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Place Boat Skipper Crew Distance to Finish Elapsed Time Time of Finish
1 Mira Minkoff Ryan Clark Finished 5d 01:19 27jun07 15:09
2 ER Tape Jan Frank Finished 5d 02:28 27jun07 16:18
3 Reality Jesse Ken Finished 5d 05:45 27jun07 19:35
4 Josephine Jay Katie Finished 5d 08:20 27jun07 22:10
5 WAFI Drew Dean Finished 5d 11:24 28Jun07 01:14
6 Mini Red Dress Katie Tara Finished 5d 12:05 28jun07 01:55
7 Sprit of America Sam Denver Finished 6d 00:20:30 28jun07 14:10

We will be bringing news from the racers here, as we get it.

(If you have contact with the racers please email reports to: Dave)

Report from Ryan and Clark

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

Sorry, I did that. Did not mean to mislead, just thought it was ironic that the order we left St. Georges harbour was the same order as our finishs. There was a lot of sailing inbetween though.

This was such a great time. I know my family put up with this thinking "this will get it out of his system". Nothing could be further from the truth. Now I'm really hooked. Nothing like hauling ass in the total darkness after the moon sets, watching the dolphin's leave phosphorescent vortex's as they race alongside.

The highlight for me was definitely the last 30 hours, where we knew that we were behind Jan on ER Tape, but also knew that we had the right conditions developing for us to sprint past and regain the lead. We were constantly pushing the boat harder, and in the final 5 hours sustained an average speed of over 9 knots. For the final two hours our average speed was 10.5 kts, with a peak of 15.3 kt! I had a few moments at the helm where we were ripping along at 10 or 11 knots and I could see the waves start to set up ahead of me. It was like reaching the top of a rollercoaster, taking a breath and plunging in.

I know that these speeds are so inconsequential when compared to a TP 52 or Sled, but what made it so thrilling is the scale of the boat, and how very close to the water and waves we are when driving the boat.

There is no doubt in my mind that this is the way to race distance races. Sure you can have your proper galley and enclosed head, and proper berths on your Bene 40.7, but that is really a handicrap distance rally; if you want real racing, these Mini's are the tits!

It's also great that there is so much diversity within the box rule class. Jan's boat is a much better performer in light air upwind. Ryan's is better in heavy air from beam reaching to further aft. Jesse has his weather, and Josephine is a weapon in light air downwind. Drew has an exceptional boat, but has not had time to work the bugs out and make her reliable enough to push it. The Zero is more of a real boat with a proper interior than any of the Proto's, and really could be a family boat sometimes, and a real offshore racer when that is what you want.

It may be though that the best thing about this growing class in the relationships between the people in the class. I had corresponded with Jan and Sam previously, but had really never met any of these people. It was great to see the group pull together to help each other get the boats ready, and to party with them after the racing was over. I know that we all party after the race with our big boat teams, but that can be exclusive. With only two on the team, you must include the other teams to make a party. Mini sailing has a real future in North America. I'm glad to be a part of this group.

For those of you waiting on the fringes waiting for Mini's to happen here, the wait is over. NAMT is actively selling Mini's in the US, Sam's boat is for sale, and so is Mini Red Dress. Ryan's boat will be for sale in another year or so, and I believe many of the competitors in this years B 1-2 will be willing to sell their boats as they look to upgrade into newer Proto's for the '09 Bermuda 1-2. There will be several shorthanded races this season on the east coast that will include Mini's, and there is a lot of talk about getting a class of Mini's out to Cali for the Cabo race. Both the St. Pete to Isla and Pensacola to Isla race's will welcome a Mini division, it's just up to you to get a boat and get it on the line.

Report from Jan Brandt & Frank Gazioch

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Hello Everyone -
 
One Last Story
The night before the finish Jan and Frank hit something again.  This time it was a softer bump, not a hard one.  After a bit the boat starting sailing again. They think they either hit a fish or a logging whale.   No problems with the boat but just yet another freaky story. 
 
 
The Results
Jan and Frank on ER Tape came in second to Ryan and Clark on Myrna Minkoff.  Hats off to Ryan and Clark.   They pushed Myrna Minkoff hard the last couple of days to regain the distance lost.   The comradely and friendship that exists between all them has made this close race sparing fun for everyone.  We are happy to place behind Ryan Finn.  He truly is a great person, with a great support team and sailing program.  He is worthy of finding a really good sponsor to help him reach his next sailing goal. 
 
Amongst all the boats in the race, ER Tape finished 7th,  Ryan and Clark in 6th.  They finished ahead of such boats as an Open 30, Figaro 33, Tripp 33, C&C 41, J-35, and a Hobie 33.  To have 2 Minis finish in the top of the fleet is a huge accomplishment.  It really shows not only the skippers abilities but also the reliability of these mere 21 foot boats.
 
 
ER Tape - For Sale
ER Tape is a great boat and Jan and Frank were able to push her extremely hard.  Once offshore in real ocean conditions, she came into her element and showed us her true potential and style.  We have decided to put ER Tape up for sale.  She is currently in Newport, and will be for the next couple of days.  If you know anyone interested in a highly tricked out production Zero Mini with carbon mast and carbon sprit, have them contact Jan on his cell phone at 850-933-4106
 
 
Mini Class US - 'Stop Ocean Balloon Pollution' Campaign
The Minis participating in the Bermuda 1-2 race noticed hundreds, literally hundreds of mylar balloons littering the ocean during both legs of the race.  Balloons are not only garbage in our oceans, they also hurt and kill marine lift.  Marine sea turtles which do not have good eye sight confuse balloons with their main diet item of jellyfish.  Eating these balloons clogs their digestive system.  Also marine birds get tangled in the lines on the balloons, wrapping around their legs and wings, making them unable to fly.  As a volunteer for the Virginia Aquarium Marine Science Center Stranding Team, I have seen first hand many sick, dying and dead turtles which were directly caused by balloons.  
 
The Mini Class US is starting a campaign against the release of balloons over the ocean.  It is thought that one way these balloons end up all over the ocean is from the cruise ships.  We heard that they release balloons at sunset as part of a celebration.  If you know more about this, or experienced it first hand, please let us know.  Also please contact us if you would like to help the Mini Class US on our campaign.       
 
Thanks
Thanks for all your support and all your emails.  I have done my best to respond to the ones I could, but having received over a hundred emails it has been a bit difficult.  just know that each one was read (and saved for you) and much appreciated.
- Holli

 

Report from Ryan and Clark

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

RFOR First!

Just talked to Ryan (Briefly) they Crossed first, and they had actually extended their lead over ER Tape by the finish, possibly up to an hour!
ER hasn't crossed as of this posting.

He also said that the may have the fifth fastest ELAPSED time overall.

He and Clark had fun, and they are getting the boat cleaned up and are getting ready to help the other boats on arrival.

Great Job, Guys!

Report from Jan Brandt & Frank Gazioch

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Hello Everyone -
 
Jan and Frank on ER Tape just finished the doublehanded leg of the Bermuda 1-2 race.  YEAH!
Apparently it was a grand finish.  They had one reef in the main, the code zero up and the blade.  The wind was around 20 knots and ER Tape was screaming across the finish line in a very high reach and barely able to hold the code zero at their angle.  They were full blast going 12 knots.
 
Billy Black
Billy Black, a very famous sailing photographer, was at the finish in a motor boat to take photos.  Jan and Frank shook out the reef and went full boar while Billy circled the boat and took photos.  We will let you know where to view those photos when the become available.  Billy's photos are always fantastic.
 
What Place?
I am sure you all want to know where did ER Tape place amongst the other boats?  Well so do we.  We are not sure where Ryan and Clark on Myrna Minkoff are right now.  That means they are further back or they already finished.  We do know that ER Tape was in the top ten boats to finish this leg (amongst all the boats in the race).  Again we are not sure yet of the exact number.   ER Tape did cross the line two minutes before our friend Tom Amory on Flash of Beauty, a J-35 (rated 76 PHRF for you junkies).   ER Tape also crossed the line 16 minutes ahead of Murray Danforth on Flying Turtle, a 33 foot Figaro (rated 51 PHRF) - Murray is also another great guy who seems to always be in a good mood. 
But does all this really matter?  See quote below, then decide.
 
Quote
To sum it all up, I have to tell you what our daughter Sydney just said- -
"It's his birthday and he finished the race.  How cool is that!  What more can there be!"
 
Photos
Well since I can not send you photos of Jan and Frank finishing yet, I will just send you some fun photos of them in Bermuda.
 
Jan in a real 'Mini' Frank carrying our daughter Sydney across Bermuda

Report from Ryan and Clark

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

Hello,

 

Just heard from Ryan.  They had 4 minutes left on their sat phone and are no longer able to get online to receive position reports. 

 

Position as of 8:24edt

40.32N

70.52W

Going 7.5-8.5kts with the screacher.  They sound well and are having a great time racing against Jan Brandt #530.  It’s going to be a photo finish!!  We expect them in tonight and the last thing Ryan said was, “Look, after we clear customs, we want to have a burger and a pitcher of beer at the restaurant near the baseball diamond.”  I think they’re pushing pretty hard to get here before it closes!

Thanks for your support,

Katie

504-352-5007

PS If you are interested in purchasing additional sat phone minutes for the guys, please call contact me ASAP.

75 minutes $165

200 minutes $449

500 minutes $617

Report from Jan Brandt & Frank Gazioch

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Hello Everyone –

Just a quick update so that all of you do not think that Jan is still stuck in the fog in the shipping lanes. Jan was able to talk to Tom Armory from Flash of Beauty (another good friend of ours from the 2001 race) via VHF radio. Tom has a more advanced ship detecting system and was able to help Jan through the shipping lanes and around three large freighters.

