The First Beat This week we're working with our friends at US SAILING, we are running our second annual US SAILING/Sailing World survey of North American one-design class association membership. Results will be presented in two weeks at the US SAILING One-Design Class Symposium in Annapolis, so if your class isn't listed below, please forward this link to your class officers so they can fill out the survey. Classes that have completed the survey completed for 2005 as of 11/7: 29er Class Assoc., 505, 6 meter, ACA National Sailing Committee (sail canoe), Albacore, Bongo, Buccaneer 18, Byte Class Assoc., Catalina 30, Club 420, Comet Class Yacht Racing Association, Contender, Corsair24/F24, Day Sailer Association, Ensign Class Association, Farr 40, Flying Scot Sailing Association, Hobie Class Association, Impulse 21, Inland 20, Int. DN IDNIYRA, Interlake Sailing Class Association, International 110 Class, International J/22 Class Association, International Lightning Class Association, International Etchells Class, Intl Wave Class Assn., J/80, J/105, J/24 Class, Javelin, Jet 14, Laser Class of North America, M Scow, M-20, MC Scow, Melges 24, Mobjack, Moore 24 National Association, Mumm 30, NCSSA, Narrasketuck Design Association, National Class E Scow Association, Nonsuch, North American Corsair 28, Olson 30 Class Association, PDRacer, Raider "One", Rhodes 19, San Juan 24, Santana 20, Shields Class Sailing Assn., Snipe USA, Star Class, Tanzer 16, The S2 6.7, 6.9 & 22 Class Association, Thistle Class Association, United States Sunfish Class Assn, US Europe Class Association, US Optimist Dinghy, Ultimate 20 Class Association, United States OK Dinghy Racing Association, United States Wayfarer Association, Viper 640 Class Association, Watch Hill 15, Wianno Senior, Windmill Class Assoc, Y-Flyer, mcsa The following classes were included in last year's survey but have yet to file numbers yet for 2005. (These are listed from largest to smallest.) Catalina 22, NACRA, Beetle Cat, Sonar, Highlander, S2 7.9, Soling, X Boat, Tartan Ten, Vanguard 15, CFJ, Finn, Coronado 15, 470, J/120, Atlantic, Moth Boat, Yngling, A Scow, Corsair 31-1D, 18 HT, Colgate 26, 2.4 MR, Express 37 Here's a link to last year's survey analysis and results. Click here to learn more about and/or register for the US SAILING One-Design Symposium, Nov. 19-20th, Annapolis, Md. -John Burnham, Editor ISAF Annual Conference 2005 The first of two Connect to Sailing Seminars got the day off to an early start with Project Manager Tim Coventry describing the birth of the initiative and explaining its overall goal of increasing participation at a grassroots level. Yesterday the ISAF Youth and Development Committee focused on the issues surrounding the decline participation in sailing, and the gradual increase in the average age of sailors. The Connect to Sailing seminar then moved on to the project's target, to attract a million new sailors to have come to the sport in ten year's time. As a bare figure it may seem an ambitious target, but ISAF then gave a presentation featuring several existing schemes around the world which illustrate the success of small scale operations, alongside the more nationwide initiatives. Transat Jacques Vabre The ORMA 60 and Class 2 50 ft multihull fleets took a direct start off the line in the Transat Jacques Vabre today in 26 knots of breeze from the South South West. Reaching at speeds of over 30 knots under grey skies, first to cross the line were Brossard (Bourgnon/Caudrelier), Groupama 2 (Cammas/Proffit) and Foncia (Le Cleac'h/Foxall). Just 7 minutes and 8 seconds later, it was the French-Irish duo on Foncia who rounded the Metzinger marker buoy first, followed by Groupama 2 and Orange (S. Ravussin/Y. Ravussin). Gifi was the first Open 50 across the line, but at the top buoy Crepes Whaou! rounded first. The Open 60 class have 5,190 miles to swallow up, as they must round the Ascension Islands to starboard before they arrive in Brazil. Leading the IMOCA 60 fleet by a small 5 mile margin at the 12:14:00 GMT position report, Sill et Veolia has been sticking to the direct route through the English channel, followed closely in her wake by Ecover in 2nd, with Roxy and Galileo picking up their trail only ten miles behind. Third to 5th placed Virbac-Paprec, Bonduelle, Pro-Form, along with 7th placed Cheminees Poujoulat have opted to stay more in the middle of the English Channel, but will converge on Sill's track about 50 miles north