Please select your home edition
Edition
Pantaenius EU 728x90

Oakcliff International - The dark horse's comeback

by Oakcliff Sailing Press on 8 Sep 2013
Oakcliff International Oakcliff Sailing Press
At the Oakcliff International, dark horse Mark Lees (GBR) and Team Echo Sailing started off the day with some key wins after ending the round robin in ninth of twelve teams.

An action-packed repechage battle against Ashlen Rooklyn (AUS) landed Lees with the eighth spot in quarterfinals, despite a solid effort from Rooklyn’s Ballyhoo Racing with a skillful spin and win in the second match. The real excitement of the day, however, came with the quarterfinals.


Chris Poole (USA) and Riptide Racing faced lowest seed, Lees, in the quarterfinals, but had tougher matches than they anticipated. According to Poole, they 'gave away the prestarts as Lees capitalized on every mistake [they] made.'

Light conditions made shifting gears important and Lees proved his ability to maintain speed and stay in phase with oscillations throughout the series.


'We were very nervous being in front, but very frustrated being behind, so we decided we would rather be nervous than frustrated,' said Lees about the close racing. In the third race, Lees took the first penalty in the prestart, but an offsetting one on Poole followed and Lees was able to carry his lead all the way around the course. Team Echo Sailing ended the day with a stolen spot in the semifinals from Riptide Racing, sending the winner of the round robin home with a fifth place finish.

Despite being a close match on paper, Eric Monnin (SUI) was also able to dismiss his competitor, Chris Steele (NZL), in only three races. On the other end of the spectrum, both matches of Nicolai Sehested (DEN) versus Dustin Durant (USA) and David Gilmour (AUS) versus Robert Hughes (USA) fought until a fifth, winner-take-all match with Sehested’s Tre-for Match Racing and Gilmour’s Team Gilmour taking the last semifinal Oakcliff International website

Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Protector - 660 x 82Zhik Yachting 660x82

Related Articles

RORC Caribbean 600 – Epic win for Bella Mente
Bella Mente counted 85 sail changes and at one point, both yachts were way-over canvassed, smoking along at 30 knots The lead in the Maxi72s changed hands on seven occasions during the race. Bella Mente counted 85 sail changes and at one point, both yachts were way-over canvassed, smoking along at 30 knots in a gigantic squall.
Posted today at 5:14 pm
The 10 most impactful youngsters in Volvo Ocean Race history
Age is just a number, right? Well, yes – according to some of the sailors who've tackled the world's toughest ocean test Age is just a number, right? Well, yes – according to some of the sailors who've tackled the world's toughest ocean test.
Posted today at 4:50 pm
Vendée Globe – Vendee2020Vision – Six best solo sailors selected
Vendée2020Vision helped with the coaching and development of a 10-strong squad of Britain’s top aspirant solo skippers. While in Les Sables d’Olonne competitors continue to stream across the finish line after three and a half months at sea, in Southampton work continues to train up British sailing talent to give them the best chance of competing in the Vendée Globe in four year’s time.
Posted today at 1:15 pm
Extreme Sailing Series– ENGIE and Team Tilt to take wildcard challenge
Headed up by highly experienced offshore sailor, Sebastien Rogues, ENGIE come with valuable experience in the GC32 Following their participation in the inaugural GC32 Championship - also being staged in Muscat - the GC32 Racing Tour teams ENGIE and Team Tilt will compete in the Extreme Sailing Series season opener in Oman in less than two weeks' time.
Posted today at 11:57 am
Vendée Globe – Didac Costa takes 14th place
The tenacious, driven Costa succeeded with one of the smallest budgets of 29 skippers who started race on November 6th. The tenacious, driven Costa has succeeded with one of the smallest budgets of the 29 skippers who started the race on November 6th.
Posted today at 9:36 am
Vendee Globe - Foresight Natural Energy Day 109 - Ancient Homer
The wind has died. The one proud mainsail drags lazily back and forth across the cabin top. The wind has died. The one proud mainsail drags lazily back and forth across the cabin top. Even the rippling laughter of the wake down the side of the hull has dulled as Foresight Natural Energy lethargically crawls across the dark disk of the horizon. The bright orange jib is the only flash of colour in a quiet world where a dull lead coloured sea lolls under a pewter sky.
Posted today at 4:36 am
CCA welcomes America's fastest non-stop solo circumnavigator
The CCA is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race The Cruising Club of America is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s (Marblehead, Mass.) accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race. Sailing solo for nearly 27,500 miles aboard Great American IV, Wilson finished the planet-rounding competition in just over 107 days, returning to the west coast of France on Tuesday February 21, 2017 after having started there on November 6, 2016.
Posted today at 3:44 am
RORC Caribbean 600 - Rambler 88 takes Monohull Line Honours
George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 22 February 2017 George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 11 hrs 56 mins 17 secs AST taking Monohull Line Honours.
Posted today at 1:14 am
Vendee Globe - Colman progressing in right direction - speaks to BBC
Conrad Colman's pace has not increased substantially in the last 12 hours, his direction has become more direct. Although Kiwi solo sailor Conrad Colman's pace has not increased substantially in the last 12 hours, his direction has become much more direct. After a frustrating passage through an area of light winds, Colman is now heading for a weather system which should allow him to hook in a wind system that will take him to the finish. He spoke to BBC's Radio 4 today:
Posted on 22 Feb
Vendée Globe – Costa to cross Thursday morning for 14th
Progress has remained painfully slow for Kiwi skipper Conrad Colman today as he sails into a wide high pressure ridge Progress has remained painfully slow for Kiwi skipper Conrad Colman today as he sails into a wide high pressure ridge which stands between him and the favourable westerly breezes which should finally allow the jury rigged Foresight Natural Energy to sail more directly towards the French coast and the finish line
Posted on 22 Feb