Jan, again through Tom, was able to talk to Ryan Finn this morning. Ryan and Clark from Myrna Minkoff were right there within a couple miles of Jan.

In talking with Jan this afternoon, he said ER Tape is screaming along with heavier winds. Myrna Minkoff is just 5 miles directly to their east and charging ahead as well. The conditions now favor prototypes, and Jan feels like Myrna Minkoff may finish ahead of ER Tape. It is going to be a close race to the finish …remember this is after 5 days of sailing across the ocean and now it comes down to the last couple of miles.

ER Tape’s tracker has reported a position since 4:00 am this morning but Jan reports that ER Tape as of 12:45 pm is 28.7 miles to finish. They expect to finish around 5:00 pm…..on Jan’s Birthday…imagine that!

Once the skippers and crew finish the race they are busy, getting to the dock, going through customs, cleaning up a bit (themselves and the boat), then greeting the other arriving skippers, and talking about the race. So I probably won’t here from Jan until around 9:00 pm or so. If Katie Triplett (from Team Myrna Minkoff) is around and able to log on to her computer, she usually fills me in earlier. I let you all know when I know more.

- Holli

 

Report from Jan Brandt & Frank Gazioch

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Hello Everyone -
 
Yesterday
All day yesterday ER Tape had light, light winds of around 3 knots.  You have to have A LOT of patience to keep the boat going in those light conditions.  The rest of the fleet did not get the light winds in the Gulf Stream like the first group did.  This gave them the advantage to catch up on the front of the fleet.
 
Wind at Last
Last night Jan and Frank were beam reaching under a reefed main, code zero and blade in 16 knots of wind.  Finally some wind!  ER Tape was going around 7 knots.  They decided to throttle back a bit to have a real dinner and catch up on some sleep...however, they had to keep a constant eye out for Myrna Minkoff, Josephine and Reality.  ER Tape put themselves in between those boats and the finish line, to help protect their position.
 
Jan's Birthday
For Jan's birthday this morning, King Neptune brought him thick, thick fog in combination with the shipping channel.  Two of Jan's 'favorite' things...combined.  Happy 39th Birthday Jan!!
 
As I was speaking to him, he had to go because some ship close by was blowing their fog horn.  Freaky.
 
More later,
Holli

From the Bermuda 1-2 Race site:

27 JUNE  0800 - Valkyrie reports 17 kts SSW with boat speed in high 7kts with 60 nm to go to finish. Flash of Beauty, ER Tape and Myrna Minkoff are in the vacinity.  Myrna Minkoff 1130 pm update should be on iboattrack.com.   ER Tape as are the rest of the fleet as they approach the mainland are getting very thick fog.  Today is Jan Brandt's 39th birthday!

From the Bermuda 1-2 Race site:

26 JUNE  2000 -   Spirit of America called twice with a weak connection, no information.  ER Tape also called to say they are doing nicely.   We had another position report from Myrna Minkoff at 1100 today so he is doing fine.

Report from Ryan and Clark

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

At 4:30 edt we’re at,

N 38 47

W 68 22 minutes

We moved the transponder, but apparantly that didn't work.

Jan kind of made the great escape on us, but you must believe me there was nothing we could do to go west in those light conditions.  The boat would not do it, we tried.

West is best.

-R

Report from Jan Brandt & Frank Gazioch

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Good Morning Everyone -
 
Winds Light
Not too much to report as the winds are still light.....still really light 2 - 3 knots.  The Zero is suited for fast light wind sailing (no that is not an oxymoron) and ER Tape is marching through the fleet passing huge boats.  Well huge in comparison at 45 feet. 
 
Ryan and Clark
We received a report from Myrna Minkoff yesterday and they confirmed that their tracker is broken.  We know their position as of 11:00 am yesterday and as of then ER Tape was ahead.  However, we have no idea where they are now.  
 
Mini Class
You may notice on the tracker the Josephine and Spirit of American who were in the back of the class are now both marching up towards the front.  They are getting close to passing WAFI, Mini Red Dress and Reality.  The difference here is that Josephine and Spirit of American were to the west of rum line most of the race where the winds were light.  The other three were to the east in heavier winds.  Now the conditions have switched, giving the opportunity for passing.  Notice Reality is diving across to the West to try to pick up that heavier winds. 
 
ER Tape and Myrna Minkoff have crossed the Gulf Stream where the winds are really light.  Soon the rest of the Minis will get to the crossing as well and also experience these lighter winds. 
 
Other Minis are also reporting their very experienced crew getting sea sick during those first couple days of heavy air.  Here is an exert from one email " fetching in lumpy conditions, not something the Mini really loves.  Leo of the unofficial mini-transat web page has called it going for a ride inside a washing machine.  What he neglected to mention that it is a saltwater washing machine, and washing machines have rhythm, Mini's do not, you get thrown a novel direction every moment, you can not find a flow, just tense your body for the next blow, and you never know where or where it is coming from"
 
Future Winds
The winds are expected to increase on Wednesday and Thursday.  ER Tape's goal is to get as far ahead as possible in these light winds so that when the heavier winds pick up the other Minis may not be able to catch up.
 
Mini Skippers
Ryan Finn (Myrna Minkoff), Jesse Rowse (Reality), Jan Brandt (ER Tape), Drew Wood (WAFI), Katie Ambach (Mini Red Dress), Sam Asmus (Spirit of America), Jay Sharkey (Josephine)

Report from Ryan and Clark

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

From the Bermuda 1-2 Race site:

25 JUNE  1830 - You may have noticed that we are not getting updates on iBoattrack.com for Myrna Minkoff, Ryan Finn.  Evidently his tracker is no longer functioning.  Just received an email indirectly from Ryan with a position report for 1100 today.  The iBoattrack.com website will be updated with this position. 

Report from Jan Brandt & Frank Gazioch

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Good Morning Everyone -
 
Winds
Last night Jan reported light winds for most of the day.  At 11:00 pm it was a gorgeous night with crystal clear skies with all the stars out.  The wind was around 4 knots.  This morning the winds were maybe around 3 knots and the boat speed was 1 knot, close reaching.
 
In relation to everyone else
Jan and Frank were able to gain on Reality and WAFI in the early morning hours today.  We are not sure where Ryan and Clark are on Myrna Minkoff as their tracker stopped working yesterday morning.  ER Tape is passing most of the boats in the race and are now at the front of the fleet.  Pretty funny considering it is a 21 foot boat passing 40 footers!
 
Sea Sickness
Okay well if you have ever been on a Mini in heavy winds and seas, you can truly relate to this.  If not, let me explain it just a bit.  Since the Mini is such a short wide boat, it takes the pounding of the waves quite differently.  It is a very very rough and short movement.  Unlike bigger boats that glide over the waves, the Minis half way glide, then abruptly stop.  This rigid stopping and short movement really send your system out of whack.  Sydney and I experienced it about a year ago.  It was my second time ever in my life getting sick on a boat.  Frank experienced this aboard ER Tape as well, but now he is used to the motion.  In talking with the other Mini sailors in Bermuda, most agreed the motion takes some getting used to.  
 
Side Story
You may have noticed that Katie and Tara on Mini Red Dress just passed Drew and his dad on WAFI.  Okay this is quite cool actually and let me tell you why...first some background.  Katie and Drew are actually a couple.  They meet both helping out an open class boat, Ocean Planet.    Together they decided to achieve their joint goals of building a Mini and competing eventually in the Europe Mini Transat race.  After two and a half years of work, they completed WAFI just about 2 months ago.  Yes, they actually built this boat by themselves. 
 
Now the decision, who would sail WAFI in the Bermuda 1-2.  The decision was made that Drew would sail it.  Well Katie also wanted to do the race so she leased a Zero to do the race, Mini Red Dress.  Katie meet up with Tara and off they went to get their boat.  The boat came off the ship (from Spain) just about one and a half months before the race.  While in Newport, all the Mini skippers worked non stop in getting Mini Red Dress and WAFI ready for the race.  Jan especially worked with Katie and Tara on Mini Red Dress since we also have a Zero.  After some extension tuning of the rig, the 'Girls' were finally ready.  So now it is kind of cool that Katie and Drew are duking it out for positions, don't you think. 
 
Email from Myrna Minkoff
I received this email from Ryan and Clark on Myrna Minkoff yesterday morning.  Thought you might like to see his take on it.  By the way this is how they all feel....
 

Report from Ryan and Clark

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

Okay, sorry so late with the update.  We've just been working a bit.  Anyway it's been okay so far and Clark and I are having a good time despite not having the conditions we wanted.  It is pretty clear that Myrna Minkoff is not the fastest boat in the light to medium wind, and she seems to really be able to extend in the heavier conditions.  There are a lot of contributing factors to this most of which could of course be solved by throwing money at the problem (calling all sponsors!).  We've been happy to be sailing with ER Tape for so long.  Jan is a good friend and a great competitor so we are having fun with it.  They are a more light air/upwind oriented boat with much more sophisticated upwind sails, so the truth is we are just happy to still be around.  At the moment It has gotten very light and ER Tape is creeping up our rear.  We just need to stay in contact with them and pray for stronger breeze as we approach the Gulf Stream.  It's been fun seeing how the different boats can compete against each other over such a long course.  

 More later. -Ryan/Clark

 
- Holli

Ryan's tracker has not updated since 0400 on the 24th. He's lurking out there somewhere and when he breaks radio silence, watch out!

