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September 26, 2010
FAST BOYS were FAST this past weekend when they competed in the NESSA Singlehanded Championship (Healy Trophy) @ Duxbury Bay Maritime School on Sunday, September 26, 2010. The sailors all experienced 10-20 knot wind conditions for the 11 races sailed in Radial and 12 in the Full Rig. The winners will all go on to compete for the Cressy for the National High School Singlehanded Championship.
Pictured from left to right are :
Radial - 2nd place - OJ O'Connell, 3rd place - Pearson Potts
Full Rig: 2nd place - Dan Nickerson and in 1st place - Luke Adams.
Since 1990, the Cressy has been recognized by the Interscholastic Yacht Racing Association, now the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA), as the ISSA National Singlehanded Championship. The Cressy competition rotates annually among the several ISSA districts, in the Fall of the preceding calendar year. This year the Cressy will be held at St. Petersburg Yacht Club, St. Petersburg, FL on October 30-31, 2010. NEESA results can be found here.
July 28, 2010
Potts, Connerney emerge victorious at C420 Championship 7/28/2010. The two beat out 109 others to win one of youth sailing's major prizes Pearson Potts and Caitlin Connerney made big sailing news this summer when they emerged the overall winners at the C420 North American Championship in Brant Beach, N.J., on July 23, 2010. One hundred nine competitors were tested in winds ranging from 5 to 22 during the four-day event. Potts and Connerney battled through 14 races to prevail.
Earlier this summer the two won The Brooke Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic (Sail Newport, R.I.), The Coastal Living Regatta (Newport, R.I.), and the 112th Larchmont Jr. Race Week (Larchmont, N.Y.). Immediately following the Club 420 North Americans in New Jersey they raced to arrive in Falmouth, Mass., to compete in the Falmouth Regatta to qualify for U.S. Sailing's Sears, Bemis, and Smythe Championship in the Bemis Division, which will be held in San Diego, Calif., Aug. 14-19, 2010. They are also competing together in the U.S. Sailing Youth Champs Aug. 2-4 in San Pedro, Calif. at the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club. Potts and Connerney have been training/sailing with the FAST Foundation-Club 420 program with FAST coach Federico Lopez from Argentina.
July 10-11, 2010
Congratulations to the FAST 420 sailors competing in the Coastal Living Regatta July 10-11. Pearson Potts & Caity Connerney took 1st place, Max Simmons & Nick Barta took 2nd place, Hugh MacGillivray placed 6th and Rachel Bryer placed 10th.
5 races took place on Saturday which determined the regatta results. Sunday's racing began only to have the 5 knot wind shut down before any boats could reach the windward mark. It turned into a drift fest until the race committee cancelled racing due to the lack of wind at 2:25 pm. In true Newport fashion, the sea breeze filled 10 minutes later with a nice 10 knots of cooling wind. At least the boats were able to be packed up for an early drive home.
In photo: Nick, coach Fredirico, Max, Catilin and Pearson
July 10-11, 2010
New Bedford Junior Regatta – Optimist
The New Bedford Junior Regatta held July 10-11 brought together a competitive fleet of 77 New England sailors for two days of fierce competition, including 17 FAST sailors. Team members Grace Adam and Henry Marshall finished 1st and 2nd respectively, followed by 6 other FAST sailors in the top 20.
July 10-11, 2010
Record number of FAST laser sailors compete at NBJR
11 FAST sailors competed in the New Bedford Junior Regatta in both full and radial rigs on July 10-11. Congratulations to Chris Aitken who finished second in the laser full rig, thereby qualifying to represent New England at US Sailing’s U.S. Junior Championships for the Smythe Trophy, which is the Junior Single-handed Championship. Quinn Howes took 4th place in the Full rig and Anoush Longerstaey was the lead FAST sailor in the Radial, also taking 4th place.
