American Wins Silver at Disabled Worlds

The Latest from the Disabled Worlds, Australian Farr 40 Championship, and the 1d35 Nationals

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (November 9, 2001) -- After five days of sailing in challenging conditions, competitors and officials alike judged the 2001 International Foundation of Disabled Sailing (IFDS) World Disabled Sailing Championships a resounding success. The championship, held in Florida from October 24-31, was co-hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club and Sailing Alternatives (a disabled sailing program based in Sarasota and St. Petersburg). Representing nine countries, the 62 competitors encountered conditions on Tampa Bay that were considered tougher than those found a year ago in Sydney, Australia, during the 2000 Paralympic Games.

"A few years ago, the athletes would not have gone out in these conditions," remarked event chair Serge Jorgensen (Sarasota, Fla.), adding that the level of competition for disabled sailors has risen dramatically since Paralympic Sailing was introduced as a demonstration event at the 1996 Olympics. Throughout the week sailors encountered 2-4 foot waves and near-constant 15-knot winds. Heavier teams that could transfer from side-to-side while tacking enjoyed an advantage over teams with more limited mobility in the three-person Sonar. Meanwhile, those in the singlehanded 2.4 Metres almost disappeared between the waves. Disabled sailors compete under a classification system, refined since the Paralympics, which awards each Sonar team a rating designed to equalize physical abilities among the teams. 2.4 Metre sailors compete as equals without ratings. Along with the championship title, the winners (skipper and crew) in each class were presented with a specially engraved Rolex Submariner timepiece courtesy of event sponsor Rolex Watch U.S.A.

USAs Brown Wins Silver Medal

In the 14-boat 2.4 Metre class, Tom Brown (Northeast Harbor, Maine), the 2000 Paralympic 2.4 Metre Bronze Medallist, sailed a consistent event to claim the silver medal despite being disqualified from the final race. Brown could not overcome the flawless performance of Heiko Kroger, Germany's 2000 2.4 Metre Paralympic Gold Medallist, who won all nine races of the series to clinch the championship title. Norway's Jostein Stordahl won the bronze, while U.S. sailors John Ruf (Pewaukee, Wis.), Tom Franklin (Miami, Fla.), and Roger Cleworth (Brandon, Fla.) finished 8th, 11th and 13th, respectively.

In the 15-boat Sonar class, the three podium positions were claimed by veterans of the 2000 Paralympics. Canada’s Brian Mackie and Brian MacDonald, the 2000 Sonar Paralympic Bronze Medallists, sailing with new crew Paul Tingley; claimed the championship title after eight races with an unbeatable lead and were able to sit out the final race of the series. Andy Cassell and Brian Harding, 2000 Paralympians from Great Britain, joined by Edward Suckling, won the silver medal, with the bronze going to Germany's Jens Kroker and Peter Reichl, the 2000 Sonar Paralympic Silver Medallists, sailing here with Dietmar Steigel. Finishing seventh overall, Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.) with Tim Angle and Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (both Marblehead, Mass.) were the top-finishing American team, followed by 1998 World Disabled Sailing Gold Medallist John Ross-Duggan (Newport Beach, Calif.), with J.P. Creignou (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Larry Kutno (Seffner, Fla.) in eighth place. Paul Callahan (Palm Beach, Fla. and Providence, R.I.) and Keith Burhans (Irondequoit, N.Y.), the USA's 2000 Sonar Paralympians, racing with new crew Mike Hagmaier (Northfield, N.J.), dropped from their seventh-place position at the regatta's midpoint to finish 11th overall after Burhans suffered a back injury. Kerry Gruson (Miami, Fla.) with Edward Piper (Salinas, Calif.) and Mark Evju (Santa Rosa, Calif.) finished 13th overall, followed by Mike Strahle (McCloud, Calif.) with Vic Leanza (Euclid, Ohio) and Chris Everson (Orangeville, Calif.) in 14th place, and Karen Mitchell (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) with Nancy Graver (Lemont, Ill.) and Michael Witkowsky (Derby, Conn.) in 15th place.

