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International Canoe Worlds 1996

Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, USA

13 Nov - Practice Race

Breeze came up about 20, gusting 25, at the start. Jens Osterlund led at first weather mark and let it all hang out down the tight reach. 1t was not easy to find a path down the waves and he crashed big time. Ten boats rolled by him and he never got back into the race. Robin Wood and Ola Barthelson opened up on the fleet with Wood remaining ahead for most of race, with Ola getting by him on the last beat. Third was Olle Bergquist. followed by Simon Allen, Erich Chase climbed through the fleet to finish about 6th, with Bill Beaver a few spots back. Paul Miller blew up his goose neck, Dave Gilliland and Del Olsen retired after breaking tiller extension tips, Dawn Miller and Bruce Bradfute beached it and Fran DeFaymoreau and Mark Hughes ended up towards the back of the pack. At this juncture both the Brits and Swedes seemed strong. Wind dropped to about 13 during the race and then backed hard, 15 degrees, before the last beat. The day was hot , about 90, dry and bright. The wind was forecast to be harder for the opening days racing, If we only knew!

14 Nov

The racing didn't happen. A desert wind blew up out of the west at 30+. According to the locals, this apparently precedes a big shift to the south and then we should get back to relatively normal conditions... although no one has really figured out what is normal quite yet. Good conditions for a small power kite, or Chris Converse on one of his big wind small boards. The , Swedes brought a Trampofoil with them, which was a big hit with the IC sailors after the opening ceremonies. An - immersed rear wing and. above it, a bar to stand on, with a front foil steered with handle bars. To make it work, you push off a dock and jump up and down. Done right you move along at 6-10; done wrong you sink. A potentially commercially viable product, although it may need some design modifications so that it can be water started.

15 Nov

Race l goes off in a 6-10 knot building NE breeze. A 10 degree shift about a minute before the start makes it impossible to cross the line on starboard, the fleet is forced to flop onto port at the start and everybody is late. Going right is good and at the weather mark it is Paul Miller in the lead followed by Tim Wilson of OZ and Robin Wood, Beaver is in 5th, Del 6th. Chase around 25th, The rest of the U.S contingent is well back. At the bottom mark the breeze was up to l5. At the top of the 2nd round, it was Wilson, Wood, with Miller about 5th. After the 3rd round , Miller had dropped back more; Wood and a couple of Brits were now ahead of Wilson with Beaver hanging on to 5th. At the finish it�s Wood, Colin Brown, Mark Goodchild, Ola Bartheleson (who Beaver had let sneak past), Bill at 5th ahead of Wilson. Del slipped to 12th. Erich Chase at 23 ahead of Miller who it turns out had about 5 unscheduled dips in the pool. Gary Boell at 36, Big Dave at 42, Bruce at 44 (who had had a slide shoved through his jib at the leeward bottom mark, Fran 45. Mark Hughes 47. Dawn 50.

In for lunch, then out for a late 3pm start, pushed back since the morning race went off an hour late. The Northeaster died away giving way to a whistling NW squall descending out of a clear bright sky, about 30. The lucky ones used the leading edge to hide up under the new weather shore. For the rest, carnage, with maybe 30 canoes or more over at any one time. Several ended up on leeward beach, others tipped over and waited until the wind dropped. The Northwester finally abated, the fleet righted itself and sailed over to the hide out spot, where it was blowing NE from the sea. The race was finally abandoned after it turned out that the starting line was in a NE sea breeze and the weather mark boat still had a strong NW wind. So now Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are now scheduled with two races a day. Some damage in the dinghy park, mostly in broken tiller extensions, and a few outright rudder failures on the British team. Tools are being freely wielded around the German compound as well. The U.S. team are going to need to get squared away to get ahead of the Swedes in order to challenge for the cup.

16 Nov - Scheduled Lay Day

17 Nov

Well folks, this was a weird one; the morning race in NNE 8-10 under lowering cloudy skies shifting about l0 715 degrees. Major winds blowing aloft with big swirly gray clouds. The second race after lunch was hit by a line squall - 25 gusting to 40 - with rain which died completely alter the second windward leg to 0-3 then switched to south. In the first race Paul Miller starts strong ; rounding in 4th place at the first weather mark; behind 3 Brits. Del at l7. Beaver 18. Rest of the U.S is well back. Boell 19, Chase 25. Things do not improve as Miller moves backward in pack and no one else moves up. Colin Brown 1, Mark Goodchild 2, Robin Wood 3, Ola Barthelsson 4, Anders Petersson 5. Paul ends up around 12, Del about 14. Not a good race, and the Swedes looking pretty good for the New York Cup challenge. Lunch and then head back out for a 2 p.m. start.

