“Ah, the smell of epoxy in the morning, smells like…victory.” This was one of the many punchy comments on Nat Shaver’s recent FB posts of a modification to his International Moth.

Last week’s US Moth training camp in North Carolina, supported by 11th Hour Racing with supplies from Jamestown Distributors and TotalBoat is now in the books. The work lists are smaller and there was a lot tested, performance measured and modified on the boats. The fleet is now packed in a container enroute to the Amlin International Moth Regatta in Bermuda.

The finishing touches on boat work are still in progress, though. Today, Patrick Wilson was putting the final paint on his foils in his Charleston garage, ending four months of intense grinding, sanding and gluing. (Details on all projects, products used and outcomes listed below)

“I’m not going to do anything to my boat that’s not going to make me faster,” he said on the last day of the training session in Minnesott Beach. And as he would fly up to leeward of the group to signal the start of a lineup, all would trim in. Just one click off the breeze than the rest, it was just a matter of a minute or so before this barefooted blonde guy took off, ending up boat lengths ahead. His approach is working and it started four months ago.

When the US fleet held its Nationals in Hood River, Oregon last summer, Anthony Kotoun walked away with the title sporting a canting rig that stood more upright while sailing upwind, and also used an adjustable rake system to lean the rig forward downwind. That kicked off a massive carbon cutting and vacuum bagging session in the following months to glue in new bow tubes to make adjustable forestays. Shaver designed and 3-D printed a forestay fitting with a pulley and by last week, everyone was going as far forward as they dared off the wind with their mast before the boats became super squirrely and crashed.

Throughout the season, the sailors in this fleet ordered supplies online from www.JamestownDistributors.com because it was fast and efficient. With the warehouse in Bristol, Rhode Island, the product could be shipped anywhere. The supplies donated to the fleet last week were consolidated for all and sent to Minnesott for use there and in Bermuda.

All the quick fixes and repairs in North Carolina were perfect opportunities to use the TotalBoat Thixo, both the Low Viscocity (during the warmer daytime) and the FastCure (at night when temps dipped into the 40 degrees range). With its mixing tip, this quick, ready-made thickened epoxy dispensed with a caulking gun was perfect for Shaver’s boom end that split into pieces at the outhaul. Two thin carbon plates clamped on either side of the end were perfect anchors for a new outhaul system, ready in the morning.


Quick and dirty Thixo repair.

A small batch of TotalBoat 5:1 Epoxy Kit resin and hardener combined with some carbon tape and a G-10 fiberglass dowel fixed a snapped tiller extension overnight as well.

This week, Wilson was doing something that will definitely make him faster: re-doing his main horizontal foil hinge. The magic of the Moth is directly associated with the main horizontal foil flap. This is attached to a push rod (held within the vertical foil) that is controlled by a linkage that terminates at a carbon wand off the bow. As the boat goes lower in the water, the wand presses back and the flap is pushed down, adding more lift, and visa versa.


Anthony Kotoun uses a digital protractor to measure Front Vertical Foil flap angle change as he moves the wand. Minnesott Beach, NC.

For elite sailors like Wilson, making that flap’s “hinge” as smooth as possible on the top and leaving a super polished finish on the entire foil means that he will blow through the 30-knot barrier downwind and hang with the best in Bermuda. The major part of this equation is the flexible joint on the top of the foil. A bead of Sikaflex is laid and sanded smooth, then the foil is sanded, primed and painted and sanded again. For the best guys, this last bit is pure art. We all can do it, but top results come with experience. Too smooth in cold water, the foils will cavitate. Too coarse, and you’re slow.


Patrick Wilson checking the finish on the freshly faired and painted front horizontal foil. 11/23/15

Here’s Wilson’s product list this week:

Sikaflex, Sika Primer, Awlgrip 545 Primer, Awlgrip Topcoat, sandpaper (3M Stickit roll of 120, 220, 320; wetland paper 600, 800, 1000, 1200)

Anthony Kotoun spent all his free time wet sanding his foils in North Carolina, even taking an interview with a local journalist at www.TownDock.net wile he worked his little sanding block at opposing 45-degree angles with the trailing edge of his flap against the table to avoid over-sanding that edge.


