Bladerider News - April 2008
Racing in the Arabian Gulf (UAE)
Day one of racing at the Dubai Moth Regatta saw three Bladerider owners race around 'The World' with Bora posting the fastest time of 1:40.14 and Sam with 2:30.09 for the fastest single handed female time ever. On the second day, a new and exciting handicapped short slalom course event saw Team Sailor Bora Gulari (USA) easily take out the qualification series, however Chris Graham (UAE) ended up winning the five final handicapped races thanks to some 'below average results' in the qualifications. The rest of the week was made up mixed fleet racing and long distance course racing and saw some very close results between the top four. Nearly US$2000 in prize money was handed out at the event, but most was used to reduce the alcohol and food bar tab at the yacht club for all those involved. The fleet in the Gulf is set to explode with another boat sold into the UAE and two into Kuwait in last few weeks.
Sam England races around The World in Dubai.
2008 Pacific Coast
Twelve entrants lined up at the Coronado Yacht Club (San Diego, California) on 22-23 March to compete in the PCC's. Team sailor Bora Gulari headed over all the way from Detroit to compete, and made it worth his while with a win. The local Hero Hans Henken, coming second, put in a gallant effort nailing most of his foiling gybes. See futher write-up here, but in short the results were:
1st - Bora Gulari - 10pts
2nd - Hans Henken - 17pts
3rd - Charlie McKee - 19pts
Some close US racing in California. Photo's saildoogie.com & Tamara Henken.
NSW States Championships (AUS)
Ex-Bladerider Team Sailor Scott Babbage won back the NSW State Championship after a close fought series with current Australian Moth Champion and Bladerider Team Sailor Mat Belcher. More details here.
Mat Belcher - what a great snap by Josh McKnight.
Victorian State Championships (AUS)
Congratulations to Team Sailor Andrew McDougall who at 54 years of age beat Mat Belcher from Queensland. It was down to the last race to decide the winner, but Amac sailied brilliantly in the 15 knot conditions to claim his sixth Victorian State Championship. Third overall was Rob Gough from Tasmania who sailed in his first ever Moth event. Full race results and pics here.
Andrew McDougall (far right) powering off the start line. Photo Virginia Veal.
Hudson learns to fly
Hudson Harr the Laser sailor in St. Pete flying in breezy 20 Knot conditions.
Laser sailors get the edge
Brad Funk and Anna Turncliffe have been spotted at the Laser Radial World Championships in Auckland with performance enhancing gear - namely their Bladerider caps! They couldn't put foils on their Laser, but this was the next best thing to going fast!
Photo's from www.oceanphotography.co.nz