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Bundy and Hanseler Win I14 Nationals

A Bumblebee Called Kate at the place where planing meets stopping.

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With a win in Sunday’s distance race and a little help from the second-place boat, Seattle’s Kris Bundy and Jamie Hanseler won their fourth International 14 Nationals hosted by Richmond YC. The 25-boat fleet got solid breeze into the mid-20s over the weekend’s six races, which proved a worthy adversary for much of the fleet — every boat below seventh place had at least one letter score.

Kris Bundy and Jamie Hanseler with the spoils for their fourth International 14 nationals winning.

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Going into the distance race — wisely moved to the last of the regatta after the R/C realized the course and timing of the planned Saturday afternoon start would have pitted 25 International 14s against the 289-foot Maltese Falcon and her sizeable spectator fleet — the team of Brad Ruetnik and Matt Noble were leading the regatta, this despite having only a day of practice together before the regatta. Although amped to sail the race — which is an institution at the International 14 Nationals and even comes with its own perpetual trophy — the two decided that rather than risk a DSQ, collision or damage, they’d cash in their throwout and call it a regatta. The only problem was, they’d counted Bundy and Hanseler’s finishes incorrectly, which put them in a tie, which they lost on a countback.

Bundy and Hanseler out in front on the water.

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"It doesn’t feel right," Bundy joked while picking up the trophy he’s probably already sent to the engraver three times. "But. . . I guess it does."

Whoops! Brad Ruetnik and Matt Noble lost the nationals on a countback after miscalculating Bundy and Hanseler’s score. The Latitude 38 editorial staff has been known to come up with some creative math also.

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San Diego’s Ruetnik and Richmond YC’s Noble — the latter is the reigning world champion in the class — took plenty of ribbing about their error; it was suggested they take a math class for example. But they were good humored about it and the regatta as a whole.

"There was plenty of carnage, good race management and good sailing," Noble said. "Richmond YC always puts on a great event."

Eric Arens and Alan Laflin at ages 69 and 68 respectively, still charging it after more than four decades in the class.

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1 Comment

  1. Eiji Tanabe 4 years ago

    Dear Alan,
    Hope you remember me, as an old friend and teacher of Japanese
    (Konnichiwa, Oyasuminasai….). I still run AET Japan, Inc. and AET Associates, Inc.
    in Cupertino. Let us get together sometime this year before we have difficulties to recognize each.
    From ET

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The long view from the San Francisco’s Sea Cliff area gives you an idea of how tall Falcon’s rig is, and how enormous the spectator fleet was.