Report from Jan Brandt & Frank Gazioch

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Good Morning Everyone -
 
Last Night
Last night Jan reported that the fleet had some heavier winds blow in.  Around 4:00 am they had 19 knots of wind from the Southeast allowing them to finally pop the chute (put up the spinnaker).  These are the conditions that favor the prototypes as it allowed them to began planing with the chutes up. You will notice on the tracker that all the boats were able to gain on Jan and Frank between 4:00 am and 6:00 am. 
 
Current Conditions
Now there is maybe 1 knot of breeze coming directly from where they want to go.  So yet again it is an upwind trek.  .  ER Tape is traveling at the stellar speed of 0.25 knots.  Well at least it is something!  They have all their weight (jerry cans, sails, gear, etc.) forward in the bow including Jan as he was speaking to me while standing in the forward bunk with his head popped out of the of forward hatch.  He said he felt like as if he was driving a tank. 
 
1st place by this afternoon?
Ryan and Clark of Myrna Minkoff are just ahead of ER Tape, within a half mile or so.  ER Tape is steadily gaining on Myrna Minkoff as light winds actually favor the Zero design.  Jan and Frank expect to pass Myrna Minkoff by this afternoon, putting ER Tape into first place. 
 
Tonight's Winds
Tonight the wind is expected to pick back up again.  We shall see what takes place. 
 
Side Story
Since there seems to be less drama going on during the return leg, this gives me the opportunity to share some stories about the comradely amongst the singlehanded sailors.  While in Newport the week before the race, I told all of you about how the group would hang out together everyday and basically helped each other prepare for the race.   Here is yet another example of the genuine care they show for each other. 
 
Something that is very special to Jan and I is the FILA eye.  The FILA eye is an eye decal that was on the FILA boat with skipper Giovanni Soldini.  Jan helped Giovanni during the Around Alone race and later many other events.  We never had the chance to put the FILA eye on ER Tape as time did not allow for me to draw it then get it turned into a sticker.  Well while Jan was in Newport I finally had the time to draw the eye and mailed it to him on a card.  Jan went to a sail loft and got some scrap sticker material so that he could trace the eye onto the sticker material and cut it out.  Well the last possible night that Jan could have done this before the race began, he completely crashed out from fatigue and went to sleep.  When Jan awoke, he found two FILA eyes cut out and waiting for him.  Ryan Finn, from Myrna Minkoff, had cut them both out while Jan was sleeping.   That truly meant the world to Jan and I as it finally made her complete.  In Bermuda I never had a chance to personally thank Ryan for this....but since Ryan is reading this right now, I can now say 'Thank you so much Ryan, it meant so much to me and Jan'.
 
Photos
 
The Eye
 
 
Well I just had to throw in the family Bermuda shot....here we are at the beach.

Report from Jan Brandt & Frank Gazioch

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Good Morning -
Just heard from Jan.   They have been able to see Reality, WAFI and Myrna Minkoff all night long.  They have been going upwind since they left Bermuda.  The winds were around 15 - 18 knots and ER Tape had a double reefed main and jib up.
 
Last night the winds went light to around 8-10 knots and they put up the Genoa (bigger jib).  They were slowly working themselves windward to pass Jesse on Reality.  Reality was literally less than 10 yards to leeward of ER Tape.  Both boats were working hard, but ER Tape finally prevailed and passed Reality.
 
Currently the winds are from the NW and are back up to around 18 -23 knots.  ER Tape again has two reefs in the main and the jib up.  Tonight the winds are still predicted to go light and fill out of the SW. 
 
The Minis at St. George's Dingy and Sports Club, Bermuda
From left to right:  Myrna Minkoff, ER Tape, Reality, WAFI, Spirit of America,
Josephine, Mini Red Dress (not pictured

 

Report from Jan Brandt

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

 

Hello Everyone -
 
Heading out from the dock
It was blowing between 12 and 15 knots as Jan and Frank sailed out to the starting line.  They were both giddy as kids as they set off.  They have 25 gallons of fresh water on board in bottles and jerry cans.  These are for not only for drinking but also for weight on the high side.  This will make ER Tape at least a little bit closer to the prototypes. 
 
Technical Side Note
Other advantages the prototype boats have (previously referred to as 'extra fancy things') are either water ballast or swing keels.  Water ballast is basically a pump system that fills an internal tank with salt water on the high side.  This gives the advantage similar to having another person sitting on the high side of the boat helping to keep the boat flatter - - aka rail meat.  The other option prototypes have are swing keels. The keel is the really long thing underwater that keeps the boat upright.  Well some prototypes can swing, or cant, the keel (actually move the whole thing) towards the high side.  Again giving the advantage of rail meat.  Since ER Tape does not have either of these modifications, water in jerry cans is as close as you can get.
 
The Start
As you know I wasn't there, but Katie Triplett from team "Ryan Finn Ocean Racing (RFOR)" was.  And again has kept me in the loop on what happened.  Thanks Katie!  See her exert below.
 
Per Katie Triplett:
Clark Thompson was at the helm of Mryna Minkoff, Mini 252 and he was all smiles as Ryan Finn popped the spinnaker at the line to shoot them ahead of the Mini Class.It was a nice clean start, with beautiful St. George, Bermuda in the background.  Jay Sharkey #415 followed, with Jan Brandt and crew #530  in a close 3rd.  They sprinted out of the harbor and are on their way safely back to Newport.

 

Positions out of Town Cut:

  1. Ryan Finn, Clark Thompson
  2. Jan Brandt and Frank Gazioch 
  3. Jesse Rowse and crew
  4. Jay Sharkey, Katie Healey
  5. Drew Wood, Dean Wood
  6. Sam Ausmus III and Denver
  7. Katie Ambach, Tara Thomas
Future Weather
It looks like it will be a lot of upwind work for the next couple of days.  This means tacking back and forth to get towards the finish.  This of course was not pleasing to most of the return crew, including Frank, as they were all hoping for some of that surfing spinnaker rides everyone experienced on the way down.   A front is suppose to come through tonight and tomorrow producing lighter, but still up wind, winds. 
 
Current Position
In case you have not been following the tracking so far....ER Tape, Reality, WAFI and Myrna Minkoff are all within 1 mile of each other and have been all day.  8 hours in and still close! Just a few miles back from them are Mini Red Dress, Josephine and Spirit of America.
 
- Holli

From the Bermuda 1-2 Race site:

From the start in Bermuda

From "Wookie Racing"

 

Here is Ryan leading Jan out of St. Georges Harbor Here's Boudreaux and rfinn hauling some mini-butt off the line. GOOOOO RFOR! Here's my favorite pic...the Minis getting a Send-off from the Ferry pilot.
Jay on 'Jospehine' Jesse on 'Reality' Drew
   
  Sam [L] and Katie [R]  

Report from Jan Brandt

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Good Morning Everyone -
 
Week Off in Bermuda

Sydney and I arrived late last night from a week in Bermuda with Jan.  Of course it was an amazing time hanging on the docks, working on boats, visiting the beaches and enjoying the company of the truly great people that participate in this race.  It was wonderful to meet and make friends with all the new people and see old friends from the 2001 Bermuda 1-2. 

 
The Start Today
Today is the start of the Doublehanded Leg of the Bermuda 1-2 Race, where they all sail back with 2 people.  Jan's return crew is Frank Gazioch who is a long time friend of ours.  Jan and Frank have sailed together on various doublehanded and crewed sailboat races and deliveries over the past 16 year plus years.  Jan and Frank are out grocery shopping today in St. George's to provision the boat with water and some fresh foods (including these amazing half pound locally made raisin scones - Yum!).
 
Time Postponement
The race start today has been postponed until 2:00 pm in order to allow the two cruise ships parked at St. George's to clear out.  The start of the race is right off of St. George's Dingy and Sports Club.  The cruise ships have to pass right by this area to get out the Town Cut pass (a tight squeeze).  So a postponement is a good thing.
 
Now mind you Bermuda is a small island and the town of St. Georges is fairly small.  Traffic from two cruise ships fills the town.  Also there are two cruise ships in Hamilton and one in Dockyard.  5 Cruise ships all together on that small island - that is a lot of tourists!
 
How long will it take?
Jan anticipates the race back to Newport will take around 5-6 days. 
 
Jan has participated in the following races from Bermuda to Newport
2001:  Bermuda 1-2, both legs on 'Kokopelli' 
2003:  Bermuda 1-2, second handed leg back to Newport on 'Insufferable'
2004:  Newport Bermuda delivery back to Newport 
2005:  Bermuda 1-2, second handed leg back to Newport on 'GORE Fabrics'
2006:  Newport Bermuda Race on 'Godspeed'
2007:  current
 
In every one of these years that Jan has completed this sail back to Newport, he has finished on his birthday Wednesday June 27th.  We shall see if this year holds true as well.    
 
- Holli

June 22 1400 EDT Start of the Double Handed Leg to Newport.

Solo leg to Bermuda:

Place Boat Skipper Distance to Finish Elapsed Time Time of Finish
1 Mira Minkoff Ryan Finished 3 days 14:31:00 Jun 13 02:21 EDT
2 ER Tape Jan Finished 4 days 01:43:00 Jun 13 13:33 EDT
3 Reality Jesse Finished 4 days 05:21:00 Jun 13 17:11 EDT
4 WAFI Drew Finished 4 days 09:49:00 Jun 13 21:39 EDT
5 Sprit of America Sam Finished 5 days 06:59:00 Jun 14 18:49 EDT
6 Mini Red Dress Katie RET-in Bermuda ? ?
7 Josephine Jay RET-in Bermuda   RET-under motor
8 Komera Duncan RET-In Newport - Mast/Spreader Damage

* Delayed Tracker Info

Report from Katie

USA 680

"Mini Red Dress"

Website

From the Bermuda 1-2 Race site:

15 JUNE 2000 - Peter Bourke, Rubicon, called again.  Still in a wind hole along with Kate on Mini Red Dress.  Peter has been in contact with Kate via VHF and all is well. Hoping, wishfully, for wind.

