Cooper Captures 2017 Bermuda Bacardi Keelboat Win

posted Nov 20, 2017, 1:51 PM by IOD-WCA Webmaster   [ updated Nov 20, 2017, 2:21 PM ]

The IOD fleet races upwind on the second day of the 2017 Bacardi Keelboat Regatta. 

By Richard Thompson 

The Bacardi Keelboat Regatta is now 3 years old and is establishing itself as a must-come-to event on the IOD sailing calendar, particularly for those members of fleets on the East Coast of the United States. This year, we had 9 participating skippers from our various fleets. Four of the competitors were from Bermuda, Patrick Cooper, Blythe Walker, Craig Davis and Bob Duffy, three from our newest fleet in Manhattan, Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh, Andreas Glacoumis and Yannick Le Gourieres and Mac True. The final 2 competitors were Nick Schoeder from Northeast Harbor and Trig Lijestrand from San Francisco. This is a 3-day event and consists of 3 races per day. Bacardi are the lead sponsor and provided great cocktail parties for us, the first at their worldwide headquarters and the second at the prize giving at the RBYC. 

Racing got off to a great start on Thursday Nov. 16th with 10 – 15 knots of breeze. The day was dominated by the Bermudians with Patrick Cooper winning 2 races and Blythe Walker taking the other top finish. Day 2 brought freshening and shifting breezes of 12 – 18 knots. In the middle of the second race, a cold front came through the racecourse bringing torrential rain, increased winds, and chaos as the final downwind leg became a tight reach and spinnakers went up and then quickly came down! 

After the storm came the calm, and the competitors waited for some time for the race committee to establish a course as the wind had made a dramatic shift to the right.  The final race was sailed in 10 – 15 knots but the outcome on day 2 was the same with the Bermudians dominating the top spots. 

The final day of racing was held under sunny skies and moderate 10 – 15 knots of wind, a perfect way to finish the regatta. Blythe Walker won 2 of the races and Patrick Cooper the other race to win the regatta with the other 2 Bermudians (Blythe Walker and Craig Davis) coming 2nd and 3rd. The prize giving was held at the RBYC sponsored by Bacardi after which our IOD participants and friends went to Henry VIII for dinner, drinks and dancing to close out a successful and fun week. We are now planning and looking forward to next year!

Hurricane Update: Six Nantucket IODs Sink and Float Again

posted Sep 28, 2017, 2:00 PM by IOD-WCA Webmaster   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 8:33 AM ]

Heavy winds and rain sank six International One-Design. All were refloated and experienced little to no damage.

Photo: Peter Sutters, Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror.

What happens in Nantucket Harbor when you combine 30- to 40- knot winds gusting over 50 with the staying power of a 4-day nor'easter and all the rain in the northwest quadrant of a hurricane? Turns out, you have a weather concoction that can sink International One-Design sloops at their moorings. Six in the Nantucket IOD fleet of 15 boats sank last week as Jose parked offshore from the island. Seven others had already been moved ashore for the winter in advance of the storm, and two others came close to sinking but were rescued by a timely pump-out on Friday.

Divers attached airbags to the railings of each sunken IOD and raised them successfully on Sunday and Monday following the storm.

According to Nantucket IOD fleet captain Geoff Verney, heavy winds from the east started on Tuesday and didn't let up until Saturday morning. Facing three-foot waves and more than six inches of rain during the period, the boats shipped enough water to sink to the shallow muddy bottom of the anchorage. Although it was hard to see the open-cockpit boats from shore during the storm, apparently they not only began to settle from the accumulated rainwater in their bilges, but then they also took progressively more water across their decks as they pitched hard in three-foot waves. Verney believes much of the water came across the foredeck and then through the deck at the mast partners, where the mast passes through the deck.

The sunken boats were raised on Sunday and Monday by a crew utilizing flotation bags attached to the exterior of the boats. Due to the soft bottom, the boats were not damaged, and although some equipment floated away, the sails were not damaged either. 

