Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sonar Class Association Newsletter


NEWS:

Just a friendly reminder for those who have not renewed your class membership. Our grace period ends at the end of the month. Beginning April 1, only current 2017 members will have access to the class site, receive the newsletter and be allowed to participate in sanctioned regattas, including the 2017 World Championships.

Please consider renewing today at http://www.sonar.org/

Southern Bay Race Week:

The class has added the 2017 Souther Bay Race week to its calendar.

SBRW has grown into the largest and most significant regatta on the Southern Chesapeake Bay...and beyond. With 102 boats distributed among three racing circles, they have something for everyone...and at an amazingly low cost. Click the links below for some information about their racing program, on-shore offerings, and the incredible cost savings they offer...

INFO SHEET

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FLEET REPORT:

Fleet 23, Nyack Boat Club, Nyack NY




We race on the beautiful Hudson River immediately north of the new and still under-construction Tappan Zee Bridge.   Our fleet is small, it is only seven boats, ranging from number 408 to 539, but it is seven very competitive boats; most of which are on the starting line every Sunday and are competitive enough to provide an occasional “photo finish”.   Our sailing season runs Sunday’s from mid-May through mid-October complimented by our club’s holiday weekend regattas.  We manage to get in about 70 races a season.  Our 2016 fleet champion was Team 457, Ken Kolkebeck, Gary Tenenbaum, Lou Kalmar.

Our signature event is our annual  Tappan Zee Challenge regatta. Historically the first regatta on the Sonar regatta schedule.  The TZC regatta will be held on June 24 and 25.  Please consider joining us this year.  We will have a full day of racing Saturday followed by apres-sail  party.   Sunday racing will start early and conclude early enough to get you home for dinner.   For over 10 years, as part of the regatta, the Nyack Boat Club and our fleet in conjunction with The Helen Hayes Hospital runs a program, a clinic,  introducing and promoting adapted sailing to people with disabilities, and to rehabilitation professionals.  The program starts with an on-land introduction to adaptive sailing, what is it about, what to expect, how one does it, etc. and concludes with an afternoon of them sailing with us on the Hudson River.  The sailing clinic is the afternoon of Friday June 23.  You are invited to join us for this clinic as well as the TZC regatta.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, Jim Boughton, Fleet 23 Fleet Captain at jcboughton@yahoo.com

FLEET BUILDING:

Top of mind for all fleets is how to build membership to get more boats out racing. Fleet 1 at Noroton Yacht Club in Darien, CT is lucky enough to have Bruce Kirby as a member so it is natural that they have a strong Sonar Fleet. In this case, they have 31 boats in their dry sail area and regularly get half or more on-the-line on Sunday afternoon.

Still it didn't just happen by itself. The club made a conscience effort to attract new members and new Sonar sailors through two initiatives... Crew training and team racing.

They run an annual crew training seminar which includes a "chalk talk" in the morning, rigging then fun races in the afternoon, culminating with "Beer on the Pier." All at no charge. The seminar is well attended with about 20 students each year. Normally two or three will come back for more racing with one or two becoming regulars, and eventually, members.






The Sonar is a perfect boat for team racing. Team racing is a form of competitive sailing preferred by many younger sailors, although it is catching on with the more "experienced" sailor as well. A strong team race program will attract new sailors, new club members and new Sonars to the fleet. And, as it is a whole new way to race, energize current members.

Since beginning these programs, Noroton's Sonar fleet has grown by about 50%!

SCHEDULE:

New to our event list:

Independence Cup
Hosted by Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation
Location: Burnham Harbor, Chicago IL
Dates: 7/27/2017 - 7/30/2017
2.4 mR (Singlehanded), Freedoms (Doublehanded) and Sonars (Triplehanded) with coaches/racing clinic.  An excellent fleet of JGASF boats in all three classes available at no charge.   In addition to boats, housing and transportation is available, thanks to our gracious sponsors.  You’ll be our guest at the Annual JGASF Independence Gala, a great barbecue and more.  Join us for a fantastic weekend of fun as we continue our tradition of remarkable Midwestern hospitality.

Registration is now open: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4175

http://www.juddgoldmansailing.org/

GOING FORWARD: 2017:


Once again the class will sanction six fleet racing and two team race regattas. To see a calendar, click on the 2017 Regatta Schedule tab at the top of the page.

2017 is highlighted by our World Championships, hosted by the Lunenburg Yacht Club in Lunenburg. Nova Scotia, Canada. The event will take place from September 6- 10.

