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Sailing: Cotton and McCarthy taste success in Poole

Sailing: Phil Cotton and Duncan McCarthy taste success in Poole

By Andy Mitchell

WINNERS: Duncan McCarthy and his team in action.

PARKSTONE Yacht Club duo Phil Cotton and Duncan McCarthy were crowned national champions at the biennial International Paint Poole Regatta last weekend.

Cotton became MOCRA Multihull national champion having sailed his Seacart 30 Buzz into the top three in all eight races in his category, securing three victories along the way.

He was chased down by Nick Wood (Royal Burnham YC) in Origami, who himself secured top-four finishes in all but one of his races. Christchurch Sailing Club’s Paul Butler twice tasted success and finished fourth overall in his F-32RX.

Poole-based McCarthy was in dominant form throughout the J24 class aboard Madeline, finishing in the first two in six out of 10 races to trump Weymouth- based Bob Turner (Castle Cove SC) by 13 points.

Parkstone member Nick Phillips came third in Chaotic, while clubmate Roger Morris secured fifth in his vessel Jolly Roger.

The final day of the regatta was heading for a flat end with four knots of breeze forecast but six to nine knots eventually swept through, which gave everyone a chance to attack or consolidate in their respective classes.

Ian Atkins in did not need to sail the last race having already done enough to win the regatta overall and become J70 national champion.

In the J80 class, Patrick Liardet in Aqua J took first place from Phil Taylor in J.A.T. after the count back was taken into consideration.

Both were one point ahead of Poole’s Dave Evans in Last Chance.

Jim Macgregor, a harbour pilot and member of Poole and Parkstone Yacht Clubs, sailed Premier Flair to success in the J80 class, finishing six points clear of Jackie and Rob Dobson in Jeronimo J133.

Results were turned on their head by Stephen Tiernan in the IRC2 class, who was loaned Dehler 33 Ruthless by chairman of the organising committee Martin Pearson, as he scored two firsts to win the class. In second place was Enigma, sailed by Ian Braham. Richard Freemantle won the IRC3 in his Dehler 29.

Meanwhile, Megan Pascoe won the six races she competed in but that was not enough to take the Tidal National Trophy from Simon Hill (Frensham Pond SC), who sailed in all eight rounds and sealed the crown by a solitary point.

On the event, Pearson said: “It has been an exciting and successful regatta with a record number of 181 entries this year.

“We would like to thank sponsors International Paint, who have confirmed their support for the 2016 event in conjunction with Haven Insurance.

“A big thanks must go to all those involved in helping out with organisation and management of the event from Parkstone Yacht Club, Poole Yacht Club and the Royal Motor Yacht Club.”

  • HIGHCLIFFE Sailing Club is hopeful that more female members will take to the waves competitively following their first Ladies that Launch session last Friday.

Introduced by popular demand, the training sessions are for ladies only with 14 of the club’s members taking to the water after some heavy rain and windy conditions relented in time for the start.

The remit undertaken by instructors Ken Fowler and Richard Brooks is to help build confidence and encourage more female members to compete in club racing.

The first two-hour session was a resounding success, with concentration focused on revisiting basic manoeuvres, correcting bad habits and teaching sailors how to achieve smoother tacks.

  • Simon Mussell and Gary Langdown shared the overall honours in Highcliffe’s Sea Spring Points Series over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The two-day event kicked off on Sunday with brisk, sunny southerly winds in excess of 20 knots. A choppy sea state resulted in multiple capsized boats.

Mussell took first in his Contender ahead of Langdown with youngster Jamie Perry third.

In calmer conditions, Gary Langdown won to reverse the result on Monday with Mussell second and Matt Langdown – Gary’s son – third.

The club now face the interesting dilemma of how to share the trophy after the duo finished level on points.

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ON THE WATER: Never Quit Spectating, Sailing, Rowing

505 North American Championships

505 North American Championships

LONG BEACH FLEET. Two boats from Long Beach took part in the 505 North American Championships in Santa Cruz.

Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 3:00 am

ON THE WATER: Never Quit Spectating, Sailing, Rowing

By Jo Murray
Gazette Columnist

Long Beach, California: Grunion Gazette Newspapers,

“If skiing was my job, I would quit.”

My sister would say that on the third day of skiing when she was exhausted from lugging gear, fighting the weather and the physical exertion of the sport. Despite her harsh comment, my sister loves every minute of her sport. I thought about her as I watched boats on the water this weekend. 

505 Championships

The 38 boats completing in the 2014 505 North American Championships hosted by Santa Cruz Yacht Club included two Long Beach entries: Howie Hamlin and Dustin Durant. Hamlin is a well-known 505 sailor and often sails in the Tuesday Twilight series hosted by the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. Durant is new to sailing in a 505, but chose the boat because it is one of the more complex dinghies. 

Just after the start of the third race, one of Durant’s zealous competitors collided with him and T-boned the boat, causing it to take on water. Durant and crew member Ben Wheatly were unable to race for the reminder of the day, and repairs took the entire next day.

The unwritten code of the fleet is not to protest competitors. Despite the fact no protests were filed, justice was served thanks to the pro-active actions of the race committee and judges teams. Durant and teammate ended in 31st place and Hamlin won the championship. 

Learn to Row

National Learn to Row day will be celebrated locally at the Pete Archer Rowing Center at 5750 Boathouse Lane, Marine Stadium, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 7. It is a free event, open to participants 14 years and older. If you are younger than age 18, a parent needs to tag along.