of Ushant. www.jacques-vabre.com Sailing World's College Rankings Boston College holds on to the top spot for another week with Hawaii close behind, and UC/Irvine makes a huge jump into the top 3. http://sailingworld.com/article.jsp?ID=39698&typeID=400&catID=589 Volvo Inshore Racing Begins GALICIA, Spain (November 5, 2005) - The finish gun goes, Ericsson crosses well in the lead after a tremendous race. They only just got away with a start very close to the pin end, but with John Kostecki calling the shots, headed out left, got the breeze and just walked away from the fleet. It was a masterly performance which showed the rest of the fleet that, in very light winds at least, this Farr boat has the legs on the rest. For the rest, it was a solid light weather performance from Brasil 1 to take second, but movistar will be disappointed at being rolled by the Pirates at the last mark before the finish, dropping them to fourth. As for the two ABN AMRO boats it can only be a serious worry that they were so poor in the light winds. For more on the inshore racing leading up to the start of the world race, visit www.volvooceanrace.com Stay tuned also for reports this week from SW managing editor Dave Reed in Sanxenxo. Which Side is Faster: Left or Right? Gary Jobson explains how choosing the faster side of the first leg of a race is critical to getting an early jump on the bulk of the fleet, and it's something you can usually predict. Careful study, a disciplined approach, and simply summoning up the courage to make the call are essential ingredients. From the July/August 2003 issue. Berlin Match Race 2005Alinghi sailing team manager Jochen Schuemann (GER) has won this year's ISAF Grade 2 Berlin Match Race on his home waters after a terrific display in yesterday's final. Denmark's Michael Hestbaek was at the receiving end of the German's dominance losing all the three final matches against the three-time Olympic Champion. Disabled Sailing News The International Foundation for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) AGM is took place today at the end of the YES Asia Conference at the Changi Village Hotel, Singapore. One of the Agenda Items was the election of the two Vice-Presidents to the IFDS Executive Board, with four nominations for the post received. It was also decided that the equipment used in the new Two-Person Paralympic event will be the UD-18, a lead-assisted skiff with similar lines to the, 29er or 49er. http://sailing.org/default.asp?ID=j6qFh061?&format=popup Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team… Italian flair As one of three Italian teams, and the last of the three to challenge, Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team has had a busy year in 2005, establishing the team, acquiring and modifying boats, and racing in the six Louis Vuitton Acts. As might be expected when so much activity is piled into such a short time period, its results in the 2005 Louis Vuitton Acts were wildly inconsistent. The team showed flair all season and had some spectacular finishes. Unfortunately, the 'Latin Rascals' also suffered some setbacks along the way and closed the season in ninth place, much farther down the points table than they wanted to be. A bright spot - Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia was only 4 points from being in the top half of the standings. http://americascup.com/en/acmag/features/index.php?idIndex=0&idContent=4685 South Africans Ferry/Le Sueur Win 2005 Hobie Cat 16 Worlds PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa. (November 4, 2005) - On Friday, Shaun Ferry and Michele Le Sueur won the 2005 Hobie Cat World Championships in Port Elizabeth. It is Ferry's third World Title. Top Five: 1. RSA - Ferry / Le Sueur, 21 points 2. RSA - Dodds / Dodds, 24 points 3. GER - Delius / Wiese-Dohse, 25 points 4. AUS - Shuwalow / Hooper, 28 points 5. RSA - Lagesse / Kerford, 32 points Moosbrugger Dies in Traffic Accident VALENCIA, Spain (November 6, 2005) - It is with great sadness that Victory Challenge announces the death of Gerry Moosbrugger. Moosbrugger, 28, a world class sailmaker, was on his way home from the Victory Challenge base at 18:50 on Wednesday, November 2, when he was involved in a traffic accident. Riding his motorcycle home, as he did everyday, Moosbrugger was just a couple of hundred metres from his apartment when he hit a car making an illegal maneuver in Avenida Blasco Ibañez, in the Alboraya suburb of Valencia.