April 28th - May 2nd, 2010
19 FAST sailors attended USODA Team Trials at the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club outside of Houston, TX the first week of May. The team’s hard training since the first week of March paid off in our sailors’ results. 12 FAST sailors finished in the top half of the highly competitive fleet. William Marshall, FAST’s top finisher, was 9th overall. He and India Johnstone will be representing the US and FAST at the European Championships in Poland this summer. Graham Kilvert, Jack Marshall, and Henry Marshall were named to the British Nationals Team, and Curtis Adam was named to the Flanders Team. 12 of our FAST sailors were invited to join the US National Team, and 6 accepted for the 2010-11 season. Congratulations to all of our sailors!
September 27, 2009
FAST laser sailors took home top honors at the recent New England Schools Sailing Association (NESSA) High School Singlehanded Championship for the Healy Trophy, hosted by the Conanicut Yacht Club in Jamestown, RI on Sunday, September 27, 2009.
FAST sailors Matt Gowell (RI) won the Laser Standard division, with Gabe Salk (RI) taking second and Tim Entwistle (CT) taking fourth. In the Laser Radial division FAST sailors Nick Johnstone (RI) took first, followed by Liz Dubovik (MA) in second and Oriane Longerstaey (MA) in fourth.
These six FAST sailors are among the eight New England qualifiers who now go on to represent their high schools at the National High School Singlehanded Championship for the Cressy Trophy in Corpus Christi, Texas at the end of October.
Among the 40 competitors from around New England at the Healy Trophy, FAST was well represented with close to twenty of the sailors having FAST affiliations. Great job and good luck in Texas!
September 12-13, 2009
As the second week of FAST practice kicked off, over twenty of FAST’s sailors training for ACCs and Midwest Championships got away from school for a great weekend of sailing. In addition to Fran, Spencer, and Scott, three-times Opti Worlds qualifier Pearson Potts joined them to coach on Sunday.
Saturday proved to be another rainy day. There was a good breeze in the morning, dying down around noon, and picking back up during the afternoon. After two races in about eight knots, the team split up into team trails, intermediate, and development groups and worked on boat speed and boat handling, upwind and downwind. After lunch, the teams came back together to work on starting before a few final few races in the afternoon.
After the usual warm-ups, the FAST team took to the water on Sunday, a beautiful sunny day with five to ten knots in the morning. Unfortunately, after some starting drills and racing, the wind died, and the team was subdued for over an hour. Finally, around two, the wind came back in, and FAST finished off the final few races before the coaches had to catch their flights.
All in all, FAST week two was a very successful practice in light to medium conditions, and a great relief to get back in a boat after the first week of school.
August 29-30, 2009
8:00 AM Saturday August 29: the last weekend before school starts and the first day of fall FAST. Heavy rain, low 60’s—most people spend these days curled up on a couch with a blanket and a mug of hot chocolate. No one suspects there are kids out on Narragansett Bay defying nature.
The forecast showed tropical depression Danny to pass by us, it rained like being under a fire hose…
July 19-21, 2009
The Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club was home base for the weeklong USODA Nationals in San Pedro, California. Everyone enjoyed a week of glorious sunshine, but weather changed dramatically out on the water. The sailors had to launch in the heat (85 to 90 degrees) in their full spray gear to be prepared for the freezing Pacific temperatures. Their days began late waiting for the wind to pick up but "Hurricane Gulch" provided them with 4 days of constant breeze ranging from 10 to 20 knots. Each day was a new adventure for our sailors with the bay and channel filled with behemoth container ships, seals, sea lions, dolphins and windsurfers.
June 16, 2009
John Morgan, our coach from New Zealand will be returning for 420 clinics this summer. The clinic dates are the following:
July: 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 24
August: 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6
The clinics will be held from the beach at the salk residence, 20 Seaview Avenue, Jamestown RI. Cost of the clinic is 100 dollars per day per boat. Please send your dates of attendance and checks made out to FAST and sent to:
20 Seaview Avenue
Jamestown, RI 02835
(401) 742 4568
April 25-26 2009
During the weekend of April 25-26, FAST Opti team members decended on Norwalk YC and its newly completed waterfront project to practice for Team Trials to be held April 30 – May 3 at nearby Noroton YC. The weekend prior to this practice, FAST was at nearby Milford YC holding a joint practice with LISOT and experienced a breezy day of sailing on Saturday with temps in the 70's followed by a YC dinner and another good sailing day on Sunday. Thanks Chris!
