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hoofhearted posted a topic in Sport Boat AnarchyGulf Yachting Association Junior Lipton Cup sailed in Viper 640’s This past weekend, Southern Yacht Club hosted ten all youth teams from ten yacht clubs, for the 73rd running of the Gulf Yachting Association’s Junior Lipton Regatta. Part of the GYA’s Capdevielle Series, the Junior Lipton Cup is sailed by all youth teams, eighteen and under, in a six-race series, where each skipper may only drive up to two races. The first regatta sailed in 1941 in the Fish Class ( https://fishclass.org/history/history.html ) and later sailed for decades in the Flying Scot was sailed in Viper 640’s for the first time this past weekend. With the Gulf Yachting Association adopting the Viper 640 as their interclub or Capdevielle Series boat in 2018, all Capdevielle events are now sailed in the Viper, this is to include not only the regular series, but the Junior Lipton Cup, and the all Ladies event, the Knost Regatta as well. Approximately 80 sailors from Florida to Texas had a great time on Lake Pontchartrain during the six-race series. With the skipper requirements requiring teams to change out drivers, many teams swapped out crews as well to match wind conditions, sailor’s strengths, and allow opportunity for all youth sailor involved the chance to compete. The phrase "Kids Playing With Snakes" was seen and heard throughout the boat park. Winds throughout the weekend ranged from 5 knots, to 14-16knots, allowing for the Lake Pontchartrain chop to build up. With some puffs hitting 17 and a 20-knot puff here and there, the teen drivers had all smiles with boats speeds in the teens and waves to play in. One funny comment by one sailor was “We went faster than I am old, I have never been that fast on a sailboat before” All the youth teams handled their Vipers extremely well, with tight starts, close mark rounding’s, boats gybing in sync with each other to cover one another. Spectator and support boats were boxed out by race management boats flying green flags to give the fleet room and space and to make sure no on the water coaching during racing was permitted. Quite honestly, the fleet was sailing so well, that one could not assume the event was a youth regatta. At the end of the regatta, Pass Christian Yacht Club, Mississippi pulled off a win over host club Southern YC (New Orleans) with a 14-point score over 15 points. Gulfport Yacht Club came in third with 18 points. Lakewood Yacht Club, Texas, received the Uncle Roy Trophy for winning the last race of the series with Asher Zitter at the helm. Lakewood also took a bullet in Race Five. The Leslie Beard Sportsmanship Award was awarded to Pontchartrain YC (Louisiana) after single ballots by each competing team were turned in after voting by their fellow youth peers. Results can be found here: https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=17203&show_crew=1 Facebook post can be found here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1912474155654277/ Lots a vids can be found in this thread on the Viper forums : http://forum.viper640.org/index.php/topic,2427.0.html One of the vids:
huntercutting posted a topic in Sailing AnarchyUS Sailing has turned up the volume in the fight to save Clipper Cove at Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay With the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) siding with local real estate speculators attempting to take Clipper Cove, US Sailing CEO Jack Geirhart has written to Supervisor Jane Kim who sits on the City's Board of Supervisors where the developer's proposal goes next. Gierhart writes: "The proposal adopted by TIDA on October 30, 2017, would dramatically reduce public access to Clipper Cove and significantly diminish the public recreation and education programs operated by the Treasure Island Sailing Center, particularly the Center’s youth programs. Clipper Cove, widely recognized as one of the best small boating venues on the West Coast, would be significantly and permanently diminished." The real estate speculator propose to demolish the existing small-boat marina (90% of slips running 16'-36') and replace it with a sprawling luxury marina with footprint more than 4x the size of the existing marina and dedicated exclusively to boats running 40' - 80' in length (average 54'). The new marina would run across the protected heart of the Cove where youth learn to sail and V15/Laser racers take advantage of conditions sheltered from the extreme wind, chop and currents of the Central Bay. Oh, the speculators are also proposing to rent out live-aboards at a rate of $3,250/month. A recent report by the California Division of Boating and Waterways noted that this rate is so high that it might illegal under state law. For more detail on the letter from US Sailing: http://saveclippercove.nationbuilder.com/us_sailing_speaks_out_against_proposed_marina_expansion