Report from Katie

USA 680

"Mini Red Dress"

Website

From the Bermuda 1-2 Race site:

Rubicon, Peter Bourke, called to say he has been in a wind hole the past 24 hours but is continuing on.  Peter said he had heard from Mini Red Dress but that she did not hear Peter.

Report from Jay

USA 179

"Josephine"

 

From the Bermuda 1-2 Race site:

15 JUNE 0830 - Jay Sharkey, Josephine, called to say he is starting his engine due to lack of wind and thus withdrawing.  He has been out of power for the past 3 days.  He expects to be in Bermuda around 1800 EDT.

Report from Jan Brandt

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Hey guys, Jan from ER Tape here. Thanks for all the support and interest. I have got to say, I had an absolute blast! What a way for the Mini Class to start in the US! These boats rock offshore! My Zero ran like a champ without any problems and took good care of me. I am waiting until the rest of the class is in, then I will take a couple of days off R&R with Holli and Syd before our "inport race" Sunday. It is going to be a good week in Bermuda before we do it all over again on the return leg. More updates once I "unfry" my brain.

Another dark and Stormy please...
Later, Jan

Report from Sam Ausmus III:

USA 175

"Spirit of America"

Website

From the Bermuda 1-2 Race site:

Sam Ausmus, Spirit of America, called.  He is about 34 nm from the finish with lighter winds than he was hoping for, 5 kts at 330.  He will be giving the local sail maker some business; ripped two spinnakers.

Ryan and Jan debrief.

Report from Jay

USA 179

"Josephine"

 

Jay (Josephine) called me 9:00 pm Wednesday night to report he was approximately 130 nm out from Bermuda. He’s had a rough time going since early this week:  as reported earlier, he lost his jumper struts and so cannot fully hoist the main, so his speed has been seriously limited. In addition, he re-injured his shoulder (he was in a pretty bad bike accident earlier this year) when he got in the water to untangle Josephine from a fish trap, and he’s been fighting to keep his right ear dry because he blew his drum when he dove to clean the bottom of his boat before the race. To top it all off, both his autopilots are not functioning so he’s been hand-steering for the duration, and hasn’t had a wink of sleep. Needless to say, he’s exhausted, and is just trying to keep a straight course to St. George’s so he can finally get some rest. He said he expected to arrive in the wee hours of Friday but I see his speed has slipped to 2.4 knots, so we’ll have to see how things play out.

He has not been in touch with anyone. His first question to me was “Is Duncan there yet?” (He was extremely bummed to hear about your mast troubles, Duncan).

So, to anyone reading... please send Jay some positive energy throughout the day. He will certainly appreciate the good vibes!!! Suzanne.

Report from Sam Ausmus III:

USA 175

"Spirit of America"

Website

13 Jun 07 1930 . Sam called today, he is doing well, except for a sore ass. Seems deck non-skid is not soft. He is about 100 miles from Bermuda and is being chased by squalls. If the next one has rain in it he will try to wash some clothes.  Then the Sat-phone connection was lost. Sail fast Sam!

Report from Jan Brandt

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Hello Everyone -
 
Jan arrived in Bermuda today at 13:31 with a smile on his face.  He was greeted at the dock by Ryan Finn from Myrna Minkoff and his support team including Katie Triplett.  According to Katie, Ryan and Jan have been discussing the race ever since his arrival. 
 
I am sure Jan will send out an email to everyone once he gets some much needed sleep.   Sydney and I leave for Bermuda on Friday to join him and the other Mini skippers.
 
Thanks - Holli

Report from Ryan Finn

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

That was a nice ride. Yesterday was all about just finishing so I didn't touch the tiller the whole day and caught up on sleep as recommended by Clark and Katie. Not too much to write about after the delivery up, but that was kind of the point. Just waiting for Jan to pull in to hand down the "easy button" and a drink. He's done a killer job.

Looking forward to the race back.

-Ryan

Report from Jan Brandt

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Good Morning Everyone -

I spoke to Jan this morning at 7:30 am. He actually sounded rested. His goal last night was to keep Reality at bay. He wanted to make sure the Jesse would not catch him. In case you were watching the tracker, you may have noticed early in the evening Jesse was gaining 3-4 miles every update.

The conditions were such that Jan had up the code zero and full main. At his angle to the wind and with those sails up, Jan's autopilot was able to steer the boat extremely well. In these conditions having the gyropilot isn't an advantage.

Even though Jan was at the point of exhaustion, he decided to push the boat really hard with big sails up for a couple of hours to put more distance on Jesse. By the middle of the night Jan had significantly gained on Jesse. Around the 2:00 am position Jan gained even more indicating that Jesse either had problems or decided to sleep. Jan was suffering from severe sleep deprivation at this point. He periodically called Frank (return crew) throughout the night just to talk and stay coherent.

Once Jan realized the distance he had gained on Reality, he decided to get intermittent sleep for the remainder of the night. As of the 8:22 am position report Jan is 30 miles ahead of Reality. Jan thinks he will arrive in Bermuda sometime this afternoon.

At 11:00 am this morning Jan will be calling into Sydney's school class, Mrs. Berry's 1st Grade class at Kempsville Meadows Elementary, to talk to the kids. They are the ones that made the great flag for Jan. Jan has been talking with the kids about his trip over the last month.

- Holli

 

Report from Duncan Gladman

CAN 415

"Komera"

Website

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Bent out Of Shape

 
This morning Tony from Forte came up to Newport to inspect the rig and with John's help we spent almost 2 hrs looking at ways to fix the spreader bracket issues. We had taken a spreader off the rig to inspect the damage and upon closer examination it confirmed what I saw when I climbed the rig during the race. The hole that the pin goes through for the hinged joint of the spreader was quite elongated and as Tony said it was only a matter of time before there was a total failure of the hinged bracket. As bad as that it is to hear at least confirms my choice to head back to Newport was the correct one. I am currently at Newport shipyard waiting for the rig to be pulled out, it will be then be sent back to Forte where new brackets for both the inboard and outboard ends will be made. Tony will keep the rig in the shop for as long as needed to make these changes and few other minor tweaks that we feel we should make.

Over the last few days there have been various spar builders, riggers and even a few well known yacht designers that have come down to look at the boat and in particular try to help and find a quick fix for the rig problem so I can get back racing. It was very encouraging to receive all the help and support from all everyone I owe them all a huge thank you. With all the various opinions, ideas and solutions that everyone has contributed we have come up with a very good design for the spreaders ends that will be stronger and cleaner looking.

I would also like to thank Eli and the folks at the Newport Shipyard for going out of their way to fit me into their busy schedule and for looking after the Mini fleet in general.

Duncan

 

Report from Drew

USA 577

"WAFI"

Website

 

1015 eastern from Drew. He reports just taking it steady. Has power problems and has tuned of all his electrical drain, meters, nav, pilots etc and is hand steering. Reported 10 kts from about the north and a couple of hours of sleep last evening with the tiller tied off. He is looking to hook up the solar panels this morning and press on. He is taking the big view of the race, his boat and the program.

Report from Jay

USA 179

"Josephine"

 

Call on Monday 0715 eastern changing his earlier communicated plan to return to Newport in favor of pressing on to Newport. He mentioned difficulties with his rig and there was also mention of electrical problems.

Report from Tara Thomas

USA 680

"Mini Red Dress"

Website

Hey!

Yep, Katie rang me just south of block island, but we haven't heard from her since... drew is having power issues (which is also reported on the Bermuda 1-2 website) and has turned off most electronics in order to save what little power he has left. Waiting to hear from Katie again to put an official report up on the website... but still waiting. Katie Triplett is already writing an update on activities this afternoon and Ryan is getting here pretty quick. 
 
We just got in to Bermuda and are doing a quick position check, then heading off to sort out accommodations and details when the guys get in.

Report from Ryan Finn

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

Hello friends,

 

I beat him!  This time I’m really happy since now, I’ll be able to greet him at the dock.  Tara Thomas (Co-skipper #680) and I arrived in Bermuda today.  I arrived two hours earlier than she and I waited at the airport and had a few nice conversations with sailors picking up their crew.  They both were following the race and were excited to hear I was part of the RFOR team.  We took a taxi to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, where Olivia Barton (head sailing instructor-24yrs) met us and took us to our private island!  We’re staying in the cottage on White’s Island, which is directly across from the cruise ships in Hamilton.  The cottage is owned by the Bermuda Sailing Association and housing was our trade-off for working with the kids in the area.  Three other instructors are living there and the house is more like a dorm setting.  The island is absolutely fantastic!!  Huge green yard, grill, private beach and many different boats to sail.  We were on our way back to the main island (500 yards away) and her friend, Kevin, invited us to tie off to his 40’ glass bottom tour boat for a Rum Swizzle.  I’m now at the Bermuda Sailing Association office which is a 5 minute walk from the boat.  We are using a 15’ skiff to get back and forth to the house.  I can’t wait for the sailors to get here and we might not ever leave our private island! Wish our friends and family were here to share the fun– Katie  

 

Report from Jan Brandt

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

 

Just spoke to Jan he has been “hauling ass” in 23 knots of wind with full main and big chute up. He is planted at the helm and has been for over that last hour. He is reaching speeds consistently between 9 and 11 knots and surfing down waves. He said he is starting to get a little warn down and hungry after the constant concentration. He said he has no room to take any more wind as he is all the way in the stern of the boat, back by the runners and with each little surf he can hear the rig creek just a bit. He said he already stuffed the bow a couple of times as well. I could hear the wind howling in the background and the water rushing by - - it sounds amazing. As we were speaking a slightly bigger puff came and Jan decided it was time to hang up and get the chute down since he had no way to tell if more wind would be coming – which would be an imminent wipe out.

