sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Etchells: 70 boats for Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta
Etchells: 70 boats for Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta


'Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta 2014'    John Payne

The 2013-14 Etchells Midwinter Series continued in Miami last weekend. The Jag, as the series has become better known, attracted 70 boats for the Sid Doren Memorial, the second event of the four regatta series.

Miami is famous for its great winter climate, but the local weather gods were not quite so accommodating on Saturday. A light drizzle and overcast skies greeted sailors as they prepared for the first of three races scheduled for the day. However with temps in the low seventies, everyone was happy they weren’t almost anyplace else in the continental USA as snow, ice and frigid temperatures gripped most of the rest of the country.

Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta 2014 -  John Payne  

Race one got underway right on time for the seventy Etchells. PRO Dave Brennan set a course at 070° with a first beat of 1.5 miles in a little over eight knots. As often happens in a large, aggressive fleet, several boats pushed the start and were caught over early. Among those were two perennial favorites, Shannon Bush and Keith Whittemore. As Shannon said later, 'Once we were over early that just about sealed our race. It’s difficult to claw your way back to the front of a 70-boat fleet.'

Andrew Cumming was first to the top, followed closely by Ernie Pomerleau and Jim Cunningham. That order held for the downwind. Dave Brennan likes to start each Etchells race with a long first beat and first downwind, in an attempt to spread out the fleet. Seventy sharp pointed keel boats arriving in a leeward gate together can be dangerous. Once the fleet has spread out some, Dave will then shorten the last two legs to keep the race to a decent length of time. Today’s races were no exception.

On the beat back to weather Jim Cunningham took the lead and won the race. Pomerleau / Dressell held on for second, with Mark Fleckenstein easing into third.

Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta 2014 -  John Payne  

Race two went off with the same distance and bearing with the wind holding near nine knots. Once again, many boats jumped the gun and had to go back, putting themselves in a deep hole. Mark Watson and Dirk Kneulman led the race wire to wire taking the gun. They were followed by David Burrows in second and Buddy Cribb in third.

Starting race three proved to be the biggest challenge for PRO Brennan and his race committee. Utilizing a mid-line boat, the starting line was almost a half mile long. Dave said they were getting different wind bearings on each of the three start boats with a variation of as much as 15-20° over the five minute starting sequence. This oscillation in bearing lead to three short postponements as the race committee worked diligently to set a square line. When race three finally got under way, the pin end RC boat looked like the center of a giant nautical merry go round as five or six Etchells, who were very early, rounded that end to re-start. Former two-time world champion Bill Hardesty was one of the boats over early at the pin, and was only able to salvage a finish in the top of the bottom half. Of note, Bill spent his honeymoon towing the Etchells cross country to make this regatta. Sounds like he found himself a keeper!

Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta 2014 -  John Payne  

Peter Duncan, sailing with another former world champion, Jud Smith on board, led the fleet to the top mark, followed by Shannon Bush. Following in third was Tom Carruthers with Andrew Campbell on board. In another wire to wire lead, Peter Duncan held on over Shannon to take race three, the last of the day. Tom Caruthers finished third.

Back on shore it was time for some socializing under the sea grape trees. One of the best parts of the Jag, the sailors all meet up for a few cold ones, and some tasty snacks as provided by host Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. On this day there was a considerable amount of commiserating amongst the competitors. Nineteen different boats had a single digit finish in their score line, but many of those also carried one or more score in the bottom half of the fleet. The same oscillations the RC saw on the start of race three were present all over the race course. As Tom Lihan said with a chuckle, 'We won our side of the race course all day; we were just consistently on the wrong side.'

Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta 2014 -  John Payne  

Sunday dawned with a promise of more great racing. The rain had moved out, and there was plenty of sunshine and warm breezes. Race four started at 165° and 1.5 miles with winds approaching 10 knots. Peter Duncan won the pin and started off towards the left side of the course. He didn’t take that tack very far and flopped over to port in an effort to get to the right. As Tom Lihan pointed out, 'there was a pretty strong left running current at the top of the course due to its proximity to the ICW. If you could be on the right at the top you picked up an extra one to one-and-a-half knots of apparent boat speed.' Duncan indeed got out to the right middle and rounded the top mark in fourth. First to the top was Phil Lotz driving Arethusa. He was followed closely by Ethan Doyle and Wade Edwards. On the long downwind the wind velocity started to decay. By the bottom gate it was barely holding at 5.5 knots. The top of the fleet was shuffled on the next two legs with the exception of Phil Lotz, who held on for the victory. Ante Razmilovic took second followed by Shannon Bush in third.

