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Skill level goes UP at the 2014 US Techno Nationals!

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All Smiles at the 2014 US Techno Nationals in Miami, FL!

Youth and talent were on display this weekend in the Sunshine State: nearly 30 young racers converged to Miami, Florida for the 2014 US Techno Nationals and RS:X Spring Festival. It was a great opportunity for everyone to reconnect, take stock of the competition and iron out the kinks ahead of the summer racing campaign.

Competitors were greeted with 10-14 kt southerly winds on Friday, 4-10 kt puffs with 30 degree shifts on Saturday on the back of a big overnight lightning storm, and 14-20 kt gusty north-westerlies on Sunday. Enough craziness to test everyone’s sanity! Mack Van Den Eerenbeemt, just off the podium at both the North and South American Championships this year, made up for it here and dominated the Techno Class with 7 wins out of 10 races. He summed it up for us: “the conditions were so varied, everyone got a chance to express themselves!”

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Racing against the Miami skyline! Photo Credit: Tomas Nores

Mack and Steven Max traveled from Aruba for the event to test their skills against the best racers from the US, and they were joined by a strong contingent from Mexico: among them Mateo Salles, who confirmed his 5th place at the North Americans earlier this year with a 5th place in Miami; and Mariana Aguilar who served notice that she’s the girl to beat in the Techno Class in North America right now, and will surely be a force to be reckoned with this summer at the Worlds in Brest and at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

The US National Techno title went to local hero Maximo Nores, ahead of Steven Cramer and Maximo’s brother Geronimo Nores: the same triumvirate that ruled the North American Championships in Cancun two months ago, and will be carrying the flag for the US at the European Championships this week in Italy. Those kids do get around, don’t they?

What made the US Nationals a great event for those kids? “It was great to race with people from outside the US,” said Maximo. “The best part was meeting racers from other countries,” added Mariana. The Miami Yacht Club and the Miami Youth Sailing Foundation ought to be commended for running a great event, but more importantly for helping keep the momentum going and creating yet another occasion for kids from North, South and Latin America to get together, learn from one another and raise the bar for everyone.

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Gold and Silver Fleets Ready to Pounce at the 2014 US Techno Nationals!

Success breeds success, and the talent at the top is infectious. Noah Lyons, a 12-yr old up-and-comer from Clearwater, FL, relished the heavy air and impressed everyone on the race course, but he knows he has some catching up to do in lighter conditions. He was wide-eyed about the experience and came away with the feeling that “with enough practice, anything is possible.”

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Hard Work at the 2014 US Techno Nationals

While the Techno class battled it up for national titles and bragging rights, the ‘older’ RS:X sailors used the event as a tune up. US Olympic Development Team Member Raul Lopez loved that this was a hard-thought yet no-pressure kind of event, and that relaxed attitude showed on his scorecard: he didn’t lose a single race! Diego Becerra from Mexico took advantage of the conditions to make “drastic improvements to (his) downwind technique.” Malo Ouallet “took (his) gear tuning skills to another level.” US Youth World Team Member Charlotte Samson used the event to test how her knees were holding up after a long injury timeout – “it’s been a while since I’ve sailed free of pain,” she said. “I’m really encouraged and looking forward to getting back on the water big time!”

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The RS:X Fleet Battling for Position ahead of the Finish Line – Miami, April 2014

The road is long and filled with endless hours on the water, buckets of sweat at the gym and layers of calluses on the hands, but as Raul Lopez noted with a smile, “it’s fantastic to see how the level in the US keeps going up.”

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Clowning Around at the 2014 US Techno Nationals!

Here are the podium positions:

Techno 293 US National:
1. USA 102. Maximo Nores
2. USA 242. Steven Cramer
3. USA 108. Geronimo Nores

Overall Techno 293 – girls:
1. MEX 28. Mariana Aguilar
2. MEX 75. Paula Carmona

Overall Techno 293 – boys:
1. ARU 11. Mack Van Den Eerenbeemt
2. USA 102. Maximo Nores
3. ARU 888. Steven Max

Overall Techno 293 – silver fleet:
1. USA 519. Michael Cramer
2. USA 628. Max Castillo
3. USA 708. Benjamin Dietch

RS:X 9.5:
1. USA 529. Raul Lopez
2. USA 528. Jonathan Rudich
3. USA 142. Malo Ouallet

