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Gold and bronze for NZL Sailing Team

Both NZL Sailing Team crews competing at the opening regatta of the 2013-14 ISAF Sailing World Cup series for Olympic class sailors have medalled with Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie taking gold in the Women’s 470. Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox secured bronze in the Men’s 470.

The regatta, which ran over six days, was staged at the 2008 Olympic sailing venue off the eastern coast of China.

Olympic and World Champions Aleh and Powrie opened the regatta strongly clean sweeping the opening six races for the Women’s 470 class in which eight boats were sailing. Over the second half of the regatta Qingdao produced the light and tricky conditions its well known for and things didn’t go all the way of the kiwi pair with a strong challenge come from Chinese pair Hui Feng and Lizhu Huang over the final days.

But Aleh and Powrie held on and after a 3rd place in the final double points medal race they secured the victory with four points to spare.

After racing Powrie was happy how things went, “It was a bit stressful today. It was a bit more compact being on the smaller course and the girls in second had pretty good pace so we had our work cut out. We managed to keep close and come away with the win.

“We knew we could have at least one boat in between so we had a bit of room. We’re really happy with the week and a nice way to finish off our year and we’re stoked.”

A second medal came for New Zealand in the Men’s 470 for Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox who took out the final medal race to win bronze in the 13-strong fleet racing in Qingdao. Argentina’s Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente won the regatta ahead of Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic of Croatia with the kiwis in 3rd.

In the single-handed classes Thomas Saunders placed 8th overall in the Laser, Susannah Pyatt was 6th in the Laser Radial and Laura Lowther was 17th in the Laser Radial.

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Darien Junior Sailing Team moves to rebuild

It’s full sail ahead for the Darien Junior Sailing Team.

The organization, which is an all-volunteer, self-funded competitive team, was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy and is in the process of rebuilding the building at Weed Beach.

Linda Hammett, co-commodore and program chairman of the DJST, told

the Board of Selectmen at its Sept. 30 meeting that the organization was starting at “ground zero.”

The plan, Hammett told the board, is to construct a two-story elevated building on Weed Beach to become the new home of the DJST.

Selectman John Lundeen asked how much the project would cost and was told that in total, it would be roughly $100,000. The money would be raised through fundraising efforts by the DJST.

The organization was seeking a lease agreement with the town to use the space at Weed Beach, and would be subject to approval from the Board of Selectmen. The DJST intends to comply

with all town building regulations.

The DJST and its 125 or so sailors weren’t about to let the storm ruin their season, however. The DJST has grown in membership since its inception in 1972, increasing from 25 sailors in the late 1990s to 125 today, with another 30 to 50 on the waiting list.

The DJST, which competes in the Junior Sailing Association on Long Island Sound, now features several instructors who were at one time students, some as young as 8, making it a “life sport” for some of those who participate.

The team’s boats now are located right on the beach.; 203-330-6583; @Meg_DarienNews

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Dataw Island Cup sails in St. Helena Sound on Saturday

The Dataw Island Yacht Club will host the fourth-annual Dataw Island Cup sailing regatta on Saturday.

This is a race for mono hull, displacement sailboats with PHRF ratings that are 18 feet long and over. The race is expected to start at noon and run 22 miles from buoy Green 201 on the Coosaw River, down the Coosaw to Green 11 in St. Helena Sound and back up the Morgan River to the finish line at Dataw Island Marina.

Low tide is at 3:20 p.m. in St. Helena Sound, and regatta chairman Roy Crocker expects a favorable current for most of the race.

Thirty boats registered for the regatta a year ago, despite the threat of Hurricane Sandy. The regatta has grown each year since starting with 12 boats.

The fleet will be divided into two groups based on PHRF ratings with the higher rated boats in one group, and the lower rated boats in the other group. Keeper trophies will be awarded to each group. The overall winner of the Dataw Cup will be the boat with the fastest time from the two groups combined.

Dead On Arrival, skippered by Peter Gamble, was the overal winner in 2012.