By now a very nasty looking squall was moving in from the south. It effectively sucked most of the wind out of that part of Biscayne Bay. The race committee decided to wait and see what would happen, but after it moved through bringing strong gusts and driving sheets of rain, it left the bay once again becalmed. With a second line of squalls fast approaching, the PRO decided to cancel racing for the day.

That decision meant there would be not drop for the regatta forcing many to keep a score they were desperately hoping to discard.

Duncan 1st - Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta 2014 -  John Payne  

Winning the 2014 Sid Doren Memorial was Peter Duncan, sailing 'Raging Rooster' with Jud Smith and Tom Blackwell. This follows their triumph in the Piana Cup back in December, and makes them the overall, early leader for the Jag Series. I spoke to Jud Smith after the regatta to get his take on the weekend, and asked him what he thought was the biggest secret to their success. He said, 'Not being over early! With 70 boats out there you gotta not make mistakes. A great start would be good if the fleet was half the size, but there were too many boats to push it.' He went on to say 'We thought the right paid in the first two races, though not too much. We tried to be in the top twenty at the top mark and then gain a few boats on each subsequent leg.' Clearly that strategy worked.

Finishing second was Andrew Cummings sailing with local Brian Kamilar, Victor Diaz and Eric Aronsohn. Third place went to Jim Cunningham with Jeff Madrigali, Mark Ivey and Bryn Bachman. In fourth place was Ante Razmilovic on English Blue with his crew of Chris Larson and Stuart Flynn. Rounding out the top five were Skip Diebal and Jon McClean sailing with Jeff Eiber.

First place had an average score of six, and fifth place had an average score over 12. As Jeff Madrigali summarized, 'Consistency paid in a no drop regatta'.

Next up, the Etchells Florida State Championship February 8-9, 2014.

Click here for complete results


by John Payne

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=118232

9:43 PM Tue 7 Jan 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World

Catch the live coverage of the Leg 4 Finish in Auckland, presented by Team Vestas Wind. Check the video timer for a countdown to the start of coverage and the expected race finish time ... [more]  

America's Cup Defender Oracle Team USA and Challenger, Artemis Racing lined up for a series of try-outs on San Francisco Bay. Videographer John Navas was shoreside with a new high resolution video camera and provided these videos of the training sessions and hook-ups. ... [more]  

The HPYD conference is jointly organised by The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (NZ) and The University of Auckland and will be held at the Marine Event Centre in Auckland to coincide with the Volvo Ocean Race stopover. It attracts some of the world’s most preeminent yacht designers and is recognised as one of the top three conferences in this area internationally. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Ryan Houston - How Alvimedica's chemistry works *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL
Ryan Houston is a watch captain aboard Team Alvimedica. He sailed in two previous editions of the Volvo Ocean Race – in 2008-09 aboard Delta Lloyd and 2011-12 on the incident plagued Volvo 70, Sanya. With the switch to the one design, ruggedly constructed Volvo 65 for this race many of the issues that bedevilled the competitors and organisers in the previous races appear to have been resolved. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Dave Swete - Alvimedica's race so far *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL
The Volvo Ocean Race and its forerunner, the Whitbread Round the World Race, used to be dominated by Kiwi crews. In the current edition, there are just three New Zealanders competing. Two of those are on Team Alvimedica, the US and Turkish flagged entry. ... [more]  

Rainbow II is one of the most iconic yachts in New Zealand sailing history. Built and skippered by Chris Bouzaid, her win in the One Ton Cup in 1969 was New Zealand’s first big international sailing win. Doyle Sails NZ was commissioned to build the new sails for the iconic Rainbow II with design work by Chris’ son Richard ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica hopes to use Coastal Classic tricks *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Sail-World’s NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell spoke with David Swete one of three New Zealand crew in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race Swete was reporting in from Team Alvimedica the US and Turkish flagged entry, currently lying in fourth place on leg 4 of the race from Sanya China to Auckand. ... [more]  