Anyone who has sailed in this area knows just how fantastic this venue is. Weather there in Sept. is about as optimal as you can get. The water temp. is still swimmable, the nights are cool, and the days are shorts and t-shirt worthy.  The breeze is great.  Traditionally it is still sea breeze driven i.e. land heats up by noon and a SW of 10-15 kts kicks in.  It lasts longer into the evening in Sept. The neat part of the Sept. breeze is that they get a gradient in the morning.  Not always but usually.  It wouldn't surprise anyone there to have the PRO get a race in well before noon (breeze coming about 340 degrees), wait a short time and sail the remainder of the day in a very steady 210 degree wind of 10-15 kts. In short, it is one of the best times to sail in Mahone Bay.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Calendar tab on the SCA website is a great planning tool. Here you can find dates and contact information for all regattas including fleet racing, team racing and 2-sail events.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Staying in touch with the class is easier than ever. In addition to the our website, http://www.sonar.org/, check us out on Facebook and Twitter...

We have a Facebook page we encourage you to "Like.":

http://www.facebook.com/sonarclass



A Twitter page for you to "follow.":

https://twitter.com/SonarClass

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sonar Class Association Newsletter

REGATTAS:

ST. PETERSBURG NOOD/SONAR MIDWINTER CHAMPIONSHIP

From Sailing World...

A stand-out performance of the weekend came from Paralympic silver medalist Rick Doerr, of Clifton, N.J., and his crew on the Sonar “Valiant.” “We kept it as consistent as possible, which I think gave us a huge advantage,” Doerr said. “There were a couple of times when the racing was really close and boats were gaining on us, but we were very patient and everyone was doing their jobs. We were really impressed with our ability to get right back into the groove of things, having been away from it since September.”

Doerr’s tactician, Brad Kendall, is a Clearwater, Florida, native who is used to sailing on Tampa Bay. He commented that the team had fun despite tricky weather this weekend and added that it’s “always a good feeling” to win on his home turf.

Team Valiant

Here's Rick's summary...

For those who haven't been able to experience the joy of the Sonar Midwinters, where St. Petersburg can offer temps in the mid 70's and gentle breezes in the 6-10 kt range, this year was another one of those classics with added rewards. This year, we were privileged to have Wounded Warriors, Paralympic medalists, local junior sailors and the grandmaster himself, Gene Hinkel, all join the fleet. Spending time with dedicated service men and women, brave soldiers who have sacrificed so much for our country, was truly inspirational. We inspired each other on the water (gotta see their huge smiles). 

As for the racing, Gene Hinkel was able to provide all the boats with whisker poles and to facilitate competition, the event was sailed under Appendix B of the Sonar Class rules. The junior sailors especially excelled at this, as did the old and new. Two races were sailed on day one, with the first coming from an NW outflow before yielding after a lunchtime postponement to a SW sea breeze. Day two saw more of the same, but after the morning race, threatening thunderstorms forced the RC to send everyone back to the dock until it blew through. Racing resumed in the mid afternoon with one race in a freshening breeze. Although day three was forecast to provide a fresh NW, morning fog forced a postponement until close to noon, and only one race was possible prior to the Sunday afternoon deadline.

With close racing, Team Valiant/ USA 674 finished first, followed by Team 694, John Twomey/ IRE in second and Team Pingrr with local junior sailing sensation JJ Smith at the helm in third. While it was an emotional moment for USA 674, parting ways after nearly 15 years of competition and the boat moving on after all these years, the prize giving was highlighted with the presentation of the prestigious Gay Lynn Memorial trophy, US Sailing's highest honor for outstanding contribution to adaptive sailing. Present were past recipients Peter Goldman, Jen French and St. Pete's own Gene Hinkel, who has done more to promote adaptive sailing in this country and abroad, as well as continue to support the Sonar Class from the bottom up as Class IM and as Bo'sun extraordinaire to all fleets. 

For full results: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eid=3005

Gay S Lynn Memorial Trophy:

The Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy is the highest award presented by the Committee for Sailors with Disabilities and is given annually to a person, volunteer, professional, or a organization, that is recognized as having made an outstanding contribution to disabled sailors and the sport of adaptive sailing over a sustained period of time. The award is given out  at either US Sailing’s Annual Meeting or a major adaptive sailing event.

This year's winner, presented at the St. Pete NOOD was Rick Doerr. Congratulations Rick!

UP NEXT:

Tappan Zee Challenge:

Hosted by the Nyack Boat Club, Nyack, New York, The Tappan Zee Challenge is scheduled for June 24-25.

Each year, the TZC includes an adaptive sailing clinic. It is a program put together by Jan Crittenden between NBC, Sonar fleet 23, and The Helen Hayes Hospital to promote sailing to people with disabilities and to rehabilitation professionals.

Then racing Saturday and Sunday, bookending a very enjoyable cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres made by fleet members and Dark ’n Stormy's as the featured drink.

Contact Michael Lucas for more information: michael.lucas01@me.com

We can't think of a better way to spend the weekend!


GOING FORWARD: 2017:

Once again the class will sanction six fleet racing and two team race regattas. To see a calendar, click on the 2017 Regatta Schedule tab at the top of the page.