Complete results and photos are available online at: www.spyc.org/World/Championships.htm. Information on the US Disabled Sailing Team is available at: www.ussailing.org/Olympics/Paralympic/.

Windquest wins 1d35 national and season championship.

Final standings determined in last legs of the last race.

Miami Beach, FL -- In an impressive display of consistent sailing in some very difficult conditions, Dick DeVos and his team on Windquest today captured the 2001 1D35 National Championship title. In the two final races of the eight-race no-throwout series, the Holland, MI-based team managed to stay a mere two points ahead of Chris and Kara Busch’s runner-up crew from San Diego on Wild Thing.

"The credit for this really goes to my crew that help drag me around the course," said a modest DeVos, hoisting the Tiffany-built perpetual championship cup. The Windquest team included John Bertrand, Bill Freytag, Tom Giesler, John Gluek, Todd Hybels, Mark Koetje, and Dave Tank.

DeVos also collected trophies for winning the 1D35 Midwest Regional Series and was named the class’ overall Season Championship Series winner. This last award was determined only after today’s final results were tallied, since this was the last qualifier of the seven-event series. Windquest’s scores of 4th in Yachting/Key West Race Week, 2nd in the Annapolis NOOD Regatta, a win at the Chicago YC’s Verve Cup, and today’s National Championship victory gave her a four point margin over the Season Series Runner-up Joss, owned and driven by Owen Kratz of Houston, TX. Nick and Tina Worth’s Widowmaker of Norfolk, VA earned third place in this overall season series.

Unlike yesterday’s huge shifts, those that were embedded in the 7-13 knot easterly today were more subtle, and therefore required little course adjustment from Principal Race Officer Bill Anderson and his race management team from the Coral Reef Yacht Club. And though Windquest had an 8-point lead going into the final race, the championship title remained uncertain, as DeVos and crew struggled to hold a midfleet position while Wild Thing battled in the top ranks. The lighter wind and longer three-lap windward-leeward course made for some interesting place changes within the 18-boat fleet, even allowing Wild Thing to assume the overall lead at one point during the race. By the final beat, however, Windquest managed to hold on to 12th to earn the title with only two points to spare.

"This was a really hard regatta, but we had some fantastic sailing," said John Wylie of the San Diego-based 3rd place finisher Tabasco. "We’re looking forward to coming back in January to sail in Key West." Terra Nova Yachting/Key West Race Week will be the next stop on the 1D35 class calendar, where 20 entries are expected.

Class president Kip Meadows of Roxanne presented a new award, the President’s Cup, to Bud and Jason Stratton of KT’s Choice for being the top-performing all-amateur team in the event.

And Bill Wright’s San Francisco-based Zsa Zsa was presented the Road Warrior Award for having raced in the most number of 1D35 class events this year: ten in total throughout the US.

Presenting sponsor of the 4th Annual National Championship regatta is Cal Dive International. Headquartered in Houston, TX, CDI is an energy service company specializing in well operations and subsea construction and operates a fleet of technically advanced marine construction vessels and conducts salvage operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Energy Resource Technology, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, acquires and operates mature and non-core offshore oil and gas properties.

Other sponsors include Acura SORC , Capital Works, Carroll Marine, Ltd., Hall Spars and Rigging, Harken, Nelson/Marek Yacht Design, North Sails, Premiere Racing, Protector Boats USA, and Seahorse Magazine.

The 1D35 is a high-performance, amateur-driven yacht built to exacting one design standards by Carroll Marine of Bristol, RI, and designed by Nelson/Marek Yacht Design of San Diego, CA. To date there are nearly 50 1D35’s built, with owners distributed throughout the US, Asia, and Europe.

For more information, results, and photos from Walter Cooper Photography, visit the class’ website at www.1D35.com or the Coral Reef YC’s website at www.coral reefyachtclub.com.

