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Wislar Goes Wire To Wire, Successfully Defends IOD World Championship (EYC Coverage)

posted Jun 20, 2011, 7:02 AM by Greg Mancusi

Long Island Sound's Elliott Wislar took full advantage of moderate conditions in the second half of the week to sucessfully defend his title at the International One Design World Championship. The winner of the first championship race, Wislar, with his crew of Steve Madeira, Jennifer Leary, Alden Reid and Mackenzie Wislar, sailed consistently and never trailed in the regatta. At the conclusion of racing on Wednesday, his advantage had narrowed to just one point, but strong finishes on Thursday and Friday cemented his overall victory.

Past champions John Burnham and Charlie Van Voorhis, both representing Fishers Island, finished second and third respectively. Eastern Yacht Club member Bill Widnall finished fourth overall and Norwegian Martin Rygh took fifth place in the standings.Fellow member Norm Cressy finished ninth in the nineteen team  field.

The International One Design World Championship, which took place at the Eastern Yacht Club between June 11 and June 17, featured nine championship-length races sailed in a wide range of conditions. Generally speaking, the week started with very strong breezes and large seas and ended with light air and flat seas. To create the fairest competition, the regatta was sailed in a change boat format - the Marblehead IOD fleet prepared a twenty boat championship fleet of IODs with equal tunings - mast positions, mast rakes, prebend, shroud placements and shroud tensions. Each competitor would sail only a single race in each boat, so that by the end of the regatta, each competitor had sailed in nine differetent IODs. With the variety of conditions and the variety of boats, the top finishers had to demonstrate their adaptability and their versatility throughout the week.

Boats for this event included 12 Marblehead boats and four boats each borrowed from the IOD Fleets in Nantucket and in Fishers Island.  The borrowed boats arrived by land and sea over Memorial Day weekend, where they were launched and used by their respective owners in the very successful New England Challenge. The boats were then equalized and used in the Championship.

The nineteen IODs created some of the most spectacular racing sights in recent years.  Photo galleries of the racing are available here.

Bob Duff Wins Priscilla Kehm Prize for Outstanding Performance by a Crew at IOD Worlds (EYC Coverage)

posted Jun 20, 2011, 7:00 AM by Greg Mancusi

Long time EYC Member and Race Committee icon Bob Duff was named the winner of the Priscilla Kehm Trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Crew at the IOD World Championship Dinner on June 17th at the Eastern Yacht Club, capping his decades long career racing, promoting and loving the International Class.  Full story at

Defending Champ, Elliott Wislar (LIS) wins Worlds -- Burnham, Van Voorhis, Widnall follow.

posted Jun 17, 2011, 10:51 PM by Danielle Lawson   [ updated Jun 20, 2011, 7:24 AM by Danielle Lawson ]

Click on the photos above to scroll through the albums.  Contact Nicholas Schoeder for copies and prints.

Three sunny days with comparatively lighter air than in the early racing, concluded the week's IOD Worlds competition on Friday.  After one practice race on a cloudy and quite breezy Sunday the 12th, two races were held on each of Monday-Thursday.  Wednesday's "spare" day was used to make up for the failure to start two "real" races in Sunday's blustery breeze and confused sea conditions that made Race Committee anchoring and support boat between-race swaps a safety concern, after several harbor postponements.  The balance of the week's racing was less dramatic, weather- and gear-wise, with but one swap-in of the spare boat on Monday (repaired and returned over night), and only trivial damage to gear and fittings the rest of the week, as conditions gradually mellowed.

After Monday's two races, defending champion Elliott Wislar took and first and third to establish a lead position that was threatened, but never bested, in the seven ensuing races.  His Long Island Sound team repelled heavy assaults from -- first -- Charlie Van Voorhis and -- secondly -- John Burnham's Fishers Island teams, to take overall honors in Friday evening's awards ceremony, proving his close win in 2010's Worlds in Northeast Harbor, Maine was no fluke.  He joins 11 other multi-Worlds winners in the 50 Worlds held since the first such international "play-offs" held in 1959, in this class that began sailing competitively in 1936. 

As the week progressed, Charlie Van Voorhis improved from 8th and 6th in the first two races, notching firsts in races 3, 5 and 6, to creep within one point of Wislar going into race 7.  But he closed out the week with 8-10 & 10, falling to third in the final standings, to John Burnham's 3-4-1 finish that lifted him into second.  Marblehead's Bill Widnall produced three second-place finishes for fourth, and Norway's Martin Rygh was the only other twin-bullet finisher, taking fifth.

These 2011 top four trophy winners -- between them -- have garnered 16 World Championship, with Widnall leading the World Class, all-time, with nine, dating back to his first taken in Norway in 1967! 