2017 is highlighted by our World Championships, hosted by the Lunenburg Yacht Club in Lunenburg. Nova Scotia, Canada. The event will take place from September 6- 10.

Anyone who has sailed in this area knows just how fantastic this venue is. Weather there in Sept. is about as optimal as you can get. The water temp. is still swimmable, the nights are cool, and the days are shorts and t-shirt worthy.  The breeze is great.  Traditionally it is still sea breeze driven i.e. land heats up by noon and a SW of 10-15 kts kicks in.  It lasts longer into the evening in Sept. The neat part of the Sept. breeze is that they get a gradient in the morning.  Not always but usually.  It wouldn't surprise anyone there to have the PRO get a race in well before noon (breeze coming about 340 degrees), wait a short time and sail the remainder of the day in a very steady 210 degree wind of 10-15 kts. In short, it is one of the best times to sail in Mahone Bay.

FLEET REPORT:

Fleet 36: Stuart FL, USA





Fleet 36 is growing and we are in the middle of our season here in Stuart, Fl. We have 9-10 Sonars and usually have between 5-7 boats out every Sat. We race W/L's in the St. Lucie River using a customized rabbit start process that works very well and no race committee with flags and horns. We usually get in 4-5 races, in pretty flat water and 9-20 kts of wind. All boats are dry sailed from 2 local marinas using large fork lifts. After racing, we all meet at a local fish taco bar to compare notes and settle disputes.

If anyone is traveling to Florida and would like to come over on a Sat, perhaps we can find a spot for you if you want to race and party with us. Just put the word out and let me know.

We also have one boat for sale...not sure of the price, probably $5-6K. If someone wants to buy the boat and fly down anytime and race we can probably arrange rack space for around $200/mo. including launching and hauling and wash down. We race 52 weeks a year unless bad weather.

DID YOU KNOW?

The polars for the Sonar can be found on the SCA website. To access them, from the homepage, select Library -> Literature. It's easy. Check it out, there is a ton of great information included with this document.

COMMUNICATIONS:

We have a number of ways to stay in touch with the class and our members.

Our website includes a forums area in the Member's Only section: http://www.sonar.org/


We have a Facebook page we encourage you to "Like.":

http://www.facebook.com/sonarclass



A Twitter page for you to "follow.":

https://twitter.com/SonarClass

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sonar Class Association Newsletter

2016 YEAR END SUMMARY:

2016 was a very good year for the Sonar.

PARALYMPICS:

Highlighting the year were the Paralympics in Rio where 14 countries were represented in the Sonar class, racing for six days, competing for Gold. The Australian team of Colin Harrison, Russell Boaden and Jonathan Harris put in a dominating performance taking the gold with just 26 points in 11 races. 

Silver wasn't decided until after the last race. In the end, taking the gun in the final race, the United States team of Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund took silver with 44 points.

The bronze was decided by a tie breaker. With two bullets, the Canadian team including two-time Paralympic medalist Paul Tingley joined by Logan Campbell and Scott Lutes took the bronze over New Zealand's Andrew May, Richard Dodson and Chris Sharp.

Only 5 points separated the next four teams: Norway, Germany, Greece and Israel. All of which were in striking distance of the podium on the last day of racing.

Congratulations to all the competitors. 

2016 Paralympic medal winners
PARA WORLD SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP:

Prior to the Paralympics, the Para World Championships took place in Medemblik, The Netherlands.

With some foreshadowing for the Paralympics, the team of Rick Doerr, Hugh Freund and Brad Kendell (USA) won the gold medal.

A real fight to the finish, going into the final race only six points separated the top four boats. In the end, one point behind Team USA, winning the silver was the team of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas (GBR). And only one point behind them, the bronze went to the Australian team of Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and Russell Boaden.

SCA SANCTIONED REGATTAS:

In 2016, the SCA sanctioned six regattas in the US and Canada beginning with the Midwinter Championship held in conjunction with the St Petersburg, FL NOOD. Nine boats raced in nine races over three days. Three points separated the top three boats, Final results:  http://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eid=1588

This was followed in May with the annual Tappan Zee Challenge, hosted by the Nyack Boat Club in Nyack NY. 

In June, the Atlantic Coast Championships took place at Noroton Yacht Club in Darien, CT. where 19 boats competed in four races over two days. Results:  http://www.sonar.org/site/uploaded_files/regatta_results/Files/2016/2016%20ACC%20Results.pdf

Next up was the Canadian Nationals which is raced in conjunction with Chester Race Week. Hosted by Lunenburg Yacht Club, last year's race saw eight boats competing over seven races. Results:

The class Midwest Championships took place on September 16-18 as part of the Star of the North regatta, an annual event hosted by Wayzata Yacht Club on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota.

