See the C&C 30 In Annapolis

cc_location_annapolisThe C&C 30 One Design will be on display on C dock at the upcoming United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Oct. 6-10. This is a great opportunity to meet the class managers and factory representatives and to learn more about the class. 

“We’re tremendously excited about the growth of the class and the schedule that’s in place for 2017,” says Randy Borges, president of USWatercraft, builders of the C&C 30 One Design. “C&C 30 owners are enthusiastic about the performance of their boats and have a great time at the regattas, both on and off the water.”

The 2016 racing schedule concludes at the Storm Trysail Club’s Annapolis Fall Regatta, Oct. 21-23. A meeting of the class membership will also be held during the event. From there, the owners will pack up and prepare for the trip to Key West Race Week in January 2017 following a break for the holidays.

Order your C&C 30 now and get in on the fun in 2017.

Extreme2 Wins the Ugotta Regatta


Andrew Carelton and Drew Carelton accept the first-place award.

Dan Cheresh and the team on Extreme2 followed up their North Americans win with a first-place finish at the Ugotta Regatta, sailed out of the Little Traverse Yacht Club in Harbor Springs, MI.

Cheresh’s team and Mark Bremer’s C&C 30 City Girl competed in the 14-boat PHRF B class. The weekend event consisted of two “Tour of the Bay” races, approximately 20 miles in length. Extreme2 won both races on elapsed and corrected time. City Girl scored a 4-7 to finish fourth overall.

“It doesn’t get prettier than sailing in these waters,” says Cheresh. “We had a great time and lots of laughs.”

Find the overall scores here.

“Friend” Wins ‘Round the Island Race

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Just A Friend racing off Martha’s Vineyard. Bill Brine/Edgartown YC photo

The C&C 30 One Design Just A Friend won the Edgartown ‘Round the Island Race, sailing the 52.25 nautical miles around Martha’s Vineyard in light breeze. Not only did they win their 14-boat PHRF class, Just A Friend also won overall against 45 PHRF and IRC boats, which included three TP52s.

“It was one of those days when everything went right,” says owner Clay Deutsch. “There was a max tide push for us, we hit the big shifts, and there was a ton of spinnaker reaching, which the boat loves.”

Just A Friend was awarded the Venona Trophy, which is presented to the yacht in the spinnaker divisions with the best overall corrected time. The trophy was given in 1938 by Commodore E. Jared Bliss and named after his ocean racing yacht which won the Bermuda Race in 1908.

Results of the Round the Island Race can be found here.

Tremendous Show of Sportsmanship in Chicago-Mackinac Race

city_girl_rescueThe 2016 Chicago-Mackinac Race was an eventful one for the crew of the C&C 30 One Design City Girl.  Squall lines followed the 326-boat fleet as they raced up Lake Michigan, causing 22 boats to drop out and propelling City Girl to the fastest boatspeed number seen in this new class – 24.65.

But the real story of the race came when, about two-thirds of the way to Mackinac, City Girl encountered the One Design 48 Whodo. “They looked like they were in distress,” says Mark Bremer, owner of City Girl.  “The wind was about 20-25 knots at that point, and we had just come inside the Manitou passage so the waves were a bit smaller, maybe 3-5 feet. We were blasting along hitting the 20s regularly when we heard the distress signal and spotted Whodo.”

Bremer’s team took down their sails and waited while the Whodo crew boarded their life raft, then threw them a line and pulled them alongside. All 10 crew were transferred to City Girl and delivered safely to nearby Leland, MI, where they met the Coast Guard. Whodo reported that their rudder shaft had broken, causing the boat to take on water. None of the crew were injured.

When they reached Leland, City Girl had been out of the race for more than two hours. They decided to retire and head to nearby Harbor Springs, the site of their next scheduled regatta.

Tac Boston, sailmaker for City Girl, agreed that it was an eventful race. “It had some epic parts, for sure!” he says. The bright spot for City Girl was hitting a top speed of 24.65, sailing with a fractional A5 (custom sail for offshore racing) and J3. The wind speed was 23 knots with a true-wind angle of 155 degrees at the time. “Seriously, the boat is a weapon,” he says, “especially with the masthead A3 and with the sail combination we had up when we hit the high score.”

Bremer took delivery of City Girl earlier this year and competed in the Annapolis NOOD regatta in early May. The Mac Race was the second event, and first distance race, for City Girl

Read the Chicago-Mackinac Race wrap-up here.

Watch the rescue story on the local news channel here.


Day 1 Annapolis NOOD

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Bob Moran’s BobSled in a photo finish with Anema & Core.

