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International Canoe Worlds 2014

Richmond YC, San Francisco Bay, USA

Mikey Radziejowski and Chris Maas reflect on the event

Race One, Day One

Sailed in a challenging breeze, pushing 20 knots towards the end. At the start Chris Hampe, something of a port tack start specialist, failed to clear the pack and collected both Rob Bell's boat and a hole on the starboard side amidships. Ouch.

Chris Maas built up a huge lead and seemed to have the race sewn up with much place changing, often capsize induced, behind him. However he capsized at the last windward mark, and in an atrocious piece of luck part of his rigging managed to get caught on a snap shackle underwater on windward mark. By the time he managed to untangle from this unlikely problem the whole of the fleet was long gone, and there was little to do but retire.

Mikey Radziejowski inherited the lead and took the race win, with Stephen Gay 2nd and Alistair Warren 3rd.

Race Two, Day Two

This one was even windier, and the safety boat fleet was kept busy, even implementing a temporary park for mooring broken Canoes. Mikey R built a substantial early lead from Chris Maas, who in turn was well ahead of the chasing bunch.

Mikey took the race with Chris 2nd, and Phil Robin from the UK third. Much boat building in the evening.

Race Three, Day Three

The first of two races on the third day of the event. This was very much a light wind race with only 4 or 5 knots at the start. Del Olsen took an early lead, but was overtaken by Robin Wood and Dave Clark as the wind built a little. Robin won from Dave C, with Del hanging on for third.

Race Four

This got underway soon after race three, but in a bit more breeze, starting in about 10 knots. Things were getting a bit frisky on the line, with a general recall and the I flag broken out for the next, successful, start. The race was very hotly contested, and Chris Maas took a very narrow win from Mikey Radziejowski. Robin Wood tried but failed to lose third place with a last tack capsize...

Race Five, Day Four

The day started with flat calm and a postponement, but when the race eventually started it had reached to 10 to 12 knots again. It built to 18knots during the race. Early on Chris Maas was contesting the lead with Steve Clark and Stephen Gay. Mikey soon joined the leading group, and so did Peter Ullman. By the finish these two had come through to 2nd and 3rd respectively, with Chris maintaining first place.

Race Six, Day Five

Another moderate start to the day with around 8 knots, maybe a bit more at the start sequence. With an incoming tide the waves were not at their most aggressive. Chris M didn't manage the best of starts, but came through rapidly to take a considerable lead, chased by Mikey, but with these two well clear of the rest. Robin Wood took third place to keep somewhat in touch in the series.

Race Seven

By the time of this second race of the day the tide had turned and the sea had kicked up into a very challenging short chop. As a result there was an appreciably reduced fleet with only 24 starters. Amongst the absentees was Robin Wood, having vision problems with salt and sunblock washing into his eyes.

The race went to Mikey, who executed a neat tack under Chris' lee to lead across the line. Peter Ullman took another 3rd place.This left Mikey just a harsbreadsth ahead of Chris in the overall standings.

Race Eight (Day Six)

Much the same conditions as the previous day with the wind, as usual, building through the race. Mikey took a narrow early lead from Chris, with Chris managing to take the lead on one of the reaching legs. Peter Ullman and Hayden Virtue were contesting third place. In the end Chris just won from Mikey, leaving Mikey with the slenderest of leads and another dicard to kick in the next day. Peter took another third place.

Final Standings (after 8 races)