Finally, the class held its North American Championship. The regatta was hosted by the Manhasset Bay yacht Club in Port Washington, NY. 15 boats raced in 15 races over three days. Seven different boats took the gun in at least one race.

Colin Gordon (Guilford, CT/NYYC) with TK and Scott MacLeod (Noroton Yacht Club) won the event in the fifteenth and final race. Team 506 was consistent in difficult conditions, which began Friday after a shore postponement due to high winds. Friday’s three races challenged the fleet to keep upright—especially in race two when the winds were NE 20+ with some gusts reaching 30kts. On top of the velocity were the shifty conditions that are common in Manhasset Bay in a northeasterly. While the marks stayed at a consistent 65 degrees, the wind did not. The shifty conditions persisted the entire regatta even as the wind diminished to 3-6 knots by Sunday.


Congratulation to Team 506...


One more thing... Peter Galloway is someone who has been very instrumental in the development of the Sonar as well as the class. He has won many championships including the north american championship seven times. He first won the award in 1985. His Sonar related accomplishments are too numerous to name them all but include:

-Class president
-Class measurement chairperson and continued certifier
-Designer of the Sonar Class association logo
-Proponent and representative of the Sonar class for World Sailing certification and approval.    
-Redesigned and created the keel and rudder fairing templates, and subsequent new specifications for all boats  
-Proponent of the Sonar as the Paralympic class boat
-Coach to the Paralympic team
-Designer of the Harken Ratchamatic block that's standard equipment on new boats.

Given Peter's contributions to the boat and class, the executive committee voted unanimously to rename the trophy awarded to the north american champion the Peter Galloway trophy.

Congratulations Peter!

STATE OF THE CLASS:

The class held its Annual General Meeting at the North American Championship. To see a summary of the president's remarks, click on HERE. 

BUILDERS UPDATE FROM RONDAR RACEBOATS:




2016 was a good year for new Sonar production. We built and delivered a total of 16 new boats, all in the United States.

The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay, NY took delivery of a fleet of 13 new Sonars, to be used in their adult learn-to-sail and community sailing programs. Using their new Rondar Raceboats Sonars, the WFC held an adaptive match racing clinic and regatta organized together with the Claggett Foundation, Wounded Warriors and Oakcliff Sailing Center.

We also delivered two new Sonars to private owners in Orient Point, eastern Long Island, NY, as they work towards developing a new local fleet.

The Claggett Foundation delivered a new Sonar to the Y-Knot program on Lake George, NY as the first of their boat grants. Expect to see this boat traveling to regattas in the northeast US.


If you'd like to learn more about a new Sonar for yourself or a friend, please contact Dan Tucker at dan@rondarboats.com. Used Sonars are in great demand, so it's a great time to think about treating yourself to a new Sonar!

GOING FORWARD: 2017:

Once again the class will sanction six fleet racing and two team race regattas. To see a calendar, click on the 2017 Regatta Schedule tab at the top of the page.

2017 is highlighted by our World Championships, hosted by the Lunenburg Yacht Club in Lunenburg. Nova Scotia, Canada. The event will take place from September 6- 10.

Anyone who has sailed in this area knows just how fantastic this venue is. Weather there in Sept. is about as optimal as you can get. The water temp. is still swimmable, the nights are cool, and the days are shorts and t-shirt worthy.  The breeze is great.  Traditionally it is still sea breeze driven i.e. land heats up by noon and a SW of 10-15 kts kicks in.  It lasts longer into the evening in Sept. The neat part of the Sept. breeze is that they get a gradient in the morning.  Not always but usually.  It wouldn't surprise anyone there to have the PRO get a race in well before noon (breeze coming about 340 degrees), wait a short time and sail the remainder of the day in a very steady 210 degree wind of 10-15 kts. In short, it is one of the best times to sail in Mahone Bay.

UP NEXT:



Sonar Midwinter Championship.

Helly Hansen/NOOD Regatta at St Petersburg Yacht Club, February 17 - 19.  This regatta is sure to make you smile.  Maybe because you left the cold and snowy north to enjoy the warm sunny south. Maybe you love the excitement of a multiple class regatta; all those boats, all those sailors, all that partying.  Speaking of that we know that the St. Petersburg Y.C. with it’s wonderful facilities will put a smile on your face.

St. Petersburg Yacht Club has charter boats available. If interested, please contact Shawn Macking at sailingmaster@spyc.org

To register go to  http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_registration_email.cfm?eid=3005

DID YOU KNOW?

The measurement status for (nearly) all Sonars can be found on http://www.sonar.org/. From the home page, select Measurement Status, then find your boat number - it's that easy! Click on your boat number to download a PDF version of your personal measurement certificate.