Racing in the C&C 30 One Design class, the newest and fastest class at the Annapolis NOOD, was close and competitive today, with multiple winners and numerous lead changes, including a surprise lead change after the fleet came ashore.

Initially, the leader after three races was Ennio Staffini’s Annapolis-based Anema & Core, who led the series by 5 points on scores of 1-4-2. But the race committee later discovered a scoring error and declared Anema & Core OCS for race 1, moving them to fifth overall.

Another local team – Bob Moran and his crew on BobSled – moved in to first with scores of 3-2-7. Newport-based Angus Davis and his team on Nyabinghi moved to second on 6-1-6.

The variable 5-9 knot winds, traffic from other classes, and a building ebb current in the last race kept tacticians working particularly hard all day. The other race winner of the day was Ed Feo and his crew on Loco from Long Beach, CA, who shot through the ranks on a difficult final beat to capture and hold the lead to win Race 3. Loco currently sits fourth overall.

C&C 30 One Design North American Championship Announced

The C&C 30 One Design class is proud to announce that its inaugural North American Championship will be held this summer as part of New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. The regatta takes place July 13-16, in Newport, RI.
The class has grown steadily since one-design racing began in 2015; 11 teams recently competed at the 2016 edition of Quantum Key West Race Week. With the rapid introduction of new teams, and with boats in build for early 2016 delivery, the fleet is expected to number at least 20 for the July event.
“The class is honored to hold our first North Americans at the NYYC,” says C&C 30 One Design Class President Dan Cheresh. “The conditions in Newport are always spectacular, and the NYYC logistics and hospitality are top-shelf. I’m thrilled to be competing in such an exciting event; we’ll be training hard all summer. The competition gets tighter at every regatta – I can’t wait to get to the starting line.”
Cheresh and his team on Extreme2 won the class’ first stand-alone event, the Miami Ocean Series hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, in February. The win came on the heels of a hard-fought Quantum Key West Race Week, where Extreme2 finished second to Walt Thirion and his team on ThemisExtreme2 and Themis traded wins throughout 2015, but always in the mix were Jim Madden and his team on Stark Raving Mad, Ed Feo and Loco, Angus Davis and Nyabinghi, and Bob Moran and Bobsled. New owners for 2016 who are sure to shake up the overall standings include Kip Meadows with a new roXanne,  Mark Bremer with City Girl, and Steve Stroub aboard Tiburon.
“The C&C 30 One Design fleet is growing fast,” says Randy Borges, president of USWatercraft. “With new boats joining the fleets in California, the Great Lakes, Annapolis and Newport, the competition is heating up.  The one-design racing is ultra-competitive, thanks to clear rules and measurement oversight by the class measurer and the team at USWatercraft. This ensures an even playing field, which resonates with owners who want to drive their own boats and who insist on a high-performance platform.” 
The North American Championship Trophy will be presented at the Rolex Awards Gala at the New York Yacht Club.
The C&C 30 One Design is designed by Mark Mills and the USWatercraft engineering team, and is built in the USA by USWatercraft. A full schedule of events is planned for 2016 and can be found on the new class website

Extreme2 Wins in Miami


In the first stand-alone event in class history, Dan Cheresh and his team on Extreme2 won the C&C 30 Miami Ocean Challenge, the second event in the class’s 2016 tour and organized by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club and sailed in the waters off Miami. Cheresh raced with tactician Mark Mendleblatt, Dave Shriner, Bryn Crawford, Pete Crawford, Nick Ford, John Gluek, and Sam Tobio. Conditions for the three days of racing varied from a blustery 18-25 knots and huge seas on Friday, to moderating 12-16 knot conditions yesterday to 9-4 knot conditions today.

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Team Extreme2: Mark Mendleblatt, John Gluek, Pete Crawford, Dave Shriner, Nick Ford, Sam Tobio, Bryn Crawford, Dan Cheresh

Despite having won four races out of ten sailed, victory did not come easy for the Extreme2 team. Ahead in points going into today and ahead in the first race of the day, the team suffered a broken spinnaker sheet on the downwind leg to lose three boats and earn a 4th place, ceding the lead to Jim Madden on Stark Racing Mad VIII who own the race and took the series lead by two points. This was followed by a win in Race 9 to Madden’s second place, which closed the gap to one point, thus making it an exciting showdown in the final race for the series win.

Both boats set up near the signal boat at the start, with Madden in early control to leeward. But Cheresh at 10 seconds found a gap, sheeted in, and accelerated perfectly to take a narrow but decisive lead at the start. And when Madden tacked to get to the right, Cheresh simply covered, the two not focused at all on how their other rivals were making gains on either side.

