Del Olsen

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  1. Del Olsen

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    Tell me the driver was on a cell phone and have they serious insurance coverage. DWO
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    It's a small fleet but we seem to have a ridiculously high percentage of sailors named Eric , Steve or Chris.Gets worse when the are 2 Steve Clark's fortunately the one with the GBR on his sail spells his with an e at the end. More details on the races tomorrow on the Lay Day, far too beat to contemplate anything but an early sack time. DWO
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    Only on the most dire or expedient way for a short distance.Boats with full batten sails don't tow well they tend to want to accelerate past the tow boat. So it's main down before the tow line pulls taught , either that or it's a very very slow ride. Today was challenging. The RC stated they were starting on time so everyone launched early, only to have the wind will in so we reached around for an hour before the start , almost as long and as much effort as a Race! At the start it was a solid 15 on a high tide. The first watcher mark saw Lt. Gay in the lead . Defending Champ Chris Maas lead at the gybe and then launched into a commanding lead. Lots of place changes on the ensuing reach , beat run and beat, and most not due to capsizes.it was a day where one small slip or mosque on a tack bear away or missing an ease of the sheet over a wave could mean the difference. It did for Chris at the last weather mark, when his grip on the sheet failed and he crashed into the Weather mark hooking the anchor line on his shroud. , with chris out the day belonged to the young, Mikey Radziejowski, a youth Americas Cub veteran blazed to the front and took the gun followed by Steve Gay and Alistair Warren. The RC reported a sustained 20kn with a few higher gusts. Some thought the going a bit difficult but the locals in first and second begged to differ. "You should be here when it ebbs!" They were heard to say. Another One race day tomorrow with 2 scheduled for Tues. The weather forecast is favorable so well see what the leader board looks like then.
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    At the risk of embarrassing a fellow sailor, and that NEVER happens on SA, a Little video from yesterday's IC World Championship Opening Ceremony . One of the Canadians who's initials are B.L. Went for a check ride hoping to make it back for the Opening, He made it but nobody could scripted his entrance. You can't make up this stuff! DWO
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    The news in brief.Final measurement checks for the last of the 34 canoes this morning followed by the Practice Race. Naturally few starters finish the course but defending Champ Chris Maas served notice that he intends to retain the crown. 3 time Champ Robin Wood sailing smooth as ever was first at the finish , followed by fellow GBR. Team member Alistair Warren and Mikey Radziejowski of the USA. Also showing good speed were Lt. Steve Gay USN, and Peter Ullman of Germany. Ther are 5 returning Current and former World champions racing and 11 of the 34 are returning veterans of the '93 Worlds also sailed at RYC. But if you think its a bunch of old guys on the water, a large part of the upcoming talent wasn't even in kindergarten last time. The usual opening ceremony , complete with flag raising and anthems and speaches was followed by the competitors briefing , dinner and videos of the day and then the start of the first boat repairs. First race start is at 12:30 tomorrow, let the Hurting Begin! DWO
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    this elegant piece of Comstock Load silverware will be on display at the Worlds, it's even more impressive in person.The Challenge Cup has a long and storied past, with some repeat winners , the most being 11 including one reading " World War , No Races, 1917-18" DWO
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    Indeed you have a part of Canoe Sailing history. It does look like, and the plans suggest, it is one of the "East Anglian" designs that he sailed when he won the ACA Challenge Cup and the New York Cup in 1933. Those events were the Genesis of the international class rule that we have today. Fascinating to know how she got to South Africa. Are there any identifying marks , builders plaques or perhaps a sail number to be had? If it is East Anglian she belongs in a museum somewhere on the Isle of Wight. DWO
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    If you have 20 min.or so to watch a couple of ICs blast around SF Bay check out the go pro video. It's edited down from the 21/2+ hrs of raw footage but we left the good stuff like flubbed tacks and capsizes. Was an experiment with the speed puck as well, tho its sometimes hard to read in the shadows. Something else to think about out there. Lets see , wind from 230 degrees , blowing 17, giving a reach angle of 95, its 1330 hrs the 28th of may so the sun angle will put a shadow....... Na, TMI it was too good day to go there, The other canoes are Chris Maas, and Mikey Radziejowski Enjoy, DWO
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    Credit DP and Editor Gail Yando for the work. Sailing wives are the best. More to come! DWO
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    So the Americas Cup is supposedly going to Bermuda or somewhere between here and the international dateline ..... BUT The ICs are still coming to the XIX World Championships at Richmond YC on SF Bay this Sept., 15 sign ups so far. Registration is easy thru the link on the richmondyc.org site. You can sign up ,make housing requests ,order meals in advance or warm things to wear if/when the fog rolls in. Credit cards accepted, but the paying can be done later so you don't carry a balance before you even get on the plane or in the car. All this hype is to encourage the determined and coax the hesitant into letting us know if your coming so we can put on the best regatta possible. We put together a You Tube video a while ago, search: International Canoe Worlds 2014 Promo And it should play, along with the soundtrack, at least it did. Some early Spring shots and some clips from the '93 Worlds , complete with the requisite crashes. DWO
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    Don't worry, the new lime green weapons first engagement is set for the Whiskeytown Regatta weekend after this. Well give you the full report. I seem to recall Erich Chase's flapper from , oh about '99 , and what it did at the NAs that year. Only this one has a bit of Moth tech and of course the Maas touch. Stay tuned. As for competitiveness, for some of us , getting to the start line is a victory in itself! DWO
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    Errr, excuse the signature line, a failed attempt to add the event graphic and logo. After an hour trying to delete the damn thing , I went sailing. DWO
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    Well ladies and gentlemen its happening, the NOR and on line registration for the XIX International Canoe World Championship is now up and running. Go to richmondyc .org and click on the link on the front page. A couple of cleaver types have already found it and signed up! The dates are Sept 6-14 2014 with the National Team races for the New York Challenge Cup on the 15th. Del Olsen
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    Yea, I like that. DWO
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    Not to be a martinette but there is such a rule. Naturally it's on the last page, under Adminertration, the " spirit of the rules clause" ; 14b. " The National Federation may refuse to issue a Certificate, even if the specific requirements of the rules are met, if a canoe departs from the spirit of the rules." Every measurer is loathe to go there, but in the final analysis they are the police for every Sailboat Class I am familiar with. Someone has to hold the keys to the asylum ! DWO USA 253