RS:X 8.5 Girls:
1. MEX 87. Beatriz Castillo
2. USA 797. Charlotte Samson
3. MEX 126. Renata Millet

RS:X 8.5 Boys:
1. MEX 50. Mario Flores
2. MEX 83. Diego Becerra
3. USA 105. Nicolas Bailleul

Full Results here…

2014 RS:X Nationals

On the Start Line at the 2014 RS:X Nationals

On the Start Line at the 2014 RS:X Nationals – Photo: Dominique Vallée

The RS:X US Nationals took place in Miami on Jan 18-20, 2014, on beautiful Biscayne Bay and in mild temperatures while the rest of the country was battling nothing less than a ‘polar vortex!’

A number of international sailors, in Miami for winter training, took part in the open regatta as a tune-up to the ISAF Miami World Cup. Altogether, a fleet of 27 RS:X racers took to the waters right off of Coconut Grove Sailing Club for three days of intense competition in moderate to light winds, alongside 150 other boats across a number of other Olympic classes competing for their North American Championships.

Farrah Hall took the Women’s US National title in style, while Pedro Pascual won the Youth division and US Sailing  Sperry Topsider team member Carson Crain won the Men’s division. Here’s what Farrah had to say about her performance:

Farrah Hall at the 2014 RS:X Nationals

Farrah Hall at the 2014 RS:X Nationals – Photos: Farrah Hall, Will Ricketson

I had a successful event in quite difficult conditions. The wind was from the west for most of the event, which on Biscayne Bay means light, shifty, and gusty conditions.  I sailed a conservative event, which meant not taking any major tactical risks, and staying observant of the oscillating wind shifts.

The days were extremely long, because we shared a course with the 470s and 420s.  On their course, the races were 50-60 minutes, and given the unsettled wind, we spent about 5 hours per day on the water.  This made it a tough event, but it was also great training and confidence building in advance of the OCR.

There was a very big fleet of American youth, which was great to see!

Speaking of which, the 2014 RS:X Nationals were of particular importance for US Youth sailors not just because of the prestige of the national title at stake, but also because those championships were the 2nd and final leg of their qualifying series to make the US Youth Worlds team, and represent the US at the ISAF Youth Worlds this summer in Portugal.

Pedro Pascual for the Boys, and Charlotte Samson for the Girls will have that honor!

From Left to Right: Charlotte Samson, Pedro Pascual and Raul Lopez

Charlotte Samson, Pedro Pascual and Raul Lopez at Qualifier #1 – Photo: Third Coast Photo

In the Open 8.5 division, Izzy Hamilton (GBR) led the event wire to wire, as did Marco Baglione (ITA) in the Open 9.5 division, but with Farrah, Demi Vega (MEX), and David Mier y Terán (MEX) each winning their share of races, they really had to earn it.

A big thank you to Ron Rostorfer and all our friends at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club for running a great event!

Full results are here

Light wind battles at the 2014 RS:X Nationals - Photo: Dominique Vallée

Light wind battles at the 2014 RS:X Nationals – Photo: Dominique Vallée

Carson Crain reports from the 2013 Open Orange Bowl

RS:X Sailors at the 2013 Open Orange Bowl

RS:X Sailors at the 2013 Open Orange Bowl

After Steven Max’s perspective from the Techno fleet at the recent Open Orange Bowl in Miami (Dec 27-30, 2013), here’s a report from Carson Crain (US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider) who won the RS:X competition convincingly, and shares with us the details of how it all played out!

 

By Carson Crain – USA75

This year was the first time that the Open Orange Bowl Regatta featured an RSX fleet and Techno fleet.  Coconut Grove Sailing Center put on a great a event that attracted sailors from all over the world.  In the RSX and Techno fleet we had sailors from Mexico, Peru, USA, Sweden, and Canada.  US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider Coach Leandro Spina did a fantastic job attracting all these sailors and organizing this great event.  Many of the RSX sailors saw this event as an important tune up event for the US ISAF Youth Worlds Qualifier and ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami.  With 12 races scheduled over 4 days the sailors were ready to work for every inch.

