Facebook

Login

Support Sailonline

If you haven't already - join the SAILONLINE YACHT CLUB!

Please also consider making a donation - all amounts are greatly appreciated!

Board » Sailonline Yacht Club » WINSTON_4 RETIRES FROM COMPETITIVE SOL RACING

Hey !! …do not jump on your seat ! ..I am not going anywhere ……..;)

BUT ….SIMPLY …..:

In 2015 I had given myself two SOL objectives : SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP and TIMED CHAMPIONSHIP ….No one would have been able to convince me to go for the SUPERSOLER . A great deal of energy to tackle the OCEAN CHAMPIONSHIP would be needed = NO WAY !!!!!! ..;)

I ended up second in both Championships , beaten by SLL ( Sprint Legend Lou ) in SPRCH and trashed by rumskib in TRCH. Although I value a second place in a year-long Championship a great result , I said to myself : “ In 2016 ……. I HAVE TO “.

So….in 2016 I gave myself two objectives : SUPERSOLER and SPRCH . This meant a full year long concentration , eight LOOOOONG Ocean races , where one has to jump out of bed much earlier in the morning than my actual “pensioner” standards, and regulating life and commitments on SOL calendar. I am sure that all I wanted was to be able to demonstrate to myself that I could still do something like that , in spite of my falling energies.

It all started with a one and half months long race ( SFO – NYC ) , and with unbelievable and hammering bad luck ….BUT…..I achieved both goals much ahead of year’s end, and at the very end of the season guess what ? …. I have just won ALSO the Ocean Championship although it was not a goal ( of course ), drawing ( with interests ) the credit I had with luck since the SFO – NYC race !!

This puts me in a feeling that I have nothing more to demonstrate to myself ( SOL wise ), so I matured a while ago a decision that I am here announcing to you ALL my SOL friends.

I RETIRE WINSTON_4 FROM AGONISTIC COMPETITIVE SAIL-RACING IN SOL.

I will continue to do what I have been doing so far behind the scenes , and support the activities and plans of our platform like before and more than before.

I will surely be again in the water randomly during the year , when time permits , in races of “MY” length and duration, BUT in a non-competitive fashion , and surely disregarding a few updates , specially the 0430Z one !! ;)

I am still undecided about completing the RTWR ( legs 3 and 4 ). I love my boat as much as WIN loves me , and perhaps I will not want to decommission him in AUK and might bring him home. ( sorry ..a boat named Winston cannot really be a “she“ ) ;)

I plan to be present and available…….and you can rest assured that when in the water I will still fight , but in a much more relaxed manner !! :)

In the early days of WIN sailing on the SOL waters a very special partnership started with one very special SOLer : Ita10267 . I owe him everything WIN accomplished in SOL , and I will always be his wingman if one day he and I will again be in the SOL waters together. When I told him a few days ago that I would retire he said to me that only few do so when they still win and he mentioned a recent name that I do not dare quoting…..as the comparison is HUGE exaggeration , but the concept still stands : WIN wants to leave victory memories in SOL :)

Besides : looking at stats , it seems that WIN is the boat with the biggest historical “Palmares” in SOL . Well guys …..be careful ! don’t even try ! …I will be checking those stats from time to time , and if I see that ANYONE is approaching……….I WILL BE BACK !!!!!!!

Ciaoooooooooooooo and have great SOL time in 2017 !!!

Piero
;)
What a wonderful post! To "leave" on a high is always the best way to go and those of us in the less-competitive remaining fleet now welcome you to our midst.

It takes a calm mind and a great sense of humour to be happy/accepting of being uncompetitive, but, of course, it also means that you can sleep well at night. Picking a personal matchracing target is always fun, though!

Until, of course, some competition is just too delicious to ignore!

:-D
___________



--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2016-12-31 17:23:23 ---
Viva all.

There are some persons that never leave us.

Piero, you are one of them.

Big Hug
J/psail
Sail Fair.
You will miss us, but you really deserve some relax. Congratulation for all, my dear friend.q
My friend Piero,
Piero and WINSTON_4 are just other ways of saying EXCELLENCE.
Thanks for demonstrating it to us.
Ciao Piero and WINSTON_4, first of all congratulations on a great palmares!! and enjoy the first relaxing months of 2017 free of the all-nighters and the untimely WX updates.

I will miss you on the waters as it was always fun to race you, and to enjoy your occasional posts in the chat during the race.

I always find it a little strange racing some boats who almost never have a word to say even during a long ocean race.

But your interventions were always amusing, personal, and often self-deprecating, which has given us all a wonderful insight into your personality.

When perhaps the greatest thing about SOL is the camaraderie amongst skippers around the world, it's been great to have a BIG personality both working behind the scenes and also racing hard!

I too have decided to slow down this year, and definitely to keep my SOLing to normal hours and to a minimum actually on the computer at each update time. I figure a bit of life balance is a good thing.

But I know that you will sneak back at every opportunity once you've had a rest, as it is an addictive game, so I look forward to seeing the new WINSTON_4 sometime not too far away I hope.
A big cheers, a big congratulations, and a big thank you!

