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2012 IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships
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Charlotte Harbor Regatta, Inc., has been chosen as the host organization for the 2012 Combined World Disabled Sailing Championships in January 2012. The regatta board of directors voted to accept the International Association for Disabled Sailing's offer at a special meeting June 24.

"IFDS is delighted to announce the selection of Charlotte Harbor, Fla., as the site of the 2012 IFDS Combined World Disabled Sailing Championships," said IFDS President Linda Merkle. "Charlotte Harbor was named by SAIL magazine as one of the 'Top 10 greatest places to sail in the United States,' " and we are fortunate to be going there. This promises to be an exciting venue for us and fulfills a long-time wish of sailors to hold a 'Worlds' in a Paralympic year. We welcome Charlotte Harbor Regatta, Inc., aboard and look forward to a successful event."

The regatta will be staged at Punta Gorda's Laishley Park Municipal Marina and other facilities around upper Charlotte Harbor. The 10-day event is expected to attract some 350 sailors, coaches, family members, race officials and media from all over the world. The IFDS is the governing body for all national disabled sailing organizations. The last time its world championships were held in Florida was 2001 in St. Petersburg. This year's world championship is being held in The Netherlands.

"Along with numerous existing boating activities and events, such as the Charlotte Harbor Regatta, the Conquistador Cup and the Leukemia Cup, the IFDS World Championships would advance Punta Gorda towards becoming the premier waterfront community and boating destination in Southwest Florida," said Punta Gorda Mayor Harvey Goldberg. "We appreciate this opportunity being afforded us by the International Association for Disabled Sailing."

"The board of directors of the Charlotte Harbor Regatta is honored to accept the IFDS's invitation to host such a prestigious international event," said Charlotte Harbor Regatta Chairman Brian Gleason. "We look forward to working with our member clubs, volunteers, government partners and local business sponsors to stage a world-class regatta on our world-class harbor."
Brian Gleason
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Contact: Martin Holland
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CHARLOTTE HARBOR YACHT CLUB TO HOST TO 2.4mR PRE-WORLDS



CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLORIDA, SEPT. 20, 2011 – The 2011 2.4mR Pre-Worlds Championship will be held Dec. 8-10, 2011 at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club in Charlotte Harbor, Fla.

The regatta is open to disabled and able-bodied members of the 2.4mR Class Association. The registration fee of $175 includes dinners and awards. Additional dinner tickets and the $25 class dues can be paid at time of registration. To read the notice of race and register for the event, go to www.regattatech.com/events/CHYC/PreIFDS11.

The 2011 2.4mR Pre-Worlds is one of a series of events that will take place on Charlotte Harbor in the coming months. The 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships are scheduled for Jan. 7-15, 2012 at Laishley Park Municipal Marina in Punta Gorda, Fla. The 2012 Charlotte Harbor Regatta is set for Feb. 2-5, 2012. The IFDS Worlds (www.IFDSWorlds2012.com) is for disabled 2.4mR competitors, while the 2012CHR (www.charlotteharborregatta.com) is open to all 2.4mR sailors, along with 10 other one-design classes.

For more information, contact Martin Holland at 941-286-0722 or m.holland@charlotteharborregatta.com.


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FIRST BOAT LAUNCHES FOR DISABLED SAILING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP


PUNTA GORDA, NOV. 9, 2011 — To Paralympic Games disabled sailing team hopefuls Ken Kelly and Brenda Hopkin of British Columbia, Charlotte Harbor represents their field of dreams, and a boat named Nick’s Karma represents their golden chance to make those dreams come true.

Kelly, 66, who is paralyzed from the chest down due to a 1976 gunshot wound, and Hopkin, 46, who had a leg amputated after a drunken driver crashed head-on into her car in 1985, are the first competitors in the 2012 IFDS World Championship disabled sailing regatta to arrive for training on Charlotte Harbor.

The regatta is set for Jan. 7-15, 2012.

Kelly and Hopkin will be dueling against one other Canadian team vying to qualify for their country’s Paralympics team. The winner will compete in the 2012 Paralympics in Weymouth, England.

“The other Canadian team is no slacker,” Hopkin said Wednesday, as she washed her SCUD-18 race boat at a warehouse in Punta Gorda. “But Ken and I have a lot of desire, and we really want to represent Canada in the Paralympics.”

