Olympic Hopeful John Casey Applauds Oakcliff

Sarah Newberry, Dawn, and John Casey

By John Casey

After I arrive at Oakcliff Sailing Center, I’m refreshed. After all our ‘hello’s’ and ‘how you beens’, I sit at one of the many tables and begin to hear discussions I’ve heard before about the state of sailing in the U.S. and possible solutions. The refreshing part is the quickening pace the words flow into action. One of the actions I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of is the purchase and subsequent High Performance Camp for a fleet of eight Olympic Nacra 17s.

When Oakcliff became a US Sailing Training Center and acquired it’s Olympic fleet, I was excited to head to New York to help them get the project off the ground and into the water. Have you ever purchased a boat with an instruction manual? Probably not so many. I lent my multihull knowledge for a few days at the end of the 2013 summer and with the help of the Oakcliff team, Saplings and Acorns we had an assembly line of Nacras pushing out the large front bay door. Not long after, I came back to race the U.S. Nationals on Oyster Bay with the Nacra fleet in full force.

As this year’s summer approached, I received a call to come back to Oakcliff to coach their High Performance Camp. I arrived a few days early to get some of the Nacras back together after their trip to Miami for the US Sailing Team and European teams to train on during the winter, a gesture by Oakcliff that is actually a completely different compelling story. With the Nacras assembled, we were ready to receive this batch of Acorns.

The High Performance Camp was not just for Nacras, but also for the Olympic skiff, the 49er FX, so there were cat sailors and skiffies mixed together, all ready to go really fast. The wind cooperated. The first three days of the camp the breeze ranged from 15-20 knots, which gave the Acorns a real taste of speed. There was so much wind that only the very experienced cat sailors were able to drive and let the less experienced sailors crew. I was impressed. The ages of the Acorns were teenagers to the most experienced Acorn ever, Ed, who actually set the experience level to a new standard. They all picked up multihull sailing fast, listened and put my teaching into action. For me, the first three days were a blast, going fast and coaching technique on and off the water, with some long classroom morning hours as well. For our Olympic campaign I have relegated myself to the crew position, so driving for three days was pure joy.

The last day of our four-day camp, the breeze backed off so whoever wanted to steer around the course had at it. We had three Nacra 17s ripping around a short ½ mile course totally under control and racing hard. That was the moment I knew we did the camp right. After a few days of watching and learning, the Acorns took control, kept control, communicated properly, and made excellent decisions while having good technique. The long days of starting at 9 AM and ending around 7 PM (If they didn’t have Swedish Match 40 evening sailing, which is pretty amazing too) paid off. Mission accomplished! Really great group of sailors and new friends in this camp.

Thank you to the Oakcliff Staff: Dawn, Bill, Liz, Chris, Vlad, Ronnie, Ladi, and all the Saplings who were the glue to the daily routine. The words and actions are working!

2014 49er, 49er FX, and Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship: Final Day

OYSTER BAY, NY (09.24.2014) – Competitor’s main focus was on strategy for the final day of the 2014 49er, 49er FX, and the Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship at Oakcliff Sailing.

“Focusing on strategy was a gear change from previous days,” said John Casey, a part of the winning duo of Newberry/Casey for the Nacra 17 division. “We knew the medal race was going to be difficult for us, so we tried to take it as another race and stay relaxed.”

For most of the teams, the final medal race was going to be a make it or break it moment for them. Like Sarah Newberry and John Casey, Brad Funk and Trevor Burd also had an intense race to their podium finish.

“We needed a few things to happen during the medal race in order for us to win,” said Brad Funk. “We were close in points with the top boat (Fred Strammer and Zach Brown), so we had to put up a good fight around the course to secure our spot.”

The top three boats in each class were awarded with Gill Bucks thanks to Gill, one of our sponsors.

Also thank you to our sponsors Heron Financial and T2P.TV for their support of the 2014 49er, 49er FX, and Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship!

Congrats to all teams!