Anthony Kotoun putting the time in, wet sanding his foil at 45 degree angles.

Shaver was a designer with Emirates Team New Zealand in the last America’s Cup and is now working with France’s Groupama Cup team. Check out his project list below to get a feel for the DIY projects the US fleet completed up until the Bermuda container arrived last Monday:

“For all the carbon work I used a vacuum pimp, vac bag, breather and peel ply bought at JD along with sandpaper.For most of the bonding I used SpaBond from JD but have started using Thixo.” – Nat Shaver, US Moth Sailor

Designed and 3-D printed ball-socket Rudder Rake adjuster; Bent Boom 18 degrees (carbon, epoxy); constructed Boom Spreader (carbon, epoxy, foam); Installed Centerline Utility Tube for forestay purchase (carbon, epoxy, SpaBond); Designed and built New, Longer Rudder (carbon, epoxy, foam, plywood); Faired and painted all foils; Designed and installed 3-D printed Forestay Mount; Rigged boat with Adjustable Rig Rake, can’t and control lines  moved to outer wing bars.


Double vacuum bagging carbon bow tubes for adjustable forestays.

The Bermuda Moth regatta we are all gunning for starts December 6th. Wilson and several other American’s will be buffing out their foils until then and hand delivering them to that awesome island in the Atlantic. Last week’s Moth Camp was fantastic and the sailors were leapfrogging each other’s performance each day. Every adjustment, modification, seemed to work. The proof is in the pudding and even in Bermuda there will be a work list. But everyone is prepared, jacked up and ready to test their systems and their abilities against all those professionals they will be sitting next to on their flights in next week. I will be reporting on how it all shakes out so stay tuned and follow the US Flagged Moth sailors!






“OK, someone has to take a picture and send it to our hosts as a thank you gift,” shouted Anthony Kotoun, the Dali Lama of the US Moth fleet at dinner a few nights ago. “Then we have to shanghai Zack Maxim’s boat from the shipping company. There’s a $200 prize for anyone willing to wake up at 6 a.m. tomorrow for the 1.18-hour drive…” And the list rolled on that way until our beers and grilled oysters were delivered.


November US Moth Training Camp, Neuse River, NC

It was a pretty spendy call to take a week from work and family and head to the Neuse River in North Carolina for a training session in the outrageously quick and touchy Moth. The US fleet was offered rooms and a launch at Steve and Heidi Benjamin’s compound on this enormous estuary of brackish water and oyster fishermen.

The major selling point? A $10,000 prize, of course! Amlin International Moth Regatta in December has hand-selected the best sailors in the world to bring their personal, single-handed boats to Bermuda and race for not only a prize purse but bragging rights. You see, all the top America’s Cup teams (with the highest paid sailors on the planet) have fleets of Moths for their sailors to train with. And the Royal Yachting Association has sponsored elite Mothies from the UK for a few years now to top this influential class. They all want to beat the crap out of each other on their own terms, with their own boats. Trimmers wanting to take races off their Cup helmsmen, etc.


Victor Diaz de Leon, nearing 30 knots downwind, Neuse River, NC


3-D Printed adjustable forestay fitting by Nat Shaver

Then there are the Americans, last week layered in wetsuits during the day getting ripped off their trampolines and hucked into the brown water of the Intercoastal Waterway when the chop would pitch the boats while they were hitting 30 knots. Strangely absent from many of the Cup teams and only supported by the environmentally forward thinking 11th Hour Racing, this group of pro and amateur sailors have been covered in carbon dust and resin every week for the past season adjusting, designing, 3-D printing and training their way toward their goal of out sailing the privileged group in Bermuda.

Last week was my chance to witness how the DIY approach to boat work and training can get someone ready to beat the most well paid, and funded, teams in the world. Very American!


