2016 49erNA Winter Series

Here are your regatta dates and links for winter 2016:

Mid Winters – January 16 to 18 – Regatta Park, Miami

ISAF World Cup – January 23 to 30 – Regatta Park, Miami

World Championships – February 7 to 14 – CCSC, Clearwater

Mark your calendars today!

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Coast Guard: Search suspended for missing Olympic sailor Trevor Moore

(CNN)A three-day search for a missing Olympic sailor has ended without success. The Coast Guard says it suspended the search for Trevor Moore, in Biscayne Bay, Florida, Saturday evening at sunset.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones affected,” said Coast Guard spokesman Capt. Michael Long. “Despite the tireless search efforts by multiple agencies and good Samaritans, we were unable to find Mr. Moore.”

The search for Moore began Thursday by boat and helicopter, after security personnel at Dinner Key Marina, Miami, found his unmanned, 16-foot boat after it had drifted into the marina shortly before 6 p.m. The engine was still running and Moore’s personal belongings were onboard.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies covered more than 510 square nautical miles and completed more than 29 search patterns before suspending the search, according to Coast Guard officials.

Moore was a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic sailing team. He finished 15th in the 49er class event — a two-person team race in a high-performance dinghy similar to a small sailboat.

Moore graduated from New York’s Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2007, according to his Team USA profile.

Moore has split his time living in North Pomfret, Vermont, and Naples, Florida, the site said.

AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN

Story originally published on http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/27/us/missing-olympian-search-suspended/

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Long Beach OCR

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club welcomed the 49er class to their Olympic Classes Regatta this year.  Five 49ers competed in the event, which proved to be great practice.  Seven races were schedule with four on Saturday and three on Sunday.  Both days started out somewhat un-Long Beach-like with overcast skies and light winds that can be attributed to “May Gray” or “June Gloom.”  As each day went on the cloud cover burned off by the last race or two and the normal Long Beach sea breeze would begin to build.  The light and shifty conditions that prevailed for most of the racing proved to be a great opportunity to practice in a formal setting against some teams that really enjoyed the conditions; however, we were happy to stretch our legs once the wind had come up at the end of each day.
Riley and I sailed a consistent regatta across the limited range of conditions to take the win with Dane Wilson and Willie McBride coming in a very close second.  Quinn Wilson and Evan Heffernan really pushed everyone to the limit, particularly in the lighter conditions, to round out the podium in third.  A big thanks to Alamitos Bay Yacht Club for including us at what is typically a regatta for Finns and Lasers as well as to Zack Maxam, Craig Wilson, and John Downing for providing on the water support or coaching.
-Zack Downing, USA 126

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Lineup Set for TO2015 Pan Am’s

As of early February, the 49erFX lineup has been set for the TO2015 Pan American Games:

ARG – Victoria Tracascio & Maria Sol Branz – ARG 19

BRA – Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze – BRA 1

CAN – Erin Rafuse & Danielle Boyd – CAN 812

CHI – Arantza & Begona Gumicio  – CHI 194

ISV – Mayumi Roller & Kayla McComb – ISV 391

USA – Paris Henken & Helena Scutt – USA 826

Let’s get ready to RUMBLE!

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2015 CAN and USA Sailing Teams Announced

Both Sail Canada and US Sailing Association have announced their 2015 national sailing teams, and their skiff lineups!

Canadian Sailing Team, presented by Volvo
David Mori & Justin Barnes – CAN 905
John & Arthur Ferguson – CAN 311

Erin Rafuse & Dannie Boyd – CAN 812 *

US Sailing Team Sperry
Brad Funk & Trevor Burd – USA 50
Dave Liebenberg & Dan Morris – USA 510
Fred Strammer & Mike Kuschner – USA 17 (Development)

Paris Henken & Helena Scutt – USA 826 *
Debbie Capozzi & Molly Vandemoer – USA 816
Emily Dellenbaugh & Liz Barry – USA 224

* Denotes qualification for TO2015 Pan American Games

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2015 NA Champions Crowned

As a preview of the 2016 Worlds, Clearwater gave us a bit of everything during the 2015 NA’s…

Day 1 – blown out, with breezes over 30 and chop that would give a Coast Guard cutter trouble

