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  1. "Heaven Can Wait" 24 hour Yacht Race

    The original October Long Weekend schedule was something I could do, and the one November event was even better for me, but unfortunately I was running an ocean regatta in Miami this year on HCW weekend, so couldn't manage a trip to the other side of the globe this time. I'll be watching the 2017 work calendar, and if I get an open week next year, I'll see if I can pull off a trip back to OZ.
  2. C&C 30 OD

    Small but competitive fleet for the C&C 30 OD Miami Ocean Challenge regatta Feb 18-21. Sailed out of Miami Beach Marina on the ocean off Key Biscayne.
  3. Sailing Anarchists Affected by Cancer

    Shaun- thanks so much for the kind words. I'll be back at some point. The HCW race is truly *in* my soul. Yep- Nath was at the 49er Worlds in Clearwater. I offered to do my "wake up" call before the Sunday morning sked last year live from the other side of the planet via the internet, but they didn't take me up on it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This thread is still one of the most important things on SA. Lost two more great sailing friends to cancer last fall, and another was just diagnosed this past month. The cancer drug I was on between 2004- 2005 after my 2004 surgery (as a clinical trial in a double-blind study) is now the standard of care protocol for GIST cancer after surgery. Surgery is still usually the first step, since radiation and chemo don't work for this cancer, but things have evolved in the last decade. When I was diagnosed, the 5-year survival rate for GIST (even after "successful" surgery) was about 23%. Today, the 5 year survival rate has climbed to 48% if it had spread to distant site in the body when it was first diagnosed, and up to 91% in cases where the tumor was confined to the organ where it started. Anything that helps provide HOPE is critical.
  4. Sailing Anarchists Affected by Cancer

    Shaun, Congratulations on completing another circumnavigation of the sun! Hard to believe that it's been a decade of HCW races now! After participating for 8 straight years (the first two competing, and the next six doing race management), I hoped to be back this time for the 10th, but was unable to get off work to go Down Under. I spent last weekend running a C&C 30 One Design sport boat regatta on the ocean off Miami in mostly big breeze. Lots of fun, but nothing can compare to being on Lake Macquarie for this special and unique race. I will forever be indebted to you for starting it, and for encouraging me to fly around the world to be part of it. Living with Multiple Sclerosis is still a barrel of laughs <heavy sarcasm>, but my GIST cancer saga is way back in the rear view mirror. I'll be 12 years cancer free as of mid-May!
  5. Melges 20 ?

    I helped manage a couple of the Melges 20 Winter series regattas this past winter on Biscayne Bay (Coconut Grove Sailing Club), and there is a series of three coming up this season (Dec. 11-13, Feb 5-7, March 4-6). There be plenty-O-talent racing in this fleet.
  6. Bad Times in Mobile

    Thank you! It may or may not have been possible when Saturday's AL storm roared in, but I truly applaud that advice. Many of us tend to live under pack mentality (lemmings being led off a cliff, etc), but I've seen potential tragedies avoided when a few respected sailors recognized danger approaching, and bailed out before being told to do so. Years ago, I was one of the dummies too busy racing to notice the weather approaching, and only spotted the problem (big dark problem) heading my way after I first noticed a champion sailor turning and burning for home. I turned around, immediately saw why the champ was bailing out, and quickly followed suit. Most of the fleet started realizing something was up, and moments later the sailors (or most of them, anyway) abandoned and ran for shelter. Most of us got to shelter moments before gale force winds and Thor's lightning bolts arrived.
  7. Bad Times in Mobile