Mach2 Moth box always doubling as work bench

The routine has been the same for this group since the frigid mornings of last April in Newport, the fleet’s summer home. Boat work at night and hours of training during the day to test new systems. North Carolina was a hyper-focused version of this system. Late the other night, Nat Shaver, who designed foils for Team New Zealand in the last Cup and is now working with the French Cup Team was jamming on one of his many carbon fixes since the training camp began.”It’ll be so shitty and ugly,” he said, after using a dremel to grind off the broken bits at the end of his homemade boom, “but it’ll do the job, I think.”


11 p.m. boom repair, 49 degrees

Moth sailors in America easily spend 70 percent of their time on boat work in this development class and barely the remaining 30 on the water. The base structure of the boats is the Mach 2 Moth built by McConaghy in China.

Why do the boats need so much work? Foiling sailboats are still new, at the boundaries of the sport and when you are traveling upwind at 16-17 knots and downwind at 20-30, the most minute adjustment can make many knots-worth of difference. So the short answer is: systems.

Making carbon levers to articulate and assist canting the rig from side to side, gluing little tabs to anchor sail adjustment pulleys (some so tiny they are sourced from remote control boat manufacturers) and repairing the constantly breaking modifications to the carbon wing bars and booms are added to work lists daily, attended to at night, and tested the next day.

The Americans are their own pit crews and coaches. And they want to kick ass next month. Jamestown Distributors president Mike Mills, a foil boarder himself, saw an awesome parallel between what this group is doing and what he was part of in the late 1990s in the International 505 class, easily the most elite double handed class in the world. Mike won the worlds in 1998 with Nick Trotmen after years of this very organic approach. JD sent me down with boxes of their house brand Total Boat epoxies and supplies to support the group.

Asking around, I realized that literally all the top performance sailors in the US, all plugging away in their garages to modify and repair their boats, use JD and the growing line of Total Boat products, especially the epoxies and fibers.

And when you do everything yourself, and pay out of your own pocket to make your boat faster, knowing there is a company that understands and gets you what you need STAT, makes a huge difference.

I’ll report back on how it all went with the work lists, which fixes worked, which didn’t and if this rag-tag group of rouge sailors will be ready to dethrone a few of those fully-sponsored pros in Bermuda next month.


Apologies for not posting since earlier in the year. More editorial to come, BUT for now:

This is the 10th Archipelago Rally so let’s see what you have under the porch!!! The shallow, warm waters of the Westport River await and our wonderful host, the Spindle Rock Club is ready to go.
Please let us know what craft you are bringing and DON’T FORGET YOUR PERSONAL PENNANT to fly from your rig.
The Broken Head Perpetual, Clark Cherub Stein All-Family Award, Pine Needle, Lonely Loon and other awards will be on hand. See you there!

PS: MORE DETAILS TO COME ON THIS SITE and through PaperlessPost invite.


Like any journalistic endeavor, a lot of great thoughts end up on the editing floor. Thought the foiling talk is over, the discussion is not!

Below are some extras from crazy new and old friends who are on the “emerging” side of the sport. I”LL ADD MORE TONIGHT


From Jack Gierhart, Executive Director of US SAILING:

Jack Gierhart, US SAILING

Jack Gierhart, US SAILING

“This area of sailing is driving a lot of interest and excitement, creating
a whole new approach that will attract interest from new audiences and
potential participants. I see corollaries between the developments in
sailing with kites, multihulls and foiling, and what happened in skiing
with snowboarding, telemarking, backcountry, boarder cross, kite skiing,
etc. that has help rejuvenate the tradition sport of skiing and add
entirely new angles. While not everyone is going to jump on a moth or a
foiling kite, their interest will be peaked and potentially directed
towards other platforms and options. Anything that creates new interest
and excitement in sailing will be good for the future of the sport. While
I am not sure the recent AC had a direct impact on sailing participation
(possibly a bit in the Bay Area), it has certainly had an impact on
product development which is driving these new segments and evolution of
sailing and generating new interest. An indirect benefit.