The sun is finally out. He is having a blast.

- Holli

Report from Ryan Finn

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

from Ryan

Spent last night under full main and fractional spinnaker making good time and getting lots of sleep. This morning I was overtaken by several large rain showers. From the helm they didn't look too powerful and I just steered through them. Lazy I guess, but I didn't feel like dousing the kite and resetting it. Besides there were are a bunch of good miles under those things. It's kind of bizarre being under a squall with rain flattening the waves and it looking like things are calming down. Then you look at the instruments and the wind is up to 25 knots and boat speed is steadily above 12 knots! I guess a lot of what goes on out here is just in our head.

I'm just under 100 miles from the finish in Bermuda, jib reaching directly at the mark at about 7 knots. It appears I have a pretty good lead so it's just a matter of keeping the boat in one piece and pointed in the right direction. I'm racing Katie Triplett who is arriving by plane. I beat her to Newport, but this one may be harder.

-Ryan

From the Bermuda 1-2 Race site:

We heard from WAFI, Drew.  He is moving along.  Has power issues since no sun till today.  Slept some with the helm lashed.  Wind N @ 10 kts.

12 JUNE 0800 - ER Tape had a two hour stop getting the code 0 out of the water which wrapped it self around the keel; the guy line for his bow sprit broke.  He took his sails down, cleared the problem the took off again.  All is well. Jan reports finally seeing sunshine for the first time.
Reality had a change of course between 0230 and 0630 where he was heading NE at 2.4kts.  The last report at 0830 showed him heading south at 5 kts. Hopefully he was just hove to sleeping because he may have lost power; lack of sunshine to charge the batteries.
A number of boats report that there have been a quite a few squalls where the wind jumps up to 22 kts.  The front group report calm sees with about NW to SW breeze at about 13 kts.

Report from Jan Brandt

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Good Morning Everyone -
 
Just heard from Jan.  At 1:30 am this morning Jan was 'screaming' along in 20 knots of breeze with his code zero sail.  The code zero is basically a really big jib that hooks onto the bow sprit pole at the front of the boat.  Well the guy line (one of the lines that holds the pole out front) broke.   This caused the pole to swing back around to the side of the boat.  Of course, then the sail went into the water and Jan ran over the sail.  The boat was parked.  The sail was wrapped around (underwater) the entire bow and keel of the boat.  Jan spent 2 hours getting the sail untangled and back on board.  Amazingly, nothing was damaged.  Then Jan was finally exhausted enough to fall asleep for one whole hour. 
 
- Holli

Report from Jan Brandt

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Hello Everyone -
Well I thought I would give all of you a slight break from my emailing....okay you have now had a whole 24 hours.  Now onto the stories....
 
Crossing the Gulf Stream:
As of this morning when I spoke to Jan the winds were from behind, basically dead down wind, blowing between 20 - 28 knots, and the seas were building to 7-8 foot.  He had the smaller spinnaker up when we spoke.  Jan was down below talking with me on the phone, autopilot steering, and the boat began surfing at 11.6 knots.  What fun!  He did, though, spent all night gybing (turning) away from thunderstorm squall lines but as we spoke there was still one coming straight at him, which is not too much fun.
 
At dawn this morning Jan was steering the boat with the big spinnaker up with one reef in the main.  The winds were at  20 knots and Jan and ER had 12 - 13 knots of boat speed.  The winds began to build...23 knots...25 knots....27 knots...Jan could feel the pressure on the rig building.  The forestay was completely loose and the runners were cranked on as tight as they could go.  Jan decided to purposely sideways park the boat in the water, take down the big spinnaker then put up the smaller spinnaker. 
 
Fastest Boat Speed So Far:
Top boat speed for the boat was reached at sunset last night at 16 knots on some long nice surfing waves.
 
No Power:
Jan and ER have had absolutely no sun at all during the entire race.  His batteries would have been dead yesterday afternoon if it were not for Robert's Honda generator.  Jan is running the generator to simply fill the power need of the autopilot.
 
Sleep...Or Lack There Of:
Jan is going on a total of 2 hours of sleep SINCE the race began.  Lets remember he started the race on Saturday.   He is basically taking cat naps of 5 minutes here and there when possible.  He accidentally fell asleep with the big spinnaker up and woke up to a 10 knot surf down a wave.  He realized he was only asleep for about 3-4 seconds but was completely out for that time.  He said it was quit a feeling to wake up to a surfing boat.
 
Autopilot Explanation:
So why can't Jan just sleep more?  This is primarily due to the wind, wave, and autopilot scenario.  In case you have not figured it out yet, the autopilot steers the boat.  The autopilot is linked to the instruments on board and Jan basically tells the autopilot to steer a specific compass course.  When a person steers down a surfing wave, they need to adjust to the faster speed and to the boat getting pushed around a bit.   With the big spinnaker up and surfing down waves, this autopilot will simply continue on its assigned course...this will cause the sails to luff (flap all around).  This is obviously not fast and could make the boat park (flop) on its side.  The only way for Jan to be fast, is to steer all the time.  He can only get sleep when he takes down the spinnaker.   
 
Okay so now if you are truly following my explanation you may be asking yourself, is it like this for everyone?  The answer is no.  All the other Minis have GyroAutopilots.  The Gyropilot is able to take sea conditions into account and steer accordingly to optimize boat speed.  Jan will be able to get more sleep once the wind and sea conditions change.
 
iBoat:
When checking the iBoat tracker, note that not all boats are updated at the same time.  There is sometimes a 2 hours lag between the tracked boats. 
 
 
Jan is loving his boat.  This is the first time he has been able to take his ocean boat out in the true ocean. 
 
I have not gotten an afternoon or evening update from Jan....so I guess that is it for now. 
 
Well not so fast, just as I was able to hit the send button, Jan called.
 
Monday evening Update:
Jan had a genoa up and full main going at a slight reach, when the winds starting to pick up to 24 knots. He keep falling off the wind (to decrease speed) but he just kept surfing at 12 knots no matter how much he feel off.  He decided it was putting too much pressure on the rudders and reefed the main.  Now he is surfing down the waves still at a reach doing between 9 and 11 knots consistently.  He is going to make dinner of dehydrated food (his first real meal of the race) and then go to sleep.
 
He is gaining on 'Reality' and 'Myrna' because Jan is using an eddy in the gulf stream that has a current of 3 knots or so.  This will basically push Jan faster.    'Reality' and 'Myrna' are not in this Gulf Stream eddy. 
 
Okay this is really it, for now.
-Holli

 

From the Bermuda 1-2 Race site:

Report from Jay Sharky

USA 179

"Josephine"

11 JUNE 1230 - Josephine still racing:  Josephine (Jay Sharkey) called to say that after talking to Convergence he decided to stick it out.  He has lost his jumper struts, both auto pilots and spent 2 hours untangling himself from a fish trap. He is going to try to make one auto pilot out of two.  So I expect to see Jay in Bermuda. 

No word from Jay on Josephine on his mast problems, but the race tracker has him heading to Bermuda and back up to speed.

Report from Ryan Finn

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

The Gulf Stream is nice and lumpy as usual.  This morning I passed two cruiser racers in the B1-2.  I was surfing fast and passed right between them.  After about 15 minutes of being ahead I caught a funny wave with a 25 knot gust and totally buried my bow up the mast in the back of a wave.  The next thing I know I'm looking down on my bow and the rudders are useless.  Then the boat just flopped over on its side and righted.  It was like "Hey Ryan, look at this trick I know!" Plop! and I was like "Never ever do that again!"

Anyway I guess that's what they mean about nose-diving these boats.  Too easy to do in the Gulf Stream.  I'm sure the guys behind were laughing.  I would have loved to see that from another boat.  Don't worry I've figured out a technique to avoid it, at least in that scenario.

-Ryan

Report from Duncan Gladman

CAN 415

"Komera"

Website

Talked to Duncan today, his sprits are good and he is working to get his rig sorted out and sail to Bermuda. The mast manufacturer is on the way to inspect the rig and find a solution.

Report from Sam Ausmus III:

USA 175

"Spirit of America"

Website

Just got off the phone with Sam. He's getting ready to cross the Gulf Stream at 10:30 PM CST on Sunday. Says the winds are mostly form the North at this time, so he hopes it won't be terribly rough. Says he's been napping a lot to save up sleep for this. He blew out his asymetrical "Big Barney" Saturday night, and will try to have it repaired in Bermuda.

                                                                                             Vicky

From the Bermuda 1-2 Race site:

11 JUNE 0630 - Josephine withdraws: Convergence reports that Josephine (Jay Sharkey) has withdrawn due to some problem with the mast.  He is headed back to Newport under small jib and doesn't need assistance at this time.

