2008 C World Championship - North Sails 1, 2, 3!!!

7 October 2008

With the 2008 sailing season coming to a close, the North I-1 Gold mainsail has won every major championship. Team Melges and North Sails have invested many hours on the cutting board and on the water improving and developing this new shape, and the results speak for themselves. The new North I-1 Gold mainsail was used to win the 2008 National, ILYA, and World Championships.   

Although the ILYA and National Championships garner the numbers, the annual C World Championship hosted by the Delavan Lake Yacht Club is a staple regatta on the C Scow circuit. As the final regatta of the season, teams are looking to squeeze in one last opportunity to get a few races in before putting the boat in the barn for the winter. Unfortunately the wind didn’t cooperate Saturday. Rarely there was a ripple on the water, and the RC was forced to cancel racing for the day due to no wind. A great party was held Saturday night, which left the fleet tired and groggy for their 9AM start Sunday morning.

A solid 5-10 knot breeze greeted the 25 boat fleet Sunday morning. In race 1, Jamie Kimball and Coye Harrett of Lake Geneva jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Towards the end of this race, Jason Ostbye and Hans Dickel were able to put up a fight for the race win. In the end, it was Kimball and Harrett crossing the line first, followed by Ostbye in second and Tim Krech in third.  

Shortly before the start of race two, the wind shifted to the left making for an interesting start. The teams starting near the leeward end of the line made out the best. In particular, Pat Lynch and Chris Impens (aka Junior) shot out like a cannon with a delayed port tack start. Lynch built a huge lead throughout this race and won in convincing fashion.  

With one race to go, Tim and Brie Krech were in the lead with two consistent third place finishes. After one general recall, the fleet got off to a clean start.  Krech, Kimball, and Joe Skotarzak got off to clean starts and led early. As this race progressed, Krech and Kimball would move into the lead. Up the final beat, Patrick Lynch made a strong push to get in the mix. At the finish it was Kimball winning, Lynch in second, and Krech in third. With two first place finishes, Kimball broke the tie with Krech to win the championship overall.  

Now is the time to update your equipment and sails for the 2009 sailing season. North Sails Zenda is offering a fall discount on all of their C Scow designs. Whether it be a new I-1 Gold or Harecut +, save money by calling North Sails Zenda today.