It will be a longshot. Both had spent years racing with other teams that disbanded earlier this year. Normally, that would dash the hopes of Paralympic hopefuls. On their level, teams train by racing throughout the four years leading up to each Paralympics.

Kelly and Hopkin leased apartments in the Punta Gorda area in October. Their boat is to be hoisted into the water at the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club today. They hope to sail daily to catch up with their competition.
“We’re trying to do in three months what normally takes four years,” Hopkin said.

Since he learned to sail in the late 1980s, Kelly has competed in world-class events in Australia, Greece, Denmark, England, Germany, China and the U.S.

“Racing became very addictive and became a huge part of my life satisfaction,” he said. “It takes you away from your wheelchair and puts you on the ocean.”

Both sailors knew each other from sailing in Victoria, British Columbia. They talked about mounting a last-ditch campaign for the Paralympics. However, they didn’t have a boat. That’s where Nick’s Karma comes in.
The boat was so named by its owner, disabled racer Sarah Skeels of New Hampshire, who bought it from the family of Nick Scandone.

Scandone was a disabled American yachtsman who won a gold medal in the boat in the 2008 games in Beijing, China. He died just four months after that victory, at age 43, of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Skeels had to drop out of contention this year after her team split up. So she and her husband Brian offered to rent their boat to Kelly and Hopkin.

“This is a gold medal boat,” Hopkin said. “Things are falling into place.”

Since mid-October, the team has been sailing in Miami while waiting for the Charlotte Harbor Regatta organization to install floating docks. The docks enable disabled sailors to get into their boats. Wednesday, regatta volunteers began installing the docks after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit the same day, according to Brian Gleason, regatta chairman and the Sun’s editorial page editor.

-- GREG MARTIN, SUN NEWSPAPERS




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Contact: Brian Gleason
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NOTICE OF RACE POSTED, REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2012 CHARLOTTE HARBOR REGATTA



CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLA. – Building on a 26-percent spike in entries last year and riding a worldwide wave of interest in Charlotte Harbor, the 2012 Charlotte Harbor Regatta Notice of Race features 12 classes on four race circles for the Feb. 2-5, 2012 event. Online registration is now open at www.charlotteharborregatta.com.

Low fees, free storage and parking, great hotel rates, generous sponsors and helpful volunteers make the Charlotte Harbor Regatta “the fun, affordable regatta.” After the inaugural 2010 regatta drew 65 boats in eight classes, the National Association of Sports Commissions recognized the 2010CHR as its “Best Local Event.” The Charlotte County Visitor and Convention Bureau honored regatta organizers with its 2010 “Event Development Award.”

Three new multihull classes were added in 2011 to form one of the largest multihull regattas in the country, with 55 boats. Six monohull classes – the Sunfish, Laser, Flying Scot, 2.4mR, Precision 15 and S2 7.9 – competing on two additional race circles brought the total number of boats to 82, making the Charlotte Harbor Regatta one of the fastest-growing regattas in the country. The addition of the WindRider trimaran in 2012 will bring the total number of classes to 12, with more than 100 boats expected to compete.

The 2012 Charlotte Harbor Regatta will feature fast, competitive racing, exciting onshore activities and beautiful Southwest Florida weather. CHR2012 will come on the heels of a pair of international events to be staged on Charlotte Harbor, including the 2.4mR Pre-Worlds Dec. 8-10, 2011 at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club and the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships Jan. 7-15, 2012 at Laishley Park Municipal Marina. Charlotte Harbor has been named by SAIL magazine as “one of the top 10 greatest places to sail in the United States.”

A $10 early registration discount and a $5 US Sailing member discount make the regatta even more affordable at only $60. Regatta rates on area hotels start at $65, and early birds can snag a two-bedroom suite right at our regatta host, Fishermen’s Village Resort & Marina, for only $140 a night, 30% off their regular rate. In addition, all nightly regatta dinners are included in the registration fee, with additional crew or family tickets only $40.

For participant, media and sponsor inquiries about the 2012 Charlotte Harbor Regatta, e-mail event co-chairs Clif Kewley at c.kewley@charlotteharborregatta.com or Sarah Buck at sarahcommodore@live.com or go to www.charlotteharborregatta.com.


