Thursday, August 26, 2010

Join Us at the Lake Michigan Sailboat Show August 27-29th Waukegan, IL

We invite you to join us in Waukegan this weekend August 27 -29 for the 9th Annual Lake Michigan sailboat Show.   We will have the Beneteau 37, Beneteau 40 and the NEW Farr Designed First 40 on display.

Show Hours are   Thurs-Sat 10:00am to 6:00pm  Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm

We will be at the Larsen Docks  625 N. Seahorse Drive Waukegan, IL (

We have great financing rates and very attractive end of season incentives on remaining 2010 models that will have you enjoying your own Beneteau as quickly as next week.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Congratulations to ALL the Verve Cup Racers!

What do you get when you combine eight races over three days; varied wind & sea conditions with 149 boats?   The VERVE CUP of course!

This past weekend 29 Beneteau Owner's competed in the annual Chicago Yacht Club Verve Cup on Lake Michigan.  Beneteau- The number one Manufacturer of boats worldwide was well represented by the sixteen boat First 36.7 fleet, eleven boat First 40.7 fleet and two cruising boats that entered the distance race on Saturday.  The only other brand better represented than Beneteau was the 32 boat T-10 class (that is no longer in production).

The weekend weather ranged from light breeze/glassy water conditions to gusts of up to 20 kts and lumpy sea conditions.

In the end as the race results showed, the top First 36.7 spot went to Peter Wright's "Maggie Mae" and number one First 40.7 was Ron Buzil's 'Vayu'.

First 36.7 Section:

1. Peter Wright-                 Maggie Mae
2. Rober Foley-                  Tried & True
3. Wurtzebach/Bird-           FOG
4. Hogan/Heaton/Tsiang-  As You Wish

First 40.7 Section:

1. Ron Buzil                        Vayu
2. Robert Vickery              Collaboration 2
3. Jay Muller                      Das Boot

Congratulations to all the boats that raced and most of all to the top finishers!

To View photos of all the winners:

Find more photos like this on Verve Cup

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First 40 Debut Reception at Verve Cup 2010

First 40 Hull #44 dockside at Chicago Yacht Club

Karma Yacht Sales wishes to thank all the First Series and Beneteau 'Fans' who joined us at the Lake Michigan debut of the First 40 at the 2010 Verve Cup held this past weekend at Chicago Yacht Club.

On Thursday evening, the docks were full as the Lake Michigan sailing community got its FIRST look at the Farr designed First 40.   Attendees were able to tour the boat and see what the buzz is all about.   The NEW First 40 follows in the tradition of her predecessors the popular First 40.7 and the very successful First 36.7 both designs have very strong followings in the Lake Michigan fleets.   Interested sailors were able to view the First 40 all weekend long in Slip 1 at the club.   Attendees were most impressed with the quality and value that she packs compared to other entries in the size range.   "That's ALOT of boat for the money" exclaimed one guest.  "Fully equipped with sails she is $150,000 less than other brands in the 36.5 ft size!" commented another sailor.

From CYC she will head up to Waukegan for the Lake Michigan Sailboat Show August 27-29 so if you missed her visit us up north or set up an appointment to see her when she returns to Burnham harbor.

The First 40 has set a new trajectory of it's own in winning the Rolex Sydney Hobart in December 2009.  She has won accolades from the sailing press namely SAILING WORLD magazine when she was named 'Best Crossover' in their annual boat of the year reviews.

"First" Afficionados enjoyed cocktails and appetizers while viewing the First 40 during the debut reception

KYS Staff was on hand to answer questions and discuss availability of the new First 40

First Fans review the new First 40's attributes

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Team Chicago sets sail for China Cup 2010

Michael Kennedy's "Copernicus" (second from left) @ RBBS

The 2010 China Cup International Regatta is delighted to welcome a new challenger to the Beneteau First 40.7 OD Class — Team Chicago, representing the Chicago Yacht Club. This is the first-ever USA entry in the China Cup.