The stragglers get off the beach at 1:30 and most of them, in hindsight, wish they had stayed on the beach. As the last get off, the squall hits. Boats over everywhere. dragging through oyster beds. The lucky ones hid out on islands. On the spectator sailboat we were making l.5 knots to windward with full power. By 2 p.m. the wind starts to drop and IC's emerge from their hidy holes, ready to duke it out in another heavy air race; about 25 knots. The start goes off about 3:30, spectacular heavy weather start with folks steaming down the line in clouds of spray. Unfortunately there was massive general recall. About 4U on the line. So we lose a few and try it again. Lots of dips in the pool on the first two tacks. Up at weather mark, the retirement rate is fierce, including most of the British team, notables like Robin. Barthelsson first at weather mark, then Berquivst, followed by Chase. The San Francisco lad finally has a breeze to his liking. Seth Dunbar in 4, then a Swede, then another Aussie, then Jens from Germany. another Aussie. two more Swedes, Simon Allen, another Aussie and Gary Boell. Del about 23, having had boat damage in the dusty stuff, several US at the tail end. Of course, by this time only about 30 left racing. Leaders go fast around twice, but by the time they get back to weather mark for the next reaching leg wind goes to virtually nothing. Chase manages to pick off Olle down the reach which turn into a long port tack beat as the wind shifts lightly into the south, almost 180 degrees. Somewhere in all this Beaver starts to race again. His shroud adjuster cable exploded and with it, the mast went over the side. Bill rolled up the rig and waited for a tow. Finally, tired of waiting, he took a bit of Spectra and stood the rig back up and started racing, miles behind. In this race, Australia does really well with most of team finishing. as so the Swedes. The U.S had 4 tiller and other repairable breakage dropouts. There was only one Brit in the top 1U, with only about 5 Brits finishing: casualties included Wood. Goodchild. and Brown. Best German finish with a 6th for Jens. But Swedes have 3 of top 6 spots. The U.S takes solace with Erich's second. the best individual U.S finish yet. Once we get off water. somewhat after 6 p.m., we find that two Brits had seriously bruised ribs. Amazingly, given the conditions, all boat damage is minor. So far Port Stephens gets the award for the most changeable weather I've ever seen. Just to punctuate it, the day finishes up in a spectacular thunderstorm. Will be interesting to see if it will rain kangaroos and wallabies next.

18 Nov

The weather continues punishing the IC's.

Yesterday finished in a spectacular lighting storm with a few canoes blowing over in the night. The day starts out with streaming puffy clouds being driven by about 30 knots of wind, maybe higher gusts. The nasty stuff switches from west to south in mid afternoon after a rain squall, and drops to a light 20-25 southerly, so the decision is made to go afloat, anticipating a further drop. Some do. The smarter ones don't. At least that is the way it turned out after the IC's got beat up for an hour as marks dragged and it was generally difficult to set the course. All compounded by another rain squall. So... tomorrow Day 4 they are going to get on the water early and try for four races; they need at least two to have a championship. Standings now are Ola. Olle, and Simon Allen; if there are throw outs, Robin, Mark, and Colin could be in the money. Racing starts at 9am.

19 Nov

Finally a day like Eric Dunbar promised. A SSE breeze that progressively moved easterly: up and down, maximum strength around 12, under fluffy cumulus clouds scudding along. Morning races are on short courses, probably 8 miles in length. In the first race, Eric leads at first windward mark followed by a Swede and a gaggle of Brits. Robin Wood is laying S. By the end, the lead has swapped around and I don't remember who won, Colin Brown, I think, Eric was second, Wood third. In the second morning race, Wood wins, Eric second. Del and Bill do OK as does Paul in the first race. The Swede, Anders Petterson, is showing well, finishing in top five as Well. Going into lunch, we have a series. and Ola is probably first, Eric maybe 4th. The race after lunch is vital to the Brit cause as the best of the Brits all have DNFs in the third race. A really long course is set (1.5-8 mile legs), most of us not really understanding why. After a general recall Miller gets away best and finishes about 6th. Robin wins with Petersson 2nd. Del and Erich have rotten starts and spend the race climbing from the mid thirties to the low 20s high teens. Beaver managed to rip up his knee falling off his boat looking at dolphins and is not on the water. Bruce Bradfure also is out, having a multiple stitch cut in his cheek after not getting away from the boom on a jibe. Not enough time to run a 7th race and we call it a wrap around 5:30 PM. At the end of the day the final results have Robin Wood as World Champion with Mark Goodchild 2nd, and Anders Petterson 3rd who noses Ola out by having a worse throw out. Ola is fourth and Chase about 6th or 7th. Del does a 19th and Miller is up there somewhere. So tomorrow its Brits against Swedes for the NYCC.