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Dutch sailors prepare for IFDS Worlds duel

Team arrives in Charlotte Harbor a month ahead of Jan. 7-15 world championship

By GREG MARTIN
Staff Writer
(Reprinted with permission of Sun Newspapers)

PUNTA GORDA — The key to success in world-class sailboat racing, according to 51-year-old Andre Rademaker of the Netherlands, is to train with the best, train hard, and “make it fun.”


He should know. For the past seven years, Rademaker has been training with fellow Dutchman Thierry Schmitter, 43, who is the best in the world. The strategy seems to be working.

In the 2011 International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) World Championship, held last summer in Weymouth, England, Schmitter finished first and Rademaker second.

However, Jan. 7-15, 2012, when the Worlds will be held on Charlotte Harbor, training time will be over and a fierce duel will take place. That’s because the one who bests the other will go on to represent his native Holland in the 2012 Paralympics, to be held next summer, again in Weymouth.

Rademaker said he has sailed so much alongside Schmitter — they sail as much as 250 days per year — he knows what his team member is thinking.
“We are buddies when we are training,” Rademaker said. “When the race is on, we are enemies, and I hate him.”

Rademaker, Schmitter and a third Dutch 2.4mR racer, Barand Kol, were the first Europeans to arrive in Punta Gorda on Friday to begin training for the world championship.

They will first race on the harbor Dec. 8-10 in the 2.4mR Pre-Worlds organized by the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club.

A 2.4mR is a tiny but sleek racing sloop designed to be sailed by either able-bodied or disabled sailors.

Rademaker said he learned to sail at 14 on a lake. He hoped to make Holland’s Olympic team. However in 1979, he was struck by a car and seriously injured while riding a motorbike across a street. He was 19.

Rademaker spent the next three years in a hospital. He underwent 48 surgeries. A turning point came in 2001, after he finally had an infected leg amputated.
“It was a relief, actually,” he said. “It was the end of a long story and a start all over again.”

He soon began competing in wheelchair basketball. As a consequence, he ran into an Olympics sailing coach. The coach suggested he give sailing a try.

“When I was dreaming, I was always dreaming about sailing,” Rademaker said. “I was in the boat. It’s the kind of feeling that you get. I was always trying to get back to it, you know.”

Schmitter also has lived a life rich in challenges. As a youth, he enjoyed windsurfing and catamaran racing. As a young man, he became a mountaineer and an extreme skier. In 1995, he participated in the Dutch K2 Expedition, climbing above 24,000 feet.

In November 1998, however, Schmitter fell some 90 feet while climbing a frozen waterfall in the Swiss Alps. He broke his back and was paralyzed.

He then took up sailboat racing. Schmitter won a bronze medal in the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece. He placed fifth in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.

Rademaker said he “speed trains” by sailing alongside Schmitter. The two shout tips to each other while coach Ronald Van Vianen conveys further instruction via radio.


“When I change something on the boat, I can go faster or slower,” said Rademaker. “He may be going a little bit higher (into the wind) than me, so I ask myself, ‘What am I doing?’

“I’m No. 2, so, to train with the No. 1 best in the world, and to have the best coach, I’m fortunate,” he said. “You can only learn from your mistakes, and I make mistakes.”

“Everybody has a dream to go to the Olympic games,” he added. “This is my chance to do it.”

Email:
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Chairman
Charlotte Harbor Regatta, Inc.
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CHARLOTTE HARBOR (December 8, 2011) - The harbor played hard to get with some of the world’s best sailors, only grudgingly giving up her secrets on the opening day of the 2011 2.4mR Pre-Worlds Regatta.

Nova Scotia resident Paul Tingley parlayed past experience on Charlotte Harbor into a six-point Day 1 lead over Helena Lucas of Great Britain, who had trained here with Tingley earlier this year. The Canadian sailor left the other 18 competitors in his wake by the time he rounded the first mark and breezed to victory in the opening race of the day. He followed that up with a second in Race Two and a win in the final race to sit atop the leaderboard heading into today’s action. All results are unofficial, pending the final results being posted by the race committee.

