2007 US Nationals Aug 10-12

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2007 US National Championships Aug 10-12 Mallett's Bay Boat Club, Colchester, VT

This event is both an Olympic Trials Qualifier (5 boats) and a 2008 World's Qualifier (1 boat). The Nationals are nicely sandwiched in between the BBR and CORK, and are about 4.5 hours driving time to either. Classes are Full, Radial and 4.7.

Full information, NOR and Charter Info can be found here:

http://www.mbbc-vt.org/Events/LaserNationals07/index.asp

RC Chairman - Al Russell
PRO - Bill Fastiggi

NOTE: Registration is limited to 150 total boats, and 85 are signed up already as of this date.
 
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Registration filled to the 150 limit on July 9. There are 11 boats on the wait list. All cancellations will be refunded if there is time enough to get a waitlisted boat here, which could be as little as one day notice.

The 82 full rigs registered just about matches the number that actually sailed at the recent NA's, and is almost twice last years Nationals number.

If you are registered, look for updates on the website.

Al
 
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The fleet is gathering now, and we're all kind of busy. But we will have on the water race results, daily updates, and we're even working on getting some daily vidoes out. Keep an eye on here, or on:

www.mbbc-vt.org

It's looking interesting in the Men's Trials qualifiers. Emery Wager and Trevor Moore, who were 1-2 at the '07 College Singlehandeds, and again were 1-2 at last weeks (breezy, not windy) Buzzard's Bay Regatta, are both in the hunt for a slot to get to the Trials. They've been on the College circuit, so are kinda unknown on the Trials circuit.

All the top Men made it thru the registration and wait list process. 1, 2, and 3 from the Hyannis NA's will be there, and all of the Canadian team, fresh from Europe. A couple of the top young men have chosen to go to the Smythe Finals, which have a "sort-of" conflict when they have a "clinic" on Sunday of our Trials qualifier. Amazingly, they may have another conflict on Saturday, the "Arrival day" at the Smythe. So, the kids learn about Politics, along the Olympic trail. The top 5 (US), not previously qualified, get to go to Newport for the Trials, and a shot at the Olympics.

Brad Funk will be in China, for the Pre-Olympics, on 08/08/07, and Andrew Campbell is taking a well deserved slow drive from San Diego to CORK, after earning an (amazing) Gold in Rio at the Pan Am Games, just nipping "The Legend" AKA Robert Scheidt, after leading all week.

In the Radials, Paige and Sarah Lihan will be setting the pace. It's a mixed m/f fleet at the Nationals, so any number of names could show up at the top.

Keep an eye on this site. We'll be busy, but intending to keep you involved as much as we can.

Al
 
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Day 1 - 80, sunny, 15-20 kts, waves 1-3 ft. Look for scores and updates on our site. They are being updates from the water, as they have them. Race 3 just started at 2:15

Look for Video tonight.

Al
 
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Sunday, 12-15 SW 210-195 for 2-4 races depending on class. The PRO was was very concerned about the Full rigs, so they got the least number of races.

The end result was the racing was "fair" and the best sailors walked off with the "loot", which included a 2008 Worlds spot, and 5 shots at the Trials, for the Full rigs.

I have 50 people to thank who did all the work, it was an awesome team, led by PRO Bill Fastiggi, a Pan Am Gold medalist himself.

And I have to thank the racers and parents, etc who chipped in. It was great meeting you all, and please come anytime.

If you haven't been to the website, well, try:

www.mbbc-vt.org

Kinda tired here now, maybe more later.

Al Russell
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