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Team Stark Raving Mad: Chris Busch, Steve Natvig, Jim Madden, Dylan Vogel, Tony Rey, Alden Winder, John Wallace

One rival in particular, John Heaton on Hooligan, found both pressure and a shift all by themselves in the right corner, tacked and crossed the fleet with the largest margin of any in the series, a lead they held all the way to the finish to win their one and only race of the series.

Extreme2 meantime had extended their lead into the pack to finish second, putting Madden back to fifth their worse finish in a consistent scorecard of finishes no worse than third. This was the racing style all weekend: every team had an outstanding winning race, while having to accept others in the no-discard series.

In third on the final podium position was Nigel Biggs and his mixed English, Irish and Welsh team on Checkmate XVI. Biggs explained this event was worth the commute back over from the UK after Key West: “The racing was fantastic, we all have gotten a little better since Key West, and these boats are great to sail. I look forward to our next class racing event.”

David Cullen, Curtis Florence, Cian Guilfoyle, Nigel Biggs, Bubbles Hyland, Neil Mackley, Simon Pritchard Jones

David Cullen, Curtis Florence, Cian Guilfoyle, Nigel Biggs, Bubbles Hyland, Neil Mackley, Simon Pritchard Jones

“These boats are really fast, stable and the competition is really tightening to where one mistake can really cost you,” agrees Cheresh. “But I also like how the camaraderie is developing in this class, its becoming really fun. I look forward to our next class event at Charleston Race Week.”

For more information and results, visit

Racing to Cuba


“It was a bucket list experience,” says Bob Moran of the Conch Republic Cup race to Cuba. “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

cuba6After finishing fourth in the one-design fleet at Quantum Key West Race Week, Moran and his team spent four days preparing his C&C 30 One Design BobSled  for offshore racing. This included loading up the life raft and safety equipment, beefing up the onboard electronics, and storing all the gear needed to accommodate a six-person team for a week in Cuba.

The Conch Republic Cup began with a 90-mile offshore sprint race from Key West to Varadero, Cuba. Winds for the race ranged from 15 to 23 knots from the north, setting up perfect downwind conditions for the C&C 30.

cuba1“It was fantastic. It was the best sailing,” says Moran. “You know those days when you go out, and you have a great run and you wish you never had to go upwind?  Well, we didn’t! We just kept going.

“A lot of boats didn’t even jibe – they just sailed the rhumb line,” he says. “We jibed twice and then followed the rhumb line in and passed everybody. We crossed the line second, right behind a J/125. But we corrected to first.”

Hemingway Marina, Havana, Cuba

Hemingway Marina, Havana, Cuba

How was it crossing the Gulf Stream in a 30-foot boat?  “The boat was sturdy and actually more comfortable in the crossings than I would have guessed,” says Bob. “The seas were confused, so it was not a dry ride. There were leftover waves coming from the starboard bow, as well as the waves from behind. And it was dark.

“We had the biggest waves I’ve sailed this boat in; we saw up to six-foot seas,” he says.” We were surfing at 18 knots in the pitch black in these waves. It sounds scary, but it was fun. Once you got settled in, you could time the waves to surf. And the boat loves going downwind. When you’re going fast, the foils are incredible. When sailing in breeze, you have incredible control.”

This first race finished in Varadero, which Moran describes as “like a European resort, or a cruise ship stop. There were resorts, and a very nice marina.” But, he added, “We decided that this didn’t count as ‘Cuba.’ “

While in Varadero, the team competed in a buoy race, finishing sixth. Two days later, the fleet raced the 70 miles from Varadero to Havana. “When we got to Havana, that’s when we hit culture shock,” he says. “We were totally off the grid. Our phones didn’t work and the internet didn’t work. They just don’t have the infrastructure. But getting there, it was the best racing any of us have experienced.

cuba10“There was just barely enough wind for a start – it was almost slow motion,” he recalls. “The breeze built over the day, then some showers came through that left glass-outs for a little while. The speedo was at 0.0 knots. Then the breeze built to about 15.” This was when BobSled began a match race with the J/125 Double Trouble. “We crossed jibes with them, then sailed off and didn’t see them for an hour, and when we jibed back we crossed just ahead of them again.  The last 15 miles were a drag race at night into Havana. We finished seven minutes ahead of them after 10 hours of racing. It was really exciting. We beat them and got line honors – none of us expected it.”

cuba2In Havana, things looked very different from Varadero. The marina was made up of cement docks, some of them with exposed wiring. “It’s more dilapidated than you can imagine,” he says.  “The roads are torn up; you’ll be driving, and then have to turn around and find another way.” But, while the infrastructure was very rough, “the people were incredibly friendly, welcoming and helpful.”