The sailing team is led by Michael Mayer, owner and driver of a J/105, Kashmir, and an active participant in the Rolex Big Boat Series, Key West Race Week, Chicago NOOD, the Centomiglia in Italy, and no less than 28 Chicago-Mackinac Races.

Mayer will be joined by Michael and Kathryn Kennedy, Michael Reed, and George Miz – all winners of Rolex Big Boat Series’ and Mackinac Races. 'Our Team is a combination of people who sail together on both our J/105 and the Kennedy’s Sydney 38. We won the Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco in the Sydney 38 Class, won Chicago Boat of the Year in the J/105 Class in 2009, and have raced in many other prestigious regattas such as Key West Race Week,' said Mayer.

The Chicago Yacht Club was founded in 1875, and runs over 125 races a year - including the Chicago-Mackinac Race (the longest fresh-water sailing race in the world), the Sailing World Chicago NOOD Regatta and the Chicago Yacht Club Verve Regattas.

Team Chicago’s probable crew list will also include:

Karl Brummel
Steve Henderson
Karen Gottwald (former President, Melges 24 Class)
Nick Schmidbauer
Rennie Worsfold
Bill Colombo (Doyle Sails)

by CCIR Media

Originally run in Sail-World

About the China Cup:

The 4th edition of China Cup International Regatta, under the auspices of Chinese Yachting Association and Executive Office of Organizing Committee for the Shenzhen 26th Summer Universiade (Representing the government of Shenzhen), will be held in the waters of Daya Bay, Shenzhen (Guangdong Province), P.R. China from October 29th to November 1st, 2010.

2010 China Cup has been listed in the ISAF calendar. A fleet of over 70 yachts with sailors from over 20 countries and regions are expected. One mission of China Cup International Regatta is to promote sailing in China and to enhance communication and exchange among Asian and international sailing communities. With the participation of racing teams sent by Japan Sailing Federation, Phuket King’s Cup Organizing Committee, Philippine Sailing Federation, Moscow Central Navy as well as sailing teams from other Asian and international countries will make 2010 China Cup more competitive.

We hereby sincerely invite you to send a team to race in the 2010 China Cup either brings your own boat or charter a Beneteau First40.7 from organizer of China Cup to compete in the one design class. NOR will be available soon at  .

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Qingdao might spell the Future of Sailing

KYS Commentary:  It is always interesting to see the approach that different countries take to promoting sports in their native lands.   The inherent support of the sport of sailing by the French Sailing Federation is always impressive where French youth are literally 'sailing before they can walk'.   The new force in Sailing seems to be shifting East as this article shows.  Recent moves by the Korean government to attract marine manufacturers as an economic development strategy and organically grow the sport of sailing are years ahead of our efforts here in the United States.  Cash heavy and quickly becoming the economic engine of the 21st century- China possesses the same potential. 

In the end, embracing a community sailing model and having municipal leadership that has an investment and understanding in seeing the sport grow- yields benefits for al interested in taking on the sport regardless of their economic resources.

Originally published in Sail-World

China has a very long sailing history. The Chinese explorer and trader Zheng Ho sailed to India and on to Africa between 1405 and 1433, but sailing as a sport has not on China’s radar for the first hundred years of the modern Olympic competition.

The International Olympic Committee began talking to the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao in 2001 and upon its confirmation in 2004 as the Beijing Olympic sailing venue, Qingdao embarked on a major redevelopment program of its waterfront shipyard area.

Half a billion US dollars later, Qingdao delivered, building a sailing precinct which is unequalled around the world. China's self styled 'Sailing City' grabbed the international sailing spotlight with the organization of the successful 2008 Olympic Sailing regatta.

It was of historic significance and when Chinese RS:X windsurfer Yin Jian won the first ever Olympic sailing medal for China, it fired the collective Chinese imagination. This medal could be the start of a flood of sailing medals in years to come.