10 JUNE 2000 - Komera may return: Duncan will have the mast makers look at the mast/spreader connection and if it can be fixed soon, Duncan will be heading back to Bermuda.  Duncan wants to participate

Report from Duncan Gladman

CAN 415

"Komera"

Website

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Frustration

 
Well it was a great start to the race, I had a good start along with Jay, Jan, Ryan and Jesse, we were all within a few boat lengths the exception being Jay who started at the pin end. As we worked our way downwind towards the open water I was able to make a couple of jibes on some favorable shifts and rounded the corner in first. It was a tight spinnaker reach for 30 min or so then as the wind headed it was back to to the headsail for some close reaching in 10-14knts and a light chop. As I cleaned up the cockpit and packed the chute I was able to inch out on Jesse and gain more on Jan, while Jay sailed higher and Ryan went quite low with a more southerly heading. I thought this would be a good time to check the rig out as with all the set backs we had this week I didn't get the chance to properly set up the rig. As I sighted up the mast I was alarmed to see a huge amount of bend in the rig (which explained my lousy mainsail shape) and a lot of fore and aft movement ("pumping") 0ver each wave. After watching the movement for a few minutes it seemed clear the issue was the spreaders and their attachment points at the mast. The attachments were being twisted back from and then loaded up with each pump of the mast. In short, this basically meant the angle was not facing aft enough and forced the back edge of the spreader to load up and push the rig forward. The effect of this was the outboard end of the spreader was stationary but inboard end was moving back and forth 6" twisting the connecting bolt to the hinged spreader bracket. To get a closer look I climbed the rig (easier said than done on a bouncing Mini) and seeing it up close confirmed what I suspected. I thought that with some tweaking of runners and check stay that I might be able to stabilize the rig to stop the pumping but after messing around for 20 mins with various settings it was no good. Plan B, I got my spare Halyard and the Spinnaker tack line and threw it over the spreaders, back to the spinnaker block at each corner of the boat and tightened it up as much as I dared, but this did little or nothing to stop the pumping. I was pretty sure that the rig was fine for downwind sailing but if there was any kind of upwind work in anything close to a strong wind there was going to be a breakage. So there is still a very slight chance that I can get repairs and get to Bermuda.

Duncan

Report from Jan Brandt

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Hello Again Everyone -

 
Well an update from Jan is that he is back into race mode.  He was not able to dive the keel but feels like everything is okay for now...nothing has gotten worse anyway.  The winds are up to 20 knots now and he just has the jib up.  Tonight he passes through the Gulf Stream.  This is an area where the waters go from fairly cold to really warm in a very small area.  It is not unlikely to have high seas, thunderstorms and heavy winds here.  Duncan Gladman on Komera has decided to retire from the race but says he will be back in 2009. 
 
News on the Bermuda 1-2 can be found at http://www.bermuda1-2.org/
 
Here are a couple of fabulous pictures of Jan and ER at the start in Newport.  They are taken by Joe Copper, a fellow Mini owner but not participating in this race.  Thanks Joe.
 
- Holli

Report from Ryan Finn

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

I'm getting into a rhythm.  I just crossed Jesse's transom and didn't see him on deck.  I dropped the kite and matched his angle, than set the new screacher and am pretty sure I'm in front of him now. 

 

Last night was pretty hectic trying to get back into the swing of things and making a few mistakes.  But I took it easy and feel good today, so no harm done. 

It's been overcast the whole race and I'm in the Gulf stream now, so every once in a while the sun peeps through.  I'm sure there will be plenty of that once I'm out of the Gulf Stream.

 

38.13N

69.26W

 

-Ryan

 

Report from Jan Brandt

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Hello Everyone -
 
Last night (Saturday night) was a very cold night for Jan and ER.  Jan was continuing to push the boat, sailing with a reefed main, genoa and code zero going about 9 knots.  He saw and struck, dead centered on the keel, a 10 foot long 4 by 4 wood board.  The boat basically stopped in the water until the board slide around the keel.  It missed the rudders all together. 
 
The boat seems structural fine (thank goodness for a production boat!) and no water is leaking inside the boat.  However, the impact did knock out the knot meter and now there is some vibration in the keel.  Jan thinks that keel vibrations could be from fairing but there is also lee helm which he did not have before.  This leads him to believe that something definitely happened to the keel, he just does not know what.  The keel is sealed at the top to the boat with fiberglass and Jan thinks this fiberglass may have just knocked loose a bit causing the lee helm.  The entire keel is held on by huge bolts, and the fiberglass just acts to make the boat bottom smoother and faster.   
 
Jan is not pushing the boat at all until he figures out what, if anything, is wrong with the keel. In order to figure this out Jan will have to dive under the boat to actually see what happened. Currently, the winds are around 16 knots, the seas are building, and the water temperature is around 50 degrees.   Making the conditions not too good for diving the keel.  Jan is going to safely sail, and pull out of race mode, until he reaches warmer water.  At that point he will jump in and take a look.
 
I will fill you in when I have more details.
 
- Holli

From the Bermuda 1-2 Race site:

ER Tape reported that he hit a 4x4 while doing 9kts. The only problems he is having is the keel is vibrating and the speed sensor was pushed into the boat. He has slowed to 7.5kts but is continuing on to Bermuda.

Duncan Gladman on Komera calls to say that he is returning to Newport. Nothing has broken but the interface of the spreaders to the mast is not good and the result is a pumping mast. He is afraid with any kind of upwind work he may end up with a broken spreader and decided to avoid the possibility. Duncan was in the lead at the time so he is rather disappointed but says he will return in 2009.

Report from Jan Brandt

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Hello Everyone -
Okay this one is another long one.  It seems that once you get me started I get too enthusiastic and just can't seem to stop!  I was hopping all around the house today in anticipation and excitement about the start.  I will have to save some other stories for days when I have less information to share.....
 
 
Weather:
The weather forecast is not looking too good.  They call for light winds and 5 days of fog.  Thick, wet, cold, northeast fog.  One of Jan's concerns was power.  He needs power to run the lights in the cabin, VHF radio, running light at night, GPS, etc., and most importantly the autopilot.  He is set up with three solar panels to charge the batteries.  They normally charge the batteries so efficiently that Jan can not even begin to use up all the juice.   However, now with this forecast - -  no sun = no recharging of the batteries.  Our good racing friend Robert (with an accent on the 'e' as he is French) on "Peserverence" offered Jan his third back up power system, a Honda generator.  So instead of eating breakfast with the group at the yacht club, Jan was off to the boat store to buy cables to wire a charger to connect the generator to the batteries.  Jan's second concern were freighters.  He has a warning system on board that will beat when freights are close, but HE is already difficult to see at only a very small 21 foot boat and fog only makes that worse.  Once he is past the 40 degree line the shipping traffic will be much less. 
 
The Start:
The Mini's are in Class 6, a separate class just for them.  This means that technically they are only racing against each other.  The Class 6 start was at 11:50 am today (Saturday).  They had light winds from the Northeast, making for a very interesting spinnaker start.  Four boats were on the line right at the start gun with spinnakers flying.  Jan won the start (meaning first over the line) by about a boat length.   
 
However, spinnaker reaching favors the protype boat designs over the production (or series) designs (ER Tape is a production).  The basics are.....the prototypes are built super light weight and are meant just to go super fast.... where as the productions are built stronger but that usually means heavier, and hence slower at certain angles of sail.  Also the prototypes have some extra fancy features to help them go even faster. 
 
6:30 pm Update:
Via the satellite phone (you have to love technology) Jan told me that the fog has lifted slightly and the wind shifted a bit.  He is right up there with all the prototypes fighting for a spot.  He told me that he was really working the boat, changing sails all the time from the jib to the genoa, the spinnaker and even the code zero.  The seas are lumpy and the winds are 8-12 knots, beam reaching.
 
Duncan Gladman "Komera" Update:
In case you were wondering about Komera (the one who had the four inch hole in the side of his boat) .....Sam Ausmus "Spirit of America" (a preacher from Texas with a quick witty sense of humor) kept taking Duncan out for beer and coffee to keep him sane while the rest of the Mini group worked on Komera. The Mini sailors were able to fix the hole for Duncan so well that it is almost unnoticeable.  Well Duncan had just gotten a new rig (mast) for Komera and put it up for the first time in Newport.    The only time Duncan was able to sail with the new rig to see how it felt on the boat and to see if everything was installed correctly, was when he was hit by the other boat.  He had only be out for about 20 minutes!
 
Well at the start of the race today Duncan realized that his spreaders where making loud noises and clunking around.  For you sailors out there I know you are cringing right now.  This is a noise you never want to hear as it usually means your rig is soon to break in half and crash into the water.  Duncan had to climb the rig during the prestart to see what was going on.  His spreaders have a hinge system that connect them to the carbon mast.  Apparently, that is what was loose and it was causing the spreaders to fling all around and the carbon to splinter.  He turned around to 'fix' it .... no one is quit sure what he did but he did something as he appears on the iBoat Tracker, and not too far behind I might add.
 
The Boats:
I though I would give you a listing of the Class 6 Minis.  I keep mentioning all of them and now you will see them all on the iBoat tracker.  The boat numbers are assigned by the international MiniClass and are given sequentially as the boats are built, which will give you an idea about age of the boat.  Also remember the prototypes are the lighter boats with all that extra stuff for speed.  
 
Sam Owens  USA#175  "Spirit of America"   Pogo series (production) boat
Jesse Rowse  USA#176  "Reality"  Romaneli prototype
Jay Sharkey  USA#179  "Josephine"   VPLP prototype
Ryan Fin   USA#252   "Myrna Minkoff"   (sometimes commonly called "RFOR")  Finot prototype
Duncan Gladman  USA#415  "Komera"   Beret prototype
Jan Brandt   USA#530   "ER Tape"   Zero series (production)
Drew Wood   USA#577   "WAFI"   Roland prototype
Katie Ambach   USA#680   "Red Dress"   Zero series (production)
 
Links:
The iBoat link is now active 2007 Bermuda One-Two (1)
http://charthorizon.com/races/2007_newport_bermuda1/htdocs/

It looks slightly different than the last tracker, with slightly different features.  On the left you will see a pop up menu called the "Boat Control Panel".  If you choose under #1, "Show", "Class 6" then only the Minis will show up.  Then you can mouse over the colored dots to see which boat is where.  On the same pop up window that shows the names (when you mouse over), you can see "Distance to Finish" .  That will give you a rough idea of how far they have to go.  This is a straight line shot though, so take that with a grain of salt....no pun intended.
 