Lucas added a seventh-place finish in the third race to her 2-1 start for 10 points overall. Megan Pascoe of Great Britain recovered from a seventh-place finish in the opening race to take third in the final two races and a third-place overall tie with Bruce Millar of Canada, who logged a fifth and two fourths. Both earned 13 points.

Tingley is a three-time member of the Canadian Paralympic Sailing Team who won a gold medal in the 2008 Paralympics in China. He and Millar have been frequent visitors to Charlotte Harbor since it was named as the host of the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships next month. Lucas and Pascoe trained on the harbor earlier this year with Tingley and Millar, who won the 2.4mR class title in February’s Charlotte Harbor Regatta.

John Ruf was the top American, finishing fifth overall with a sixth, fifth and ninth for 20 points. Puerto Rico’s Julio Reguero Hernandez was in seventh overall while Mark LeBlanc of New Orleans was tied for eighth with Thierry Schmitter of The Netherlands.
The Dutch duo of Schmitter and Andre Rodemaker, who finished 1-2 in the 2011 IFDS Worlds in Weymouth, England in July, were back in the pack to start the day, but found their wind and were together again at day’s end, with Rodemaker in ninth, overall. Fellow Dutchman Barend Kol was one spot back in 10th.

The 2.4mR Pre-Worlds is open to able-bodied sailors and sailors with disabilities. The 2.4mR is a one-design keelboat that can be adapted to accommodate disabled sailors. The event is being staged by the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club and the United States 2.4mR Class Association. Action continues today and Saturday, with four races scheduled for each day.

For official results and more information, go to https://www.regattatech.com/...sionName=2.4%20Meter




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CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLA., DEC. 9, 2011 – After finishing no better than fourth in his three races Thursday, Canada’s Bruce Millar surged to within three points of the lead of the 2011 U.S. 2.4mR Class Association Pre-Worlds Regatta by finishing first and second in two races Friday.
The mid-regatta move set up a Charlotte Harbor showdown today among Millar,

Day 1 leader Paul Tingley of Canada, and Great Britain’s Helena Lucas, who notched a win and a third place and stands in second place overall, one point behind Tingley.

“That’s what we like — drama,” joked Tingley.

Tingley saw his six-point lead nearly vanish with disappointing fifth- and fourth-place finishes Friday.

“Yesterday I was able to get all the shifts and today I didn’t,” he said.

Light winds in the afternoon forced the postponement of two additional races. Event organizers have another four races set for today, with the forecast calling for winds in the mid-teens.

Great Britain’s Megan Pascoe dropped into fifth place overall after disappointing 12th- and 10th-place finishes Friday, while John Ruf of Connecticut had a pair of sevens that put him into fourth place. Andre Rademaker leapfrogged Dutch teammate Thierry Schmitter into sixth place on the strength of a second place in Friday’s opening race after his bet on a possible windshift paid off. Rademaker has a two-point lead over Schmitter, but both are well back of the lead trio.

“The downwinds were really critical today,” said Millar, who held off Rademaker on the second downwind leg of Race 1 after an upwind tacking duel. “Sometimes it’s a matter of momentum and how you catch the waves.”

Barend Kol of the Netherlands had his best performance of the week, with a third-place finish in the second race Friday to pick up two spots on the leaderboard. He sits in eighth place, two points ahead of Julio Reguero Hernandez of Puerto Rico. Marc LeBlanc of New Orleans rounded out the Top 10.

Nineteen sailors from eight countries are participating in the regatta, which is being organized by the U.S. 2.4mR Class Association and Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. For complete results go to https://www.regattatech.com/scoring/action/showResultsRoster?clubCode=CHYC&eventCode=PreIFDS11&divisionName=2.4%20Meter

After today’s races, the floating docks temporarily set up at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club for the event will be towed back to Laishley Park Municipal Marina, site of the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships, set for Jan. 7-15, 2012. For more information of the 2012 IFDS Worlds, go to www.IFDSWorlds2012.com.


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2012 IFDS Worlds

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LUCAS TAKES 2011 U.S. 2.4mR PRE-WORLDS

CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLA., DEC. 10, 2011 – Great Britain’s Helena Lucas won the 2011 U.S. 2.4mR Class Association Pre-Worlds over Canada’s Paul Tingley and Bruce Millar, who tied for second place.

