June 9, 2013
Oyster Bay NY – Chris Poole and Riptide Racing won another Grade 3 Match Race at Oakcliff Sailing, passing the previous record holder of Will Tiller for Oakcliff wins. The tally can be seen at Jack Halyards American Bar and Grill where each winning team signs and hangs a medal in the Oakcliff Corner.
Magnus Sandberg finished in second and due to the fact that Poole already has his invites to the Grand Slam Series – Magnus gets the invite. The Grand Slam Series consists of 4 Grade 2 events, Chicago Match Race Center, Bayview Yacht Club’s Detroit Cup, the Knickerbocker and Oakcliff International. The winner of this series gets an invite to the Congressional Cup.
Dave Pelling of Montreal Canada commented, “the match racing circuit in North America just keeps getting stronger. Case in point last year’s Grand Slam winner Taylor Canfield earned a card on the World Match Racing Tour this season.”
Saturday’s racing bumped right up to the wire as competitors needed to get to shore to join in with the other Oakcliff series finale. The Spring Classic Series finished on Saturday and the match racers joined for a fun and delicious clam bake with clams dug just hours earlier and salads provided by Sweet Tomato.
Classic Spring Series Results: Patina led by Donn Costanzo and Sap Grad Brock Krabel followed by Anne Caie led by Roxy Darling and Hunt Lawrence’s Caper.
Back on the match racing course third went to the Jon Hammond and Madeline Gill’s 212 Degree Racing with Jon taking his turn on the helm and Madeline moving from helm to bow. One of the tenants of the Oakcliff Sapling program is that to be a great sailor you must be able to do every position onboard well. 212 Degree Racing is proving their prowess.
Other notables – Oakcliff Sapling Graduates included Seth Cooley and Chris Kennedy who made game winning calls for Riptide Racing, and Chris was named Riptide Racing’s MVP for the event.
Chris Poole – once again wins with the most women on board, and Morgan Keating who helped Riptide Racing win their last Grade 3, and Abby Freeman from Newport who is new to match racing this weekend.
New York, N.Y. (June 5, 2013) – At a celebration in New York, N.Y. on June 4, the U.S. Olympic Committee presented the Jacques Rogge Olympic Pathways Scholarship,
which will be administered by US Sailing. Named for International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, a three-time Olympian in the Finn class, the scholarship will award one young American sailor a full racing course in 2014 at Oakcliff Sailing, a US Sailing Team Training Center in Oyster Bay, N.Y. The sailor will be selected by US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee at the 2013 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas, scheduled for August 12-16.
IOC President Jacques Rogge – photo credit: US Sailing
“During Mr. Rogge’s tenure at the International Olympic Committee, he has worked tirelessly for athletes and the ideals of fair sport around the world,” said Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. “We are proud to support the USOC and pay tribute with this scholarship, which honors his accomplishments as a sailor and an Olympian, and inspire the next generation of sailors with a dream to one day stand on the podium and represent the U.S.A.”
The Jacques Rogge Olympic Pathways Scholarship will provide complete tuition at Oakcliff Sailing for one full course, funding that young athlete’s development in competitive sailing in a high-standard sailing curriculum. The scholarship winner will be announced September 1, 2013.
Rogge was granted honorary membership in US Sailing and with it, official team gear from the US Sailing Team, the national sailing team comprised of 42 men and women who are campaigning for a berth on the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams.
An Olympic Finn dinghy was present at the celebration to symbolize athleticism and competition in the Olympic Games, and was adorned in the colors of the US Sailing Team.
About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.
Contact: Dana Paxton, 401-683-0800, x615, email@example.com
June 5, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Baltimore MD – Charlie Singer, 19 of Lutherville MD will sail out of Baltimore Harbor Friday morning aboard Temptation-Oakcliff a 50 foot yacht racing to Newport Rhode Island, a step in his quest to become a world class professional sailor.
