July 19, 2021
Eight Bells: Bruce Kirby
Sailing legend Bruce Kirby passed away July 18, 2021. He was 92 years of age.
Bruce was a newspaper man in Ottawa and Montreal before he became a yacht designer. A competitive sailor in International 14 dinghies from age 15, his focus was on making the boats faster. After being beaten in a regatta at Cowes in heavy wind, he drew the Kirby Mark I on a piece of shelf paper. It was fast upwind in a breeze. He sold 30 of the Mark I. Read the full story on Scuttlebutt.
July 18th UPDATE - After 10 races, congratulations to the top finishers of the 2021 ILCA North Americans at St. Francis YC!
Leo Boucher, 1st ILCA 7
Charlotte Rose, 1st ILCA 6 (Gold Fleet)
Ethan Sargent, 1st ILCA 6 (Silver Fleet)
Matheo Capasso, 1st ILCA 4
This championship regatta also served as a qualifier for the US Sailing Junior Pan-American Team, with the top eligible finisher from the ILCA 7 (Leo Boucher) and ILCA 6 (Charlotte Rose) qualifying. Sail fast Leo and Charlotte!
July 14, 2021
125 Sailors Converge at StFYC for ILCA North Americans
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) — On July 14–18, 2021, St. Francis Yacht Club will welcome 125 sailors for four days of racing in the ILCA North American Championships on San Francisco Bay. Delayed for a year due to the global pandemic, sailors from all points of the continent plus several nations will be in attendance, competing in ILCA 4 (formerly known as Laser 4.7), ILCA 6 (Laser Radial) and ILCA 7 (Laser Standard) rigs. Read the full announcement.
ILCA Launches 50th Anniversary Celebration
From the Weekender to the Laser to the ILCA Dinghy
The world’s largest one-design racing class turns 50 this year, with over 218,000 boats built and passionate devotees racing in over 140 countries. In 2021, ILCA will celebrate the many achievements of this remarkable five-decade run. Read the full announcement, get your ILCA 50 Swag, and learn how to join the celebration.
Hosting an event? Access the ILCA50 Logo to include with your NoR and regatta swag!
Engage online with others celebrating!