This year's 75th anniversary Jubilee series included eight vintage wooden IODs that held up well in the competitive outcomes, demonstrating that IODs remain a truly classic one-design racing class for the ages.  Indeed, the eight "woodies" (42% of the 19-boats racing) collected 16 top three finishes in the 27 available in the nine races, a remarkable 60% of the "money" slots!  The Marblehead IOD fleet was augmented by the loan of four IODs each from the Fishers Island and Nantucket fleets, which were transported to the North Shore for the two-week "Jubilee" regattas, consisting of the New England Challenge, finished on the 12th, followed by last week's Worlds.

--Steve Barrett

Here is a PDF if the spreadsheet below does not display correctly.

John Henry and Martin Rygh take bullets -- Wislar Extends Lead

posted Jun 16, 2011, 5:04 PM by Danielle Lawson   [ updated Jun 17, 2011, 8:10 AM ]

Worlds 2011 Racing Day #5
Jubilee Dinner (Thursday)

Photos by Nicholas Schoeder.  Please contact him for copies.

Here are the results after Thursday's racing -- One more race is planned for Friday.

Race Day #4 (Wednesday) Photos

posted Jun 15, 2011, 7:39 PM by Danielle Lawson   [ updated Jun 16, 2011, 5:12 PM ]

Pictures from Race Day #3 (Tuesday) and Dinner

posted Jun 15, 2011, 5:17 PM by Danielle Lawson

...Thanks to Nicholas Schoeder

Worlds 2011 Racing Day #3

Dinner at Corinthian YC

Pictures from Race Day #2 (Monday)

posted Jun 15, 2011, 6:58 AM by Danielle Lawson   [ updated Jun 15, 2011, 7:00 AM ]

How to pass the time when there is no by Nicholas Schoeder

Worlds 2011 Racing Day #2

With 4 Races Complete, Defending Champ Wislar Leads Van Voorhis in tight IOD World Championship

posted Jun 15, 2011, 4:56 AM by Greg Mancusi

The nineteen-team International One Design Fleet completed races three and four of the IOD World Championship off Marblehead Neck in brisk winds and large seas. Two full-length races were sailed, with Charlie Van Voorhis and Martin Rygh earning bullets in the morning and afternoon races respectively.

With five races to go, the regatta is developing into a test of wills between defending Champion Elliott Wislar (Long Island Sound Fleet) and multiple past world champion and recent New England Challenge winner Charlie Van Voorhis (Fisher Island Fleet).

Conditions yesterday were ideal for IOD racing - winds from the NNE at 12-14kts, and 3 foot seas. A wind driven chop overlayed a long ocean swell crossing the course at an angle, making steering challenging for these championship teams.  The uncomprimising conditions demanded excellent boat handling, gear changing, and total concentration from the helmpersons.

In the first race, a 5-leg windward leeward course with a 2.0 NM leg length, Charlie Van Voorhis started well, got on the correct side of the first shift and never looked back.  During the first beat he built a 10-boat length lead and then proceeded to extend his advantage on every susequent leg.  Emerging from the pack during the first downwind leg was EYC's Norm Cressy, followed bydefending champion Elliott Wislar, who took second and third places in the race, respectively. 

If the first race proved the sailing axiom that the rich just get richer, the second race of the day demonstrated how thrilling racing among a championship calibre fleet of teams in evenly matched boats can be.  Over a slightly shorter course (1.8 NM, 5 windward leeward legs) the fleet refused to separate.  All nineteen teams rounded the first weather mark within 180 seconds and when the boats returned to the weather mark, having sailed 1.8NM downind and beat back upwind those same 1.8NM, the fleet was still tightly bunched. It wasn't until the second downwind leg that Martin Rygh of Norway began to control the race.

However, on the final beat the race tighted up again, with Elliott Wislar searching for a way past Rygh. Splitting tacks with Rygh at the top of the course, Wislar found a little bit of an angle, forcing Rygh to tack back quicky and put tight lee bow on Wislar just five boatlengths from the finish. Rygh took race honors, but Wislar crossed the line just 3 seconds behind.

The racing was tight across the rest of the fleet, with almost all boats finishing, many of them overlapped, within 2 minutes of the leaders. The race for 5th place was especially exciting, with four boats approaching the line at the same time. Norway's Espen Aker managed to sneak his boat across the line in front of that group, much to the delight of his crew.

Although Wednesday was a planned spare race day, PRO Ken Adam will take the fleet out for two make-up races today, to put the regatta back on schedule. Conditions today should yield great racing, with 10-14 kt winds under partly sunny skies.  The first warning will not be made before 11:00 a.m.

Regatta results are posted on the International One-Design World Class home page.

Results after Tuesday (Preliminary)

posted Jun 14, 2011, 3:18 PM by Danielle Lawson   [ updated Jun 14, 2011, 3:42 PM ]

Pictures from Race Day #1 (Practice Race)

posted Jun 14, 2011, 8:30 AM by Danielle Lawson   [ updated Jun 14, 2011, 8:33 AM ]

Lots of disappearing by Nicholas Schoeder

Worlds 2011 Racing Day #1

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