The International Sunfish Class Association (ISCA) and Camp Sea Gull in North Carolina, will host the 2014 Sunfish Youth World Championship October 8-12, and Sunfish World Championship October 11-18. Sailors from 15 countries will compete, including #1 World ranking, David Mendelblatt, from St. Petersburg, Fla. The last time a U.S. racer won the World Championship was in 2009, in the Bahamas.
To qualify for the Youth World Championship, competitors under age 19 submit a resume of Sunfish or dingy competition over two years, taking into consideration national and regional finishing positions. World competitors qualify based on winnings and rankings from 2013, or top ten finishers.
“Sunfish Championships are great events which attract top sailors from around the world, competing in the most popular boat ever built. The Sunfish class is growing and thriving, and the competition is getting better every year. Camp Seagull is a great venue, home to the largest Sunfish fleet in North America,” said Laurence Mass, Southeast Region Representative, United States Sunfish Class Association.
This year 72 limited-edition Laser Performance (LP) Sunfish, provided by Triton Yachts in Oriental, N.C., will be chartered out to the competitors. They will be available for sale after the championship. Paul Welles, Triton Yachts owner and LP dealer, will include a Seitech Dolly for $4495, a savings of $970; a $250 deposit holds the boat.
“All the boats are new, the sails are new and the competition is as true to the “One Design” concept as possible,” said Welles. World’s boats are Sunfish Race Models with custom hull and sail graphics featuring the logos of Camps Sea Gull and Seafarer.
“The challenges will involve playing the wind shifts, boat handling, tactics and strategy. Knowing when and where the wind shifts occur is always helpful. However, top sailors always seem to adapt,” said Welles. “The Sunfish Class is like a large family. The people are friendly even though the competition is fierce. I like to say Sunfish sailors are just plain folks and are quick to share their knowledge with others to help everyone improve their game.” His advice to the racers, “Sail fast, be fair, have fun.”
The course will run on a 5-mile section of the Neuse River. Spectators may view the race along a 1000-foot pier or board a 60-foot deck boat that holds 100 passengers.
For more information: www.seagull-seafarer.org