And to quote Sydney for the day :
"It doesn't matter what place Papi finishes in, as long as he is having fun"
 
Enough said,
Holli

 

Report from Ryan Finn

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

Hello,

 

What an exciting race day!  Ryan had a fantastic start and 5 of the 8 Minis were taking turns leading the pack.  It was great sailing.  Ryan is currently in the lead.  Sadly, Duncan Gladman #415, is turning back for some minor repairs.  We are hoping he is able to get back in the race soon.  We are standing by, ready to tow him in if needed. 

 

Thanks for all your support.  More updates later.  The shore-crew is going to crash right now.  You can track Ryan and the rest of the competitors on www.bermuda1-2.org.  It’s all too exciting.

 

Below is a link of our photos from the week.  Enjoy!

 

Many thanks,

Katie Triplett

Team Manager

504-352-5007

www.ryanfinnoceanracing.com

Hi,

Photos from Newport, RI. Bermuda 1-2, 2007 Pre-race and June 9th Start photos. Enjoy!

My photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8789803@N04/


 

Some of my recent photos

 

(By the way, if the photostream link doesn't work, try copying and pasting it from this email into your browser's address bar.)

Flickr is almost certainly the best photo management and sharing application in the world. If you'd like to see what I use it for you can check out my profile page or browse my photos.

 

 

And they're off!

09 June 2007. In light winds with 1/2 mile visibility in fog the 1st USA Mini race is away to Bermuda. 

Mini's in the fog. 3 of the Mini's on tow out of the harbor. Jesse backing out of the slip.
 

More photos from the start in Newport.

(As soon as I can near a high speed link)

 

Report from Ryan Finn

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

Hello friend,

 

5hrs 19min and 39seconds till the race as I type this email!  What a great day we had!  We were told our screecher sail was going to arrive red label at 8:30am and when it hadn’t arrived, we called UPS and they said “before 12:30”.  Instead of waiting, Clark and Ryan went to the Newport Hospital and intercepted the package!  Apparently, the UPS guy had to be there between 9:45-10am or someone was going to die, so we knew it was a pretty sure bet and it was!!  Boys are so easy, give ‘em a sail and they’re happy!  I mean the tension in the air dissolved instantly and Ryan was back to his witty self.  Not only did the sail arrive but it’s absolutely perfect!!   15 minutes later we got a call, saying our Katrina MREs (thank you to Louie Lambou and Rocky from NOLA for the donations) had arrived.  Ryan is convinced these are the best things to eat on the boat. 

 

The boys worked on the boat all morning, I ran last minute errands (we’ve been running last minute errands all week).  I stopped by Staples and bought an “easy” button for the boat.  Have you seen the Staples commercials?  They actually sell a red button that when you press it says, “That was easy!”.  I figured we could use one.  I just hope it’s waterproof.      

 

Skipper’s meeting at 2pm was informative and a special moment for me.  Maybe it’s the “girl” in me, but I’m just overcome with proud, honored, excited emotions.  Logistics, many speeches, weather routing, etc…It was all good.  Ryan and Clark went back to the boat to work.  Dave Christensen and Wendy Larsen graciously offered to cook the Class dinner tonight, so Wendy and I went to the grocery and just finished cooking and are waiting for the sailors to arrive.

 

We thought our boat ride to follow Ryan tomorrow had fallen through and just when I was about to cry (don’t worry, I had a plan B but it only included Clark and I), our guardian angel, Greg Feldman, offered to rent a boat for us.  So the plan tomorrow morning is Greg and I will go pick up the boat, while Ryan and Clark get race ready.  Clark will stay onboard with Ryan until the very last minute and Greg and I will pick him up and then go get Tara Thomas (680 co-skipper) who will be onboard with Katie Ambach.  The four of us will follow the teams out for a while and then head back to shore to watch them from the point.  People have asked me how I feel during this time…It is pure excitement!!!  No tears, no fear, just pure joy.  It’s a natural high.  Such a moment and I hope every single person we know gets this rush at some point in you life. 

 

So, please say a prayer at 11am EST and send “calming, sharp-minded, fast, swift, positive energy” vibes to RFOR.  And then do it again every four hours for the next 5 days!

 

Thank you, thank you for all your support.  We feel it.  We are ready.  We are strong.  Go RFOR!!

 

With much love from RFOR,

Katie Triplett

Team Manager

504-352-5007

www.ryanfinnoceanracing.com

Report from Duncan Gladman

CAN 415

"Komera"

Website

Another day at the boatyard and under the fine care of John Fildes, Komera is back to looking good. The rig has been tuned by the master mini rig tuners; Jesse and Jan. And a lot of the little jobs are done.

Putting on the fairing compound. John sanding it down. Looking good!

Report from Ryan Finn

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

Hello everyone,

 

Today (Thursday, 6/7/07) was another magical day in Newport.  We all slept late (8-ish) since we didn’t get back to the house until 1:30am (co-skipper Clark Thompson arrived late) last night.  Ryan and Clark worked on the boat, while I worked on our event in Bermuda with the 5-7th graders.  We are on pins and needles because our Code Zero sail (a very flat spinnaker) still has not arrived.  UPS tells us it’s somewhere in Albany, but our sailmaker, Dave Bolyard at Ullman Sails Gulf Coast has been on the phone all day and (fingers crossed) it will be here at 8:30am tomorrow.  Dave’s work ethic and dedication to our campaign has been phenomenal during this tense moment and we are grateful to have him on our team.  Our MRE’s I shipped just before I left NOLA have also not yet arrived and we are hoping we don’t have to purchase additional food.  However, our 6 cases of Freedom Energy Drink and H2O arrived and the drink is a hit with the sailors.  Thank you, Keith Andrews!!  Also, Samson Line arrived today.  Thank you, Samson! 

 

At 3pm, we met well known photographer, Billy Black (www.billyblack.com)at the dock.  He went sailing with RFOR to shoot photos for an upcoming article in Sailing Magazine, written by Brian Hancock.  You might recognize Billy’s work in Sailing World or Cruising World, as he is one of the top photographers in the sailing industry.  I hopped on board with Paul and Carol Cronin (www.whitecapvideo.com) while they shot video footage for a film they are making of the race.  Paul and Carol have been heavily involved in Olympic, America’s Cup and high performance campaigns and it was an honor to be in their presence.  RFOR was surrounded by excellence today.

 

Kindest regards,

Katie Triplett

Team Manager

504-352-5007

www.ryanfinnoceanracing.com

Report from Jan Brandt

USA 530

"ER Tape"

 

Website

Hello Everyone -
I thought  I would give you a brief update on Jan's week in Newport.....
 
Sunday:  Arrival
Jan arrived in Newport Sunday afternoon via truck, with trailer in tow.  After the delivery Jan was able to dock ER at the Newport Shipyard, right next to all the other Mini's.   The Newport Shipyard is literally right next door to the Newport Yacht Club, the club hosting the race.  The Newport Shipyard sponsored the Mini's by offering them free dockage before and after the race.  Everyone is also able to keep their cars and trailers on the locked and guarded premises while they sail to and from Bermuda.  Having all the Mini's together enables all the skippers to continue their already well established comradery.  Thanks Newport Boat Yard! 
 
Monday night:  Tropical Storm Barry Hits Newport 
Everyone knew the remnants of Barry were headed their way and as a group went down to tie up the boats.  In the middle of the rain and wind event, at 6:30 pm, Jan went to check on the lines of all the boats.  Everything seemed okay.   However, sometime between then and 8:00 pm, Jesse Rowse's Mini USA176 'Reality' broke loose and smacked straight into the side of ER.  Reality had a huge bolt sticking out that chewed up the gelcoat and the decal of ER.  Nothing structural but definitely drama.     
 
Tuesday Night:  Mini Kick Off Party 
All the Mini's moved over to the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, literally just on the other side of Newport Yacht Club.  The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina sponsored a Mini Kick Off party for all the Mini skippers, shore crews and invited guests.  There is a lot of interest in the Mini's since the 21 foot boats, even though built for the ocean, we allowed to participate in the Bermuda 1-2 race that has a minimum length requirement of 30 feet.  Also Mini's are relatively new boats to the US, even though they have been sailing in Europe for what seems like forever.   Due to all this, several media groups attended the party.....Sailing World, Cruising World, Sail Magazine, Windcheck, BlueWater Sailing, The Daily Newport, Sail Newport, to name a few.  Also the well known photographers Billy Black and Onne Van der Wal attended and along with the media, plan to cover the race.  Overall roughly 150 people attending this event.
 
Wednesday:  Safety Inspection
ER passed the Bermuda 1-2 detailed safety inspection.  We knew Jan would pass, but it sure is nice to get it in writing.  
 
Today, Thursday:  Sailing Day 
Today Jan went out sailing, as all the Minis do, just to make sure everything is working properly and fixed any last little things.  When fellow mini sailor Duncan Gladman USA415 "Komera" was out sailing, his boat was hit broadside (t-boned) by some other random boat out sailing.  This caused a four inch hole in the back stern section of his boat.  In the true spirit of sailing, and especially so of the Mini sailors, they took Duncan for coffee so he could calm down while the rest of the Mini sailors began feverishly working on fixing his boat.  What was supposed to be a relaxed night at the Newport Yacht Club's Skipper Send Off party will turn into a long night of carbon, resin, and grinding.  Know that every Mini skipper is happy to help out without any reservations.  Just another example of how tight this group of sailors are.   
 
