Two spots for AYC Spring

Last weekend the 43 sailors and 4 boats were a force to be reckoned with on the Division One Race Course at AYC’s Spring Series. The 20 knots, rain and lumpy seas challenged but everyone made it onto the boat and came home a little wet but with big smiles.

This weekend we will have much sunnier skies and there are a couple of spots open. If you are interested please email

A Week of Match Racing!

Tuesday drills will begin at 5:30 on the dock at OBMC and an all-day clinic with Dave Perry will be held on Friday. Saturday and Sunday the intensity will ramp up as Oakcliff hosts the ABC Qualifiers for the US SAILING Match Race Championship.

Racing will be inside the bay so easily visible from shore but we will also accommodate as many people as we can on spectator boats. Racing begins at 10am and should be finished up by 6pm. The spectator boats will be monitoring VHF channel 71.

There is a barbecue for competitors and volunteers on Saturday night. Some social tickets are still available and can be reserved by emailing

If this isn’t enough action we will also be sailing some of the IRC boats on Sunday and possibly on Saturday in preparation for the American Spring Regatta which will be raced over the next two weekends.  Go to the online calendar to sign up.

Spring Sailing – YEAH!

The day started with it blowing “dogs blowing off chains” but the 35 Oakcliff sailors were hopeful the forecast was correct.

The match racing fleet prepped the boats and went in search of a race course to tuck up into out of the brunt of the wind.

The Farr 40 team rigged the boat and coach Ronnie went through dry runs. The 11.5 put the battens in sails know as ‘boning’ the jibs. The Ker 50 team familiarized themselves with the boat and watched the wind gusting to 30knots.

At 11:30 the call was made for a one hour dock hold and when everyone came back from lunch we left in solid 20 knots but the wind was trending the correct way. We hit the sound as the wind moderated and we had an absolutely beautiful day of practice.

Today (Sunday) we are off again for a beautiful sunny Sunday with 70 degree temps and 10-15 knots of wind. The next sailing will be Tuesday’s Match Racing Drills in Shields and IRC practice on Saturday.

Open 60s and Oakcliff in NYC

Easter weekend was spectacular in the northeast, and three of us were out on the Hudson River with the Open 60s, Estrella Damm, and W Hotels. The boats are here in New York in preparation for a match racing record run from Ambrose Light to Barcelona.

Estrella Damm racing by the Statue of Liberty

The boats are “Open,” as in “pretty much anything you want to do within a measurement box you can try.”  That means that there are tweaks and pinches and custom fittings and systems galore.  I would love to be on the boats and do two boat testing for weeks: Let’s see, if we go flaps up what happens? Both rudders down? Keels canted? Different combos of water ballast?  Auto pilot vs. human pilot?  Rotating mast? Dagger boards up, down, middle?  The combinations are endless.

Just a simple steering system :-)

Ladi and Vlad were driving chase boats with photographers onboard. It was a great opportunity to see these machines up close and personal. We all were impressed with the acceleration out of the tacks. They slowed down like a big flat dish of a boat would when they went through the wind, but then it was like a train coming out of the station as they accelerated and the spray started flying. It was also only blowing about 8 knots!  I was providing VIP commentary for the Estrella Damn boat.

Both boats will be at North Cove until departure - maybe Wednesday night.

We lost the 1st race to W-hotels in lighter wind. In the second race our start was better, and we were able to hold them off to a very close finish. With only two races, Estrella Damn won the day. The real spirit though was one of community – NYC and Barcelona – as well as promotion for the upcoming Barcelona World Race, which is a double-handed round the world race. Maybe in the future of one of our Acorns?