With all boats back on the surface, and three more hauled out for the winter, the final five IODs float easily on the harbor at Nantucket. 

In 20 years of sailing, the Nantucket fleet has ridden out many serious storms before but never encountered conditions such as these. The Bermuda fleet has experience with hurricane sinking. IOD World Class Association VP Craig Davis says that the causes have varied from broken moorings, to heavy rains, and wave action, including backwash from a nearby shore sending waves over the transoms of the boats. Damage to Bermuda boats has also varied, depending on where the boats sank.

“IODs usually ride through heavy weather on the mooring very well,” Davis says. “Their relatively low windage and heavy displacement means they move around far less than other more modern boats.

“The key, of course,” he adds, “is to keep them as dry as possible.”

Verney says the Nantucket fleet is reviewing its procedures and would be interested to learn of different approaches to sealing the partners that might work with the configuration of the low boom-bang attachment on their masts.

John Roberts Wins Third IOD NAs in a Row

posted Sep 18, 2017, 8:08 AM by IOD-WCA Webmaster   [ updated Sep 18, 2017, 8:11 AM ]

Northeast Harbor (ME) skipper John Roberts and crew won a close, light-air North American International-One Design Invitational in mid-September, hosted by Fishers Island YC (NY). Roberts’ team edged Shawn Mulrooney’s Chester (Nova Scotia) team by one point and Eric Leitner’s Manhattan Yacht Club (NY) team by two points by carrying their lead into Sunday, the final day, after winning the sole race on Saturday. That turned out to be the winning difference when heavy fog and lack of wind prevented any racing on Sunday.

Mulrooney scored the strongest series of races on the first day of the regatta with a 3-3-1, but stumbled with a sixth in the fourth and, as it turned out, final race. Leitner opened the series with a 5-1-6 and then moved into contention with a 2nd in Saturday’s race. The fourth-place team, co-skippered by John Henry and Chad Thieken, also had a good opening day, finishing 2-4-3 but finished 8th in Saturday’s race.

In addition to skipper John Roberts, the winning crew included Jack Roberts, Chris Hopkins and Drew Hopkins.

Visit the North American Invitational page for full results.

Jonathan Farrar Wins IOD Worlds

posted Sep 1, 2017, 11:22 AM by IOD-WCA Webmaster   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 7:08 AM ]

Published on August 25th, 2017

Source: John Burnham

Eight past world champions showed up within a 20-boat fleet in to race in the International One-Design World Championship, held August 21 to 25 at Northeast Harbor, ME.

Five days and 10 races later, the team led by Jonathan and Isabelle Farrar of Fishers Island, NY, outlasted the rest of the Norwegians, Swedes, Bermudians, Canadians, and other Americans to capture the championship—their second victory in three years.

The Northeast Harbor IOD fleet dates back to the 1930s, and in keeping with the class format, all teams rotated through 10 different boats for the 10 races with no owners sailing their own boats. Most impressive is the fact that most of the well-maintained boats are Norwegian-built wood hulls built (‘30s through early ‘60s), and all have wooden spars.

Teams from the Fishers Island Yacht Club were well-positioned all regatta, with the co-skipper team of Peter Rugg and John Burnham leading most of the way. It was “chutes and ladders” type of racing for everyone, with massive windshifts and lulls. By mid week, everyone had one or more double-digit finishes on their scoreline.

Another two-time champion, Elliott Wislar, from Long Island Sound, made a run at the lead early in the week, and then local Northeast Harbor ace, John Henry, moved into contention with one day to go. But the Farrars stayed closest, especially after making a big comeback to win the second race of the final day when the southwester replaced the northerly.

In the finale, started just before the time limit for racing expired, the Farrars, with crew Kevin Gilman, Mike McNamara, and Kevin Wyp finished far enough ahead to take the championship by a point. The lead widened comfortably after racers came ashore when Burnham and Rugg took a 6-point scoring penalty for a right-of-way collision in the ninth race.