“At US Sailing we need to follow these developments and make sure our
programs and services to sailors and organizations support these
developments and foster an environment that encourages this evolution. US
Sailing realizes the marketplace does a great job driving innovation; we
need to embrace this and insure we evolve our programs to take advantages
of these innovations and help create an environment where they can spread
and prosper. We look forward to working with this part of the sailing
community to push developments into the mainstream.”

From Tyler Doyle, President Doyle:

Doyle CFD Rendering

Doyle CFD Rendering

“I think the rapid development of foiling is opening up all sorts of exciting new design and analysis opportunities in the industry. As I’m sure you know the hydrodynamics of foiling have been understood for a long time but it has only been recently that modern laminates and construction processes have evolved to the point where the structures needed for foiling can be made light and strong enough to make foiling dreams a reality. So far we haven’t worked directly on any foiling projects however most if not all of the high performance sailing projects we’ve worked on recently from 90 ft cruising catamarans to planing 100 ft monohulls have at least considered foiling. We have worked on a few projects that don’t go all the way to foiling but use horizontal foils to either partially lift the boat out of the water or create down force to help with stability.

“Foiling and other creative appendage designs are great for our CFD consulting business because it’s exactly the type of thing we can simulate accurately and usually much quicker than a similar tow tank test program. Typical hulls and appendages have been developed and refined long enough that there is a huge amount of knowledge that just needs to be adapted for a given project. Foiling is just the opposite, there a few proven design concepts that designers are scrambling to try and apply to new projects however usually changes are needed that are not well understood and need to be simulated or tested to get right. Simulating foils isn’t easy because you need to model things such as the water free surface, turbulence and cavitation to get the performance right which creates computationally demanding simulations. The type of CFD we use most, RANS CFD, is well suited to the problem and our approach of using open source CFD codes and cloud computing results in cost effective simulations that can fit into reasonable design budgets. The older approach for simulating hulls and appendages using panels codes that only model surface conditions isn’t up to the task of modeling foiling performance correctly.”

LiveStream Slide1 Foiling in the USA will be broadcast LIVE via LiveStream and answering questions from TWITTER @Oakcliffsail !! WHEN: THIS THURSDAY, April 9 at Doyle Sails LI,1345 New York Ave. Huntington Station, NY 11746 COME IN PERSON! FREE Pizza and an open discussion on how the rapid development of hydrofoil technology is going to change the way we enjoy sailing!! Will we all be cruising on hydrofoils in the future? Will kids be flying out of the water on mass-produced plastic foilers at their learn-to-sail camps? Here’s the line-up to answer those questions: -The New York Times correspondent CHRIS MUSELER makes sense of the latest developments –GunBoat founder PETER JOHNSTONE on live SkypeVideo chat about the foiling G4 cruiser/racer catamaran in trials THIS WEEK! –The Foiling Week founder Luca Rizzotti will chime in from Lake Garda to explain the vibe when the world’s top foil designers get together to create the future of the sport -AND contributions from other influential visionaries including radical kite foiler Bryan Lake, Waterlust Project filmmaker Patrick Rynne, US Sailing Executive Director Jack Gierhart and more!!! This is the HOTTEST TOPIC in sailing today and since there has been overwhelming interest in this discussion, Thursday’s talk will be broadcast LIVE with the help of LiveStream producers. A Q&A will be held with the live audience and a TWITTER Feed @Oakcliff will be used to handle questions from viewers around the world.

G4 Foiling Cruiser/Racer Catamaran on trials April 2015

G4 Foiling Cruiser/Racer Catamaran on trials April 2015


Kite Foilboarder BRYAN LAKE fresh from Foilboarding Gold Cup in La Ventana

What a year 2014 was. Besides a normal pipeline filled with marine-based writing assignments, I had the fortune and privilege of producing a mini-documentary for The New York Times and PBS on the New York to Barcelona Race. Working with some of the world’s top visual journalists defined a very real distinction being created in modern media where video news is not just videographers’ footage being edited by a producer, overseen by an editor. I wrote more about the experience for the Times’ Lens Blog. The professional sailors I was with, in this case, work hard for their salaries and the conditions, both on the sea and contractually, are often rough. But what an amazing life to capture.