On the first day sailors were battered by several rain squalls and winds ranging from 7-14 knots.  These conditions required the sailors to be very heads up with quick gains able to be made all over the course.  I  jumped out to the early lead on Day 1 with 3 straight bullets in the RSX fleet, while Mateo Salles-Ize took the lead in the Techno fleet with Steven Cramer and Maximo Nores right behind him.  On day 2 the breeze increased to 15-18 knots, but the rain squalls continued to affect the racing.  In the first race of the day Max Robinson passed me at the finish line to win the race. I was able to rebound to win the next two races and take a commanding lead.  In the Techno fleet Mateo Salles-Ize won all three races to lead the Techno fleet after day 2.  Day 3 was forecasted to be the windiest day, but once the competitors had made it out to the start line the breeze was only blowing 6-9 knots.  This allowed some of the lighter competitors to show off their light wind skills.  In the RS:X fleet I continued my dominant run winning all three races.  Jonathan Rudich was one of the fastest guys out on the course finishing second in all three races, but only to be OCS in 2 of the races.  In the Techno fleet Steven Cramer took advantage of the lighter conditions to win all three races, narrowing the gap between him and first place Mateo Salles-Ize.  On day 4 the wind never filled in enough to complete any races so the leaders from day 3 held on for victory.  In the Techno fleet there was Mateo Salles-Ize in 1st, Steven Cramer 2nd, and Steven Max 3rd.  In the RS:X fleet I ended up in 1st after winning 8 of the 9 races, Gabriel Paquette in 2nd, and Raul Lopez in 3rd.  The top RS:X 8.5 sailor and female was Nicole Level from Mexico.

Overall it was a great event with 3 perfect days of racing.  Coconut Grove Sailing Center and Leandro Spina deserve a big thank you for organizing and running a great event.

Complete results here: http://bit.ly/JWONfk

 

Carson Crain (USA75) and Jonathan Rudich (USA528) at the finish line

Carson Crain (USA75) and Jonathan Rudich (USA528) at the finish line

Success at the 2013 Halloween Regatta in Clearwater, FL!

Racing Starts at the Halloween Regatta in Clearwater, Florida

 

By Connor Oursler – USA 313

With the advent of cooler weather the Clearwater Windsurfing Team is anything but reluctant to get out on the water. To commence this year’s season, the Clearwater Community Sailing Center hosted its first annual Halloween Windsurfing Regatta this past weekend. Led by Coach Britt Viehman, the eight youth racers consisted mainly of those from the local racing team, age 12 to 19. Nevertheless, with three current members of the US Sailing Youth Development Team on the start line, it was enough for some successful and intense racing from the RS:X and Techno classes. Accompanied by light to marginal conditions and crisp October skies, these committed sailors were ready to put two months of rigorous training to the test.

 

In order to take advantage of the 6-8 knots of morning breeze from the East, day one was an early start. Immediately after the skippers meeting, the competitors headed across the flat and brilliant waters of Clearwater Harbor to catch the 10:15 start. It was a strong start too as Jonathan Rudich earned three straight bullets leaving the others to fight for second. However, by noon the winds were shifting to the West, causing a two hour postponement, yet the racers were back on the harbor in no time for three more races in 10 knots of sea breeze. This time, Margot Samson finished in the lead by only two points.The following morning presented ten knots of more Easterly winds to allow four more races of an intense battle for first. Conclusively, and not without a great performance by all, Margot Samson was able to hold her position in the RS:X fleet, but only barely with Connor Oursler and Malo Ouallet trailing by only two and four points respectively. Being the only competitor in the Techno fleet, Noah Lyons received his well deserved prize. Ultimately, Coach Viehman expects a very successful season for each of his students with the exceptional results and outstanding display of skill from this exciting weekend of great racing.

 

Top Finishers: 1. Margot Samson; 2. Connor Oursler; 3. Malo Ouallet

 

A big thank you to the Clearwater Community Sailing Center for hosting the event, and to US Windsurfing for making it happen!

 

Awards Ceremony – Group Portrait of Smiling Competitors

 

Overall Results:

1. 28 pts. Margot Samson
2. 30 pts. Connor Oursler
3. 32 pts. Malo Ouallet
4. 33 pts. Jonathan Rudich
5. 35 pts. Diego Becerra
6. 44 pts. Charlotte Samson
7. 50 pts. Tucker McElwaney
8. 68 pts. Noah Lyons (1st Techno)