 percent to 636. Categories that declined did so in double digits, except for 11- to 40-foot outboard fiberglass boats, where sales were off by a slight 1.8 percent, or 32, to 1,745.

Aluminum pontoons and fiberglass outboards have been strong sellers for the last year as the industry continues to rebound from the effects of the Great Recession.

“Those segments continue to do well,” Kloppe said. Among small to mid-size outboards, “we only need a few units there [to show a sales gain for the month],” he said.

Sales of aluminum fishing boats fell 19 percent in February to 1,197, sales of 14-to 30-foot inboard and sterndrive boats dropped 24.5 percent to 358 and sales of 41- to 62-foot yachts dipped 53.1 percent, or 26 boats, to 23.

The industry posted a sales gain in January, cushioning the effects of the February slump. For the first two months of the year, main-segment sales are off 3.7 percent at 7,577 boats and industrywide sales are off 5 percent at 11,054.

Sales of personal watercraft fell 7.1 percent to 654 units, in February and sales of jet boats dropped 3.4 percent to 113. Ski-boat sales rose a modest 2.7 percent to 150, but they are up 12 percent for the year at 270.

Sailboat sales fell 14.3 percent, or 13 boats, to 78.

Click here for February boat sales.

— Jack Atzinger

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