 There will be an introduction to indoor and outdoor rowing as well as boathouse tours so visitors can view the facilities and check out the equipment. Volunteers will be on hand to provide information on lessons and membership. 

If you want to go on the water, you must be able to swim, wear non-baggy athletic clothing and bring along a pair of socks. Instructors will be on the coach boats and rowing club volunteers will be on board to lead by example, demonstrate proper form and offer encouragement. 

Rowing is one few non-weight-bearing sports that exercises all the major muscle groups. It is a way to get some good cardio, be around positive people and enjoy the beauty of Alamitos Bay. 

There are two forms of rowing. In sweep or sweep-oar rowing, each rower has one oar held with both hands. This is generally done in pairs, fours and eights. In sculling, each rower has two oars (or sculls). Our Long Beach program is unique in that the instruction includes sculling, a skill that gives rowers more options as they continue in the sport.

Memorial Day Regatta

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club Commodore Jennifer Kuritz took first in the Cal 20 fleet in the club’s annual regatta. The event is the first of the four small-boat regattas the club hosts. The remaining three also are on long weekends: Fourth of July, Labor Day and Turkey Day. This allows time for participants who come from as far south as San Diego and north from San Francisco to trailer their boats to Long Beach. 

The Laser Radial fleet of 29 had San Diego Yacht Club’s Paul Didham taking first, holding off San Francisco rivals Lawson Willard and Lindsey Babb. Meanwhile Laser Full, with a fleet of 26 boats, was won by ABYC’s Olympic hopeful Chris Barnard, who is part of the US Sailing team training here in Long Beach this month.

The Sperry Top-Sider program was formed by U.S. Sailing to build the country’s sailing strength. Four members of the team training locally will make a presentation at 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday, at the Long Beach Yacht Club; there is no charge to attend, just RSVP at 598-9410. Those presenting are Syndey Bolger, Annie Haegar, Caleb Paine and Paige Railey. 

I’m thinking about all of the sore muscles rowers and sailors are nursing this week from putting boats on and off trailers, fighting the wind and cleaning up the boats.

If this was my job, I’d quit. But this is what we love to do, so we will never quit.


Friday, May 30, 2014 3:00 am.

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Dana Point Boat Show targets increasingly enthusiastic public

Dana Point Boat Show targets increasingly enthusiastic public


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Visitors to the Dana Point Boat Show check out a 2005 Selene Ocean Trawler Thursday. The 62-foot yacht is selling for $1,395,000.

If you go

When: Noon to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: OC Sailing Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place

Admission: $9 for adults and free for children 12 and younger

Parking: Free at most harbor lots; a shuttle will be available at each parking lot every 10 minutes

Information: or 323-655-2010

DANA POINT – With sunny skies and highs in the upper 70s, the Dana Point Boat Show started Thursday afternoon and is expected to attract crowds through the weekend to check out the more than 150 boats in the water and on land.

Sailboats, power boats, personal water craft and even paddleboards are on display at Dana Point Harbor, washed, waxed and looking for new owners to take to the open ocean.

And as the latest numbers from the National Marine Manufacturers Association showing an increase in California’s powerboat sales by 30 percent over the last two years, show organizer Ray Hebert said boat sales at the show have increased in recent years as well.

“People joke about that you never actually sell boats at a boat show, but here, we’re known for it,” Hebert said.

For those looking for something in the $1 million range, the 51-foot Marquis 500 Sport Bridge motoryacht is being offered for $1.3 million. The boat, featuring pod-drive steering, allows drivers to maneuver the 40,000-pound vessel with ease.

“The new joystick technology they’re putting in the drive systems makes driving a boat like a video game – a kid can steer this thing,” said Joe Martino, part owner of local brokerage firm Dick Simon Yachts.

This year, Martino said the company brought 19 boats to the show, down from its usual 25 entries. But that’s a good sign for the company.

“We’re bringing fewer here because we’ve sold so many boats this year, our inventory’s depleted,” Martino said.

For Brett Tilly, owner of Tilly’s Marine with dealerships in Ventura and Huntington Beach, the recovering economy has been good for business.

“We nearly doubled our sales in 2013 compared to 2012,” said Tilly, whose stock includes Malibu ski and wakeboard boats, along with Robalo fishing boats.

The change is a welcome one after the company weathered the recession that crippled California’s boat sales. The low point was 2010, as powerboat sales totaled $310 million, about one-fourth of the $1.2 billion sold in the industry’s heyday in 2005.

“We were in the middle of opening our Huntington Beach shop in 2010 during the worst of it,” Tilly said. “It was ugly, but we made it.”

Now, Tilly is hoping to sell a few boats at this year’s show, displaying seven boats, along with a 22-foot Robalo center console fishing boat priced at $59,500.

Those looking for something to fit in the garage can head over to the Outrigger Surf booth, where owner Keils Stevens and her son, Robert Freschauf, have paddleboards ranging from 8-foot full epoxy boards up to 15-foot carbon-fiber designs. Ranging anywhere from $900 to $1,500, the crafts don’t have sails or an engine, and they’re the cheapest option at the show.

Freschauf said the company will offer lessons and board rentals through the weekend.

Hebert said he expects total attendance to top 10,000 for the weekend event.

“For the boating enthusiasts, the weather really doesn’t matter; they’ll come rain or shine,” Hebert said. “But with sunshine through the weekend, we’ll get a lot more foot traffic from people who might just be looking, and perhaps they’ll end up buying a boat.”

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