Saturday, August 16, 2014

ONE Regatta Preview

J/70 one-design speedster- sailing downwind (Marblehead, MA)- The PHRF New England's are changing; expect a new and different event in Marblehead this year!  The new event is called the Offshore New England Championships or ONE Regatta and is being organized and promoted by Mass Bay Sailing Association.

The ONE Regatta will take place on the same traditional weekend as the New England's August 22-24 and will be run and managed on the water by the Boston, Corinthian and Eastern Yacht Clubs.  This year's on-shore host is the Boston Yacht Club.

Here are a few ways the event will be different than in the past:
- Multiple Rating Divisions are being offered (IRC, ORR, HPR & PHRF)
- Multiple One-Designs are invited (currently J/105, J/109, J/70, J/111)
- A focus on sailing like boats with like boats whenever feasible for the best racing experience possible.
- 2 Days of navigational around the buoys courses for main & jib classes and shorthanded classes.
- New social format with focus on dinner, dancing, entertainment and more on Saturday evening and casual parties every other night.
- Plus, win a FREE B&G ZEUSS-2 display worth over $1,500 USD!

Fourteen J/105s have registered to date; chief amongst them is CIRCE’s CUP!  Now’s your chance to see if you can take on Ric Dexter’s crew on CIRCE’s CUP and top the podium with a chance at the Zeuss-2 display!  Giving them a run-for-the-money will be past 105 Class champion Ken Colburn sailing the famous GHOST and others like Fred deNapoli on ALLEGRO SEMPLICITA, Mark & Jolene Masur on TWO FEATHERS from Dallas, TX and Steve Hollis on SCIROCCO.

Nine J/70s have entered to date with a solid turnout of local and visiting teams looking for more practice before the upcoming J/70 Worlds in Newport, RI.  Amongst those top teams are Henry Brauer’s SCAMP, Dave Franzel’s SPRING, Stein Skaane’s SHRED, and Holly Fabyan’s ASTERIA.

In PHRF Class are four J/109s and two J/111s registered so far.  The 111s include Ed Kaye’s PRAVDA 2 and Mike Williamson’s BRIGADOON.  The 109s have Chris Zibailo’s SUPERSTITION, Dan Boyd & Mitch Wiest’s WILDTHING, Gary Weisberg’s HEAT WAVE and John Doub’s RESOLVE.  Also in the hunt will be Ward Blodgett’s J/33 SCIROCCO.  For more ONE Regatta sailing information