Isle a Vache, Haiti

Isle a Vache, Haiti

This year began in a much different fashion for me. January produced an assignment that took me through the trash-choked canals and streets of Port au Prince, Haiti, to an orphanage on an island void of cars or electricity where some children are laying on the ground, with various disabilities, unable to move, and onward to a rough neighborhood in Jamaica and finally into the bizarre time warp that is Cuba.

Next up is the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Caribbean 600, February 24, where my assignment is to document the experience of racing aboard a classic yacht, in and out of the islands of the Caribbean. And like the rest of the Caribbean racing circuit, we will see the luxury and squalor of these islands each day when we walk the streets and travel the harbors. It is always a bitter sweet experience when you are on your way to a regatta party with flowing Rose’ and you pass people living under ratty blue tarps with little, if any clothing covering them.

Children-only Birthday Party, Isle a Vache, Haiti

Children-only Birthday Party, Isle a Vache, Haiti

January’s trip, aboard the Gannon and Benjamin wooden schooner Charlotte was 180 degrees off what the 600 represents. That was a humanitarian trip that, strangely, Charlotte’s owner, designer, builder, Nat Benjamin took because it was the most rewarding and enjoyable way to spend his time. Nothing gives Nat more pleasure than to load his boat with supplies (donated sails and tools, boxes of crayons, canvases, garbage bags and a few hundred clothes pins), at his own expense, and sail through a snow storm from Martha’s Vineyard to Isle a Vache, Haiti, and deliver these items to people who seem to have nothing.

As I write about all the major yachting events of 2015 I will certainly have a different view of who the heroes are in our sport. Professional sailors have chosen their careers. They earn an income and their personal “brands” are pushed out to the world through every imaginable technological platform. They are paid to do what they love and their challenges inspire us.

Nat Benjamin on dawn watch aboard Charlotte in the Windward Passage

Nat Benjamin on dawn watch aboard Charlotte in the Windward Passage

Nat Benjamin has also chosen his career and his sailing experience. And though his Caribbean winter experience is vastly different than most of ours (paying thousands of dollars to help teach art to children and bang in rough-hewn garboard planks so a family can continue subsistence fishing), he reminds us that a sailing hero does not have to be eating freeze dried meals in between lifting tons of sails while sea water is being fired at their bodies.

Apartment living across street from El Capitolio (Capitol building), Havana, Cuba

Apartment living across street from El Capitolio (Capitol building), Havana, Cuba

I will share my work on these Caribbean adventures as it is released in the Times Travel section, Sail, Sailing and Wooden Boat. And I am excited to continue looking at the sport of sailing and its players through an ever-changing and focused lens so we all can gain a broader perspective on its relevance today.

Shorthanded sailing, the massive challenge of sailing solo or with just one other across oceans, is one of the most compelling, dramatic athletic endeavors imaginable. Though satellite and broadband technology has allowed these adventurers to transmit the world this strenuous lifestyle, we are only seeing part of the story.
By its nature, these disciplines of sailing are solitary endeavours. The camera is only on when they are speaking to it. And with two, you only see one usually, not the team working seamlessly together.Image

I have always wanted to see deeper into the hidden rhythms of these sailors and surprisingly the Ocean Masters Series has taken a tremendous leap and dropped media crew members and reporters on the IMOCA 60s for the NY-Barcelona Race.
I am writing from the transom of Hugo Boss while American Ryan Breymaier and Spaniard Pepe Ribes feel eachother and ghe boat out sailing from Newport to NYC.
I will becreporting fir the New York Times all the way to Barcelona starting June 1.my challenge is being thar fly on the wall to allow their natural rhythm and feel for the boat, the weather and eachother show through.
But i am sceptical. Another human im their space has to have an impact. Their tongues will surely be bit a few times. Over the course of two weeks at ses, however, patterns will emerge for me to capture in words, images and video that have not been seen before from these superhumans who can race non-stop around the world, alone, inside of three months.
This is a first in this discipline and we will see!