While in Havana, the BobSled team rented two 1950s convertibles for a tour of the city. “These cars haven’t had a true spare part in 50 years,” says Bob. “The cool thing is how resilient the people are with what they have; how they keep those cars running is amazing. They look beautiful outside but the inside is literally hand-made pieces. Their ability to improvise is amazing.”


Tyler Raven, Michael Coe, Grady Byus, Bob Moran, Andrew Callas, Onno Schenk

The regatta was cut short for team BobSled when a huge cold front was predicted to hit at the scheduled start time for the race back to Key West, resulting in a last-minute schedule change. “They announced on Wednesday that the race would start on Thursday instead of Friday,” says Bob. “We didn’t have time to provision – you couldn’t just run out and get stuff.” So the team opted out of the race and had a leisurely sail home ahead of the anticipated weather. “It turned out to be a great ride,” says Bob.

“Overall, the sailing was great, and Cuba was as different as any exotic country I’ve visited,” says Bob. “We couldn’t have asked for better conditions for the boat. I wanted a one-design boat with a good fleet that could do the occasional sprint race when conditions were right…Wow! We hit the nail on the head with this boat.”

Watch the video from T2PTV here.


Possible routes from Key West to Varadero, according to BobSled’s routing software just before the start.

Dramatic Finish in Key West

Onne van der Wal photo

The debut of the C&C 30 One Design class at Quantum Key West Race Week could not have been more exciting. Frequent lead changes, five different race winners over the 10-race series, a squall in the final race, and the drama of a come-from-behind victory are the compelling story lines from the week.

The winners! Walt Thirion, Nick Ewenson, Geoff Ewenson, Lara Dallman-Weiss, Dave Flynn, Collin Kirby, and Hobie Ponting. Max Ranchi photo

On the first day of racing, Walt Thirion and his team on Themis and Dan Cheresh and Extreme2 traded wins in Races 1 and 2, foreshadowing a week-long battle. While other teams made strong charges on different days — Bob Moran and BobSled, and Nigel Biggs and Checkmate, each won two races, and Angus Davis and Nyabinghi won one — in the end consistency paid off for Themis and Extreme2 in the no-throw-out series, and their two-boat battle continued until the final race.

Extreme2 held the lead through Race 6, but struggled with finishes of 1-8-7 in Races 7, 8 and 9, while Themis scored a scorching 2-1-2.  “We won the first race today and thought we had good wheels,” said Cheresh at the end of that day, “But we got caught on the wrong side of some shifts in the other two races. This is a tough class, and if you get behind it’s hard to fight back.”

With only one race to go and four points to make up on the final day of racing, Extreme2 ran out of runway. Their second-place finish to Themis‘ fourth in the final race, Race 10, gave the win to Themis by two points.

“The one-design racing in our class was excellent. It was a lot tighter than previous events and we had a lot of different winners. All the boats are getting better, which is good to see,” said Thirion, who lives in Colorado and bases his boat out of Annapolis. “We did a good job of getting off the line in most races and made smart decisions on which side of the course to take. Racing at this level is all about minimizing mistakes and our team executed well all week.”


Ed Feo and team on Loco. Onne van der Wal photo

The battle for third place was also a cliffhanger. On the final day of racing, when a squall came through the course and teams experienced the wildest conditions of the week, Ed Feo and team Loco finished two places ahead of Bobsled to break a tie for third. “We used the medium jib on the last day, while a lot of teams used the small jib,” says Feo. “We felt like we had unbelievable speed upwind. When we were going it the right direction, we had great speed with more power in the chop.”

“The racing in this class has been fantastic,” said Cheresh, who is also president of the C&C 30 One Design Class. “We traded the lead in races with lots of teams all week, and everyone was getting better and better as the week wore on. The spirit in this class is also great, where everyone is focused on not only winning, but having fun together, too.”

Feo agrees, “We bought the boat for point to point racing in Southern California, but we had such a good time sailing in the class that we’ll stay on the East Coast to race as we work toward growing our one-design fleet in California.”

Next up for the class is the Miami Ocean Challenge, hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, in February. From there it’s on to Sperry Charleston Race Week, followed by the Sailing World/Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD regatta.

Mid-Week Highlights

Photographer Onne van der Wal shares a look at the fleet and the top three in the standings at the halfway point of racing in Key West. Dan Cheresh and the Extreme2 team are in the lead with 16 points, followed by Bob Moran and the Bobsled team and Walt Thirion and team Themis, tied with 23.

Key West Race Week 2016

Key West Race Week 2016

Key West Race Week 2016

Key West Race Week 2016

Key West Race Week 2016

Key West Race Week 2016

Key West Race Week 2016

Key West Race Week 2016

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