John Henry finished well enough on Friday to earn the third spot on the podium for Northeast Harbor, and his fellow fleet competitor, David Rockefeller, Jr., finished well enough on the last day to earn fourth place just ahead of Patrick Cooper (Bermuda), and Peter Wickwire (Chester, Canada).

The International One-Design Class turned 80 years old in 2017 and celebrated with the addition of a new five-boat fleet at the Manhattan Yacht Club in New York City. The fleet was represented by Eric Leitner and Luigi Galbiati, which finished 8th and served notice that they’d be back as they won a pair of races.

Fishers Beats America II's Own Crew in 12 Meter Cup Battle

posted Sep 1, 2017, 5:47 AM by IOD-WCA Webmaster   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 7:09 AM ]

Written by Kate Jones

researcher, author and historian

Journeying up the East River through the Long Island Sound to Fisher’s Island, Manhattan Yacht Club celebrated its 30th anniversary and 30 years since US42 and US46 were involved in the America’s Cup 12 meter races in Australia.  The “Grand Tour” raced the two 12 meters from yacht club to yacht club all the way to Newport, RI. 

At each yacht club, the 12 meters were raced by MYC crews against crews from the respective hosting clubs for a silver cup.  Larchmont lost to MYC; Sewanhaka was a windless draw (settled later that evening in MYC’s favor by a game of ‘flip cup’); Sag Harbor lost to MYC after running aground while taking the lead.  Fisher’s Island’s talented crew beat the US42 crew on their own boat  while the crew of US46 borrowed the Fisher’s Island fleet to race in the IODs.  Most of the 12 meter crew had never before sailed on the IOD, and when they were done, some of them had fallen in love.  

On a coin flip, Fisher’s Island chose their boat, US42. 42’s regular skipper, Alex Settles, remained onboard to provide oversight.  Alex described the race: “The Fisher’s Island group were a good crew.  They had two really accomplished skippers, Peter Rugg, and Wes Maxwell. 

“We had an issue with boat speed to begin with, Michael (Fortenbaugh, Commodore of Manhattan Yacht Club) was sailing very fast and had a nice trim.”

“It took them a minute to figure the boat out, and then they called the currents.  They had excellent tacks.  Wes said, “you know this boat takes a while to get up to speed, you have to build that in.””  

At one point, “they did get a little close to one of the islands up there.  I felt the boat just touch the rocky bottom and sailed on.” It wasn’t like running aground and needing a tow as both US42 and US46 required at Sag.  

Alex said the junior sailors were calling tactics and calling the wind, saying she’s faster or higher.  Jennifer Parsons was trimmer, she did a really good job, she figured out the jib. It looked really nice.” How did they adapt to the larger boat? “They just scaled up their IOD tactics and picked it up quickly.” 

“They called the currents accurately and Fisher’s Island won the race.” 

While the crew of US42 tried out US46 and lost to Fisher’s Island, the crew of 46 raced the Fisher’s Island IOD fleet. Gus Dollinger, 46’s skipper, commented on what it’s like to sail an IOD: “It's powerful but very stable.  Really cuts through the water. It’s similar to the 12s with the large keel.  Because of the sail area and size of the boat you can really feel the power.”

Gus said the IODs are similar to 12s: “You have control over so many aspects: sail shape rig, rig itself, but you have core control over weight placement fore, aft, port, starboard, low in the boat, protected from windage.  You feel where you are in the boat and that makes a big difference.”  Gus really favored the stability of the IOD over other boats he has sailed.  He loved Fishers, commenting, that day, “there was lighter air, you felt like you weren’t in Long Island Sound, but somewhere else, isolated, elsewhere.”

Luigi Galbiati, from US42, Fleet Captain of the MYC IOD fleet, commented that at Fisher’s Island there are amazing boats with incredible heritage; the owners are proud “...caretakers of these great pieces of art and we had the pleasure and privilege of sailing on them.”  

