a very nice video about the world’s longest Sunfish race – sailing around New York’s Shelter Island.
for more information on the race:
here is a pretty cool video of a Sunfish sailing regatta on New Year’s Day hosted by the Edgewood Yacht Club in Narragansett Bay, RI.
towards the very end of the video, the sailor is sailing incredibly fast on a downwind leg – the Sunfish is planing and just flying across the water.
the Sunfish North American Open Championship wrapped up for 2011 with only 2 more races on the final day (Sunday). instead of the planned (11) races, they were only able to get in (6) races due to un-cooperative weather. after the final (2) races on Sunday, the Open Champion was Andres Ducasse from Chile, who beat out the 2011 Youth Champion, Iván E. Aponte Taboas from Puerto Rico, by just a single point. Iván had led all racers after the 1st two days, but Andres’ finished a little stronger to pull out the victory. the defending Sunfish North American’s champion Bill Brangiforte finished in 3rd place. full results of the Open can be found here (.pdf file).
the Sunfish North Americans are going on right now in Barrington, Rhode Island, and the first 2 days were the Youth Championship. the winner, Iván E. Aponte Taboas from Puerto Rico, made a clean sweep of it, winning 1st place in the first 6 races, so he didn’t even have to race in the final race (due to a throw-out score)!
if you recall, Iván also performed well at the Sunfish Youth Worlds (4th place) and Sunfish Open Worlds (12th place) that were just held down in Curacao. the final results from all (7) races can be found here (.pdf file). there is a great set of photos up on Flickr (photos all © 2011 Robert Migliaccio) from the Youth racing.
Iván is currently in the lead for the Sunfish Open North Americans after just (2) races on Friday (.pdf results here). racing should continue today and tomorrow, so we’ll see whether the young Iván can continue to perform well over the rest of the weekend.
additional coverage of the racing can be found at the Barrington Patch.
the Sunfish North American Championship is this week. the event is hosted this year by the Barrington Yacht Club in Barrington, Rhode Island. racing will be on either windward-leeward or triangle courses, to be held on the Upper Narragansett Bay, northeast of the Providence River Channel. the official notice-of-race (NOR) can be found here (.pdf file).
the North American Youth Championships starting today (July 19th) with check-in, clinics, and practice races. seven (7) races are scheduled for the Youth Championship, with racing to be held on Wednesday and Thursday.
the North American Open Championship check-in, registration, measuring, and practice racing begins on Thursday, and up to eleven (11) races will held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
there is a Facebook page for the event, that is probably much more up-to-date with sailors attending, and I would imagine results might be posted there as well.
EastBayRI.com has a nice article previewing the event: Barrington Yacht Club hosting Sunfish championships. the article has a nice quote from the co-chair of the event, Peter Brewster.
The Barrington Yacht Club is proud and has held this event back in 1992 and 2002 and hosted Sunfish events since the early sixties. This year, we have over 50 early registered Sunfish both in youth and adult divisions. Twenty are from other countries, including South and Central America. Puerto Rico, Dominion Republic, US and British Virgin Islands, and we expect the count to double.
here is a great collection of video taken during the 2011 Sunfish Worlds down in Curacao. the whole video is about 22 minutes long, with a ton of video coverage out on the water during the Sunfish racing, as well as some video shots from the beach during the setup, and a few short interviews with sailors (not always in English, though).
the video gets really exciting at about 9 minutes in – the video below should start right there – and continues for about 5 or 6 minutes. the wind must have been really strong, and the waves were really big, and you can see the Sunfish sailboats cresting up and over the wave peak, and riding the wave down into the trough, at times seeming to swallow up almost the whole Sunfish and sailor.
there is also an short 30-second interview (direct link) with the 2011 Sunfish Worlds champion, Matheus Dellagnelo. and a slideshow of photos at the end of the video, but for photos… you’re better off just browsing the hundreds of photos at the Sunfish Worlds 2011 Flickr stream.