IMPORTANT LINKS:

World Champs Yacht Scoring site: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2760
SCA Website: http://www.sonar.org/http://www.sonar.org/

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sonar Class Association Newsletter

FLEET RACING:

***IMPORTANT NOTICE***

The date of the 2013 Sonar World Championships has changed. The Worlds will now be held on September 18-22. 

Rochester Yacht Club, Rochester, New York, remains the host.

Mark your calendars!

Long Island Sound Championships:

Noroton Yacht Club hosted the 2012 Long Island Sound Championships on September 29-30.

The weekend brought some extremely challenging racing conditions. Very light air on Saturday only allowed PRO Briggs Tobin to complete two races. It wasn't for lack of trying to get more in though. Sunday started the same but, thankfully a southerly came in around 1:00pm with a very nice breeze. With that Briggs was able to run two races in 8-12 kts. Combined with another light air affair earlier on Sunday and we ended the regatta with five races.

A total of 34 boats competed.

Our winner was Team 506: Colin Grodon, Bill Lynn, Peter Lynn and TK (Tom Kinney).













Second place went to Team Fast Forward: Peter Galloway, Ched proctor Jim Linville and Paul Steinborn.













Third was Team 690: Larry Ehrhardt, Sandy Weil and Andy Giglia.





Click HERE for a great debrief by Colin.

Full results can be found by clicking HERE















PhotoBoat was hired to take shots of the racing. The following are a few of our favorites:






TEAM RACING:



The Kirby Cup team race is the Sonar Class Association's Team Race Championships. Hosted by Noroton Yacht Club on September 15-16, six clubs participated this year: Boston, Vineyard Haven, New York, Eastern, Seawanhaka and Noroton.

First place with 16 wins in 20 races was Boston YC:




The following is a write-up by Scott Harrison, team captain for Noroton:

Wow, the Wind God’s were nice. 

Northwest winds averaging 8-12 knots held for two days, enabling Noroton YC to complete 4 round robins with 6 teams sailing 20 individual races each. This 12th running of the Kirby Cup, named after the Hall of Fame designer Bruce Kirby, was as competitive as ever. The competing clubs brought their varsity teams and the starts, mark roundings, and finishes where very close. 

On shore, Jim Linville's team, had all the boats equalized, launched, and ready. In addition, the numerous regatta chores needed to coordinate the 100+ people were executed very well.

Peter Wilson and his umpire team once again did a top job too.  Most of the competitors jumped at the chance to pair up with an umpire and learn. Sailing was clean and fair knowing the umpires were there. Thank you Peter.

Boston YC finished on top with 16 wins out of 20 races. Congratulations to Boston YC and their skippers Ted Moore, Tyler Doyle, and Will Whitman.

Second and third with 12 wins each were Vineyard Haven YC and New York YC. Vineyard Haven won the tie breaker.  Rounding out the fleet were Eastern YC with 10 wins (9 1/2 points), Seawanhaka Corinthian YC with 6 wins and Noroton with 4 wins.

Scott

Here's a follow-up by Lee Morrison in the Bosun's boat:

My perspective watching all the races from the bosun boat: most races were close enough that there was team racing going on into the finish.  The fleets were tightly packed, starts were close and there were position changes going on all the time. The weather was beautiful.  Boston was on their game.  They won most of their starts and when they didn't, they were able to convert into a winning position usually by mark 2. With a couple of notable exceptions (generally against VHYC) once they got ahead, they stayed there.  This was a weekend to remember regardless of finishing position.

Lee

DID YOU KNOW?

The Calendar tab on the SCA website is a great planning tool. Here you can find dates and contact information for all regattas including fleet racing, team racing and disabled racing.


IMPORTANT LINKS:

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sonar Class Association Newsletter

FLEET RACING:

2012 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS:

The North American Championships took place on August 24-26 in Rochester, New York, hosted by Rochester Yacht Club.

Successfully defending his title, from Noroton Yacht Club, was Peter Galloway. Second was Colin Gordon, just one point back. Third was local sailor Jeff Sullivan.


Peter with Team Fast Forward, Paul Steinborn and Ched Proctor

Full results can be found HERE

Some great photos are posted on the SCA website in the Photo Gallery: http://www.sonar.org/

The following is a write-up of the regatta by Peter:

"Short on numbers but long in talent and great racing"

By Peter Galloway

It wasn't what we expected. Maybe it was the dates or maybe it was the distance. But then maybe it was something else. In any case the attendance at this year's North Americans was one of the lowest in memory. But 12 yachts showed up to contest the title.

And that was a pity because Skip Shumway and the Rochester YC put together a superb event and even the weather…CLICK HERE for the full report.

***Rochester Yacht Club will also be the host of the 2013 World Championships***

2012 NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS:

The New England Championships took place on August 4-5. This year's regatta was hosted by the Falmouth Yacht Club in Falmouth, MA. A total of nine races were completed over the two days with 18 boats participating.