“I’ve been sailing all my life and I discovered IODs 8 months ago. After two weeks I was an owner,” commented Galbiati.  “We had an invitation to the Baccardi keelboat races in Bermuda.  I had never been on an IOD before we left. A few days later, we were sitting in the bar in Bermuda sketching out how we were going to start a fleet.”

After sailing at Fisher’s Island, a number of members of the crew of US46 were asking Luigi how to buy into an IOD.  The crew of US46 was hooked on sailing these elegant, responsive boats. Luigi commented:  “What attracts every one of us that’s not a professional sailor is that we like to challenge each other on a level playing field, not a spending war, but an even playing field.”

And on that same even playing field Fisher’s Island took Manhattan Yacht Club’s Cup.  Until next time...

Maine's Northeast Harbor Hosts IOD Sailing World Championships

posted Aug 25, 2017, 6:38 AM by IOD-WCA Webmaster   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 7:10 AM ]

Ariana Rockefeller,

Skipper David Rockefeller, Jr. sails in Northeast Harbor Maine- International One Design Sailboat races

On the granite shores of Mount Desert Island, the world championships of the International One Design sailboat class began Sunday August 20th in Northeast Harbor, Maine. Teams made up of the best IOD sailors in the world gathered all the way from Norway, to Manhattan yacht clubs and prepared to sail to success amidst the spruce lined archipelago of Maine islands.

The Northeast Harbor Fleet is this year's host for the IOD Worlds, welcoming teams hailing from international and national yacht clubs: Bermuda, Nova Scotia, Norway; Fisher's Island, Marblehead, MA, Long Island Sound, San Francisco, Nantucket, Manhattan Yacht Club and this year's home team Northeast Harbor. The changing winds and rolling fog of the Maine islands provides an exciting and often unpredictable racetrack for sailors. Navigating lobster pots and craggy shores in choppy waters while fighting for the win will challenge every captain's metal during the week long world series.

Founded in 1936 by Cornelius Shields, Sr. and designed by Norwegian boat builder Bjarne Aas, the International One Design sailboat has been committed to the tradition of testing sailing skills in equally equipped yachts. The one design class rules and principles strive to ensure that every vessel is outfitted as equally to the competing boats as possible, making the race about the sailing skills and expertise of the skipper and their crew. With beautifully crafted, sleek hulls and wooden masts, the boats operate with no engine and minimal technology (a compass and VHF radio) and are highly regulated in every addition and repair individual owners choose to make. The natural power, speed and beauty of these boats make them the 'thoroughbreds' of the sailing world. 

Northeast Harbor, Maine Hosts the IOD World Championships 2017

The 20 teams qualified for the world series this year are well represented by seasoned sailors and IOD masters. Two teams from Bermuda, skippers Patrick Cooper and Penny Simmons. From Marblehead, Massachusetts Ian Morrison and Bill Widnall; Nantucket will be skippered by Dan MacKeigan and Paul McCausland; Long Island Sound is represented by skipper Elliott Wislar; Manhattan Yacht Club has Eric Leitner at the helm; Nova Scotia sends Peter Wickwire and Fisher's Island John Burnham and Jonathan Farrar each captaining. San Francisco sees Paul Zupan and Richard Pearce at respective helms. Sweden will be represented by Bjorn Wahlstrom and Urban Ristorp, and the Norwegians have Martin Rygh and Tormod Lie sailing. Home teams from Northeast Harbor have captains John Henry sailing, and David Rockefeller, Jr. who placed 1st in the 2016 world series qualifier class (and who also has two America's Cup races on his resume). The 2016 IOD World Champion, Charlie Van Voorhis and team, automatically qualified for the championships, and he returns this year as 'Defender' of the title.

