Sailing Summary: Local Sailors Named All-Americans

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In addition to Chris Barnard and Sydney Bolger winning national Sailor of the Year awards, as reported in the Newport Indy last week, several local sailors were recognized by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association with selection to the 2012 ICSA All-America Team.

Here are the local All-Americans:

ICSA Coed All-Americans 
Chris Barnard (Newport Beach, Calif.) – Georgetown University ‘12
Mac Mace (Newport Beach, Calif.) – College of Charleston ‘13

ICSA Crew All-Americans
Perry Emsiek (Corona del Mar, Calif.) – College of Charleston ‘12
Heather May (Newport Beach, Calif.) – Yale University ‘13

ICSA Women’s All-Americans
Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, Calif.) – Georgetown University ’12
Sarah Mace (Newport Beach, Calif.)– Stanford University ‘14

Mac Mace was also a finalist for the Sailor of the Year award won by Barnard.

Transpac Record Eyed

The French hydrofoil trimaran sailboat l’Hydroptère DCNS will try to break the course record in this year’s Transpac.

The French hydrofoil trimaran sailboat l’Hydroptère DCNS is currently en route to Los Angeles to attempt to break the record for the 2,225-mile Transpac course from Los Angeles to Honolulu course.

The current record set during the Transpac Race is about six days (Alfa Romeo 2009), and most Transpac racers finish in eight to and 11 days.  The course record (not set during the race) is just a shade under five days.  Assuming optimal conditions and the boat holding together, l’Hydorptere definitely has the potential to cross the finish line off Diamond Head in as little as three days.

l’Hydroptère DCNS currently holds the outright world speed record for sailboats at just over 50 knots (almost 60 miles an hour), and has lately been reconfigured and tested with an eye toward longer distance records.

This Transpac course record attempt will be the first distance record for l’Hydroptere in the USA.

More details about l’Hydroptere are available at

Upcoming Events:

June 22-24 –Long Beach Race Week (PHRF, One Design)

June 24 – Junior Commodore’s Regatta, LIYC (Junior, One-Design)

June 30 – Balboa Challenge – BYC (Invitational, Governor’s Cup 21’s)

July 7-8 – Summer Gold Cup – NHYC (Junior Sabot)


– John Drayton, Senior Sailing Editor

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