[Santana 22] Fwd: FW: UK-Halsey Newsletter

Bridget Binko bbinko at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 31 22:02:25 EDT 2008

Hi Tuna Sailors,
Here's an article (second story) about the Nationals in the UK-Halsey newsletter from John Herne.
Sail fast,
Bridget Binko
Fleet Captain, Santa Cruz
Gypsy #243  


From: UK-Halsey [mailto:newsletter at ukhalsey.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 6:37 AM
To: ray at uksocal.com
Subject: UK-Halsey Newsletter

UK-Halsey Newsletter

UK-Halsey International
September 2008

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J/109 STORM (well named in these conditions) rounding a windward mark at the first day of the New York Yacht Club's 2008 Race Week. JH Peterson photo. 


CIAO! had a great summer in 2008. This Archamault 35 won the Around the Island Race during the New York YC Annual Regatta in June, won the Halifax to St. Pierre Race and then followed it all up by winning Chester Race Week with four firsts in the six-race series.
Tim Wilkes photo. 
     The fourth edition of this ocean race was won by Philippe Paturel on CIAO!, an Archambault 35 fully geared with UK-Halsey MatriX sails developed by Sylvain Barrielle from the San Francisco loft. Second was Larry Cohen's DAWN TREADER, a Swan 48 also powered by UK-Halsey.
     The 360-mile race started on July 13, 2008, in the historic harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia. After an 11-mile beat out of the harbor to a sea buoy, it is usually a 349 mile run to St. Pierre (France's last territorial claim in North America). DAWN TREADER, from Gloucester, Virginia, was the defending champion and was first to finish, but corrected to second under IRC -- a mere 60 seconds behind the new CIAO! Paturel's old CIAO! was second in 2006 - behind DAWN TREADER.
     The water and weather may have been cold, but the hospitality of the hosts were generous and warm. As one of the veteran Bermuda and Marblehead-Halifax Race competitors remarked, "This is a race like no other, you feel and are treated like a rock star." True, in Halifax and on the archipelago, the sailors undoubtedly come first. 
     The cruising division started out a day before the IRC and PHRF spinnaker classes. The cruisers got a brilliant sunshine start with 25 knots winds of wind out of the southwest - ideal for east-northeast push up the coast of Nova Scotia. Not so lucky were the following classes that had trouble seeing both ends of the start line because of fog and rain.
     Most chose to stay close to the rhumb line, reaching and running in 16-plus knots of wind. Confused seas challenged each helmsman's skills, particularly at night. Spinnaker halyards were worn thin and a few spinnakers did not make it to the end. Fog kept its strangle hold on the boats throughout the race. The base of the Islands held a no-wind trap that most of the competitors frustratingly fell into. But the welcome ashore quickly made up for all that.
     St. Pierre, which is 40 miles SW of Newfoundland, is a great place to wind up because the people of this little island make it so positive and fun. Parties and activities were planned for the next four days. The organizers set up a welcome Café right on the dock that served the best of French delicacies accompanied by local musical talent. The traditional crew parade through the town to present the Mayor with a Canadian maple tree was the best ever. Crews were in raucous form. 
     There are few prize presentations described as fun, but this one certainly was. Dinner was served throughout the presentations and a cheeky drum roll accompanied the winners up to the podium. 

1 Ciao! FRA - Archambault A35 
2 Dawn Treader USA - Swan 48
3 Ceilidh CAN - C&C 39 
4 Shalloway CAN - C&C 44

PHRF - Racing
1 Weather Gauge USA - Farr 44
2 Grey Ghost USA - Zaal 38
3 Dogsled CAN - Kaufman 47
4 Helm's Deep CAN - Beneteau 36.7

PHRF - Cruising
1 Mantra USA - Little Harbour 51
2 Sea Smoke CAN - Bavaria 38
3 Genesis FRA - Hunter 31
4 Ososoy FRA - Jeanneau Attalia 32


Top: Ernie Rideout's MAYBE leading around a windward mark on the windy second day. After finishing second at the Nationals last year, Ernie dominated in 2008 with 3 firsts and 2 thirds. 
You may recall the story in April about Ernie Rideout's boat MAYBE finishing second at the 2007 Santana 22 Nationals. Well this year Ernie and crew Ray Pingree and Phil Worthen finished first using UK-Halsey Tape-Drive sails. The sailors, boats and sails were tested by the conditions as Saturday saw only 3 to 6 knots of breeze. Sunday was totally different with 17 to 20 knots and significant chop for these small boats. Regardless, MAYBE removed all doubt by dominating the 5 race series with 2 firsts, 1 third on Saturday and a first and third Sunday for a total point score of 9. The nearest competition trailed with 20 points. Other UK-Halsey notable finishers were Ron Baxter in 4th and Vic Carder in 9th in the 19-boat fleet. 
     With a combined age of 191, this year's S22 Nationals became known as the "Old Guys Rule" Regatta. Demonstrating age doesn't matter and you can win in a competitive one-design fleet with the right boat preparation, crew skill and the best sails. Not only is the crew age significant, but MAYBE is hull number 19 of 830 Santana 22's built. As builder Tom Schock said to the fleet during the general meeting Saturday, the important things are the bottom condition, sails, rig tune and having good crew. UK-Halsey is pleased to be a part of Ernie's formula keeping MAYBE in winning trim. Once again, Ernie received a 50% off certificate for a new set of class sails designed by Luis Gianotti at the SoCal UK-Halsey loft. As Ray Pingree said after the awards, "All right! We can now have an A, B & C set of sails. We love the UK Sails."


BIENNE VOILE Wins at St Cyprien

Sailing in the Amateur Division of the Tour de France a la Voile, Thomas Studer and Müller Lorenz's Mumm 30 BIENNE VOILES (above) won the first Mediterranean race at St. Cyprien. The Swiss boat flew a full set of Titanium string sails made by the UK-Halsey loft in France. The Tour de France is made up of port-to-port races and buoy races. The distance races take the fleet around the whole French coastline starting along the English Channel, down the exposed Atlantic Ocean Coast before the boats are trucked to the Mediterranean where they sail from the Spanish boarder to the Italian border. The sails get a lot of abuse and need to be strong as well as light.


Course of the Naval Forces Cup

UK-Halsey Turkey provided free sail repairs for the fleet right on the pier!

OGUZHAN JR. was the overall winner in the Naval Forces Cup sailing with a full inventory of MatriX sails. 
     The most anticipated race on the Turkish coasts, the Deniz Kuvvetleri Kupasi 2008 (Navy Forces Cup) was won by OGUZHAN JR., which sailed the 280-mile distance race with a full UK-Halsey inventory. This race goes from Istanbul to Izmir with a stop at the island of Bozcaada. The first leg is 165 miles and goes from Istanbul through the Dardanelles to the island of Bozcaada, while the second leg takes the fleet 115 miles from Bozcaada to Izmir (see map).
     This year there were 66 boats in five IRC classes. OGUZHAN JR. finished second and fourth respectively in the legs to take the first place in overall in one of the most important races in Turkey. 
     Since 2002, UK-Halsey Turkey voluntarily took on the duty and the responsibility of giving sail repair service to the competitors at Bozcaada. With spirit of sailing in mind, we service all brands, giving priority to UK-Halsey sails, with no charges whatsoever. At the start there was a 25 to 30-knot northerly, which only built as the boats sailed the first leg. As a result, our staff worked around the clock on the dock at Bozcaada for 15 hours to fix 34 spinnakers, two genoas and a mainsail. Because the course of the race continues south for the second leg and the predominant wind is from the north, the fleet was in desperate need of all their spinnakers. We enjoy being part of this race. Next year we will be waiting for the fleet again in the same place, just in case they may need us. 


Zac Sunderland sea trialing his re-built Islander 36 before setting off to be the youngest cirumnavigator.