The series welcomed sailors from around the world on Sunday night with a cocktail reception at Northeast Harbor's rustic fleet house, before competitions began on Monday afternoon. The courses change daily and are navigated through the waters of the Great Harbor, the Western Way, the Eastern Way, Somes Sound, and waters surrounding Mount Desert Island. The home fleet is responsible for providing boats, the race committee and course design. Each team will board a different boat for each race in a rotation schedule prepared by the home fleet. Over the course of six races sailed throughout the championship, the team may drop the least desirable score out of six races. Each race's winner is determined simply by which boat crosses the finish line first.

IOD Boats start the race in Northeast Harbor, Maine

Witnessing the wooden hulled boats glide through the ice cold water of Downeast Maine, with only the power of the wind and skill of the skipper guiding them is a site to behold. All in view of one of America's treasures, Acadia National Park, which was celebrated last year with the centennial anniversary of the park's founding. Sailing in the waters surrounding the park brings an extra special element to the IOD world championships, and even on a foggy day, sailors and spectators alike cannot help but be taken with the rugged beauty of coastal Maine. By Friday, a new winner of the 2017 IOD World Championship will be named, but above all sportsmanship and camaraderie will reign at the fleet docks.

Stay up to date with the IOD World Series race results here.

2017 Celebrity Invitational

posted Aug 21, 2017, 7:08 AM by IOD-WCA Webmaster

Richard Werdiger of Great Harbor Yacht Club became the first local helmsman since 2008 to take top honors at the IOD Celebrity Invitational Regatta (August 17-18), a marquis event of Nantucket Race Week. It was a back-to-back win for his celebrity tactician, Jud Smith, who was on the same podium last year with skipper Ted Moore of Marblehead. This time around, Moore and celebrity tactician Mark Reynolds accumulated the same score as Werdiger/Smith, losing the tie-breaker to the winners’ three first place finishes. New York Yacht Club commodore Phil Lotz, with celebrity tactician Mike Marshall finished a close third, one point behind the tied leaders.

A magic formula draws some of the country’s best sailors to the regatta. The potion mixes several special ingredients. Member-owned Nantucket IOD Fleet Association offers up its sparkling matched set of 15 identical International One Design class sloops. Nantucket Yacht Club and Great Harbor Yacht Club combined for flawless race management and well planned onshore activities. Many local and summer residents open their homes to accommodate the visiting sailors, while others volunteer for essential support roles. The kicker might be the mission of the event – fundraising support for Nantucket Community Sailing – that lures elite sailors to take a busman’s holiday and give back to the sport. These world and national champions, Olympians, America’s Cup veterans and similarly accomplished experts constitute a pool of Celebrity Tacticians, who are “auctioned” among the entrants – themselves top amateur helmsmen and crew from various parts of the country, whose entry fees and donations support NCS.

Nantucket Sound deserves its reputation as a great sailboat racing venue. But nature is fickle, and the fleet drifted on the first of two scheduled race days, as vying weather fronts conspired to skunk all racing other than a practice lap. The race committee, headed by NYC’s Eric Robbins regrouped very early on day two, pulling off four flawless races and a legitimate test, worthy of the competitors. Thirteen to sixteen knots of wind from the south, with only subtle shifts, placed a premium on clean starts, speed and boat handling. Tidal current, ebbing east to west across the north-south course seemed to be a minor determinant.

In every race, the fleet rounded the initial upwind mark within twenty seconds of the leaders. Ensuing tangles, penalty turns and downwind theatrics created some separation, but the fight continued for every position throughout the fleet. Talent was deep, and it was sometimes difficult to discern which elite sailor bore the celebrity designation. Reigning IOD world champion Charlie VanVoorhis, US Sailing head Jack Gearhart and Sailing World editor Dave Reed comprised the “civilian” crew of fourth place skipper Gary Jobson and celebrity tactician Pat Healy.

Among numerous elite female tacticians who were invited, the only woman in that role this year was Suzy Leech, assigned to a crack team led by Henry Filter of Chesapeake Bay. Leech’s fleet and match racing skills were on display in every start. Their team “Wild Child” led the first race wire to wire.