For the first time in the modern history of the Volvo Ocean Race, a large portion of the skippers and sailors will be newbies to the race. Most have never lapped the planet on a sailboat. This is in stark contrast to previous races where only the most elite helmsmen – Chris Nicholson, Paul Cayard, Frank Cammas, Grant Dalton – have been able to garner the support of top sponsors and yacht designers to compete. This rarified atmosphere was the driving principle of what is considered the marquee professional ocean race in the world.

SCA Womens VOR Team

SCA Womens VOR Team

This fall we will all see a new race with the same challenges of ocean, mind and body, but with a new one-design Volvo Ocean 65 to defray costs and eliminate the quess work in designing and building a custom racer that could be the key to winning or losing before the race even starts. This is race director Knut Frostad’s vision and with nearly all boats spoken for and teams already training, Frostad’s concept already has legs. Will the infusion of new, yet untested talent prove to keep the level of racing high this fall and the return on investment for sponsors even higher? Time will tell. But this bold move is a very modern style of thinking brought to a very established sport. I remember when the Volvo 70 first hit the water and I sailed a punishing upwind leg in 2006 for The New York Times. The boats changed the sport of ocean racing and provided a drama and backdrop to exploit what was already a compelling and harrowing event.

The May issue of Seahorse Magazine (UK) has a brief analysis of this evolution of the race that has allowed for the first major paradigm shift in professional ocean sailing since Sir Peter Blake and his generation basically created professional offshore sailing. Blake personally found the funds, created a team, and took a professional approach never before seen in the sport. Dennis Conner did the same and all those crews and those to follow never knew a world where sailing wasn’t a full-time profession.

In my article I focus on the creation of Team Alvimedica and its American leaders Charlie Enright and Mark Towill. Much like Blake, these two sub-30 year-old sailors created their own opportunities. But before Knut’s visionary move with the Volvo, these two would have been a decade away from leading their own Volvo team. They and several others teams in this year’s Volvo have been fast tracked with equal boats and a more robust marketing package from the VOR.

Here is a selection from my interview with Charlie done at his home Bristol, RI on an ice-covered day this winter. It is exciting to speak with someone on the threshold of the greatest opportunity of their career. You will here in his voice and read his words and see that regardless of age or experience, the Volvo has opened the doors to a very worthy batch of freshmen to the race who know no different than being payed to race full-time. This is certainly a notable milestone in the sport and it will be fascinating to watch this next race play out.


It is uncanny how the sea and sailboats offer the most unimaginable adventures and, in turn, education, one can ever experience as a human being. Some discover this right off the bat as a young child exploring shallow bays in a dinghy. Others spend their last hours, and dollars, sailing in a straight line for as many days as possible to soak up the grandure that is life on this aquatic planet.

Jesse Smith serenades his daughter with his Ukelele 500 miles from Virgin Gorda.

Jesse Smith serenades his daughter and his mother, far left, with his Ukelele 500 miles from Virgin Gorda.

I know three families who have come to this realization at mid-life and luckily for them, they have young children whom they can share their wanderlust. And these sailors have done what seems to be the hardest part in taking a grand adventure: they actually moved onto a sailboat!

One couple has spent years angling to actualize their experience as charter captains pre-children and re-explore the caribbean with their son and daughter. Another has found a life, they hope, will re-define their core reliance on each other and allow them to educate their children in an open and inspiring way. Yet another couple, spur of the moment, decided circumstances were ripe for an adventure and recognized the potential to create a family connection beyond almost anything you could accomplish on land.

I will write about their diverse stories. Each family comes from a very different socio-economical background and has different interests and approaches to navigating through life. And it is wonderful to watch those approaches unfold in their boat and homeschooling choices.