Karl Ziegler and Team 360 came out on top finishing with 18 point (after the throw-out). Second place was Rocky Geyer & Jim Tietje. Third went to Alex Meleney. 


Team 360

From Right (standing): Karl, Paul Barringer, Kristen Altreuter and TK (white shirt).

For full results, CLICK HERE.

TEAM RACING:

COMMODORE GEORGE R. HINMAN MASTERS INVITATIONAL TROPHY:
August 17-19, 2012

New York Yacht Club
Harbour Court, Newport, RI
3-on-3 Masters in Sonars with spinnakers

Event Chair: Peter Benedetto

August 19, 2012, Newport, R.I. - After 105 races sailed, St. Francis Yacht Club emerged the repeat winner of the 2012 Commodore George R. Hinman Masters (Hinman Masters) Invitational Trophy. The thirteenth yearly edition of New York Yacht Club Masters Team Race for The Hinman Masters Invitational Trophy was held at New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court Club house on August 17, 18 and 19 with teams representing ten clubs. Competitors in this year's event include five-time champion New York Yacht Club; Eastern Yacht Club of Marblehead, MA; Larchmont Yacht Club of Larchmont, NY; Newport Harbor Yacht Club of Balboa,CA.; NorotonYacht Club of Noroton CT; Riverside Yacht Club of Riverside, CT.; St. Francis Yacht Club of San Francisco, CA; Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club of Oyster Bay, N Y; Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans, LA and Texas Corinthian Yacht Club of Kemah, TX. Unique to the format of the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) Masters Team Race for the Hinman Masters Invitational Trophy is that each boat must include a skipper at least 45 years of age and crew members must beat least 40 years of age. The regatta is sailed in NYYC’s fleet of Sonars, complimented this year by the addition of Seawanhaka Corinthian’s Sonars, with each team comprised of three boats…

For full report and results, CLICK HERE

NYYC GRANDMASTERS TEAM RACE INVITATIONAL:
August 25-26, 2012

New York Yacht Club
Harbour Court, Newport, RI
3-on-3 Grandmasters in Sonars no spinnakers

Event Chairs: David Bush-Brown & Stu Saffer

FINAL REPORT
Noroton Yacht Club, which won the event in 2010, was victorious again in the second sailing of the Grandmasters Invitational Team Race at Harbour Court last weekend. In addition to NYYC, the participants were American YC, Eastern YC, Noroton YC, Southern YC, St. Francis YC, St. Petersburg YC, and Texas Corinthian YC. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the pending arrival of hurricane Irene. The Commodore Stewart Cup was awarded to Peter Wilson, Noroton Captain, on Sunday afternoon after his team defeated NYYC in the final race of the medal round. The Commodore Stewart Cup was originally awarded by NYYC Commodore W.A.W. Stewart to the yacht Seven Seas in 1938 and was recently dedicated for the Grandmasters Invitational...

For a full report and complete results, CLICK HERE

UPCOMING SEPTEMBER EVENTS:

LONG ISLAND SOUND CHAMPIONSHIPS:

Noroton Yacht Club will be hosting this year's LIS Championships. Racing will take place on September 29-30. The class Annual General Meeting will also take place here on Friday evening.

This will be the last opportunity in 2012 for some great fleet racing in what is expected to be a fairly large group of entries.

The NOR and online registration is now available at http://www.sonar.org/

THE KIRBY CUP TEAM RACE:

The Kirby Cup, hosted by Noroton YC will take place on September 15-16. Teams for the Kirby Cup, the SCA's team race championships, are set:

Boston Yacht Club
Eastern Yacht Club
New York Yacht Club
Noroton Yacht Club
Seawanhaka Corinthian  Yacht Club
Vineyard Haven Yacht Club

New York Yacht Club is the defending champion but with six fairly even, competitive teams, holding on to that title will be difficult!

DID YOU KNOW?

The Photo Gallery on the class website (http://www.sonar.org/) has over 230 images in 10 different albums including shots from this year's North American's - like this:


Check them out!

IMPORTANT LINKS:

Friday, July 13, 2012

Sonar Class Association Newsletter

UPCOMING REGATTAS:

2012 SONAR NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS:

The North Americans are only six weeks away. Time to make your plans, reserve your lodging and, most importantly - register! You can register online at: http://www.sonar.org/

Click on the letter to enlarge

MARBLEHEAD RACE WEEK:

The sonar class will, once again, participate in the Marblehead NOOD regatta hosted by Eastern YC, taking place on July 28-29. This year, there are crews coming from as far as San Francisco to get time on the Sonar in preparation for the NYYC Invitational. Expect a strong fleet, great racing and a terrific after-race party!


NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS:

The 2012 New England Championships are being hosted by the Falmouth Yacht Club, Falmouth MA. on August 4-5. Racing will take place on the waters of Vineyard Sound between Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. This regatta is only three weeks away! Register today on http://www.sonar.org/

RESULTS:

C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta


NEWPORT, R.I. (July 9, 2012) – Against the backdrop of over a dozen vessels assembling for the Ocean State Tall Ships Parade of Sail, competitors got down to business on the final day of racing at the 10th annual C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta. 

A hard-fought battle took place on the Sonar course where Paralympians and reigning world champions Aleksander Wang-Hansen, Per Eugen Kristianson and Marie Solberg (all Oslo, Norway) had started the day with the lead of the standings – while tied on points – with 2008 Paralympian Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.) and crew Gerry Tiernan (Falmouth, Maine) and Hugh Freund (S Freeport, Maine). With the Norwegian team posting finishes of 2-1, and Doerr’s team finishing 3-2, the Norwegians prevailed to take their first class win at The Clagett with 13 points, just one point ahead of Doerr, Tiernan and Freund. The USA’s representatives to the Paralympic Games remained third overall, 12 points out of first place, despite finishing 1-3 in today’s racing. Paul Callahan (Newport, R.I. /Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Brown (Castine, Maine) and Brad Johnson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), will compete for the first time as a team at the Paralympic Games, although all three have competed in a previous Paralympics. Richard Ramos (Medford, Mass.), Cindy Walker (Abington, Mass.), Duncan Gillespie (Charlestown, Mass.) and Steve Jewett (Winthrop, Mass.) were fourth overall with 37 points.

For complete scores, photos and additional information, visit www.clagettregatta.org

2012 Atlantic Coast Championships:


Dave Curtis wins Sonar Atlantic Coast Championship
RESULTS:
http://bit.ly/KEOeW8 @sonarclass #sailing #marblehead PHOTO: Courtesy Leighton O'Connor


DID YOU KNOW?

The measurement status for (nearly) all Sonars can be found on http://www.sonar.org/. From the home page, select Measurement Status, then find your boat number - it's that easy! Click on your boat number to download a PDF version of your personal measurement certificate.

COMMUNICATIONS:

We now have lots of ways to stay in touch with the class and our members.

We have a website which includes a forums area in the Member's Only section:

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sonar Class Association Newsletter, April 2012

For those who have not renewed their class membership, access to the Members Only area of the class site is no longer available. To renew online, go to www.sonar.org and click on the "Membership" tab in the left column.

MARBLEHEAD SONAR FLEET WINS THE TEXAS "SHOOTOUT" TEAM RACING TITLE:

Eleven Marblehead sailors travelled to the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club near Houston to defend its title in this year’s version of Texas Corinthian Yacht Club’s “Texas Shoot Out” Sonar team racing regatta.

Marblehead secured the win by going 10-0 over the course of the weekend in two races each against Texas Corinthian YC, Wayzata YC, Rochester YC, New York YC, and Noroton YC. 



Ted Moore, Pete DeWolfe, Patrick Andreasen, Tim Guy, Tyler Doyle, Chris Boulter, Nyla Dubois, Larry Ehrhardt, Daan Goedkoop, Jeff Shoreman, and Charlie Pendleton sailed for Marblehead.

Saturday’s racing started late due to light winds giving the Marblehead Team a chance to enjoy the Veranda at the club and recover from Friday nights ride on the “Bullet” roller coaster after a large steak dinner.  Once the wind came up the race committee was able to complete an entire round robin with the last race finishing just 15 minutes before dusk at 7:30 PM.  The Marblehead team used a combination of good starts, boatspeed and little bit of team racing to go 5 – 0 on day 1.

Sunday’s conditions were slightly better with a moderate breeze allowing for another full round robin.  The TCYC team was just behind the Marblehead team with a score of 4-1 after day one so the second match between these two teams would determine the outcome of the regatta.  At the top mark, the Marblehead team had a tenuous lead with a 1,3,5 combination; however, after a good wing mark trap, some downwind pair balancing, and leeward mark trap, Marblehead had converted to a 1,2,3 and basically sealed the regatta win. 

The regatta hosts (Chairman Tony Smythe), race committee (PRO Joel Scott), judges (chief judge Steve Shepstone), and the rest of the TCYC team did a fantastic job of running the regatta and is one of the highlights of the Sonar regatta calendar for the attendees.

ROCHESTER YC SET TO HOST TWO MAJOR REGATTAS:


(Click to enlarge.)


USMMA Sailing Foundation is accepting Sonar sail and equipment donations!

During your spring cleaning, free up space in the garage, shed, basement or wherever else you are storing those old Sonar sails and equipment you don’t use.  The USMMA Sailing Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) entity which will accept your donations to support the six Sonars raced by the USMMA midshipmen locally and in Sonar Class sanctioned events.  All donations are tax-deductible and you will receive documentation supporting your deduction.  Contact Rick Dominique USA 652 - FINE LINE for more information and to arrange pickup.  Dominiquer@usmma.edu 516-726-6036.

