Monday, March 5, 2012

Sonar Class Association Newsletter, March 5, 2012


The Rolex Miami OCR:

The OCR was held January 22-28. 10 Sonars, representing eight countries, competed in a preview to the paralympics later this year in London.

Udo Hessels/ Marcel van de Veen/ Mischa Rossen (NED) secured a gold medal with a 1-2 on the final day, for a five-point margin over silver medalists John Robertson/ Hannah Stodel/ Steve Thomas (GBR).  Taking the bronze was Aleksander Wang-Hansen/ Marie Solberg/Per Eugen Kristiansen (NOR).

For the US, Rick Doerr finished with 41 points, two ahead of Paul Callahan. Unfortunately for Rick, this wasn't enough. When factoring in the IFDS World Championships, Callahan earned the right to represent the US in London by virtue of his 6, 6 finishes to Doerr's 9, 5. Congratulation's Paul!

For complete results:

The ST. Petersburg NOOD:

The first NOOD regatta of 2012 was held on Feb 18-19. With 10 boats competing, the Sonar class had the third highest turn-out of the one design classes. The regatta was a tale of to very different days. Saturday being light air and a stronger breeze on Sunday.

Rick Doerr began the regatta with two guns on Saturday. Unfortunately, he finished with a bang, literally, on Sunday.

From Rick: "Dismasted in 20-25 knts at the St. Pete NOOD. Were looking good with 3-4 swells, great start, tacked on to port when we got a 35+ puff. First bang was the port upper failing and within seconds the mast failing at the spreader. Ouch indeed!

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In the end, Rachael Silverstein from St. Petersburg won the regatta with nine points, two points ahead of Bruce Millar of Canada and eight points ahead of third place finisher Noel Clinard from Richmond, VA.

For full results:


Mark your calendars, make your plans. The following are the fleet and team racing calendars for 2012 (SCA sanctioned regattas are in red):

Fleet Racing:

May 19 - 20  2012 Tappan Zee Challenge
 Nyack Boat Club
 Michael Leinweber
June 23 - 24  2012 Atlantic Coast Championships
 Eastern YC
 Larry Ehrhardt
July 27 - 29  Marblehead NOOD
 Marblehead, MA
 Larry Ehrhardt
August 4 - 5  2012 New England Champs
 Falmouth YC, Falmouth MA
 Joe Voci
August 24-26  2012 North American Championships
 Rochester YC
 Eric Voss
Sep 29-30  2012 LIS Championships
 Noroton YC
 Bruce McArthur

Team Racing:

March 24-25  2012 Texas Team Race Challenge
 TCYC, Kemah, TX.
 Tony Smythe
April 14 - 15  2012 Jackson Cup Invitational
 Boston YC
May 5-6  2012 Oyster Bay Challenge (Masters)
 Seawanhaka YC
 Mark Swanson
August 11 - 12  2012 Morgan Cup
 New York YC, Newport, RI
August 18 - 19  2012 Hinman Masters
 New York YC, Newport RI
August 25 - 26  2012 Grand Masters Invitational
 New York YC, Newport, RI
Sept. 15 - 16  2012 Kirby Cup Team Race
 Noroton YC
 Lee Morrison
October 6 - 7  2012 Lee Trophy
 Seawanhaka YC
 Al Constants
October 27-28  2012 Halloween Regatta
 Eastern YC
 Larry Ehrhardt


As most of you know, we have changed our membership policy. We now offer one level for a reduced price of only $50.

We operate on a calendar year so all 2011 memberships expired at 12 midnight on December 31. To renew, simply go to the class website ( and in the Membership tab, select Renew.

We offer a generous grace period of three months after which access to the Member's Only area of the website will be turned off. That grace period ends at the end of this month so renew today!


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:

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

A Twitter page for you to "follow.":

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

Speaking of communicating, this might be a good time to begin introducing you to all the great information available to Sonar sailors on the SCA website. Going forward, we will highlight one item/section/document you might find helpful. We'll call it...


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.