Oracle Team USA AC45 Turbo Feb 25 Training images provided by pressure-drop.us. Flat flood conditions and winds 12-18 and then picking up late in the day. Boat is matching the olars established with the AC 72's. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand gears up on less money *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com NZL
Emirates Team New Zealand has pushed the start button on their campaign for the 35th America's Cup, with a budget that has been reduced by an estimated 20% from the San Francisco campaign. The decision to relocate the Venue for the Match to the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda has resulted in reduced attractiveness to sponsors, which in turn has led to cuts in the program ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Dongfeng has pulled another mile from Abu Dhabi, and MAPFRE looks like they have been making some good gains on the two leading boats. ... [more]  

AWT Goya Pro Cabo Verde kicks off in style! by American Windsurfing Tour
Last night saw the Opening Party for the Goya Cabo Verde Pro contest here on the beautiful island of Sal. In attendance were some of the biggest names in windsurfing along with local watermen, business men and dignitaries. The true spirit of the American Windsurfing Tour came out in force which was both mirrored and complimented by the spirit of this island ... [more]  

With Cheminées Poujoulat making good progress up the Atlantic, making close to 18kts, 120 miles SW of the Falklands, Cape Horn marks the frontier between the two different worlds inhabited by skippers on the Barcelona World Race. ... [more]  

Emirates Team New Zealand has announced a team restructuring ahead on next week's expected announcement that the Qualifier for the 2017 America's Cup will be held in Auckland. The statement issued by the team early this afternoon, indicates the team has secured substantial funding and sponsorship for its 2017 campaign. ... [more]  

2015 CYC Midwinters Race – Pictures by pressure-drop.us ... [more]  

CYC Midwinters Racing – 'Mid Winter racing is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are gonna get' ~Forrest Gump~Skipper of SS Jenny ... [more]  

Laser Standard Men’s World Championships (June 29-July 8), the Laser Masters World Championships (July 10-18), and the Laser Radial Youth World Championships (August 14-20) are being hosted by the CORK. ... [more]  

Kaenon's Steve Rosenberg talks with Team SCA crew members Sally Barkow and Annie Lush before the start of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Both are former Olympic match racers, who have switched to ocean racing. Both are wearing the new prescription Kaenon sunglasses in the 40,000nm race around the world. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Overnight Ian Walker reported getting ahead of Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng only to have Mother Nature take it all back again, getting caught under a rain cloud in light winds ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Mythical, revered, renowned, legendary.....but above all Cape Horn is a time for extra care and caution. While observers and race fans may be poised to share and enjoy the passage of the race leaders Cheminées Poujoulat this Tuesday evening, Swiss co-skipper Bernard Stamm of race leaders Cheminées Poujoulat was clear that there will be little time for celebration ... [more]  

Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70, Phaedo3 crossed the finish line in Antigua at 20:35:30 AST on Tuesday 24th February 2015 in an elapsed time of 1 day, 9 hours, 35 minutes and 30 seconds. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race - Cheminées Poujoulat, which has lead the two handed round the world race for 39 days, has passed Cape Horn (67°15 11 W) at 01:00 UTC (02:00 Barcelona time, 22:00 Chilean time). ... [more]  

For the seventh edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 records are predicted to tumble, which has one of the most spectacular line ups of high performance boats racing anywhere in the world. ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship - The Notice of Race for the 2015 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship has been released. Set to be held in Middelfart, Denmark from 8-12 July, the 2015 edition of the Women’s Match Race Worlds will welcome the world’s finest female match racers as they fight for the title. ... [more]  

Many exciting changes have been implemented this year for the 35th St.Maarten Heineken Regatta, and one of those will be the Saturday night party, which will take place on Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay. This evening promises to be a night filled with undeniable sex appeal and a line up that boasts not one but two powerful female performers. ... [more]  

RS Sailing and BIC Sport North America announce a joint effort to promote a new-age pathway for kids to find their passion for sailing. The goal is to provide a more formalized learning track parallel to what has been done traditionally, and excite youth sailors with modern sailing craft. ... [more]  

On day 2 of the RORC Caribbean 600 by dawn the vast majority of the 64-strong fleet were negotiating the chicane of islands to the northern end of the course, weaving through the stunning islands of Saba, St.Martin and St.Barths. However Lloyd Thornburg's MOD 70, Phaedo3, was literally miles ahead of the fleet. ... [more]  

Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup - About to begin by Jeremy Leonard, Los Angeles
Ten of the best collegiate sailing teams from across country will descend on Los Angeles Yacht Club® March 13 through15 to test their sailing prowess as they battle it out for the prestigious Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Trophy. This perpetual trophy was deeded to Los Angeles Yacht Club by Port of Los Angeles in 2008, to encourage, '…young men and women to enjoy benefits of competitive sailing.' ... [more]  

Airbnb may a popular 'peer-to-peer' lodging site on the web, but if you want to rent a boat in your local area or away, you’ve got options, too. Boatbound.com, Boatsetter.com and Cruzin.com are just a few of the new crop of online websites offering a chance to rent a boat for the day or weekend. ... [more]  

2015 Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta – The Notice of Race, the Olympic Test Event, has been published. The Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2015 is the second of two Rio 2016 Olympic Test Events with the first being held in 2014. Rio will welcome sailors once again from 13-22 August 2015 with racing taking place inside and outside of Guanabara Bay. ... [more]  

2015 CYC Mid Winters images by h20shots ... [more]  

If you missed this week's edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl, listen to the replay below. Nic talks with: Scott Babbage, Iain Murray on 18fter and also the America's Cup, Seve Jarvin and many more ... [more]  

Kiwi sailor Ryan Houston has grown up on this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race as he took on the role as Watch Captain for Team Alvimedica. His career as a sailor is evolving as he gets more involved in the leadership and decision-making onboard Alvimedica. Learn about the ‘Day in the Life’ of a Watch Captain in the Volvo Ocean Race. ... [more]  

Latest predictions for the finish of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race are all indicating a finish time between 1000hrs and 1400hrs on Saturday February 28. For one of only three Kiwi crew members in the Volvo Ocean Race, Abu Dhabi's Daryl Wislang looks like being the first in the queue at the piecart, when the boats reach Auckland. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race – Now the race to Auckland is truly on
America's Cup: Spooner fails in attempt to have Oracle AC45 arrested
2015 505 Midwinter Championship - Final race
Barcelona World Race – Renault Captur resume, Spirit of Hungary stuck
2015 ISAF Youth Sailing World – Emerging Nations Programme announced
Barcelona World Race - Spirit of Hungary to make surprise pit-stop
US Sailing Match Racing Committee launches The Dial Up Newsletter
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Michael Chittenden's images from Race 7
Volvo Ocean Race – The Doldrums outside the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 4 Winner expected in Auckland on Saturday
Volvo Ocean Race 2015 – Biggest challenges are around the corner
86th SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Day 2 overall
SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Farr 40 and Cal 25 class winners announced
Barcelona World Race - The Bountiful Horn Beckons for Stamm and Le Cam
Geelong boat Phoenix wins Sydney 38 National Title
JJ Giltinan 18 foot Skiff Championship 2015 images by Bruce Kerridge
Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 4 restart from the Doldrums
Melges 24 U.S. Championship is enjoying early success
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Records set as rookie Kiwi crew second in Race 7
Around Antigua Island Race - Unofficial record
Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award winners honored   
86th SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Day 1   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta crew forum - place to find crew or a ride   
J/24 Midwinter Championship - Will Welles’ Cougar hanging on by a claw   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Watch Race 7 here - Live and then in Replay!   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA goes out past the Golden Gate + Video   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Michael Chittenden's images from Race 6   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Race 6 interviews with Hamlin, Thurlow and Yamaha   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA report on their new foiler   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Images from Race 6 by Christophe Favreau   
RORC Caribbean 600 - The young ones   
Malibu’s Evolution Pro Series to feature as one-third of WBW Series   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Gotta Love It 7 creates history as US wins Race 6   
Career Day comes on the heels of industry growth   
J/24 Midwinter Championship Day 1   
RORC Caribbean 600 - Phaedo 3 and Paradox fly into Antigua   
RORC Caribbean 600 provides a mixed bag of IRC delights   
Barcelona World Race - Closing fast   
JJ Giltinan Trophy: Watch Race 6 here - Live and then in Replay!   
Tessanne Chin to illuminate the stage on Caribbean Jam night   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT