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Issue #19 - November 21, 2017
 
In this issue of The Dial Up you will find:
  • First look at the 2018 calendar for match racing regattas in North America
  • Downwind jail – how to put someone in it, and avoid being put there
  • Interview with the 2017 College Match Racing National Champions
  • Reports on the 2017 U.S. Match Racing Championship and other fall events
  • Latest open and women’s U.S. rankings
Below is the link to the most up-to-date calendars for match racing regattas in North America. This calendar is a work-in-progress.

2018 Regatta Schedule

If you know of events planned for next year, please do the following so they can be included in the calendars:
  • Be sure you have sent your Grading Request Form to Nicole Breault, the US Grading Secretary. Form and info available here.
  • Enter your event on the US Sailing Calendar.
  • Email your event information to The Dial Up.
Downwind Jail - Part 2
by Dave Perry


With the deletion of rule 17 (proper course rule), it is much easier to not only find yourself in Downwind Jail, but to put your opponent in Downwind Jail as well. “Downwind Jail” is when one boat is to the right of their opponent (looking downwind) and they can’t gybe and cross, nor can they sail into the zone of the leeward mark/gate or Pin end of the finishing line.
From that position, on the first run it is likely the boat in Downwind Jail will round the leeward mark/gate at least three lengths behind the leader, and in phase with them making it harder to gain on them, and on the second run they will likely lose the race.
 
The reason the boat is in “jail” is that even if the boats are overlapped and the leeward boat has come from astern, rule 17 is now deleted in match racing (see rule C2.8) meaning there is no rule requiring the leeward boat to not sail above her proper course. Therefore the leeward boat can now sail past the port layline as far as she wants to, or luff towards the windward boat.
 
In Downwind Jail – Part 1, published in The Dial Up Issue #18 on October 3, 2017, I explained what you should do if (a) your opponent was in Downwind Jail, and (b) you were in Downwind Jail. To read that article, click here.
 
How to put your opponent in Downwind Jail when you are trailing around the windward mark:

1) If there is a length or less of water between you and the leader, and you are on the first run:
While both boats are on port tack, try to be to the right of their centerline (looking downwind) after the rounding. If they gybe on or before the “first layline” (meaning the starboard tack layline to the leeward mark; or if a gate, to the right-hand gate mark looking downwind), you do not gybe! Crossover (sail across their centerline), sail for 2 -3 lengths (not an inch more!), and gybe.
 
If you are racing to a single leeward mark (which is unfortunate – all match racing should use a leeward gate!), then if they can sail into the zone of the mark, you will be faster coming into the rounding, especially if they have to soak at all, or do two gybes, to get to the mark. Plan on rounding right on their transom and rolling into an immediate tack around the mark, or overlap them to leeward and when their stern has passed the mark, luff them and force them to tack (again because there is no rule 17). If you are racing to a gate, then you will get the left-hand mark, giving you the starboard advantage (“starboard card”) in the first meeting after the gate. If your opponent can *not* sail into the zone of the leeward mark/right-hand gate mark, then they are in Downwind Jail…and you own them!
 
If they gybe clearly *after* passing the first layline, you can consider simultaneously gybing (“simo gybe”), but you have to be 100% sure you can roll them AND sail into the zone of the leeward mark/right-hand gate mark; otherwise you will have just sailed YOURSELF into Downwind Jail!

Note: If you are the leader, gybe on the “first layline.” If the trailer crosses over, great. If the trailer simo gybes, then sail hot, push the game above the layline, and if they roll you, now THEY are in Downwind Jail...and you own them!
 
2) If there is a length or less of water between you and the leader, and you are on the second run:
Again, it is all about the “first layline”, but this time the first layline is the starboard tack layline to the Pin (starboard end of the finishing line looking downwind). If the leader gybes *before* the layline to the Pin, crossover, sail for 2-3 lengths, and gybe. Your opponent is now in Downwind Jail…and you own them!
 
If they gybe *on or after* the Pin layline, you have to simo gybe, cause them to sail high (getting them above the Pin layline), and then you will have to decide if you can roll them and get down in front of them and either sail into the zone of the Pin or gybe and cross them – this is a BIG ASK. Your better option, if you are not locked to windward of them, is to get to their left (looking downwind) by either soaking, or gybing and crossing over 2 lengths and then gybing back to starboard. Once to their left, THEY are in Downwind Jail…and you own them!

 
3) On either run, if there is more than a length of water between you:
Try to get to the right of their centerline (looking downwind) as much as possible without losing too much distance on them. When they gybe, you simo gybe…period. If they have gybed on or before the “first layline”, do NOT get locked to windward of them! They will be sailing hot to try to keep their wind in front of you. Just before you get locked to windward of them, get to their left (looking downwind) by either soaking, or gybing and crossing over 2 lengths and then gybing back to starboard. Once to their left, THEY are in Downwind Jail…and you own them!
 
If they gybed *after* the first layline, you can decide if you can roll them (pass them on their right) and safely get down to the zone of the leeward mark/gate/Pin. If you are not 100% sure you can, do NOT try it, because YOU will end up you know where!
 
In Downwind Jail – Part 3 (The Dial Up Issue #20), I will explain how to put your opponent in Downwind Jail when you are leading around the windward mark.
 
David Storrs’ Team Pequot Wins 2017 U.S. Match Racing Championship!

David Storrs and his international team won the 2017 U.S. Match Racing Championship for the Prince of Wales Bowl. Second place finisher Pearson Potts and his Yankee Creole Racing team won the title of U.S. Match Racing Champion because they were the highest finishing all-U.S. team. Chris Kennedy and his Oakcliff Sailing crew took third and Janel Zarkowsky, coach at Georgetown, took fourth.

Storrs is from Southport, CT and sails out of the Pequot Yacht Club (home of past POW winners David Dellenbaugh, Brad Dellenbaugh and Dave Perry). Storrs’ team was comprised of Hayden Goodrick (Edwards, Colo.), Tom Powrie (Auckland, New Zealand), Laurie Jury (Auckland, New Zealand), and Sam Bell (London, England).

Potts, who is currently from Newport, RI, sailed with Peter Bailey (Fairfield, Conn.), Bryce Kopp (Fairfield, Conn.), Pearson Potts, Sr. (Newport, RI), Robert Savoie (Bristol, RI) and Lucas Adams (New York, NY).

The deciding race of the Finals saw an exhausting back-and-forth between Potts and Storrs. They split at the leeward gate with Potts leading, but Storrs came back on starboard to start a dial down and Potts reacted late. Both boats ended up head to wind, bow to bow, with jibs down. Potts got a penalty and Storrs sailed off for the win.

The 73-year old winner, David Storrs, eloquently thanked all involved including Oakcliff Sailing, US Sailing, and especially his crew. “It’s been the greatest relationship I’ve had in sailing and I thank all of you for it; this is the high point of my sailing career!” he said.

See full results and crew list.

Final results:
  1. David Storrs
  2. Pearson Potts
  3. Chris Kennedy
  4. Janel Zarkowsky
  5. Peter Holz
  6. Nevin Snow
  7. Steven Lowery
  8. Nicole Breault
  9. Jeffrey Petersen
  10. Reed Baldridge
Interview with the 2017 College Match Racing National Champions
Boston College ICSA Match Racing Nationals winning team (left to right): Tara Ferraris, Peter Lynn, Wade Waddell and Scotty Sinks.  
Photo credit: Stefan Kuehn @stefankuehn and @futuremarketmedia
Having won only four races (out of 9) in the 2017 College Match Race National Championship Round Robin and having to fight their way out of the Repechage Round, the Boston College team proved the old adage: You don’t need to win all the races to win a match racing regatta…just the right ones!

Read a great interview with the winning Boston College sailors and their coach Greg Wilkinson, showing a varsity focus on (a) each person doing their own jobs well, (b) constant attention to the “fleet racing” aspects of the race, and (c) taking each race one at a time, regardless of whether you won or lost the previous race. Great stuff!


Tara…
My roles on the boat were all the “behind the scenes” jobs. I helped Peter with the jib, especially when rounding marks, controls (cunningham, vang), hoisted and doused the chute, and constantly communicated about pressure and the relatives of the other boat.
Read more here. 

Peter…
My roles on the boat were trimming the jib upwind, doing bow downwind, and feeding info to Scotty about pressure/shift.
Read more here.
 
Wade…
I was trimming main upwind and flying kite downwind along with backstay and traveler.  My other main role throughout the entire race from prestart to the finish was keeping track of the big picture conditions. This included information about shifts, pressure, current, lay lines, and the other boat. 
Read more here.

 
Scotty…
My main goal was to drive the boat well, and make decisions based off of the information Peter, Wade and Tara gave me. They would talk about breeze/fleet racing conditions, then I would make the "final cut" decision based off of what information they shared with me. We talked a lot about the conditions, and really emphasized our fleet racing skills to win races.
Read more here.
 
Greg Wilkinson, BC Eagles Coach…
1) How many years have you coached a team at the ICSA Match Racing Nationals?
Personally, twice - last year and this year. BC Teams have sailed the event a total of five times (Fall of '10, '13, '14, '16, '17), and we won in 2010 with Taylor Canfield skippering. Alden Reid coached the match racers that year.
Read more here.
Below is a ranking of U.S. match racers based on their most recent World Sailing ranking.

Women's Rankings:
  1. Nicole Breault (9 in the World)
  2. Stephanie Roble (11 in the World)
  3. Danielle Gallo (32 in the World)
  4. Marilyn Cassedy (53 in the World)
  5. Morgan Wilson (60 in the World)
  6. Maggie Shea
  7. Krysia Pohl
  8. Janel Zarkowsky
  9. Robyn Lesh
  10. Sally Barkow
Open Rankings:
  1. Nevin Snow (24 in the World)
  2. Peter Holz (25 in the World)
  3. Nicole Breault (28 in the World)
  4. Chris Poole (33 in the World)
  5. Pearson Potts, Jr. (35 in the World)
  6. Christophe Killian
  7. David Storrs
  8. Greiner Hobbs
  9. Charlie Welsh
  10. Steve Lowery
Dock Talk
Boston College Eagles Win 2017 College Match Racing Championship!

The 8th running of the College Match Race National Championship was hosted by the College of Charleston, November 10-12, 2017, in their J/22’s. In a 10 team battle raced in primarily strong and puffy breeze, the Eagles of Boston College emerged as National Champions, repeating their win of the first championship held in 2010. Sailing for the Eagles was Scotty Sinks (skipper) with Tara Ferraris, Peter Lynn and Wade Waddell. Providing stiff competition in the Finals was the College of Charleston, with skipper Christophe Killian, winner of the 2015 championship, with Elizabeth Pemberton. Stefano Peschiera and Jack Thompson.

Click here for full results.
Chris Nesbitt (second from right) and winning team.
Photo supplied by Rich Roberts
Chris Nesbitt and Team Win the 2017 Butler Cup

Chris Nesbitt and his San Diego Yacht Club team narrowly beat Long Beach Yacht Club’s Dave Hood by about one-meter in the last race of the regatta to win the 2017 Butler Cup, thus becoming a three-time winner of this event hosted by the Long Beach Yacht Club and raced on the Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s fleet of Catalina 37s.

The Butler Cup serves as a qualifier for the 2018 California Dreamin’ Series. This year’s Butler Cup also served as the Long Beach Yacht Club’s sail-off. As the top finishing LBYC sailor, Hood is now invited to represent LBYC at the 2018 World Sailing Grade 2 Ficker Cup, April 13-15.

Click here for full results.
Photo supplied by Francis George
Chris Poole and Team Wins the Oakcliff Halloween Regatta

Nine teams came out for Oakcliff Sailing’s Annual Halloween Regatta. With sunny skies and an average 10 knots of breeze, day one served up perfect conditions for this competitive but festive regatta. PRO Patrice Gallo dressed up as a witch, David Wood streamed a ghost off his backstay, and the Yankee Creole team raced in full shark costumes. Everybody traded their costumes for foul weather gear on the rainy second day.
 
Chris Poole and Lance Fraser were tied 1-1 in the first-to-two finals when the breeze picked up to 20 knots gusting to 30. With reefed mains and no spinnakers, their final showdown was a wild ride and Chris Poole walked away victorious. 16 year old David Wood and team, winners of the 2017 U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup, finished a respectable third in their first large keelboat match race, beating Lucas Adams of Yankee Creole Racing.
 
Oakcliff’s Halloween regatta has seen such a wide range of conditions over the years: snow, sleet, freezing rain, hurricane Sandy. “I think that’s why everybody keeps coming back; you never know what to expect,” said Oakcliff host Bill Simon. With champagne sailing on Saturday and cold, stormy weather on Sunday, this year was no exception.


For results and a full gallery of pictures, click here.
 
The Dial Up is the US Sailing Match Racing Committee’s most effective way to communicate to the North American match racing community all the great things that will be happening, are happening, and have happened in North American match racing. If you would like to read the 18 issues published in 2015, 2016 and 2017, or sign-up to receive The Dial Up (which is completely free!), click here or go to the US Sailing Match Racing website.
 
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Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Dave Perry
Vice Chairman, US Sailing Match Racing Committee
Header photo:: The winners of the 2017 U.S. Match Racing Championship (from left to right): Laurie Jury, David Storrs, Sam Bell, Hayden Goodrick, Tom Powrie. Photo by Matthew Cohen.

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