    This is the kind of tragic story that keeps me having nightmares all summer. I've only had two truly major weather "events" during my decades of race management. The good news is that while both had seriously dangerous potential, they both ended with all sailors safe on shore. Eventually. The first event in July 2007 (massive, sudden T-storm, with winds over 70 knots, and the most incredible lightning storm I've ever seen) ended OK with everyone safe, despite two boats sinking. Nothing was visible in the almost clear sky, but fortunately I spotted it blowing up thanks to a very early mobile WAP radar site, just a week after the first iPhone came out. The second (last June) was a massive, sudden wind front, labeled by a MN meteorologist as a suspected "gravity wave," with winds that went from the forecasted 15knots to 65knots in less that 3 minutes, and stayed there for 45 minutes. One boat was destroyed on the rocks on shore after being abandoned. Half a dozen masts were broken. Again... all sailors returned to shore safely. My sincere condolences to the sailors and families in Saturday's tragedy in AL. It reminds me just how much Mother Nature is always the one in charge. All we can do is learn from the sad episodes, and put those lessons into practice. A bit more common sense would help a lot. The use of something as simple as wearing life jackets is a start, unlike the sailors in that otherwise stunning video from Saturday.
  8. "Heaven Can Wait" 24 hour Yacht Race

    It was -15 degrees F here in Minneapolis each of the last two mornings, but I woke up last night dreaming I was sailing around Pulbah Island in the moonlight. Must be a sign, eh?
  9. "Heaven Can Wait" 24 hour Yacht Race

    Hope you do join us next year! I remain surprised that local "point race" (or other?) politics for neighbor clubs on the lake get in the way of better participation. When 60 boats in the HCW fleet sail right through another 40 boats racing out of LMYC, it begs the question of who needs to talk to who, to combine the racing for one weekend, even if just the one lap dash on Saturday? If I lived closer than 9000 mile away, I'd be honored to make the calls, shake the hands and provide the time and energy to bring folks together. In my experience, participation is king, and all it takes is the passion of a single person (or small team of people) to make a huge difference. If we can get 60 boats of all shapes and sizes to enter (in what is essentially a communications vacuum), who knows what the possibilities could be if somebody could step up and simply TALK to other sailors on the lake, and do so with genuine passion about this unique race, and the amazing cause it stands for?
  10. "Heaven Can Wait" 24 hour Yacht Race

    Thank you. It's an honor to be here again. Update: 24 Hour race done. The big Tri Morticia took line honors, having completed more than 7 laps of the lake, and over 248 miles in the race. Handicap scores being sorted now, and awards by about 3pm
  11. "Heaven Can Wait" 24 hour Yacht Race

    As of the 0700 morning sled, it appears that multihulls are in charge. The Egan 9.5 Voodo Spirit has confirmed completed 5 laps, but we think the rocketship Tri "Morticia" is leading the fleet for line honors in the 24 Hour race. They either don't have a working VHF, or are moving too fast to bother responding to our radio sleds, but we have stake boats stationed at each mark, and have multiple reports of volunteers seeing them flying past.
  12. "Heaven Can Wait" 24 hour Yacht Race

    Nathan Outteridge blazed around the 32.52 mile course to finish the One Lap Dash portion of the 8th Annual Heaven Can Wait race in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 32 seconds. Moths simply crush the competition! Just under half of the fleet is out on the lake tonight for the full 24 Hour race. Wind and occasional rain continue. The moon is almost full, but unfortunately mostly hidden. :/ Next radio sled will be at 0700 TV interview from just after the start today: http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2013/11/16/race-to-cure-cancer-at-lake-macquarie/
  13. "Heaven Can Wait" 24 hour Yacht Race

    The Heaven Can Wait dinner tonight at RMYC is going to be off the charts! The special guest speakers will be: Liesl Tesch (Paralympic gold medallist in London) Haylee Outteridge (aspiring Olympian) Kyle Langford (wing trimmer on Oracle Team USA's successful defense of the America's Cup) Nathan Outteridge (2nd at Moth Worlds in Kaneohe, Hawaii, helmsman for Artemis team's AC 72, and oh yeah… 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist in London). Tomorrow morning, the briefing will begin at 8:30, and the 8th annual HCW race will start at 1100. I'm thrilled to be back once again!
  14. "Heaven Can Wait" 24 hour Yacht Race

    I'm off to Oz on Tuesday for year 8! After 7 years of going counter clockwise around Lake Maquarie, we're trying marks to Starboard and going the other way this time. Should be fun! I can still use an extra hand or two on the starting line boats, so if anyone would like to join in, please let me know.
  15. women of sa calendar

    Cheers MSS! It was an honor to "host" the calendar in Oz and America for a while. It was a treat to host you for a race on my home waters this summer.