sunfish class: news and updates

the Sunfish Class has announced a new ISCA president, Larry Mass.  the previous president, Paul-Jon Patin, will continue to be involved as the out-going ISCA President.  the new President Mass has issued a letter from the President that was posted on the Sunfish class website.

Larry Mass (photo via Sunfish Class website)

Larry Mass (photo via Sunfish Class website)

here is an update on the recently completed Sunfish Youth & Worlds Championships:

The 46th Sunfish Youth and World Championships held in Cartagena, Colombia, are now complete. Congratulations to Angelo Giuria of Peru, the Sunfish Youth World Champion, and to Alonso Collantes of Peru, the 2016 Sunfish World Champion. Sailing conditions were challenging due to Hurricane Otto producing light winds and 10-15 foot swells. Thirty-six (36) competitors from eight (8) different countries competed in the Sunfish Youth World Championship. Notably missing were youth competitors from the U.S. We all need to work on getting more youth involved and interested in participating in as many of our major events as possible.  The Sunfish World Championship, with 63 participants, was well-represented with competitors from 15 different countries — a very impressive showing that we hope to continue.    

update on the Chinese made Sunfish (as Laser Performance has moved production from Rhode Island to China):

Last but not least, I want to thank Paul-Jon Patin who quickly secured the last 24 U.S. made boats before boat production was moved to China in the first quarter of the year.   This move ensured that we had at least 24 new boats for the World Championships in the event the production facility in China was not up and running in time.  Paul-Jon also traveled to China to test the boats earlier this year and to give some technical advice to Laser-Performance (LP) and the factory.  While the verdict is not yet out on the new boat production facility in China, I can say that seven of the top 10 boats in this year’s World Championships were Chinese made boats. The winning boat Alonso Collantes sailed in Cartagena was a Chinese made boat. Maintaining quality control and availability of parts and boats are a number 1 priority for me. I am currently working with Laser-Performance to address many of these issues. 

update on the next several Sunfish World Championships:

We have the next four World Championships now scheduled! Next year’s World Championships are scheduled for August in Brant Beach, NJ.  In 2018 the World Championships will return to North Carolina and my home Yacht Club, Carolina Yacht Club, in Wrightsville Beach, NC.  This is the second oldest yacht club in the United States.  And this is a fantastic ocean venue.  Next in 2019 Bonaire will host the World Championships.  Lastly in 2020 we will sail in Martinique which will be the 50th Sunfish World Championships.

for more information and details, see the News page at the Sunfish Class website.

 

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