Conclusion

Brits are very well prepared and well practiced in large fleet racing. A couple of Germans are quick as are a few Aussies ( who appear to be good heavy weather sailors). Swedes are fast in a blow. Americans erratic as hell. Lack of big fleet and time in the boats really shows. But speed is not bad amongst top 4. Robin has a very powerful adjustable rig that has him off the end of the seat when similarly sized people are thinking about getting out to end. Ola has some pretty interesting things going on with flexible tips as does Robin. We need to figure out how to give the US the fleet experience needed to be consistent and we need to take it all seriously enough to spend more time in the boats.

Ben Fuller (USA)

Place Sail No Helm Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Points
1 GBR271 Robin Wood 1 3 DNF 2 1 1 7.25
2 GBR265 Mark Goodchild 3 4 DNF 1 4 5 14.75
3 SWE90 Anders Petersson 7 5 11 4 7 4 27
4 SWE94 Ola Berthelsson 4 4 1 15 6 13 27.75
5 AUS5 Tim Wilson 6 36 8 5 3 9 31
6 GBR258 Simon Allen 9 6 10 10 8 2 35
7 GER68 Jens Reichert 21 7 6 6 16 6 41
8 USA206 Erich Chase 23 24 2 3 2 20 50
9 GBR263 Alistar Warren 8 8 DNC 8 13 17 54
10 GBR272 John Ellis 10 12 12 16 9 12 55
11 SWE93 Olle Berquiest 13 17 3 9 17 21 59
12 AUS14 Seth Dunbar 19 13 4 18 5 23 59
13 USA204 Del Olsen 12 16 19 11 10 19 68
14 USA209 Bill Beaver 5 14 28 12 12 DNS 71
15 GBR250 P Marshall 11 9 DNF 7 15 35 77
16 SWE78 Johan Elfstrom 22 11 13 34 28 8 82
17 GBR273 Colin Brown 2 1 DNF 21 DNF 3 83.75
18 SWE96 J Osterlund 26 22 5 22 11 24 84
19 BGR254 Phil Robin 15 18 16 20 22 15 84
20 AUS10 Hayden Virtue 17 33 7 23 36 15 90
21 USA212 Paul Millar 28 10 23 25 25 15 90
22 AUS4 Ian MacGregor 27 15 22 14 32 15 92
23 BGR274 Allan Powell 25 25 DNF 19 19 15 106
24 GER56 Peter ullman 20 27 26 27 35 15 111
25 AUS8 Glen Stewart 34 43 9 33 31 15 121
26 AUS12 Peter Chartlon 29 28 DNF 30 14 15 123
27 GBR267 George Gyngell 14 30 DNF 26 23 15 123
28 BGR255 Richard Oswald 24 20 DNF 28 26 15 123
29 BGR231 Peter Mclaren 30 31 DNF 24 18 15 129
30 GER69 Tobis Kunz 38 29 DNF 17 20 15 132
31 GBR236 R Nelson 16 21 DNF 35 24 15 137
32 AUS3 Peter Hales 41 41 14 13 29 15 138
33 GBR252 C Powles 31 23 DNF 31 27 15 138
34 GBR268 J Seymour 18 19 DNF 36 40 15 149
35 AUS13 Andrew Foster 32 38 18 29 41 15 154
36 GBR184 E Pot 35 26 31 37 42 15 167
37 GBR217 A Martson 46 40 17 49 34 15 170
38 USA177 M Hugers 47 42 25 40 39 15 175
39 AUS11 David Olthof 33 39 DNF 38 33 15 177
40 SWE52 H Merseberg 43 37 15 50 43 15 178
41 USA196 Gary Boell 36 44 21 55 44 15 187
42 GER64 Frido Beers 39 47 DNF 43 30 15 190
43 GER67 P Hellwig 40 54 30 52 37 15 191
44 USA205 Fran de Faymoreau 45 43 DNF 47 21 15 202
45 GER70 J Beers 37 53 DNF 42 38 15 209
46 GBR169 R Bjoroy 51 55 24 48 48 15 218
47 AUS7 Jim Reeder 52 49 27 51 50 15 221
48 USA194 Dawn Miller 50 35 DNS 45 47 15 222
49 GER61 Echart Pagel 54 51 20 54 9 15 223
50 GBR11` D Surridge 49 48 DNG 32 46 15 223
51 GER63 F Adler 47 45 DNF 41 45 15 229
52 AUS2 G Koenaeke 53 57 29 44 53 15 232
53 USA211 Bruce Bradfute 44 34 DNF 39 DNF 15 232
54 USA192 Dave Gilliland 42 46 DNS 53 52 15 235
55 GER58 N Roller 57 50 DNF 46 51 15 254
56 NZL1 Rhys Nolan 56 56 DNF 56 54 15 276
57 AUS1 Eric Dunbar 55 52 DNS DNC DNF 15 280

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