Tingley, who led the regatta on the strength of two wins on Day One, managed only two eighth-place finishes, one a throw-out, on Saturday. Millar posted two –fifths Saturday to catch Tingley after starting the day three points back.

Megan Pascoe of Great Britain raced her way into fourth with a second and third and Holland’s Andre Rademaker, the runner-up to fellow countryman Thierry Schmitter in the 2011 IFDS Worlds in Weymouth in July, clawed into the top five after taking third in the first race of Day Three. Schmitter cracked the Top 10 with a sixth-place finish (plus a 15th that he dropped) to wind up ninth.

Mark LeBlanc was the top U.S. finisher, taking sixth place after winning the first race of Day Three. Barend Kol of the Netherlands fell back to seventh ahead of the U.S.’s John Ruf. Niko Salomaa of Finland broke into the Top 10 with a win in the last race of the regatta before a storm forced the racers off the course.

Nineteen sailors from eight countries participated in the regatta, which was organized by the U.S. 2.4mR Class Association and Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. For complete results, go to https://www.regattatech.com/...sionName=2.4%20Meter

The regatta served as a tune-up for the 2.4mR class for the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships, set for Jan. 7-15, 2012. For more information on the 2012 IFDS Worlds, go to www.IFDSWorlds2012.com.


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PUSSER’S RUM, CORAL REEF SAILING APPAREL

BACK TOGETHER AGAIN FOR IFDS WORLDS



JAN. 8, 2012, CHARLOTTE HARBOR, Florida – For George Cannon of Coral Reef Sailing Apparel and Jamie Jackson of Pusser’s Rum, a new port is just another chance to meet old pals.

Sitting under a tent after a day of slinging rum and selling shirts following the first day of registration for the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championship, the two company reps shared stories of regattas past and cooked up recipes and names for a new Pusser’s concoction.

“I’m not much of retail guy,” said Cannon, president of the regatta gear retailer that partners with event organizers all over the country, “For me it’s about the friends I get to see and building relationships.”

Cannon struck up a new relationship in April 2009 when a stranger from Florida approached him at a Charleston, N.C., regatta and requested CRSA’s services. Nine months later, Cannon and his crew rolled into Charlotte County for the inaugural Charlotte Harbor Regatta, treating the event like a world championship. This week Cannon is back for a real one.

“One of the first things we did after we got word from (IFDS President) Linda Merkle that we had been awarded the Worlds was to check if George was available that week. Lucky for us, he was. Having Coral Reef on board gives any regatta that feeling it’s a big deal,” said Brian Gleason, who traveled to Charleston a couple months after he and members of a half dozen Charlotte Harbor boating clubs founded the non-profit Charlotte Harbor Regatta Inc. to promote sailing here. “I came away from Charleston Race Week, which is the fastest-growing regatta in the country, thinking, ‘We have to try to copy what they’re doing right.’ One of those things was having George and Coral Reef do the apparel.”

Back in Charlotte Harbor for the third straight year, Cannon found himself back with his old friend Jackson.

“I first met George at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club when we were both doing the Melges 24 North American Championship,” Jackson said. “I see him about five or six times a year now. I do events from the Canary Islands to the Hawaiian Islands. You never know where you’re going to run into him.”

The nomadic Jackson travels in a Pusser’s branded RV with paddleboards and kayaks racked on the roof. His visit to Charlotte Harbor for the IFDS Worlds was the result of another old friendship. The able-bodied Jackson met Allen Fiske, a paraplegic who broke his spine in a car accident, about 10 years ago.

“I met him at Shake-A-Leg (a pioneering organization for sailors with disabilities) in Miami,” Fiske said. “He’s been involved with disabled kayaking for a long time with Florida Bay Outfitters in Key Largo. He gave me some rum and a hat and told me if I was ever involved in an event to give him a call.”

After Charlotte Harbor Regatta, Inc., was awarded the 2012 IFDS Worlds the Bradenton resident was named assistant technical delegate. One of his first suggestions to Gleason was to contact Jackson about signing on as rum sponsor for the event.

“He’s got a soft spot for disabled people,” Fiske said. “The more I meet him, the more I like him.”