Singer has been selected as one of 15 athletes to train with Oakcliff Sailing, a high performance racing school dedicated to building American leaders through sailing. The unique program trains competitors to excel at the highest level under the most demanding conditions on the water, in the front office and in the boat shop.
Charlie Singer was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but actually learned to sail in the Outer Banks of North Carolina at Camp Sea Gull where he was a camper and counselor for 10 years. With 10 years invested he doubled down in high school, working many jobs in order to buy his own Laser and Vanguard 15. His racing career moved to the sailing capital of the world, Annapolis and here he heard about the Sapling program
He applied, was accepted and arrived at Oakcliff ready to grab every opportunity. In the first two weeks he reports he’s having a blast and learning a ton. After finishing his business and architecture education at Tulane University where he is going to be a sophomore, he fully intends to combine his formal education with sailing in some way or the other in his future career. The laid back and enthusiastic kid with a bit of a drawl and a twinkle in his eye is ready to lunge at any and all opportunities that walk by.
Executive Director and top American Sailor, Dawn Riley predicts, “The long term forecast shows it to be a complicated race with light airs interrupted by some possibly sever thunderstorms. We are very happy to have Charlie onboard and we know this race will give him tools to use in his very bright future.”
High School: 2012 Graduate Park School
Sister: Kim Singer Student at Bryn Mawr – also a very active sailor
Parents: Karen Singer, General Counsel for Corporate Office Properties Trust
John Singer: Attorney for FTC, Washington DC
Other Interests: Fly-fishing and working on his grandparent’s farm
Race: Annapolis-Newport Race – http://www.race.annapolisyc.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=46
Race Start Time: Friday, 12:00
Photos available upon request
Sponsor: Cassidy Turley
Oakcliff Sailing: http://www.oakcliffsailing.org
Dawn Riley: http://www.dawnriley.com
Inquiries – 415 760 7642
May 25, 2013 Forty-Two Oakcliff sailors headed out to the start of the start of the Round Block Island Race with the advice of bring extra gear, add another layer at sunset and power through the wee hours as it is going to be near freezing and then you’ll have to hike hard on the return trip. Forty-two sailors headed out and they all came back -winners. With a first, a third and the qualifications to join the Storm Trysail Club.
Many of the Saplings have experience but this race tested their mettle with winds solidly above 25 gusting to near 40. Temptation Oakcliff, the Ker 50 sponsored by Art Santry, and lead by Mike Komar sailed a solid race finishing third, ahead of sister ship Snow Lion. Temptation Oakcliff will race a full season with Oakcliff trainees onboard, including inshore and offshore races such as the Halifax Race. Although the Storm Trysail Round Block Island Race is likely to have dealt out the toughest weather conditions to be seen this summer.
Mike Tolsma and Vlad Shablinski raced the Ker 11.3 in the double-handed division. They were the tiny star of the race, leading everyone except for the mega racers, Rambler and Rima for the first third of the race. The excitement of their night came when they were setting the spinnaker and the sock deployed prematurely, flogged and the sail started to wrap around the headstay. The halyard also got jammed at the masthead. Tolsma was half way up the rig when the sail flogged again, came free and spun down into the sea. Shablinski made a quick decision and then laboriously hauled the sail back onboard before lowering his teammate from the rig. They were still laughing about the situation hours later while on the dock enjoying Sweet Tomato Bisque Soup and a fifth place finish.
Russian Vlad and Mike
Oakcliff Ker 11.5 won their class but it was not without drama. Early in the race while flying the code zero in just under 20 knots of wind, the bob stay pulled through the stem of the boat and the prod snapped off. Everyone rushed forward, recovered and resumed racing and racing fast winning their class.
The team was made up of supporters Mark and Sue DiSanti and Bob Zazzara were on board as they have been onboard almost every big boat regatta Oakcliff has competed in. Coach Jay Kehoe lead the team making cameo appearances on the bow. New Saplings Jake Arcand, James Downer, Charlie Singer and Hobie Ponting were thrown in at the deep end. Graduate Jeff MacFarlane who was air lifted off of his mini campaign less than a month ago got the cast off of his hand in order to sail this race and last added to the crew was Katie Mooney who will be an Acorn this summer. She had come down to cheer on the team at the start, wishing there was a sailing spot open. Due to a train delay there was, she took the opportunity and jumped on board. A lesson in making your own opportunities.