Werdiger’s winning crew included Miles Cameron, Will Christensen and John Edenbach, all skilled amateurs with day jobs as teacher, banker and audio specialist. Their tactician Jud Smith, head of one-design sails for Doyle Sailmakers, packs a long resume of sailing accomplishments, from dinghies to America’s Cup and offshore racers. After a premature start in the first race, the team had zero margin for error, needing three aces just to tie for points. In this fleet, doing so made the win especially well deserved.

During the awards ceremony, honorary chair Tom Whidden recognized event co-chairs Sandy Adzick and Chris Gould and the many people making the regatta possible. The Allsopp Trophy, which is dedicated to the late, longtime supporter and regular participant in the event Jim Allsopp, was presented to the winners by his son James.

Building an International One Design

posted Jul 13, 2017, 7:59 AM by IOD-WCA Webmaster   [ updated Jul 14, 2017, 6:37 AM ]

by Chris Hoyt

I've been working on building an International One Design (IOD) since 1995. My dad John P. Hoyt, Jr. owned "Princess" US 47 and we sailed her on Lake Champlain, inland sea - Lake Champlain Islands, at Cold Spring Camp, Milton, VT from 1960 - 1997. She won several races including the St Albans Bay Ted Brooks trophy in 1960.

I lofted the IOD in 1995 at my home on the Lamoille River in Milton, VT.  My boat shop was called "Hoyt's Boat Shop". I built the IOD stem and a few station molds to use in a strong back. I also built a few racing Adirondack guide boats and cedar strip canoes.

In 2003 I restored Princess in Hinesburg, VT

I moved to Parker, CO in 2005 and I began building all the IOD in 2011. To this date, I have the following parts built: station molds, stems, keelson, keel, deck beams, rudder post, deck beams, horn timber, timber floors and stations ribs.

I moved all the parts to Blue River, CO at my second home in 2015. I have a 40 foot deck underneath my living room second story deck. The IOD project, station molds,  strong back and back bone sit on top of the deck. This summer I will be finishing up three Laughing Loon Mystic Star sea kayaks designed by Rob Macs. These kayaks are helping fund the IOD materials (14 gallons of epoxy, cotton flax, 6 oz. cloth, white oak and Douglas Fur planking).  I'm planning to steam the IOD ribs that are spaced between the station ribs and install the timber floors. After those steps are complete I will be ready to plank the hull (built upside down).

Photos: IOD, ADK guide-boats, Bill Platt coaches launch, Mystic Star kayak.

I think it would be great to have an IOD fleet on Lake Dillon some day!

Hoyt IOD #1

Some photos of the IOD project in Blue River, CO. I'm currently constructing the timber floors for all of the stations, mast step and keel bolt locations. Dick Homer updated me on the Sparkman and Stephens upgrade to the floors at the mast step in the 1990s. I'll add material and add wings to the mast step floors to strength the mast step.

Next I'm planning to mill the planking.

Hoyt IOD #2

I bought some lumber at Frank Paxton's Lumber in Denver.  The mahogany was on sale 4.42 bf. Normally is 9.00+ dollars a board foot.

I've got enough white oak to finish the keel, floors and ribs.

Hoyt IOD #3

After lining up the keel on top of the keelson I found that stations 8 and 9 needed some adjusting. I was able to get all the stations, keel bolt centers lined up per the IOD working plans, keel bolt plan and the lead ballast keel drawing specifications.

Hoyt IOD #4

Ted Murphy wins Nantucket Invitational in a tie breaker.

posted Jul 13, 2017, 7:14 AM by IOD-WCA Webmaster   [ updated Jul 13, 2017, 7:14 AM ]

Magic Bus

posted Jul 13, 2017, 7:02 AM by IOD-WCA Webmaster   [ updated Jul 13, 2017, 7:09 AM ]

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