2015 Albacore International Championship : Sarasota Sailing Squadron

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Submitted by Peter Duncan on Sun, 11/10/2013 - 11:14 The 22nd Albacore International Championship will be held March 23-27, 2015 in Sarasota, Florida, USA. The MidWinter Championship will precede the Internationals at the same venue on March 20-22, 2015. USAA and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron are combining their volunteer forces to make the 2015 International Albacore Championship a one-­of-­a-­kind event. As the crowd in this picture can attest to, Sarasota is worth the travel, just ask any one of the 2013 Albacore Mid Winters participants! We will combine two events: the traditional SSS One Design MidWinter Regatta for the USAA MidWinter Championship, and follow that with the Albacore Internationals. MidWinters March 20 - 22, 2015 Internationals March 23 - 27, 2015 This will give us three days of racing in the Mid Winters (Friday through Sunday), enough time to get rid of all the cobwebs accumulated during the winter, get used to the boat again, and have an opportunity to tune up for the Internationals. Some of us will arrive on Thursday before the MidWinters to set up the boats, do some tuning, and perhaps sail around St. Amands Island. The Internationals will officially start Sunday late afternoon with registration and a welcome party in the evening. We plan to have racing Monday through Friday for the Internationals, with perhaps a lay day on Wednesday to give our guests a chance to do some touristic exploration or simply crash on Lido Beach. The evenings will be filled with some ad hoc and some planned parties, the Internationals will close on Friday with an awards ceremony and a dinner party. SSS and its members are known for their outstanding hospitality and friendly assistance to all competitors in their events. We have been treated to ine dinners this spring as well as in the past years. They manage to cook special meals for the crowd of 70 or more that comes every year for the One Design regatta with their own volunteers. In addition we have some fine cooks among the Albacore sailors who have treated us to fine unexpected dinners after a long day of sailing. That’s great since now and then you just don’t feel like going out and driving to one of the many restaurants. For those who have not visited there yet, SSS is located at the eastern end of the small peninsula south of New Pass. Launching from SSS we sail to the north into Sarasota Bay. There is a dependable sea breeze developing in the spring with often exciting strength in the afternoon, or strong system breezes mix up the conditions after a frontal passage. Sarasota is a touristic hotspot, it’s the place to be at the end of winter! Longboat Key, St. Amands Island, Lido Beach, and Sarasota offer all you can ask for: hotels, motels, and apartments in all price categories, restaurants, bars, beaches, history...... just start with the Internet and you will find it all, for example: www.starmandscircleassoc.com/hist.cfm

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  • Oct 12, 2014 10:38 EST

    Notice to Competitors 5 October 2015 Although all competitors are required to provide a valid measurement certificate at the on-site registration, the Organizers intend to foster awareness of the require-ment of compliance to the International Albacore Class Rules as well as they wish to implement a set of control measurements for the whole Internationals fleet. The lat-ter are focused on measurement items that have been found in the past inadvertently altered from the original certified measurements. This may have been the consequence of a repair or replacement of a part and perhaps related inaccurate re-measurement. In any case, we strive to assure that all boats start with the same competitive advantages and restrictions. As a measurement process is personnel intensive and time consuming, we desire to cut down on the time required on site before sailing the Internationals. We request that each competitor validates the measurement points laid out in the published Measurement Form before arriving at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. This will help to significantly cut down in the time required to check-in each boat for the Interna-tionals competition. We still will determine the sailing weight and endorse the sails for the regatta (and have tools available to validate the aforementioned measure-ments); but with your help this process should take less than 20 minutes per boat. Please, to enhance our planning and to not take away unnecessarily precious time from your Florida vacation, send in this form as soon as you have the measurements validated, at latest with the closing of the early registration period on 28 February 2015. Please include your preferred time for presenting the boat to the measurement team at Sarasota. Pick a time in 20-minute increments on the days and time periods reserved for registration and measurement (see NOR). We will accommodate your choice on a first-come basis and post the initial/final arrangements on the web and at the Internationals Notice Board. We will accept the form for scheduling without the measurement endorsements if you should not be able to achieve the validation before your arrival. Please also take note of the Waiver Form that needs to be made available for the check-in procedure if exemptions from the International Albacore Class Rules are required for your boat. Submit the Waiver Form with the Measurement Form! Submit the forms with the subject line “Internationals Forms” to me at rolf.zeisler@verizon.net Thanks, Rolf Zeisler Regatta Chair USAA Past President ...

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