Like a sailing version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, another regatta reunion is taking place in Charlotte Harbor. The principal race officer for that 2006 Melges 24 event was Hank Stuart, who is serving in the same capacity for the 2012 IFDS Worlds.

“Hank calls me Cousin George,” Cannon laughed.

Laughter happens when you travel in the same sailing circles as Jackson and Cannon.

“People ask me, ‘What do you do for a living?’ and I say, ‘I get to travel around the world and give rum to sailors,’” Jackson said.
And swap stories with old friends in new places.


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TINGLEY JUMPS TO EARLY LEAD IN 2012 IFDS WORLDS

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CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLA., JAN. 10, 2012 – Canada’s Paul Tingley put competitors in the 2.4mR class on notice after the first day of racing in the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships here, notching two wins to take a five-point lead over Lasse Kloetzing of Germany and an eight-point lead over Germany’s Heiko Kröger.

Light winds on the outer harbor kept the SKUD-18 and Sonar fleets from racing, but with a front forecast to blow through on Wednesday PRO Hank Stuart added a race to the Day Two schedule to catch up with the 2.4mRs, who road steady 8- to 12-knot winds to a couple quick races.

Tingley and Kloetzing went 1-2 in the first race, but the German dropped to fifth in Race 2. After an over early in the first race, France’s Damie Setuin shot to second behind Tingley in the second loop.

“I took a couple gambles on wind shifts and that helped and my boat was going well,” Tingley said. “I was trying to keep my head outside the boat and with the changes in wind pressure I had to change gears in the boat. It was a hard day mentally.”

Tingley started the U.S. 2.4mR Class Association Pre-Worlds Regatta in December on Charlotte Harbor in the same position and was careful not to put too much stock in his early lead.

“I did this in the Pre-Worlds and I screwed it up,” said Tingley, who finished behind Great Britain’s Helena Lucas in that event. Lucas was in fourth overall with a third and ninth on Tuesday, two points ahead of Thierry Schmitter, the three-time defending 2.4mR world champion.

Eleven races are scheduled in total for each class. Racing is set to resume Wednesday, with the first warning sounded at 10:25 a.m. Overall results are provisional pending protest results, but the top three racers were not involved. Results are available on the event website at www.IFDSWorlds2012.com.

The 2012 IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships are being organized, and run, by Charlotte Harbor Regatta, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that promotes sailing on Charlotte Harbor.


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CHARLOTTE HARBOR TAKES OFF THE KID GLOVES

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CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLA., JAN. 11, 2012 – Charlotte Harbor showed off her bluster Wednesday on Day Two of the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships. A front brought steady 14-knot winds that gusted past 20 knots at times to test the world’s best.

Theirry Schmitter of The Netherlands shook off a slow start in Tuesday’s races to vault to the top of the 2.4mR leaderboard, while Canada’s Paul Tingley struggled to repeat his Day One results. With a fifth and a 13th, he dropped into second.

Ireland’s John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello were knotted atop the Sonar class with Aleksander Wang-Hansen, Marie Solberg and Per Eugen Kristiansen of Norway, with France’s Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary just a point back in third.

In the SKUD class, also idle on Tuesday, Jennifer French and Jean-Paul Creignou of the United States and Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell of Great Britain battled for the top two spots all day, going 1-2 in all three races. The Americans claimed a one-point lead by bookending two wins around the Brits win in the middle one. Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch of Australia took third in each race to stand third overall, with Hagar Zehavi and Shimon Ben Yakov of Israel and Scott Whitman and Julia Dorsett of the United States in fourth and fifth, respectively, separated by one point.

Schmitter, the three-time defending world champion and top-ranked 2.4mR sailor, surged out of the middle of the pack after a disappointing start of the regatta, taking second in Race Four and winning the final race. Heiko Kröger went second in the final race and was two points ahead of Marc Leblanc of the States, who won the first race of the day, but slipped to fourth overall with a seventh-place finish in final race of the day. Barend Kol sat in fifth, three points back.

