A-CLASS MIDWINTERS

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The second regatta of the 2011 US A-Class winter circuit began today with the 22 boat fleet completing three races in a delightful 10-12 knot northerly. There was some doubt early on whether the racing would happen as at the 11:00 AM scheduled first race start, there was only 2-3 knots on the race course. But around 12:30 the cold front started to come through with the wind starting to build from the north-northeast.

Matt Struble won all three races. He never rounded the first weather mark in first but always in the top 3-4 and in every race turned on the jets downwind to be leading by the end of the first lap. Several sailors were at least staying in contact with Matt in two of the races and his excellence in sailing the boat is trickling down into the fleet. He simply sails the boat to its maximum potential 99% of the time. Matt did a great job keeping his rig fully powered to always be flying a hull downwind, at times sailing the boat downwind from the wire in the medium air.

Here's the top 10 with their equipment (boat/mast/sail):

1. Matt Struble 1-1-1 EVO HT/Fiberfoam/Glaser

2. Bob Hodges 3-2-4 ASG4/Fiberfoam/Glaser

3. Morgan Larson 2-3-7 EVO HT/Hall/Glaser

4. Ben Moon 4-6-2 ASG4/Fiberfoam/Glaser

5. Ben Hall 5-4-6 Barracuda III/Hall/Cogan

6. Woody Cope 6-7-5 XJ/Riba/Glaser

7. Jeff Linton 8-9-10 XJ/Riba/Glaser

8. Paul Allen 9-5-14 A3/Hall/Glaser

9. Jonathan Farrar 10-8-12 A2/Hall/Farrar

10. John Tihansky 14-13-8 Boyer MkV/Australian/Glaser

Breeze is forecast to be 15-20 knots from the north again tomorrow. We're scheduled for another 3-4 races. Time for bed!

Bob Hodges

USA 230

 
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AClass USA 230

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The second regatta of the 2011 US A-Class winter circuit began today with the 22 boat fleet completing three races in a delightful 10-12 knot northerly. There was some doubt early on whether the racing would happen as at the 11:00 AM scheduled first race start, there was only 2-3 knots on the race course. But around 12:30 the cold front started to come through with the wind starting to build from the north-northeast.

Matt Struble won all three races. He never rounded the first weather mark in first but always in the top 3-4 and in every race turned on the jets downwind to be leading by the end of the first lap. Several sailors were at least staying in contact with Matt in two of the races and his excellence in sailing the boat is trickling down into the fleet. He simply sails the boat to its maximum potential 99% of the time. Matt did a great job keeping his rig fully powered to always be flying a hull downwind, at times sailing the boat downwind from the wire in the medium air.

Here's the top 10 with their equipment (boat/mast/sail):

1. Matt Struble 1-1-1 EVO HT/Fiberfoam/Glaser

2. Bob Hodges 3-2-4 ASG4/Fiberfoam/Glaser

3. Morgan Larson 2-3-7 EVO HT/Hall/Glaser

4. Ben Moon 4-6-2 ASG4/Fiberfoam/Glaser

5. Ben Hall 5-4-6 Barracuda III/Hall/Cogan

6. Woody Cope 6-7-5 XJ/Riba/Glaser

7. Jeff Linton 8-9-10 XJ/Riba/Glaser

8. Paul Allen 9-5-14 A3/Hall/Glaser

9. Jonathan Farrar 10-8-12 A2/Hall/Farrar

10. John Tihansky 14-13-8 Boyer MkV/Australian/Glaser

Breeze is forecast to be 15-20 knots from the north again tomorrow. We're scheduled for another 3-4 races. Time for bed!

Bob Hodges

USA 230
Mistake on the scores, Brett Moss is in 7th overall with a 7-10-3 ASG2/Fiberfoam/Landenberger.

 

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Bob,

Thanks a bunch for reporting the scores and the equipment list as well. Glad to see a few older hull shapes still being competitive, proves some of Simon's comments that rig and sailor matter a bit more than hulls and beams.

-Sam

 

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Thanks Bob

just a couple of questions:

1) is Randy (Smyth) sailing his sloop rigged BIMARE V1R?

2) is Woody (Coope) racing on a XJ because his ASG3 is under "surgery" to become an ASG4?

 

AClass USA 230

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Thanks Bob

just a couple of questions:

1) is Randy (Smyth) sailing his sloop rigged BIMARE V1R?

2) is Woody (Coope) racing on a XJ because his ASG3 is under "surgery" to become an ASG4?
Randy is not here and yes Woody is getting ready to make the same changes to his ASG3 that Ben Moon and I did.

 

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Good reports, Bob. What's the chatter on mast bend? And is anyone doing well with straight boards?

 

AClass USA 230

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Two races sailed today in 15-18 knots. The fleet tried to sail at the posted first race start time this morning but the breeze was 22-24 knots on the race course with a tough sea state. The PRO sent the fleet in and we waited until 3PM when it appeared the breeze had dropped back into the teens, actually pretty nice sailing.

I don't have any results but here are the top five from each race:

Race 1

1. Matt Struble

2. Tracy Oliver

3. Morgan Larson

4. Brett Moss

5. Bob Hodges

Race 2

1. Matt Struble

2. Morgan Larson

3. Ben Moon

4. Tracy Oliver

5. Brett Moss

The top five in the event should be:

1. Matt Struble

2. Morgan Larson

3. Bob Hodges/Ben Moon (tie)

5. Brett Moss

Forecast is for more big breeze tomorrow, we hope to sail.

Bob Hodges

USA 230

 
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