The Oakcliff Farr 40, which is being campaigned by Sapling Graduates had the roughest ride, blowing out their main when reefing about 10 hours into the race. Shortly thereafter the number 3 jib shredded. The team made up of all under 25 year old sailors made the prudent decision to retire from racing but still had a challenge in that they needed to work off of the Long Island leeward shore. They managed to do so with the storm trysail and #4 jib. Once they gained windward distance they were able to sail all the way to Oyster Bay hitting speeds in the low teens in the 30+ knots of wind. This team is focused on racing in the Farr 40 worlds later this summer which is taking place in Newport RI. They are seeking sponsors and while their newfound expertise with a storm trysail will not be relevant their resilience will be.
Last heard from the team enjoying a snack before nap at Jack Halyard’s, was a discussion of whether the precipitation last night was snow, sleet or sleeting rain. No matter what it was, the Oakcliff Saplings were tested and came out the other side with a whole heap of confidence earned from harsh conditions endured on top of the satisfaction of knowing they sailed fast too.
Farr 40: Seth Cooley, Ervin Grove, Chris Kennedy, Max Vos, Cody Sansky, Ben Wilkinson, Holly Poole, CJ Walser, Rick Kollanda and Dan Flannigan
Ker 50: Art Santry, Richie Santry, Bill Rudkin, Mark Meyers, Mike Komar, Elizabeth Shaw, John Colburn, Chris Smith, Sara Rangle, Peter Manion, Ben Jarshow, Scott Edgcom, Casey Morgan, Brice Burger, Alden Winder, Phil Dyer
May 19, 2013
Oyster Bay NY – Riptide Racing had a very up and down day but finished on a big high, wining the Oakcliff Spring Clinegatta and grabbing much coveted spots for the Detroit Cup and Oakcliff Invitational. With invites to the Knickerbocker and Chicago events already in hand, this sets up Chris Poole and his team for a strong chance at winning the Grand Slam Series for 2013.
Second place Q Match Racing entered the semis by .5 of a point and beat, at that point, undefeated Mark Lees in the semi finals 2:1 garnering the yellow flagged starboard advantage on the first against Riptide Racing. But in race one, they were not so happy to see a yellow flag on the RC boat indicating they were over early and in the efforts not to be they also got a double yellow. Q Match Racing fought back but ultimately Riptide won the first and second race and thus the regatta.
Mark Lees and Echo Racing traveled to Oakcliff for the second time and got third place again. They will be back in the summer to try to get the medal and a round at sponsor Jack Halyards American Bar & Grill.
On a day where many other events around the world struggled to get racing completed, the weather was a bit damp but provided great racing. Bill Simon, Program Director and OA commented “this regatta was one of the most balanced Oakcliff has seen, with close racing on every lap. Not once did a team enter thinking, this is going to be an easy race.” Umpires were put to the test with this intense racing and PRO Todd Fields kept the mark boats hopping. Executive director, Dawn Riley gave a shout out to staff and volunteers alike who made sure the boats which sank in the hurricane last year were in top form for this spring event.
Riptide Racing: Chris Poole, Hollister Poole, Spencer Colpart, Morgan Keating and Chris Kennedy
2: Q Match Racing, Oakcliff
3: Mark Lees, UK
4: Magnus Sandberg, Sweden and Canada
5: Peter Wickwire, Canada
6: David Storrs, Oakcliff
7: Peter Holz, Hobart
8: Doug Shannon, Oakcliff
http://www.oakcliffsailing.org/calendar for a full schedule of events.
Riptide Racing: 3 men, 2 women – it is unusual NOT to have women on every team at Oakcliff
Q match racing is an Oakcliff Travel Team:
Oakcliff Sailing: Building American Leaders Through Sailing.