After failing to get a race in on Tuesday due to light winds, the Sonar crews were chomping at the bit and finished three races on Wednesday, all with different winners. Twoney topped the fleet in the first race, but dropped to third and sixth, while Wang-Hansen hung on to second ahead of Jourdren with a second place in the final race. The French team took first in the third race to slip past Great Britain’s John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas. Americans Paul Callahan, Tom Brown and Brad Johnson found themselves in fifth. The Dutch team of Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen and Mischa Rossen logged the other win, but an OCS in the final race dropped them into sixth place.

Eleven races are scheduled in total for each class. Racing is set to resume Thursday, with the first warning sounded at 10:25 a.m. Overall results in the SKUD class are provisional pending protest results. Results are available on the event website at www.IFDSWorlds2012.com.

The 2012 IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships are being organized, and run, by Charlotte Harbor Regatta, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that promotes sailing on Charlotte Harbor.


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LEADERBOARD UPENDED ON DAY THREE OF IFDS

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CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLA., JAN. 12, 2012 – Shifty winds that grew throughout the day shuffled and tightened the leaderboard on Day Three of the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships. By the end of racing, the leaders in all three classes changed, setting up a highly competitive homestretch on Charlotte Harbor.

On a hectic day, it was a steady pair of third places by France’s Damien Sequin that prevailed, lifting him past Day Two leader Theirry Schmitter of The Netherlands, who won the second race of the day to hang on to second. Canada’s Paul Tingley took the first race to stay in third place and sits a point behind Schmitter.

Great Britain’s John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas overtook Ireland’s John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello Aleksander Wang-Hansen, Marie Solberg and Per Eugen Kristiansen of Norway in the Sonar class on the strength of a pair of second place finishes. France’s Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary leapt from fifth to third despite finishing no higher than third in three races, benefiting from a throwout seventh place on Day One.

On a day when neither of the Day Two leaders won a race in the SKUD class, Jennifer French and Jean-Paul Creignou of the United States and Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell of Great Britain swapped the top two spots after three more races Thursday. Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch of Australia and Hagar Zehavi and Shimon Ben Yakov of Israel inched closer to the leaders with wins, and the top four are now within six points of each other.

Heiko Kroger of Germany moved up to fourth in the 2.4mR fleet and John Ruf of the United States stood in fifth. John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit of Canada slipped into fifth in the SKUD class, 10 points out of first

The Dutch team of Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen and Mischa Rossen moved up to fourth ahead of the Twomey team, which fell from the top spot to fifth overall.

Eleven races are scheduled in total for each class. Racing is set to resume Friday, with the first warning sounded at 10:25 a.m. Complete results are available on the event website at www.IFDSWorlds2012.com.

The 2012 IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships are being organized, and run, by Charlotte Harbor Regatta, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that promotes sailing on Charlotte Harbor.




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SAILORS DUKE IT OUT ON SHIFTY CHARLOTTE HARBOR

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CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLA., JAN. 13, 2012 – The wind gods were fickle once again on the fourth day of races at the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships. What started out as a three-race day with nine knots ended up with two races for each fleet at five to seven knots with much debate concerning shortening of courses or moving of marks due to wind shifts.

On the 2.4mR course the leading trio of Damien Setuin of France, Theirry Schmitter of the Netherlands and Paul Tingley of Canada duked it out again on the. Setuin tenaciously clung to a lead with a third and second place, Schmitter was steady with fifth and fourth places and Tingley bounded to first from eighth place in the final race.

In the Sonar class the Aleksander Wang-Hanse, Marie Solberg/Per Eugen Kristiansen team of Norway had a remarkable day with two firsts, overtaking yesterday’s leading team of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel/Steve Thomas team of Great Britain who came in second in the first race and threw out their second race of eighth place. The Udo Hessels, Marcel van deVeen/Mischa Rossen team of the Netherlands edged out the French team of Bruno Jourdren and crew with fifth and third places. Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul/Nicolas Vimont-Vicary placed third in the first race and threw out a disappointing eleventh place in the second race.

The SKUD racecourse benefited from better winds. Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell of Great Britain maintained a lead with a first place in the first race, fourth place in the second which they threw out. Nipping at their transom was the American team of Jennifer French and Jean-Paul Creignou with a big improvement from a thrown out sixth place in the first race to a first place in the second. The Australian team of Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch was not far behind with a second place in the first race and fifth place in the final race. The Israelis, Hagar Zehavi and Shimon Ben Yakov placed fourth at the end of the day.

