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UFOs Cap Off Winter Series with Fort 2 Battery

CHARLESTON, South Carolina, Planet Earth (April 28, 2019) UFOs flew into Charleston this past weekend for three fun-filled days of foiling in the combined Fort 2 Battery and Foilmania events.

After a few pre-event practice days in warm 12-18 knot sea breezes, things really kicked up on Friday for the first day of Foilmania racing. Throughout the day foilers faced sustained winds in the mid-twenties with gusts into the thirties and a peak gust of 35 knots. Dave Clark and Nick Burroughs each won one race before the Race Committee called off racing for the day with winds continuing to build. With the drone on station for a third race some obligatory blast reaching had to be performed before all the boats safely returned to shore.

Day two featured much lighter winds for the Fort 2 Battery race. In order to allow the sea breeze to build Race Committee delayed the start to 3:55 pm. When the gun finally went local ace Otto Demuth shot out to an early lead in 8-12 knots of seabreeze. As the breeze built towards the end of the race Dave Clark finally managed to reel him in just before the finish line for the Fort 2 Battery win.

Day three featured extremely puffy conditions starting out about 10 knots and building up to around 16 knots by the last race. Navigating current, wind shifts and some brutal lulls proved to be very tricky, but Dave Clark handled it all in stride to take the overall win with Otto Demuth in second and Nick Burroughs in third.

From left to right: Otto Demuth, Coach (Ryan) Hamm, Dave Clark and Nick Burroughs

The UFO Class would like to thank our wonderful hosts at James Island Yacht Club. Plus all the competitors in the BBQ Cookoff, who provided a huge spread of delicious BBQ for all racers after the Fort 2 Battery Race. We can’t wait to return for next years event with even more UFOs.

Stay tuned at www.ufoclass.com for more information on upcoming UFO events. Next up is Wickford Regatta June 8-9, 2019. Don’t have a UFO? Head to the manufacturers website, www.fulcrumspeedworks.com, to Join the Invasion. Follow us on YouTubeInstagram and Facebook to stay up to date on everything UFO.

UFO Class Kicks Off Winter Circuit at Foiling Midwinters

KEY LARGO, Florida, Planet Earth (January 27, 2019) UFOs joined the International Moth Class at Upper Keys Sailing Club for Foiling Midwinters from January 25-27th, 2019.

After two practice days with 15 knots of breeze, the first day of the regatta kicked off in 6-9 knots with some lulls as low as 4 knots. All competitors got on the foils at times, but even the Moths would get stuck in the water in the worst lulls. The name of the game for the UFOs was finding a puff to get foiling in upwind and heading straight to the mark downwind in foil-assist mode. While some competitors did choose to foil downwind, they quickly discovered the extreme angles they had to sail in the lulls to stay foiling didn’t get them to the bottom mark first. Definitely a highly tactical game of snakes and ladders.

Days 2 and 3 the breeze picked up and full-course foiling became the key to victory. In the windier conditions David Clark and Nick Burroughs began to pull away from the rest of the fleet and a duel for first place began. After 12 hard fought races it came down to one point with David Clark beating out Nick Burroughs for first and Otto Demuth, winner in Race 1, foiling comfortably into third place. Full results below.

UFO (6 boats)

Pos,Sail, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points

1. 00073, Dave Clark, NHFL, [2]-2-1-[4]-1-2-1-1-1-2-1-2- ; 14   

2. 92, Nicholas Burroughs, NHfL, [3]-1-[2]-1-2-1-2-2-2-1-2-1- ; 15   

3. 11, Otto DeMuth, James Island Yacht Club, 1-3-4-[5]-3-3-3-3-[5]-5-3-3- ; 31   

4. 58, Barry Kuehl, Fleet 204, [7/DNS]-[7/DNS]-6-6-4-5-4-4-3-3-4-4- ; 43   

5. 4, Martin Langhoff, Miami Rowing Club, [7/DNS]-4-3-3-5-[6]-6-6-4-4-5-5- ; 45   

6. 154, James Burgess, Conanicut Yacht Club, 4-5-5-2-[6]-4-5-5-[6]-6-6-6- ; 48   

The UFO Class would like to thank our wonderful hosts at Upper Keys Sailing Club. We look forward to heading back to Key Largo with our fellow foilers at the beginning of March for the Ladd Lewis Memorial Regatta. Following the Key Largo events, the UFO Class invades Charleston for Foilmania and Fort2Battery from April 26-28th.

Stay tuned at www.ufoclass.com for more information on upcoming UFO events. Don’t have a UFO? Head to the manufacturers website, www.fulcrumspeedworks.com, to Join the Invasion. Follow us on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on everything UFO.