Lisa Gizara photo ©2008 GizaraArts.Com
UK-Halsey is a proud sponsor of 16-year-old Zac Sunderland in his attempt to be the youngest circumnavigator ever. We built his sails to the same offshore sailing spec. that we make for all our customers and now he is out there showing how tough the sails are. 
Even before he is old enough to have a drivers licence, Zac has sailed to Hawaii, the Marshall Islands and he is nearing his next stop in Darwin, Australia. Before setting out, Zac told a reporter, "I'll be having the adventure of my life. It will be awesome seeing the world while going around the world. And I'll be setting the record at the same time."
Born in 1992, Zac is the oldest of seven children. Dad, Lawrence is an experienced shipwright, his mom Marianne, the perfect "First Mate." Zac's parents brought him home from the hospital to live on the family's sailboat. They have since logged over 15,000 nautical miles together as a family. Their journeys have included cruises to Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., and most recently down to Mexico for a three-year adventure. Zac has also helped his dad pilot boats up and down the California coast encountering all sorts of weather conditions. These trips have seasoned Zac and he is no stranger to foul weather or high seas. Robin Lee Graham's book "Dove" greatly influenced and inspired Zac to make this journey.
As of August 15th, this high school football player can add another item on his resume. Zac is now a "Shellback" after having cross the equator. The following is from his blog from that day. To follow Zac's trip and to read his daily blog, go to www.zacsunderland.com. Also check out the October issue of Cruising World for the UK-Hasley advertisement featuring Zac and his Islander 36 INTREPID.
Zac the Shellback
So yesterday I had pretty light winds between 4-8 knots on the nose from my rhumbline to my next waypoint. It was a long day of tacking and dodging squalls. I finished rigging up some new lures with metal leaders and new hooks. I'm hoping to pick something up soon. As the day went on the winds gradually shifted in a direction that I could make good progress toward the waypoint without tacking. I crossed over the equator about 8pm with full sail up going about 7 knots running from a squall with a ship 6 miles off my bow. When I crossed he equator, I filled a cup with rainwater, toasted to King Neptune and ran up on deck to reef before the squall hit hard. The squall only had about 25 knots but the rain lowered the visibility to almost nothing, which would have been no problem if the ship wasn't so close. The radar is pretty much useless in a squall because it picks up all the rain clouds. The whole radar screen for 8 miles around was the color of a solid
 object. Luckily it blew over quickly and the ship passed 3 miles off my beam.
After the squall the wind stayed relatively strong at 15 knots so I left a reef in the main, pulled out full genoa and flew along at 7 knots with no squalls. Being in the Southern Hemisphere is pretty much the same as the Northern so far. I am actually officially in winter now. Winter with 90 degree weather and way too much humidity. Anyway, I am now a shellback and it feels good to pass another milestone on the way back home.


Art Silcox's Beneteau 36.7KA'IO.
Mark Talbot/Spin Sheet photo.
Art Silcox, resident of West River, Md., has had an impressive year so far. Silcox, veteran racer in Stars, Lasers and numerous big boats and is currently skipper of the Galesville-based Beneteau 36.7 KA'IO,  jump started the racing season by capturing second place in the Beneteau 36.7 fleet at the Annapolis NOOD regatta.  He continued the streak with a second place and a first place in his Wednesday night fleet, and most recently took home first place honors in the Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge, which served as the Beneteau 36.7 Mid-Atlantic Championship.  He is now the two-time defending champ after capturing the 2007 title at the IRC East Coast Championship last November.  
     Art had never competed in the Screwpile regatta as he was always traveling selling satellite service to the US military. When his company withdrew Germany from his schedule this year, he  immediately registered KA'IO for the regatta.
     "The Screwpile was everything I thought it would be and more," said Silcox.  "The racing was great, the crew was super, the committee work outstanding, the trophies were great, and the parties were great."  Silcox and the KA'IO crew made a triumphant debut and dominated the Beneteau 36.7 fleet by capturing three bullets, a second, and a third in five races – finishing 10 points in front of fellow Galesville-based PEGASUS, skippered by Pete Firey.
The crew included Art's son Kimo, a US Navy P-3 pilot, Rob Nilsen, a rigger at Hartge Yacht yard, Roger McCarthy who is a satellite technician for NASA, Sam Abboud a medical student at University of Baltimore, John Pytlak from Donovan Marine, Andy Elder, from UK-Halsey Annapolis and Teri Nilsen, an insurance agent from the Annapolis area.
     "We got good starts, had great crew work and superb upwind speed," raved Silcox.  "We've worked hard to  improve the downwind speed with our new UK-Halsey chute and it showed in this regatta." 
     The Screwpile race committee ran three races on Sunday in a southerly breeze that started at 12 knots and steadily built to 18 knots and with the typically strong currents. "We were able to quickly change gears from the heavy stuff to the light stuff," said Silcox.  "Being able to efficiently change sails from the AP Tape-Drive No. 1 to the Tape-Drive No. 3 was significant to our doing well in all the races," he added.  Monday the wind was light and dwindling, the competitors only saw single digits on their knot meters.  "Our crew work was flawless in Monday's light air conditions", boasted Silcox.  The light air prompted  the RC to  only  run two races. Prior to Tuesday's racing, a strong thunderstorm developed and the RC postponed the race, requested all competitors to return to the Solomons harbor and later cancelled all racing. 


You've seen them at Block Island, the Vineyard, the Mayor's Cup in Long Beach, the Transpac, and most recently on winners in the Bermuda Race.  The Dax Composite 'OneTouch'··· winch handles are giving racers the edge with quick, snag-free, tacks.  Gone are the days when a tack (and race) was lost because of a jammed or sluggish winch handle release.  One hand operation – Grab and Go.  Fast. Easy. Sure. 
     Hugely strong, yet light in weight, these super-fast winch handles are rapidly displacing the old style square-plate locking handles on both US coasts.  Recently introduced in Europe by a major racing team, these bright orange grip toped handles are now a common sight on the Extreme 40 racing circuit.  They're in regular use by Hong Kong big boat racers as well. 
     The dependability and ease of operation are a hit with the cruising crowd too.  'One hand for yourself, and one for the winch handle' means safer passage making and trouble-free day sailing.     
     While Lewmar produce the metal version under license, the Dax OneTouch COMPOSTIE winch handle is manufactured directly by the inventor of the design.  Available at quality sailing supply shops or on-line at www.onetouchhandle.com


John and Tony Esposito's J/29 HUSTLER showing off her MatriX Hvy. No. 1.   Tim Wilkes photo.

Tom Rich's Peterson 42 SETTLER bearing away in first around a windward mark at New York Yacht Club's Race Week.
JH Peterson photo.
HUSTLER Dominating With UK-Halsey Sails
Tony and John Esposito's J/29 HUSTLER (left) is once again using UK-Halsey sails and is winning again. At the recently sailed Red Grant Regatta in Raritan, N.J. HUSTLER won in a dominating fashion with all first place finishes and one second against a well sailed 15-boat fleet. The new sails for the event were: a Matrix Heavy No. 1, GPL Tri-Radial No. 2 and .5 oz. spinnaker. "The new MatriX Hvy. 1 is an amazing eight pounds lighter than the sail it replaced," said John Esposito, "and it has more yarn as well. Whenever we put this sail up at Block Island Race Week we smoked the other J/29, which is a well-sailed boat. The half ounce spinnaker is a big improvement over what we had." 
SETTLER Keeps Rolling
Tom Rich's Peterson 42 SETTLER (left), won its class at the New York Yacht Club Race Week for the second regatta in a row with eight firsts. In fact, at the last NYYC Race Week, SETTLER earned a Rolex watch for her string of bullets. 
     Tom has been a customer of the Ct., UK-Halsey loft for a long time now and uses a full inventory of UK Halsey Mystic sails. New for 2008 was a MatriX Light/Med No.1. Tom's comment after the regatta was, "The sails performed perfectly". As the results show, SETTLER sure was FAST! The next fleet to be left in SETTLER's wake was PHRF Division 1 at the Buzzard's Bay Regatta. Rich and his crew topped a 16-boat fleet with five firsts and a third. Not bad for a cold-molded boat build in the early 1980s. 


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