Day 2 – Sea breeze 15 – 20 kts from the NW and lumpy seas

Day 3 – Breeze 5 – 10 kts with eventual Northerly sea breeze

Day 4 – Light, up to 8 kts with a shifty Southerly sea breeze

In the end, the most consistent teams across the conditions took home the silverware! For our North American championship, we had some surprise winners. For the 49er, from the British Virgin Islands, IVB 284 Alec Anderson & Chris Brockbank narrowly beat out US veterans Funk/Burd on countback. Meanwhile in the 49erFX, youth male team and current US 49erFX champs Wade Waddell & Ian MacDiarmid (USA), dethroned both Rafuse/Boyd (CAN) and Henken/Scutt (USA) to take home the Frank Bethwaite Cup!

USA President Joe Morris and CAN President Arielle Morgan present the trophy to IVB 284, 2015 NA Champs

See you all next year in Clearwater!

49er Winners Chamapagne Toast:

49erFX Winners Champagne Toast:

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Big News – USA Development Team

Check out the big new from the US Development Team:


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Minutes – North American Class meeting in Miami

Here are some notes from the meeting on Thursday, January 15th 2015 at the Miami Rowing Club. We had a great turnout! Thank you to everyone who came and contributed to the meeting!

1. Intl class dues are 20 euros, about $30, pay here:  http://www.regattanetwork.com/membermgmt/49ER/membership_registration_start.php

2. Intl class updates were summarized. Full details here: http://49er.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/49er-AGM-Minutes-2014.pdf
3. Canadian regatta schedule:
  • Icebreakers in Toronto at the end of May
  • Early June event in Kingston/Ottawa
  • Late june event in Toronto
  • Mid July Event TBD
The big events (helps with ISAF ranking!!):
  • Canadian Championship is July 31-August 2 (50 ISAF points)
  • CORK is August 15-19th (100 ISAF points, Equivalent to Palma, Euros, etc)
  • These will both be well run regattas and will make up a great training block in Kingston.
  • Americans are interested but think it will be a challenge to get Oakcliff boats there.
4. US National Champs
End of August at Oakcliff again was suggested.
Pros: Supplied boats, possibility of good timing with CORK
Cons: Not really a great venue for wind. Very easy to get 3 days of no sailing.
Ideal timing between events was suggested at ranging between 4 days to a week (shorter for those traveling from the West coast)
Clearwater in December was also suggested.
Pros: Encourage international boats to participate, good venue
Cons: American College students still in school/exams, transporting Oakcliff boats.
Ultimately, the consensus was that there should be a regatta in Clearwater in December, regardless of it being US Nats or not.
It seems that a US nationals event about a week after CORK was the preference. Canadians will go to US Nationals if Americans will come up and sail CORK and Canadians. Let’s make this 3 event block big!!
It was also suggested that a different venue in the area, such as Newport be used.
5. US east coast event (s)
- Newport week : has been a good event. Not much interest from the crowd at the meeting.
6. West coast circuit
- There will be a few 49ers on the west coast that are keen to do some events. If they can get enough boats they want to piggy-back on some existing events.
- It seems that there will be several boats in California for September might link up for some training
7. Pan American Games : happening in Toronto next July. Qualifier for all countries except Canada is the Miami SWC
8. Clearwater Worlds: talk to Europeans teams and make sure they know its going to be a good event and will be there
9. 2016 NA Champs
- Time for them to get out of Florida
- CORK 2016 suggested
- Will be revisited later
10. New boats for 2015/16
- Wait time can be 4-5 months, be sure to put orders in early
- Arielle Morgan, Canadian President

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2015 49erNA Class Meeting


The NA class will be hosting a meeting next week in Miami to take advantage of having a large number of sailors all in the same place at the same time. We will discuss class business, racing, training, logistics and other business.

Please be sure to mark your calendars and do attend. The meeting will take place at 3:30 PM, on Thursday January 15th at the Miami Rowing Club boat park. Attendance is mandatory for all NA 49er or FX sailors. Please be sure plan your sailing / rest calendar around the meeting.

We will be posting an agenda later this week. Of course, if there are any items that you would like to discuss please let me, or Arielle or Tburd know (copied above).

Please also be sure to pay your international class dues for 2015 on the 49er.org website.

Thanks and see you all soon.

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Event Quotas for WC Miami Raised

The OA for World Cup Miami has raised the entry quota for the 49er class to 60 boats:

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