Final Results are as follows:

 

49er

  1. Brad Funk/Trevor Burd
  2. Fred Strammer/Zach Brown
  3. Andrew Mollerus/David Liebenberg
  4. Tyler Macdonald/Harry Schmidt
  5. Mac Agnese/James Moody
  6. Paul Throop/Alex Throop
  7. Sam Gustin/Ian Woodbury

 

49er FX

  1. Wade Waddell/Ian MacDiarmid
  2. Paris Henken/Helena Scutt
  3. Debbie Capozzi/ Molly Vandemoer
  4. Kristen Lane/Maggie Shea
  5. Mayumi Roller/Kayla McComb
  6. Campbell D’Eliscu/Briggs D’Eliscu
  7. Michael Sabourin/Andrew Pearson
  8. Emily Dellenbaugh/ Elizabeth Barry
  9. Kate Shaner/Ellie Shaw

 

Nacra 17

  1. Sarah Newberry/John Casey
  2. Jeremy Wilmot/Louisa Chafee
  3. Enrique Figueroa/Franchesca Valdes
  4. Mike Easton/Katie Pettibone
  5. Sarah Streater/Matthew Whitehead
  6. Sophia Schultz/Nico Schultz
  7. Terri McKenna/Annie Gardner
  8. Cate Gundlach/Garrett Brown
  9. Joseph Bello/Christina Persson
  10. David Hein/Chris Manson-Hing

 

For more information, please visit our website http://www.oakcliffsailing.org or email Samantha Pilz at pr@oakcliffsailing.org.

 

Contact Information:

Samantha Pilz

Communications Director

Oakcliff Sailing

P: (516) 802-0368

E: pr@oakcliffsailing.org

 

About Oakcliff Sailing

Oakcliff Sailing, Oyster Bay, NY is the only complete training and coaching center in the world. Oakcliff’s Sapling and Acorn programs create complete sailors who are capable of sailing in any position, fixing every aspect of a boat and managing a small marine business.  Oakcliff trains sailors in match and fleet racing, inshore and offshore, fully crewed and short handed as well as providing access to historically significant classic yachts. Oakcliff is a non-profit organization open to all sailors of all ages and levels.   Oakcliff has also been named an official US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Training center with 8 each of the Olympic Classes: Nacra 17, 49er and 49er FX.

2014 49er, 49er FX, and Nacra 17 National Championship: Day 2

49ers start during Day 2 of the 2014 49er, 49er FX, and Nacra 17 US National Championship

OYSTER BAY, NY (09.22.2014) – Day two of the 2014 49er, 49er FX, and Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship provided another day of thrilling racing for competitors.

“Oyster Bay is a great venue for sailing. It delivered great sailing conditions and exciting sailing,” said Tyler Macdonald, a 49er skipper. “Everyone was excited for another day of breezy conditions.”

The weather proved to be remarkable again with a steady 12 knots of breeze and bright, sunny conditions. Competitors were smiling from ear to ear as they ripped around the course.

One team, which showed enormous progress over the last two days, is 49er FX sailors and Oakcliff Acorns, Michael Sabourin and Andrew Person. They began to rise up the ranks with two top three finishes today.

“Our performance today significantly improved after our day yesterday,” said Michael Sabourin. “By increasing the level of our boat handling, we were able to maneuver quicker and work on sailing fast.”

Michael Sabourin and Andrew Person are new to the 49er FX class. The duo has only had a week of training in the boat, which included the Oakcliff High Performance Clinic and four previous days of sailing.

“The Oakcliff High Performance Clinic helped introduce us to the boat,” said Andrew Person. “We had mostly sailed 29ers before coming to Oakcliff. With our coaches Kevin Jewett and Kristen Lane, we were able to learn the ways of the boat and compete at the top level.”

Sailors are hoping the incredible conditions will continue tomorrow for the first start at 10am. There will be at least three more races for the 49er fleet and four races for the 49er FX and Nacra 17 fleet.

 

Current Results are as follows:

49er

  1. Fred Strammer/Zach Brown
  2. Brad Funk/Trevor Burd
  3. Tyler Macdonald/Harry Schmidt
  4. Andrew Mollerus/David
  5. Mac Agnese/James Moody
  6. Paul Throop/Alex Throop
  7. Sam Gustin/Ian Woodbury

 

49er FX

  1. Wade Waddell/Ian MacDiarmid
  2. Paris Henken/Helena Scutt
  3. Kristen Lane/Maggie Shea
  4. Debbie Capozzi/ Molly Vandemoer
  5. Michael Sabourin/Andrew Pearson
  6. Mayumi Roller/Kayla McComb
  7. Campbell D’Eliscu/Briggs D’Eliscu
  8. Emily Dellenbaugh/ Elizabeth Barry
  9. Kate Shaner/Ellie Shaw

 

Nacra 17

  1. Sarah Newberry/John Casey
  2. Mike Easton/Katie Pettibone
  3. Sarah Streater/Matthew Whitehead
  4. Enrique Figueroa/Franchesca Valdes
  5. Jeremy Wilmot/Louisa Chafee
  6. Terri McKenna/Annie Gardner
  7. Sophia Schultz/Nico Schultz
  8. Cate Gundlach/Garrett Brown
  9. Joseph Bello/Christina Persson
  10. David Hein/Chris Manson-Hing

Results 

 

T2P.TV Coverage

2014 49er, 49er FX, and Nacra 17 National Championship: Day 1

Nacra 17s on starting line during 2014 US National Championship

Photo by Boatyard Photography.