As Kjell Borking, the Vice President of EUROSAF, the peak European sailing body commented today at the 2010 International Sailing Forum in Qingdao ‘’The explosion of sailing in Asia is both a joyous and a sad time for this European dominated sport.’

Borking predicts that European influence could wain rapidly as China and the other Asian countries have the potential to achieve as much progress fast tracking sailors into high performance programs over the next 20 years as Europe has done in the Olympic century.

What might change the European domination of sailing?

Just numbers - that is all.

Xia Geng, the Mayor of the city of Qingdao for the last decade, and the city fathers are talking about steering sailing, as a sport, on a scale in a way that only the most populous nation on earth can do.

There are a million children at school in Qingdao and there is conversation that suggests up to ten percent of the children could experience sailing as a school sport. That is 100,000 potential sailors, in just one Chinese city of eight million, in a country of 1,300 million.

The centre of the sailing world could move rapidly east!

However the road ahead could be bumpy, with many hard decisions ahead.

by Marine Business World 5:10 AM Sun 22 Aug 2010

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

FIRST "50" Skippers to Check-In Get a FIRST Verve Cup T-Shirt

“First Skippers”

Be one of the First 50 boats to check-in for the Verve Cup today and you get a FIRST t-shirt (design shown above) compliments of Karma Yacht Sales~ Your Lake Michigan Sailboat Dealer Specializing in Beneteau.

Verve Cup Check-in starts at 12:00noon today and goes until 7:00pm (Commodore's Room @Chicago Yacht Club)

Quantities are limited.

*Remember to stop by the NEW First 40 displayed in Slip #1 on the Docks.

Wear them proud- You are the fleets that the other boats wish they could be..

Remember- BE FIRST!

Best of Luck in the Regatta.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Reminder: 2010 First 36.7 North American Championship- Annapolis, MD

Annapolis is ready for the North Americans October 21 - 24!
Here are some items of interest: -

1) I draw you attention to Section 4 of the NOR regarding Fees – see  

4.3 The entry fee includes dockage during the event and access to all event parties for the skipper and up to 8 crew. Additional social packages will be available online and at the event for $65 US per person.

4.4 The current social schedule (subject to change) is: Wednesday opening ceremony, Thursday banquet, Saturday cocktail party and Sunday awards party.

4.5 Guest privileges for use of all of the facilities of the Annapolis Yacht Club will be available to all competitors.

Food will be provided at AYC on 4 of the 5 evenings, along with liquid refreshments. We hope that on Friday crews will enjoy legendary Annapolis hospitality and sample the many restaurants and bars within walking distance of the Club. We are working with several popular watering holes to offer discounted meals to NA participants.

2) All participating boats will be docked at the floating docks at the AYC Sailing Center directly across Spa Creek from the main clubhouse. AYC has indicated that there will be a storage area for out-of-town boats to leave personal belongings. Ample parking is across the street at the Annex, which will also be designated as Race HQ.

So, if you are on the fence about coming please understand that this will be a first class event and we will not nickel and dime you while you are here. We are waiting to see how many boats enter before finalizing menus at AYC - so please enter soon! If you need social tickets for more than the 9 covered by the entry fee, the cost is just $65 for the week.

Contact Keith Mayes  301-503-4634 or Linda Ambrose at AYC  443-994-4235 for answers to questions and to make suggestions.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"FIRST Friday" at the 2010 Verve Cup- Sponsored by Karma Yacht Sales

Racing in the Verve Cup this Friday?   Be Our guests at the 6th ANNUAL FIRST FRIDAY Sponsored by Your Lake Michigan Beneteau Sailboat Dealer- Karma Yacht Sales. 

The festivities kick-off at 5:30pm with a *Free Pour of Mount Gay Rum for all attendees of legal drinking age.  Free pour goes until 7:00pm or until the rum runs out.

Relive the day's on the water action  in the company of the members of the Lake Michigan First 36.7 & 40.7 Fleets.  

Look forward to seeing everyone there! 

*ID required

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