Pos Sail No Boat Design Builder Skipper Yacht Club 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
1 USA 248 Groove Moves Superstring Theory (Maas) Mikey Radziejowski Richmond Yacht Club 1 1 [8] 2 2 2 1 2 11
2 USA 254 mod. Superstring Theory (Maas) Chris Maas Lopez Sound SC [35 DNF] 2 4 1 1 1 2 1 12  
3 GBR 317 Dragonfly Dragonfly (Warren 2) Bloodaxe/Warren Alistair Warren Aldeburgh Yacht Club 3 6 [12] 4 8 6 5 10 42
4 GER 79 Amok 2 Superstring Theory (Maas) Peter Ullmann ZSK 4 11 15 [20] 3 7 3 3 46
5 USA 256 Dance Commander Gaijin (Steve Clark) Fulcrum Speedworks David Clark Bristol Yacht Club 5 12 2 5 47
6 AUS 40 Acrobat '40' (Virtue) Hayden Virtue ICAA 11 3/RDG 16 6 [20] 5 4 4 49
7 GBR 328 Little Scarlet Dragonfly (Warren 2) Bloodaxe Phil Robin London Corinthian SC 8 3 [19] 8 7 9 8 8 51
8 USA 245 Hellcat Superstring Theory (Maas) Stephen Gay Richmond YC 2 15 9 10 4 8 [17] 9 57
9 GBR 329 Wrigleys last stand Morrison 2 C12 Performance Boats Robin Wood Tata British steel 7 [35 DNF] 1 3 5 3 35 DNS 7 61
10 USA 228 Mayhem Mayhem (John Kells). John Kells Michael Costello The Kickamuit Center of Excellence [35 DNF] 8 6 7 14 10 11 6 62
11 USA 249 Witzelschutz Log Theory Mk 1 (Steve Clark) Steve Clark William Clark Bristol Yacht Club 6 5 5 [35 DNF] 35 DNF 20 7 5 83
12 GBR 319 SKY Mod Morrison 1 (low freeboard) Bloodaxe/Brown Colin Brown Ullswater YC 13 [35 DNF] 10 13 12 11 16 14/TIE 89
13 GBR 265 Cunning Stunts Nethercott Razorback/Goodchild Mark Goodchild Wilsonian Sailing Club 12 10 [17] 15 17 14 12 14/TIE 94
14 GER 86 Rusty Nail Stahl/Steimann Frederik Steimann Segeberger-Segel-Club (SSC) 16 [19] 11 12 15 15 15 11 95
15 GBR 308 Monkey Monkey (Warren 1) Warren Chris Hampe Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club [35 DNF] 7 20 9 10 12 9 35 DNF 102
16 USA 253 Raven Superstring Theory (Maas) Del Olsen RYC 9 [35 DNF] 3 16 11 35 DNF 18 12 104
17 GBR 278 Incognito Nethercott Razorback Simon Allen Hayling Island SC 14 13 [26] 17 16 18 14 17 109
18 SWE 3191 Kaito Josie (Steve Clark) William Clark/Steve Clark Ola Barthelson Fki 19 [35 DNF] 22 11 9 13 10 35 DNF 119
19 USA 250 Smoke Log Theory Mk 2 (Steve Clark) Steve Clark Stephen Clark Bristol Yacht Club 10 9 18 23 6 [35 DNF] 25 35 DNF 126
20 USA 211 Honey Badger John Gilmour Richmond Yacht Club 20 18 [24] 22 22 19 20 15 136
21 CAN 30 Getting Nethercott Razorback Michael Leitch Royal Victoria Yacht Club 18 16 29 19 [35 DNF] 21 21 16 140
22 USA 230 Jolt Nethercott Del Olsen Todd Twigg Lopez Sound 21 [35 DNF] 30 18 21 17 19 18 144
23 USA 204 Red Boat Nethercott John Gray RICHMOND YACHT CLUB 22 [35 DNF] 21 21 18 24 22 19 147
24 USA 209 Rap Nui Nethercott David Gilliland Rush Creek Yacht Club, Texas [35 DNF] 17 31 24 19 25 23 20 159
25 GER 84 Rusty Nail Stahl Arne Stahl KSGH 15 [35 DNF] 14 35 DNF 23 16 24 35 DNF 162
26 GBR 330 Turned Turtle Morrison 2 C12 Performance Boats Steve Clarke Llandegfedd Sailing Club [35 DNF] 35 DNF 13 14 35 DNF 22 13 35 DNF 167
27 AUS 10 Siren Nethercott Jim Reeder Canberra Yacht Club 23 [35 DNF] 28 25 24 28 35 DNS 35 DNF 198
28 GBR 327 Wild Venture Morrison 2 (dished foredeck) C12 Performance Boats Rob Bell Emberton Park SC 17 14 [35 DNC] 35 DNC 35 DNF 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 206
29 GER 82 Superstring Theory (Maas) Roger Regitz American International Yacht Club Berlin [35 DNF] 35 DNS 7 35 DNF 35 DNF 35 DNF 35 DNS 35 DNF 217
30 USA 243 Donkey Nethercott/Donkey 1 (Olsen) Del Olsen/Eric Chase/Fran Defamareau Chris Rutz RYC [35 DNF] 35 DNS 23 35 DNS 35 DNF 23 35 DNS 35 DNF 221
31 GBR 311 Scarlett Morrison 1 Bloodaxe Perham Harding Swanage Sailing Club, British Canoe Union [35 DNF] 35 DNF 25 35 DNF 35 DNF 26 35 DNS 35 DNF 226
32 GER 74 Desaster de luxe Nethercott Eckhardt Pagel DKV [35 DNF] 35 DNS 32 35 DNF 35 DNF 27 35 DNF 35 DNF 234
33 CAN 41 Uncle Walter Josie (Steve Clark) Oliver Moore Bob Lewis Jericho Sailing Centre [35 DNF] 35 DNS 27 35 DNF 35 DNF 35 DNC 35 DNC 35 DNC 237
34 GBR 320 Sapphire Morrison 2 Robert Stebbing Cargreen YC [35 DNC] 35 DNC 35 DNF 35 DNS 35 DNS 35 DNS 35 DNS 35 DNS 245

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