OYSTER BAY, NY (09.22.2014) – With shifty and breezy conditions, day one of the 2014 49er, 49er FX, and Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship provided exhilarating racing for competitors.

The rare Easterly wind direction provided sailors with robust puffs off the land and consistent 10-12 knots breeze. Needless to say, the catamarans and skiffs were cruising around the course.

“Today presented some of the best conditions we have seen here in Oyster Bay,” said Sarah Newberry. “It was super fun sailing today.“

Sarah Newberry and John Casey, Nacra 17 sailors and US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider members, had an advantage over other competitors after previously training at Oakcliff earlier in June.

“We focused on placement rather then speed,” said John Casey. “Good placement is essential especially in places like this. By focusing on placement, Sarah and I were able to stay ahead of the rest of the fleet.”

Sailors are looking forward to racing tomorrow after the adrenaline-charged racing today. The first gun tomorrow will start at 12 pm.

Thank you to our sponsors Heron Financial Group, T2P.TV, and Gill!

Current Results are as follows:

49er

  1. Fred Strammer/Zach Brown
  2. Brad Funk/Trevor Burd
  3. Andrew Mollerus/David
  4. Tyler Macdonald/Harry Schmidt
  5. Mac Agnese/James Moody
  6. Paul Throop/Alex Throop
  7. Sam Gustin/Ian Woodbury

 

49er FX

  1. Wade Waddell/Ian MacDiarmid
  2. Kristen Lane/Maggie Shea
  3. Paris Henken/Helena Scutt
  4. Debbie Capozzi/ Molly Vandemoer
  5. Mayumi Roller/Kayla McComb
  6. Michael Sabourin/Andrew Pearson
  7. Emily Dellenbaugh/ Elizabeth Barry
  8. Campbell D’Eliscu/Briggs D’Eliscu
  9. Kate Shaner/Ellie Shaw

 

Nacra 17

  1. Sarah Newberry/John Casey
  2. Enrique Figueroa/Franchesca Valdes
  3. Sarah Streater/Matthew Whitehead
  4. Mike Easton/Katie Pettibone
  5. Jeremy Wilmot/Louisa Chafee
  6. Terri McKenna/Annie Gardner
  7. Cate Gundlach/Garrett Brown
  8. Joseph Bello/Christina Persson
  9. Sophia Schultz/Nico Schultz
  10. David Hein/Chris Manson-Hing

 

Event Results:

http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1057

 

T2P.TV Coverage:

www.youtube.com/embed/hyQVK0uJOiQ

 

Sponsors:

Heron Financial Group

Gill

T2P.tv

 

Olympic Contenders Sail for the Gold at Oakcliff

Dave Hein sailing a Nacra 17

Acorn Dave Hein and crew competing on the Nacra 17. Photo by Boatyard Photography.

OYSTER BAY, NY (08.20.14) - Oakcliff Sailing will be hosting the 49er, 49er FX, and Nacra 17 Nationals from August 22-24 where several Olympic contenders for the 2016 Rio Olympics will be competing for gold.

Twenty-three teams from the United States, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canada have traveled to Oyster Bay to compete in the high level event. Several of the competing teams are currently campaigning for the 2016 Rio Olympics including athletes from the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, US Sailing Development Team, and other Olympic nations.

Oakcliff also has several High Performance Acorn Graduates competing in the regatta including Sophia Schultz, Joseph Bello, Dave Hein, Harry Schmidt, Andrew Pearson, and Michael Sabourin. These Acorns participated in the High Performance Camp to improve their sailing skills on Nacra 17s, 49ers, and 49er FXs. During this regatta, the Acorns will have the chance to compete against Olympic hopefuls and join them in the quest for Olympic gold.

Heron Financial Group will be providing live video coverage through T2P.tv, and Gillwill be providing prizes for the event’s top three finishers in each fleet.

Spectators are also able to watch the racing on the water by registering here.

For more information, please contact Samantha Pilz at pr@oakcliffsailing.org or visit our website at http://www.oakcliffsailing.org.