What: Sailing regatta open to displacement, single-hull sailboats currently rated in the US Sailing PHRF manual of at least 18 feet in length.

Where: Dataw Island Marina. Race course is expected to run 22 miles from buoy Green 201 on the Coosaw River, down the Coosaw to Green 11 in St. Helena Sound and back up the Morgan River to the finish line at Dataw Island Marina.

When: Warning for start of race is planned for noon Saturday, depending on conditions.

Details: A dock party will be held at Dataw Marina from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Dinner and awards at Gazebo on Dataw Island will start at 6 p.m. For information, contact regatta chairman Roy Crocker at or 843-838-2453.

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Boat sales see solid gains in September

Boat sales see solid gains in September

Posted on 18 October 2013


Will autumn prove to be the spring selling season that passed the boating industry by? Judging from September sales in early-reporting states, the mild fall that extended the summer in many areas was encouraging some consumers to buy now and not wait until 2014.

Sales for the month in the main powerboat segments rose 18.3 percent, or 729, to 4,705, from September 2012 and industrywide sales rose 19.9 percent, or 1,239, to 7,472, in 25 states that represent 59 percent of the national market, according to data compiled by Statistical Surveys.

September marked the third month in a row of double-digit percentage growth in both categories as builders and dealers rebounded from the effects of a cold, wet spring. The data raised hopes that the industry could have a second successive year of overall sales gains as it continues its recovery from the Great Recession.

“It’s really nice to see,” Statistical Surveys national marine sales manager Ryan Kloppe said. “Considering the slow spring we had, these are positive signs for the industry.”

Florida was the September leader with 1,449 sales, 280 more than the state reported in 2012. Texas ranked second at 1,171, followed by North Carolina (582), California (515) and Michigan (458). Rounding out the top 10 were South Carolina (380), Tennessee (336), Georgia (329), Mississippi (279) and New York (216).

Kloppe said all of the top 10-selling states and 21 of the 25 that have reported say they had more September sales this year than they did in 2012. “That’s big,” he said.

With the other 25 yet to report, the industry is likely to surpass its 50-state total from last September, when 9,412 boats were sold.

Sales traditionally slow as the year winds down, so Kloppe doubts that fall sales can overcome the effects of the weak spring even if the gains continue.

“It’s hard to make up for sales that were lost in April and May,” he said, but he said the positive momentum of the last few months “is a good sign coming down the homestretch of 2013.”

For the year through September in the early-reporting states, sales were up 4.7 percent in the main segments, or 5,009 boats, to 110,808, and they were up 1 percent industrywide, or 1,740, to 173,902.

Sales of 11- to 40-foot outboard fiberglass boats rose 31.8 percent, or 475 boats, to 1,971 in September, sales of aluminum fishing boats climbed by 13.9 percent, or 151, to 1,235, and sales of aluminum pontoon boats increased 15.2 percent, or 129, to 975.

The three segments have been the industry’s sales leaders for more than a year.

Even 14- to 30-foot inboard and sterndrive boats, a category that has lagged, eked out a four-boat sales gain to 454.

Bigger-boat categories appeared to falter during the month. Sales of 31-to 40-foot cruisers fell by 12, to 43, sales of 41- to 62-foot yachts dropped by the same amount, to 25, and there were only two sales of 63-to 99-foot yachts, compared with eight in September a year earlier.

However, Coast Guard data on documented vessels were complete only through August because of the partial federal government shutdown. That creates an incomplete report for boats larger than 31 feet and understates the cruiser and yacht markets.

Sales of personal watercraft rose 34 percent, or 382 units, to 1,506. PWC had the highest percentage gain among the industry’s high-volume categories. Ski-boat sales fared nearly as well, rising 31.6 percent, or 56 boats, to 233.

Jetboats continued to lag as sales fell by 21 to 102. The category has felt the loss of Sea-Doo, which withdrew from the market, but it is expected to rebound once builders that plan to compete there start to introduce their boats.

Sailboat sales rose by 19 to 98.

— Jack Atzinger

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