December 15, 2008
Congratulations to FAST sailors making the USODA National Team
2009 USODA South American Team
The 2009 USODA South American Team will be led by Brad Simmons. Coaches are Scott Norman and Juan Carlos Romero.
2009 USODA Holland Team
2009 USODA Holland Team Leader will be Erik Eenkema van Dijk, and coaches Amanda Clark and Peter Strong
2009 USODA Lake Garda Team
2009 USODA Lake Garda Team leader will be JA Booker and coach Marek Valasek
We wish you all the best of luck and have fun!!
November 28-29 2008
India Johnstone, Carter Pemberton, Carter Rose, Max Simmons, Tristan Sess, Sean Golden, Jake and Gabrielle Rizika, Chase Quinn, & Pearson Potts all made to trip to the Big Easy. Brad Simmons said the weather was not cooperating, but got some races in on Friday and 1 on Saturday.
November 8-9, 2008
Huge congrats in order to Max Simmons, Optimist 2008 Naples Cup overall winner! Also many thanks to Max and Brad for putting FAST at the top of the results, even before the event started. Max is a perfect example of what sailors can do when they get out of their own back yard and travel a bit. "This event was a bit of a last minute effort but worth the trip as there was good competition & a solid warm up for Midwinters." said Max's dad, Brad Simmons. There were 95 RWB Opti sailors but the great part was the 80 boat green fleet, a positive sign for the future of the class here in the states. There were about 40 Lasers and 15 420’s so a big event with a wide range of junior sailors all interacting; definitely an event worth having on the calendar.
October 17-19, 2008
A five-strong team of FAST Laser full rig and radial sailors (qualifying with 5 of the 8 allotted slots out of New England via the Healy Trophy regatta in Wickford) attended the National High School Singlehanded Championship for the Cressy Trophy this past weekend in Ithaca, NY. The event was hosted by Cornell University and Hobart and William Smith Colleges at Cornell’s new sailing center on one of the Finger lakes. Laser Performance provided brand new boats for all – very nice. There were 18 Laser full rig and 18 Laser Radial sailors that qualified to attend the Cressy from around the US – having 5 FAST sailors there among the best in the country was great to see.
October 10-12, 2008
28 Fast sailors and families road tripped to Brant Beach Yacht club on Long Beach Island, NJ. Conditions were excellent and the regatta was run with perfection. Out 262 sailors, Max Simmons placed 3rd overall with 4 bullets. Way to go Max. Chase Quinn was 29th and Jake Rizika was 30th followed closely by India Johnstone in 36th! Charlie Lalumiere was 56th, Greg Fligor was 59th, Alec Stewart was 77th, Fiona Paine was 80th and Carter Rose was 87th. Carter Pemberton was 93rd, Sophie Naughton was 99th and Graham Kilvert was 100th.
September 27, 2008
It was a challenging and wet regatta. The results from a FAST perspective were impressive. Our sailors did a great job – I assume you have the results.
- 5 of the 8 sailors going to the Singlehanded HS Nationals at
Cornell are FAST regulars
- Half of the top 10 in each of the Radial and Full rig fleets
were FAST sailors
- One third of all the participants at the Healy have been active
with FAST recently.
Here’s a picture of the FAST group (with a big thanks and photo credit to Jay Gowell) as well as shots of Dan, Nate and OJ. Not pictured in the group shot but attending were, Oriane L., Michael B., Tristan P., Saraid D., Ryan W., and Albert N. Plus Quinn H. and Claire C. who entered but were unable to attend. Also Luke, Pearson and Dan Carney who have sailed with FAST occasionally.
February 9-10, 2008
FAST Optimist and Laser sailors traveled to St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida on February 9-10 to participate in the annual Valentine's Day Regatta. There was only one race on the first day because nearby storms forced all sailors to retreat to the safety of the harbor. Day two started early with a 7:30 am harbor start and NE winds of 10-15 knots.