Friday:  Boat Prep Day
Basically Jan will be buying some water and fresh foods, stocking the boat, and doing weather preparations.
 
Saturday:  Race Start
Race starts at 11:00 am
 
 
Links:
Dave Christensen is also posting updates and photos on his website  http://www.dandwboatworks.com./Bermuda1-2.htm
 
To track Jan the link will be http://www.iboattrack.com/ and then click on 'OnGoing Race', then 2007 Bermuda One-Two (1)   This link is not quite active yet since the race as not started.
 
Bermuda 1-2 Site
http://www.bermuda1-2.org/
 
Flags:
Below is a picture of all the flag's flying on ER.  The top one is a flag done by all the school kids in Ms. Berry's 1st grade class at Kempsville Meadow Elementary School here in Virginia Beach.   This is the same class that Sydney, our daughter, is in.  Thanks to Ms. Berry for letting Jan come and talk to the class and thanks to all the kids for the great flag!
 

Report from Ryan Finn

USA 252

"Myrna Minkoff"

Website

Hello everyone,

 

So much has been going on in Newport and I apologize this is going to be a long email for some… I’m mainly being descriptive for my mom, who’s teaching in England for the Summer.  And my Dad, who’s on a business trip in Canada and is without technology.  Dad, I’ve tried your cell phone twice a day “just incase”. 

 

I arrived in Newport last Thursday and was consumed by planning the Mini 6.50 Kick Off party at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina as well as working with RFOR.  The hotel staff couldn’t have been anymore accommodating and if you ever plan a trip to Newport, I strongly suggest you stay at the hotel.  We had roughly 150 people attend, cheese and crackers, live music provided by Brendon Thomas (T. Thomas’ brother crew of Mini 680-all girls team!) and friends, and DJ by Chris Healy (husband of crew, Katie Healy Mini 179) and cash bar (free drink tickets for Mini teams and sponsors).  Sailing World, Cruising World, Sail Magazine, Windcheck, BlueWater Sailing, The Daily Newport, Sail Newport, to name a few were media outlets that covered the event and plan to cover the race.  Well known photographers, Billy Black, and Onne Van der Wal are going to cover the race.  Good friend and MCUS “Dad”, Joe Copper was the MC for the night and did a fantastic job introducing the teams and calling out raffle winners.  The proceeds from the raffles will go towards dock space for each team in Bermuda.  The city of Newport has been very supportive and generous by supporting the US Mini Class.  The Newport Shipyard has become our extended family.  The night was magical and I kept thinking, “I wish my family were here.”  Ryan’s sister, Katie Finn, brought a pink sapphire necklace to raffle off and it was THE hot item.  She brought me yellow sapphire earrings to wear (and keep!) for the night and I felt very special wearing them.  They made me feel “girly” and Ryan even agreed.  I actually haven’t taken them off since she gave them to me.  Claire (my sister) sent me a supportive text message for the night and our extended family, Daniel Boebeck and his girlfriend, Beba were rockstars at the RFOR table and sold many t’shirts for us.  Just when I was about to feel homesick, our family came to my rescue and it was great to have the support. 

 

We (the Mini Class- 8 teams=16 people+ shore crew) has become quite a family in this process and we have a community lifestyle here in Newport.  The kitchen table is our “office” and you’d see 4-6 people typing away on laptops at any given moment.  The people who have cars share them like we all own them.  Dinners are potluck and although we’ve all been eating tuna and beans for a month, we have managed to have a few great home-cooked dinners together.  Jan Brandt (530) made spaghetti one night, my dad’s red pepper pasta recipe was a feast and last night, our friend, Greg Feldman, took us to dinner which was one of the best in my life- filet mignot, grilled asparagus and hollandaise sauce.  Despite the intense stress, we manage to keep things humorous by having a “quote of the day” which we keep by the front door so we laugh all day long. 

 

I feel more relaxed (and worn out) today now that the party is over.  Next this to plan is a function with the 5-7th graders in Bermuda who will be following RFOR’s race.  I’m very excited to be involving kids in the race and Joe Cooper gave me an unbelievable curriculum to use while we’re there.

 

Our crew, Clark Thompson, gets in tonight and he and Ryan will start practicing tomorrow.  Billy Black will be on board to shoot photos for the Sail Magazine article (issue TBA).  In the past two years, there have been many frustrating, unproductive days where I hate to admit I thought, “What in the hell are we doing?!”  Being here makes it all worth it and the experience is surreal.  As cheesy as it sounds, I feel like we’re doing this for everyone one we love.  If I was a real writer I’d insert a sentimental appreciation to everyone who has supported us through this campaign <here>.  We are lucky, lucky people to be doing what we’re doing.  My dad told my sister, Claire, and I “you can do whatever you want to do in life” and it’s true and this is one of those moments.

 

WE PASSED OUR SAFETY CHECK!!!  This happened first thing this morning and although we knew we were prepared, we were all holding our breath until they signed our sheet.  Once approved, Ryan and I spent the day running last minute errands and working on the boat.  I am still amazed at how much goes into these races and it’s too boring to describe, but it’s part of the process.  Ryan feels/looks good and is surprisingly calm.  We have been getting good sleep, eating well, being productive and have even done some “day work” while we’re here to earn some fast cash.  We’re hoping to find more work in Bermuda to compensate for the unexpected expenses that have popped up along the way.  The highlight of the day was when I realized my North Face pants that I’ve had for two years have hidden synch strings!  I’ve rolled them up for years and have always thought, “I wish these pants could be shorter”.  Katie Ambach and Tara Thomas (680 all girls team) were the only people impressed by this- and ironically are the best dressed team in matching gear! 

 

I just want to thank everyone for being excited about this race and giving us the support we needed.  We absolutely could not be here without you.  Tomorrow the teams will have a weather routing class and Bermuda 1-2 party.  Friday is the Skipper’s meeting and the race starts Saturday 11am EST.  We will continue to send updates and you can track the boats during the race website www.bermuda1-2.org

 

All I can say is Thank you, thank you, thank you.  And please say prayers that ALL the Mini teams finish the race safely.  And I have to say this… Please say a prayer that RFOR finishes safely the fastest!  GO RFOR!!! 

 

Kindest regards,

Katie Triplett

Team Manager

504-352-5007

www.ryanfinnoceanracing.com

 

 

07 June 2007, most of the skippers were completing final preparations on their boats today. Ryan, Jesse and Duncan went out sailing to check the rig tuning, photo shoot and final shakedown. Unfortunately Duncan's boat was hit in the aft port quarter by another boat. Minor damage and repairs are under way.

Damage ground out on second dent.

John hard at work filling 1st dent.

Waiting for the epoxy to cure.

06 June 2007, Safety Check Day.

The docks looked like a swap meet as all required safety gear was laid out and inspected by the race officials. All boats passed muster with just some small items to correct.

Good news from Team Mini Red Dress, USA 680, today, the boat handling issues found by Katie on last weekend's qualifying sail have been easily corrected by a complete retune of the mast rigging. The ladies are excited and ready to race.

The Mini Bermuda 1-2 Kick-off Party was a big success with the mini's tied up in a row at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina and over 100 people attending

 

2007 Bermuda 1-2 Kick-off Party

June 4th 2007 - Please join us for a kick-off party as we celebrate the United States Mini 6.50 Class competing in their first official event in national history, the Bermuda 1-2!

Presented by the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, Rodger Martin Design and NanoTech Labs, Inc.  NanoTech finish is a water based, environmentally friendly polymeric finish.  It goes on fast, and nano-drivers in the mixture drive the polishing particles deep into the surface to provide long lasting protection from the sun, soil and static.  Nanotech finish makes the surface "So Slick- Nothing Sticks"

Complimentary cheese and crackers and cash bar provided on the Marine Lawn.  Live music by Brendan Thomas and friends.  If it rains, we'll move inside.

Parking is available at the Newport County Convention and Visitor's Bureau on America's Cup Avenue and the Mary Street lot, located just off Thames Street.  $15 parking at the hotel may be available on the day of the event. 

*Happy hour attire.  Raffle tickets supporting the US Mini Class will be for sale, as well as individual team gear. 

Questions?  Please contact Katie Triplett 504-352-5007 or katie@ryanfinnoceanracing.com

Thank you for supporting the United States Mini 6.50 Class and we look forward to seeing you at the party!

Click here for Evite RSVP form.

05 June 2007, measurement day.

                         

Mini's at Newport Shipyard.                                                             Jesse, Sam and Ryan prepare their boats.

                       

Duncan's boat being pulled over for stability test.                             Drew's boat having keel work done after it's test.

 

 

Video from Jan Brandt's delivery to Newport:        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI6Wx4iBsHs

Video from Ryan Finn's delivery to Newport:        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeBtDdWl6Mo
 
                                                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uyl0sg3y2ro
 
                                                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRTqYIq9UZY
 
                                                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOXtI4d3mAY
 
                                                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBrZO6TmCms

Gathering of the clan.

May 28, 2007 – Now there are 6 Mini’s in Newport. Jan Brandt delivered his Zero carbon wonder, (we call it that as we all wonder what is carbon…..) yesterday. Great looking boat.

May 26, 2007 – Now there are 5 Mini’s in Newport. Ryan Finn, USA 252 arrived and joined the Mini Pen……

May 13, 2007 – Got these pictures from Joe Cooper today. 4 mini’s in Newport. More on their way. That’s Katie Ambach on the left on Mini Red Dress Racing USA 680, Duncan Gladman’s Komera CAN 415, Drew Wood’s Wafi USA 577 and Jay Sharkey’s Josephine USA 179 at the top.

 

Last Update:   28-Jun-07

 

 

 

 

 

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