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2103 Tasar World Championships

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Sixty teams from Australian, Japan, Great Britain, Canada, the Netherlands and the Unitied States have converged at Cascade Locks, Oregon for a week of racing in the 2013 Tasar Worlds Championship. The Columbia Gorge Racing Association will run up to 14 races this week with easy viewing from the bleachers at the Port of Cascade Locks.

The diversity of competitors on these teams sets this class apart from other one-design racing dinghy classes. Three-quarters of the entries are combined male and female teams, there are a number of multi-generational teams and two boats are being helmed by women.

The 15 foot Tasar was designed to be light (150 lb. hull), rigid and sophisticated, thus a responsive dinghy that an average female sailor can handle. It sports a fully battened main, aerodynamically shaped rotating mast to create a boat that planes upwind when the crew is hiking.

Competition should be exciting with some of the best past and present collegiate sailors in the Northwest competing. There are four former World Champion Teams in the fleet, Jonathan and Libby McKee, 1996, 2003, 2007, Rob and Nicole Douglass, 2005, 2009, Paul and Bronwyn Ridgway 2011 and Jay and Lisa Renehan 1992.

Stay tuned for daily race reports, photos and videos.



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Can't believe 60 boats are showing up for a worlds here in the USA and not a thread about them until the week of. For some reason, I've always though of the Taser as an Aussie boat but........


Please post pics and vids!!!

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Tasar World Championships—Interviews from Race Day One


Carol Buchan: Anthony, after three first place finishes today, can you tell me the secret to you success?

Anthony Boscolo: We were able to hold our lane upwind and keep our heads out of the boat, trying to stay in phase with the shifts. We used our compass, which is something we don’t usually do. The last race we just concentrated on boat speed, with the wind blowing that hard. You had to ignore how other boats were pointing and just sail the way we go fast.

Jonathan McKee: Here’s an example of Anthony’s speed—in the last race, rounding the last windward mark, Anthony and Haley rounded 8th and were in first place within the short run to the gate.

CB: Anthony, were do you think you made the biggest gains?

AB: Downwind we seemed to have good speed by staying in the pressure. Haley did a great job of looking for the puffs and I worked on keeping the boat free so I would be able to accelerate when the pressure hit.

CB: What is your all up crew weight?

AB: 288 pounds.

CB: Any last comment on what set you apart today?

AB: The top boats seemed to be able to change gears on the first beat between high or low as the wind strength changed.


Interview with 2nd Place team Michael Karas and Molly Jackson

CB: Michael can you tell us what was your advantage in the racing today?

Michael Karas: We made gains downwind. We also have about 6 weekends in Cascade Locks under our belt.

Molly Jackson: Most of our gains downwind came from putting the boat in the best pressure.

MK: Molly looks for the puffs downwind.

MJ: There seemed to be less current today than we are used to, which affected our starts.

CB: Are you hoping for more or less wind in the next few days?

MK: We want more wind. The fleet gets more spread out.

CB: What did you think about the courses?

MK: The course length seems perfect for a Worlds Championship. D Course was interesting, as we don’t usually do a lot of reaching.


Interview with 4th Place team Peter Hacket and Chris Dance.

CB: Where did you make your biggest gains today?

Chris Dance: Our first beats, we got to the weather mark first in all three races.

Peter Hacket: We had some good starts, but in the 2nd race we didn’t get a great start and hit a shift on the far right that got us back and we hit the last few shifts to be up in front.

CB: What do you think about your performance if we get lighter winds tomorrow:

CD: The lighter winds will make the fleet tighter and we will see more mixed results.


Results can be viewed at:



Photo: Mike Sayre-Smith






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2013 Tasar World Championships

Thursday, August 15th, is the Lay Day for the 2013 Tasar World Championships in Cascade Locks, Oregon. Anthony Boscolo and Haley Lane (USA) have managed to hold onto their series lead. There are five more races scheduled before the end of the Championship on Saturday.

Monday, the wind came in at 18 knots and was gusting to 25 knots by the end of racing. Boscolo/Lane had a perfect day with three firsts in three races to set the bar high for the rest of the week.

Tuesday’s lighter breezes of 8-12 knots mixed the results up a bit. Three recalled starts in the first start produced 14 disqualified teams due to black flag violations. Craig McPhee/Gillian Berry (AUS) won two of the day’s races with a 1-16-1, but Jay and Lisa Renehan (USA) were the day’s winners with a 2-7-3. Paul and Bronwyn Ridgway, reigning World Champions, won the middle race.

Wednesday’s trend was even lighter breezes with larger changes in pressure. Dalton and Lindsay Bergan (USA) sailed a consistent 1-4-4 to win the day with aggressive starts and solid tactics. Three time World Champions Jonathan & Libby McKee (USA) decisively won the final race when the winds built into the 20’s. The team of Boscolo/Lane go into the Lay Day with a 5 point lead over their nearest competitor.

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I'm surprised there's not more Blackflags at the gorge,,with that 2-3 knot upcurrent,

.....add to that a lighter wind day and competitive fleet,,and there.s not an inch to spare.

...and you have to dig fairly deep in the fleet(12th,17th)before there's any dsq's--I guess the boats ahead were taking advantage of the best line-sights in sailing!




.....it turns out that the top 3 teams sailed the HOOT during their practice week.....coincidence?...methinks NOT!! :rolleyes:
.....only goes to show the HOOT's magic for cross-training!!!





....there's still a boat available for Bellingham mid september,,there'll be 2-3 mothies racing in practice for the moth worlds...yer know what t'do! ;)








.....crash-advert over!

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