At least three more races are to come, totaling eleven, in the final few days of the 2012 IFDS Worlds with starts at 10:25a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.


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LEADERS HOLD ON HEADING INTO FINAL DAY OF 2012 IFDS WORLDS

CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLA., JAN. 14, 2012 -- Wind was steadier as she goes on the fifth day of competition at the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships. It was blowing from 11-15 knots out of the North for most of the day.

On the 2.4mR course the French boat with Damien Seguin at the helm held steadfastly onto first place with a second place in the fleet’s only race of the day. Thierry Schmitter of the Netherlands maintains second place with a finish in second today and Paul Tingley remains in third despite an unexpected ninth place finish. Bjornar Erikstad of Norway, ranked 10 overall, surprised everyone with a first place finish.

In the Sonars the Norwegian team of Alexander Wang-Hanse, Marie Solberg/Per Eugen Kristiansen kept their first place position with a first and third. Great Britain’s John Robertson, Hannah Stodel/Steve Thomas team remains in second place overall with seventh and fifth place finishes today. Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul/Nicolas Vimont-Vicary of France returned to second place with second and seventh place finishes. In the second race the American team of Paul Callahan, Tom Brown / Bradley Johnson, ranked sixth overall, vaulted from ninth place in the first race to a first place finish in the second.

The SKUD course saw some changes in lead boats. Although the British team of Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell maintain their first place position with a second in the first race and an eighth (which was tossed) in the second, the next boats vied for second and third positions. The Americans, Jennifer French and Jean-Paul Creignou relinquished their second spot to the Australian team of Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch when the Aussies finished first in the first race and second in the second race. The Americans finished third in both races. Ranked last in the class, the Canadian boat sailed by Ken Kelly and Brenda Hopkin finished the day with a first place after placing seventh in the first race.

On Sunday, the final day of racing, the Sonars and SKUDs will each race one final race. The 2.4mR races are completed. Start for the final races are at 10:30 a.m.




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Seguin, Wang-Hanse/Solberg/Kristiansen, Rickham/Birrell win IFDS Worlds

CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLA., JAN 15, 2012 – On the final day of racing at the IFDS Worlds the wind cooperated with seven to ten knots of wind with a few shifts for sailors on all three courses. With only one race for each class it was a short day. Boat haulouts commenced shortly before noon.

Damien Seguin of France, ranked number one overall, reigned victorious on the 2.4mR course with a first place. Thierry Schmitter of the Netherlands, ranked second overall, crossed the line in ninth place and Paul Tingley, ranking third overall, came in seventh today. Coming from behind, fourth overall Helena Lucas of Great Britain placed second in today’s race and tenth place overall Matt Bugg of Australia placed third.

The Sonar race course saw first place overall Aleksander Wang-Hanse, Marie Solberg Per Eugen Kristiansen team of Great Britain place sixth today. The French team of Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul / Nicolas Vimont-Vicary , second place overall, crossed the line in fourth place and the third overall British team of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel / Steve Thomas came in tenth (tossed out). The first three boats to cross the finish line were from the lower ranks. The U.S.A. team of Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell / Hugh Freund, ranked ninth overall, came in first. The German team of Jens Kroker, Robert Prem / Mainka Siegmund, ranked tenth overall, placed a second and the fourth ranked Australian team of Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris / Stephen Churm followed in third place.

On the SKUD course Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell of Great Britain, first overall, placed fourth. The Americans, Jennifer French and Jean-Paul Creignou, ranked second overall, were first to cross the finish line. The Australian team of Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch, ranked third overall, placed a second today and the fourth overall ranked Israeli team of Hagar Zehavi and Shimon Ben Yakov was third to cross the finish line.

Depending on the outcome of results at Miami’s OCR, several of this week’s winners will be headed to the Paralympic Games in England in July. The qualifying countries in the different boats are:

2.4mR : Australia, Argentina, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Spain, Puerto Rico and U.S.A.

SKUD 18: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Spain, France, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and U.S.A.

Sonar: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, U.S.A. and Brazil.

Final results: https://www.regattatech.com/...amp;divisionName=all





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