Now, I would like to share with you the spark, or baby steps of one of those families. Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan have chosen, or in some ways were chosen by, an 11-year-old traditional Gannon and Benjamin Schooner named Rebecca of Vineyard Haven. While their two young daughters transitioned into homeschooling last summer, Jesse completed a major refit of the boat’s hull and electrical systems. They had a brilliant shake down in Maine but friends and family were usually in the mix. Two weeks alone gave them a taste of family freedom. Then came the raucous fall reach to Bermuda and the Caribbean with wiley friends. Now the Smiths and the two other families, all well acquainted, are in the Caribbean attempting to avoid the temptation to swim all day, or think of a way to make a lesson plan out of all the wondrous natural and cultural glories that accompany touring and passagemaking.

l-r, Amanda Sparks (1st mate), Richard Feeny and Dave Fallon (cook), off watch in North Atlantic.

l-r, Amanda Sparks (1st mate), Richard Feeney and Dave Fallon (cook), off watch in North Atlantic.

In the images here you see the Rebecca of Vineyard Haven crew, one being Richard Feeney, a professional sailor and coach who is notable for his success with Tommy Hilfiger in the Extreme Sailing Series and running the education programs at the Herreshoff Museum. You’ll also see Tim and Dave Fallon singing a song they wrote one night at sea on Rebecca. Tim is a two-time ISAF team race world champion and owns a magnificent, engineless, 28-foot wooden catboat Kathleen.

Enjoy their inspiration and I hope you find your own. It’s all around in our sport. And it is addictive. When Tim and Richard returned from the delivery, they spent a December Saturday in 17 degrees match racing in Beetle Cats.

Tim Fallon (green sail) and Richard Feeny reach to the finish, 12/14/13, Sakonnet River.

Tim Fallon (green sail) and Richard Feeney reach to the finish, 12/14/13, Sakonnet River.

Team Snarky striped bass carcass Rally Flag 2013

Team Snarky striped bass carcass Rally Flag 2013

The only thing we expected about his year’s Archipelago Rally was having a fantastic time on the water. The unexpected was the icing on the cake at Quonochontaug Pond with aqua marine colored water and white sand shoals the size of football fields, there was a lot of walking of boats and damaged rudders and centerboards but nothing could dampen the Rally spirit!

Tim and Benjamin Fallon 2013 Archipelago Rally

Tim and Benjamin Fallon 2013 Archipelago Rally

The highlights this year weren’t that there were 35 craft and more than 40 kids sailing or that the breeze and bright sun made for a spectacular venue. I would say the main takeaway was the fact that two young girls were second and third and that a windsurfer won for the first time in the eight year history of the event. The third place girl miraculously has placed in the top five each time she has competed! We tell everyone, it is impossible to plan on winning the Archipelago Rally. Just ask new;y anointed head of sales for North Sails, Kimo Worthington who was on his way to a top three finish before hitting a shoal. He wound up steering the boat to the finish with his legs hanging off the transom while Bridget Murphy trimmed the sail on their wooden Penguin dinghy.

Hambletons in Dyer around the rock with the Collins fam in the Mirror "Dark Knight"

Hambletons in Dyer around the rock with the Collins fam in the Mirror “Dark Knight”

There are many more fun facts and I will send a report to the online media folks. For now, enjoy the links to the pictures and Annie Tuthill’s fabulous film (she has yet to miss a rally and her father drove to Vermont to pick her up from school just for the Rally). And finally, HUGE thank you to not just all the volunteers but to Mike Mills of Jamestown Distributors (who also took some great shots here) and their Total Boat line of products, and Mike Sarnowski of Mad Athlete, they both had all their children sailing.

Rally on!

Rally fleet at Quonny Pond 2013

Rally fleet at Quonny Pond 2013

Special Awards:

Broken Head Perpetual (first place): Will Tuthill, Mistral Windsurfer

Last Place: Matt Gineo, Crosby Fast Cat

Lonely Loon: Rush and River Hambleton

Furthest Traveled: Ray Garcia, Zef, Babylon, NY

First All Family: Tim, Karen, Benjamin (2) and Jamie (2 months) Fallon, Beetle Cat

Vintage Rallier: Adam Walsh, McCaffery-built Peapod Sailing Dory



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