Rick Dominique
Director of Varsity Programs
USMMA Waterfront
516-726-6036
http://usmmawaterfront.blogspot.com/

2012 TAPPAN ZEE CHALLENGE:

Calling all Sonar Sailors,

Sonar Fleet #23 at the Nyack Boat Club would like to invite you all to this year’s annual Tappan Zee Challenge. The event will take place May 19/20 2012 and we are looking forward to a great weekend of racing. Last year was another great year for Sonar sailing on the East Coast with many regattas and more team racing then I have done in a long time - and we would like to keep that momentum going!

Please "Save the Date." The NOR and registration information is posted on the Sonar Class website (The NOR is also available by clicking on the link below). Online registration is also open and can be found at http://www.sonar.org/

If you could please send me a quick reply to this email letting me know if you think you can make it (so we can get a rough initial count) it would be much appreciated!

** We have some very nice shirts this year (mesh wick-away) and as a bonus, if you register on time, we will be able to have your Hull Numbers stitched onto the shirt under the logos. 

We will have teams ready to assist you when you get there, we will have moorings allocated to visitors, the R/C is preparing interesting courses, and we expect to have a great party -- now all we need is you.



Sonar Fleet #23 looks forward to seeing you there.

Regards,

MRL

P.S. If you have any question, would like to crew, need crew, etc.. please email me or call me anytime.

Michael Leinweber
email: mrleinweber@hotmail.com
phone: 347 - 834 - 3415

NORs:

The NORs for the 2012 season are starting to come in. If you are interested in sailing in a particular regatta, check in with the SCA website (http://www.sonar.org/) to see if the NOR has been posted.

Here are five:

2012 Tappan Zee Challenge:


The NOR for the 2012 Tappan Zee Challenge, hosted by the Nyack Boat Club, is now available. You can access the document by clicking here: TAPPAN ZEE CHALLENGE NOR

2012 North American Championships:

The NOR for the 2012 NAs, hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club, is now available. You can access the document by clicking here: NORTH AMERICAN"S NOR

2012 Atlantic Coast Championships:

The NOR for the 2012 ACC's, hosted by Eastern YC in Marblehead, MA on June 23-24, is now available. Click here: "ACC NOR" to download a copy.

Delta Lloyd Regatta:

REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE DELTA LLOYD REGATTA 2012!

This year the Delta Lloyd Regatta will take place from Tuesday 22th until Saturday the 26th of May in Medemblik, the Netherlands. During this week participants from all kinds of different Olympic sailing classes will compete against each other including the Sonar class. This year the event will celebrate its 28th anniversary.

From now on it is not only possible to register for the Delta Lloyd Regatta 2012 itself, competitors can also book their accommodations online.
To register for this year’s Delta Lloyd Regatta click HERE

Click HERE to book an accommodation.

For more information, go to http://www.deltalloydregatta.org/. This site will be updated regularly so check back often.

We hope to see you soon.

The C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta:

The Notice of Race for the tenth annual C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta, scheduled for July 6-9, 2012, is now available online at www.clagettregatta.org.

As North America’s premier event for sailors with disabilities, “The Clagett” is open to both U.S. and foreign competitors and will, this year especially, be an integral part of preparing athletes for the 2012 Paralympic Games when the event takes place at Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s community sailing center.  Traditionally held in late-August, the move to July will facilitate additional athlete training prior to the Paralympic Regatta which takes place the first week of September in Weymouth, England.

For the last two years, the singlehanded 2.4 Metre has been open to able-bodied sailors which doubled the number of competitors on the starting line.  Starting with the 2012 event, able-bodied sailors may also compete in the three-person Sonar which will be raced with mainsail, jib and whisker poles.  The inclusion of able-bodied competitors translates into stiffer competition which makes for the best possible training opportunity for the Paralympic competitors and also reinforces The Clagett’s mission of providing sailors with disabilities the opportunity to improve their skills and reach personal goals through coaching and competition.

DID YOU KNOW?

The class website has some great articles to help you with boat prep and speed. Two articles, written by Peter Galloway can be found here:

Fast Numbers

In Search of Speed

Other go fast articles can be found by clicking on the Library tab on the home page then selecting Articles.


COMMUNICATIONS:

We now have lots of ways to stay in touch with the class and our members.

We have a website which includes a forums area in the Member's Only section:

http://www.sonar.org/


We have a Facebook page we encourage you to "Like.":

http://www.facebook.com/sonarclass



A Twitter page for you to "follow.":

https://twitter.com/SonarClass


Plus this newsletter is posted, allowing you to comment or see past issues, here:

http://sonarclass.blogspot.com/