Final Results:
1. Windquest, Dick DeVos 2 6 1 10 1 3 5 12 (40)
2. Wild Thing, Chris & Kara Busch 8 1 3 5 13 5 1 6 (42)
3. Tabasco, John &Stephanie; Wylie 3 5 7 3 3 14 6 5 (46)
4. Smiling Bulldog, Garth Dennis 17 3 2 1 2 4 16 7 (52)
5. Joss, Owen Kratz 1 2 15 138 16 3 2 (60)
6. Extreme, Mike Goldfarb 16 4 5 2 6 7 13 8 (61)
7. Victory, Buddy Cribb 6 7 16 8 14 9 2 1 (63)
8. Widowmaker, Nick & Tina Worth 9* 13 13 15 7 8 4 3 (72)
9. Kaizen, Fred & Steve Howe 7 16 4 4 12 12 15 4 (74)
10. Avalanche, Sledd Shelhorse 19** 8 9 7 10 2 11 10 (76)
11. KT's Choice, Bud & Jason Stratton 11 12 6 9 16 1 7 15 (77)
12. Roxanne, Kip Meadows 14 18* 14 6 4 10 14 9 (89)
13. Plowhorse, Bob Hesse 9 15 8 14 11 11 9 14 (91)
14. Zsa Zsa, Bill Wright 10 10 10 16 9 15 10 11 (91)
15. USA 41, David Pyles 4 9 12 17 16 6 14 9 (89)
16. Jacaibon, John Musa 13 15* 18 12 15 18 8 13 (112)
17. War Bride, Pete DuPont 15 17 11 11 19* 13 12 18 (116)
18. Détente, David Kirk 12 18 17 18 5 17 18 17 (122)
*I-flag penalty, **OCS

Australian National Farr 40 Championship
10 - 11 November 2001, Pittwater, AUSTRALIA
Perini Wins
Despite disappointing points on the final day of racing, Richard Perini, skipper of Corinthian Doors has, on provisional results, won the Australian National Farr 40 OD Championships.

The four-day Championships have been hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club through the nine races staged on the Palm Beach Circle off Pittwater. The Championships were staged from Thursday November 9 - Sunday November 11, 2001

Boat of the Day was the South Australian Farr 40 OD, War Games, skippered by David Urry. In early racing, Urry, with a new crew, had noted the difference in sailing conditions on the Palm Beach circle in the Pacific Ocean compared to conditions in the calmer waters off South Australia.

The runner-up in the National Championships was Neville Crichton in Team Shockwave while third place went to Marcus Blackmore in Emotional Hooligan.

Royal Prince Alfred Race Administrator Denis Thompson said, "Today’s racing was again very, very close. The conditions were good with a 12-15knot Easterly on a smooth sea."

"Stephen Ellis on Buon Giorno and Philip Coombes on Farr Too Much Fun had a day of highs and lows with first places in races 8 and 9 respectively and then well back in their other races." said Mr. Thompson. " Meanwhile, Richard Perini and Marcus Blackmore were caught in the pack and intent on covering each other."

Corinthian Doors came in 9th and 6th in the last two races while Emotional Hooligan was 8th in both of today’s races.

Richard Perini said, "Today’s racing was unbelievably difficult with three boats in contention to win. It was a major issue between us, Team Shockwave and Emotional Hooligan."

In paying tribute to his crew, Mr. Perini said, "It is the second race our tactician Ian Brown has done with us. He positioned the boat magnificently for the whole regatta and kept his cool under pressure. The results are a fitting testament to his perseverance and patience."

"I’d also like to pay tribute to crewmember Darren Jones, " said Mr. Perini. "He is in charge of setting up the boat, trimming, boat speed, sail design and selection. He did a magnificent job."

"Overall, it was terrific racing and once again, the Royal Prince Alfred’s Yachting Administrator, Denis Thompson and his team did a fantastic job. The regatta management was faultless," said Mr. Perini.

"It was a tough series", said Denis Thompson. "The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club congratulates Mr. Perini and his crew for their win

Previous winners of the three-year old National Farr 40 OD Championships are Marcus Blackmore (1999) and John Calvert-Jones (2000).

- By: Georgie Brown/News Editor, Monday, November 12,