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Long Island Sound's Elliott Wislar took full advantage of moderate conditions in the second half of the week to sucessfully defend his title at the International One Design World Championship. The winner of the first championship race, Wislar, with his crew of Steve Madeira, Jennifer Leary, Alden Reid and Mackenzie Wislar, sailed consistently and never trailed in the regatta. At the conclusion of racing on Wednesday, his advantage had narrowed to just one point, but strong finishes on Thursday and Friday cemented his overall victory.
Past champions John Burnham and Charlie Van Voorhis, both representing Fishers Island, finished second and third respectively. Eastern Yacht Club member Bill Widnall finished fourth overall and Norwegian Martin Rygh took fifth place in the standings.Fellow member Norm Cressy finished ninth in the nineteen team field.
The International One Design World Championship, which took place at the Eastern Yacht Club between June 11 and June 17, featured nine championship-length races sailed in a wide range of conditions. Generally speaking, the week started with very strong breezes and large seas and ended with light air and flat seas. To create the fairest competition, the regatta was sailed in a change boat format - the Marblehead IOD fleet prepared a twenty boat championship fleet of IODs with equal tunings - mast positions, mast rakes, prebend, shroud placements and shroud tensions. Each competitor would sail only a single race in each boat, so that by the end of the regatta, each competitor had sailed in nine differetent IODs. With the variety of conditions and the variety of boats, the top finishers had to demonstrate their adaptability and their versatility throughout the week.
Boats for this event included 12 Marblehead boats and four boats each borrowed from the IOD Fleets in Nantucket and in Fishers Island. The borrowed boats arrived by land and sea over Memorial Day weekend, where they were launched and used by their respective owners in the very successful New England Challenge. The boats were then equalized and used in the Championship.
The nineteen IODs created some of the most spectacular racing sights in recent years. Photo galleries of the racing are available here.
full story: http://www.easternyc.org/page/4617/7162
Bob Duff Wins Priscilla Kehm Prize for Outstanding Performance by a Crew at IOD Worlds (EYC Coverage)
Long time EYC Member and Race Committee icon Bob Duff was named the winner of the Priscilla Kehm Trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Crew at the IOD World Championship Dinner on June 17th at the Eastern Yacht Club, capping his decades long career racing, promoting and loving the International Class. Full story at http://www.easternyc.org/page/4617/7165
The nineteen-team International One Design Fleet completed races three and four of the IOD World Championship off Marblehead Neck in brisk winds and large seas. Two full-length races were sailed, with Charlie Van Voorhis and Martin Rygh earning bullets in the morning and afternoon races respectively.
With five races to go, the regatta is developing into a test of wills between defending Champion Elliott Wislar (Long Island Sound Fleet) and multiple past world champion and recent New England Challenge winner Charlie Van Voorhis (Fisher Island Fleet).
Conditions yesterday were ideal for IOD racing - winds from the NNE at 12-14kts, and 3 foot seas. A wind driven chop overlayed a long ocean swell crossing the course at an angle, making steering challenging for these championship teams. The uncomprimising conditions demanded excellent boat handling, gear changing, and total concentration from the helmpersons.
In the first race, a 5-leg windward leeward course with a 2.0 NM leg length, Charlie Van Voorhis started well, got on the correct side of the first shift and never looked back. During the first beat he built a 10-boat length lead and then proceeded to extend his advantage on every susequent leg. Emerging from the pack during the first downwind leg was EYC's Norm Cressy, followed bydefending champion Elliott Wislar, who took second and third places in the race, respectively.
If the first race proved the sailing axiom that the rich just get richer, the second race of the day demonstrated how thrilling racing among a championship calibre fleet of teams in evenly matched boats can be. Over a slightly shorter course (1.8 NM, 5 windward leeward legs) the fleet refused to separate. All nineteen teams rounded the first weather mark within 180 seconds and when the boats returned to the weather mark, having sailed 1.8NM downind and beat back upwind those same 1.8NM, the fleet was still tightly bunched. It wasn't until the second downwind leg that Martin Rygh of Norway began to control the race.
However, on the final beat the race tighted up again, with Elliott Wislar searching for a way past Rygh. Splitting tacks with Rygh at the top of the course, Wislar found a little bit of an angle, forcing Rygh to tack back quicky and put tight lee bow on Wislar just five boatlengths from the finish. Rygh took race honors, but Wislar crossed the line just 3 seconds behind.
The racing was tight across the rest of the fleet, with almost all boats finishing, many of them overlapped, within 2 minutes of the leaders. The race for 5th place was especially exciting, with four boats approaching the line at the same time. Norway's Espen Aker managed to sneak his boat across the line in front of that group, much to the delight of his crew.
Although Wednesday was a planned spare race day, PRO Ken Adam will take the fleet out for two make-up races today, to put the regatta back on schedule. Conditions today should yield great racing, with 10-14 kt winds under partly sunny skies. The first warning will not be made before 11:00 a.m.
Regatta results are posted on the International One-Design World Class home page.