As many know, San Francisco's Clipper Cove is threatened by a developer proposal to convert the heart of Clipper Cove into a private marina, a marina dedicated exclusively to boats running 40-80 feet in length (and they would demolish the existing small boat marina dedicated to craft running 16-36 feet). Worse the local planning board recently gave the plan a thumbs up. Fortunately a resolution to protect the Cove has been introduced to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors by Supervisor Jane Kim. The resolution doesn't stop marina redevelopment/expansion in the Cove. It just sets reasonable guidelines. The resolution has been endorsed by US Sailing, Save the Bay, San Francisco Bay Keeper, Friends of the Sailing Center, and many others. Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who represents the City's northern waterfront, home to much of the City's sailing community, is in a particularly good position to help. Please consider emailing Supervisor Stefani and ask her to co-sponsor the Clipper Cove planning resolution (#180331) to protect the Cove. You can reach her at Catherine.Stefani@sfgov.org Clipper Cove at Treasure Island is a local mecca for small boat sailing and home to the City's only community sailing center. In the words of US Sailing the proposed marina "would dramatically reduce public access to Clipper Cove and significantly diminish the public recreation and educations programs operated by the Treasure Island Sailing Center, particularly the Center's youth programs. Clipper Cove, widely recognized as one of the best small boating venues on the West Coast, would be significantly and permanently diminished." A City Hall hearing on the Clipper Cove resolution is scheduled for Monday April 30. Supervisor Stefani can help send a strong message to the hearing by co-sponsoring the resolution now. To ask her to co-sponsor the resolution now you can reach her at Catherine.Stefani@sfgov.org
huntercutting posted a topic in Sailing AnarchyLatitude38 highlights the key moment during Wednesday's TIDA hearing on Darius Anderson's proposal to take 1/3rd of Clipper Cove at Treasure Island, San Francisco, for a private luxury marina: "But a pointed question by Tsen to TISC Executive Director Travis Lund got to the heart of the matter concerning development: Would TISC be able to safely run their programs on the water if the new marina development was built? With TISC Foundation board chair Carisa Harris-Adamson unable to attend the meeting, it was up to Lund to carefully articulate the answer: yes and no." "Lund reiterated Harris-Adamson's previous published statement that the compromise was reached in good faith, to prevent the larger marina plan that would have annihilated safe sailable space at Clipper Cove, killing TISC's programs. Under the current marina plan, TISC's programs could continue — but they would be severely impacted, as would both youth and adult racing and adult cruising at the protected Cove." http://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/lectronicday.lasso?date=2017-10-13#Story2 Below is an aerial shot of Clipper Cove as it is now: the largest, most well protected open water cove in San Francisco. The current marina is tucked into the upper left hand corner of the Cove. The small docks of the Treasure Island Sailing Center are at the upper right. The Cove is also one of the most popular Bay Area destinations for cruising, and anchor-outs can been seen in the sheltered waters of the Cove. Also below is the developer's blueprint is overlaid on top of the existing conditions at the Cove. Under the developers’ vision, the marina is moved out of the corner of the Cove and expanded several times over, taking one-third of the Cove. The expansion would demolish the existing marina dedicated almost entirely to boats running 16-36 feet and would dedicate the new marina exclusively to boats running 40-80 feet. This plan is opposed by the the U.S. Sailing Association, Friends of the Sailing Center, and San Francisco Bay Keeper. The plan is also opposed over two-dozen public schools teachers who take part in the annual science/sailing STEM classes taught on the Cove that put over 2,000 4th graders onto the San Francisco Bay each year. For most of these kids, it is their first time on the Bay and for many, it is their first time ever being on water. The Sailing Center has published a detailed assessment of Anderson's proposal. His plan would reduce the range and depth of the Cove STEM program and would entirely block some beginning youth sailors from entering the heart of the Cove and reaching the beach at the west end (the upwind end of the Cove), which is currently the major milestone for the kids in the Cove learning to sail. As mentioned above, youth adult racing in the Cove would also be severely impacted. Opponent of Anderson's luxury marina proposal have endorsed a "minimal impact" expansion plan put forward last year by the Sailing Center that would almost triple the footprint of the existing marina. However, Anderson has rejected that plan and continues to push the current proposal.