John (Dingo)
Hi Piero

I just checked and I see that I did my first race 4 days after yours on 22 July 2009. Quite a lot of water passed under our boats since those days. Now whereas I have done over 744000 nm to gain only 3 wins you have done only half that and gained 80 wins!!!

What a legend!! Enjoy the sabbatical and I am glad you remain with SOL and in the engine room.

Regards
George - Jawz

...//...

:) There is a saying that there is no pill for stupid! I also have hugely cut back on my races and stick these days to the Ocean series largely. Not to get any more wins but my aim is to get to 1 million nautical miles!!!
Pierrrrooo! hahahaha, so i was right in the chat , you are doing a Franci ! ! :)))
that why i only do long ocean races and skip the rest..and i only look at ranking for the race itself :) So, i do hope to see you on those races, since there you can miss a wx without to much loss.

--- Last Edited by dikkehenk at 2017-01-14 20:49:30 ---
Just kidding, if I know you the way I think I do ! :))
Robert

Please login to post a reply.

Races

Next Race: 00d 00h 00m


Current Races:

Susan Hood Trophy Race 2022

Lake Ontario Offshore Racing (LOOR) welcomes racers to the second virtual Susan Hood Trophy race. This is a 75nm weekender on western Lake Ontario starting and finishing at the Port Credit Yacht Club (PCYC) via Niagara and Burlington, and is one of two that will count towards special Sailonline's LOOR Series medals. As our Beneteau/First 36.7 managed the course so well last year, we shall race her again!
Race #1574
INFOby brainaid.de
First 36.7 PARTICULARS
NAM_AWIP WX Updates:
0245 / 0845 / 1445 / 2045
Ranking: SYC - LOOR
Race starts: Jun 03rd 23:45 Registration Open!

▶ Flash
GO TO RACE

Susac X2
Welcome to the beautiful calm waters of the Adriatic Sea for the virtual running of the Susac X2 race which is a real-life race organized by the JK Mornar Sailing Club based in Split, Croatia. Although we, unfortunately, aren’t running this magnificent race with the real fleet this year, we hope to make this possible in the coming editions. This amazing race is a total of 91 nautical miles which consists of rounding the beautiful island of Sušac. Our SOLers will be racing around these amazing waters in none other than our great Seascape 18s. Be sure to bring your binoculars for this one as with such beautiful surroundings you will definitely need them!
Race #1586
INFO by brainaid.de
Seascape 18 PARTICULARS
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Ranking: SYC
Race starts: May 27th 14:00 Registration Open!

▶ Flash
GO TO RACE

Vasco da Gama Ocean Race 2022

Point Yacht Club welcomes Sailonline to the 2022 running of the classic Vasco da Gama Ocean Race. This race is the oldest established international sailing event in South Africa and traditionally starts in the bay of Maputo, the old Portuguese colonial capital of Mozambique and finishes in Durban. Last year, and now again this year, the race was/will be from Durban to East London - circa 250nm in native Cape 31 speed machines.
Race #1573
INFO by brainaid.de
Cape 31 PARTICULARS
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Ranking:
ARQ2 - ARCH - SUPSOL - SYC
RACE CLOSE: Sunday,
May 29 at 2300 UTC.
Race starts: May 22nd 08:00 Registration Open!

▶ Flash
GO TO RACE

San Francisco to New York 2022
Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made his money - that his descendants enjoyed to spend sailing and racing yachts - by recognizing that getting from the East Coast to the West Coast of the USA was best done by rail, would have been more than a little amused to see SOL organizing yacht races over the very route by water he made redundant. It's about 13,000 nautical miles, which compares with less than 3000 statute miles by train! Six years ago, the best SOLers managed to complete the passage from San Francisco to New York in around 36 days, sailing our much-used veteran ocean greyhound, the Super Maxi 100. Time to try again, this time on the VO70. If you aim for a SOG of 18kn, it'll only take you a month.
PRIZE: SMPF
Race #1567
INFO by brainaid.de
VO70_v4 PARTICULARS
WX Updates:
0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230
Ranking:
OCQ2 - OCCH - SUPSOL - SYC
Race starts: May 01st 19:00 Registration Closed

▶ Flash
GO TO RACE

Go to race archive

SYC Ranking

  1. Sailonline Yacht Club Member WRmirekd
  2. Sailonline Yacht Club Member Vida_Maldita
  3. Sailonline Yacht Club Member rafa
  4. Sailonline Yacht Club Member Pit8008
  5. Sailonline Yacht Club Member GREATSKUA
  6. Sailonline Yacht Club Member FreyjaUSA
  7. Sailonline Yacht Club Member Sax747
  8. Sailonline Yacht Club Member Kipper1258
  9. Sailonline Yacht Club Member rumskib
  10. Sailonline Yacht Club Member Satori

View full list

Series

Mobile Client

SYC members have the benefit of access to our mobile/lightweight web client!

The mobile client