Sunday, March 15, 2015

St. Francis Yacht Club Spring Dinghy - Bruce Edwards Report

The first major regatta of the season in California got off to a bang this past weekend in San Francisco. Though racing was postponed on both days, the wind filled in nicely and we were treated to summer-like conditions. Saturday was sailing in a nice 8 to 14 knots and Sunday kicked off with 10 knots from the NW building to 15-16 with puffs into the 20s according to the RC. A nice air temp in the mid 60’s capped off an amazing weekend.

Photo(s) by Chris Ray

With many of the fleets boats doing the Panama turn around instead of going to the worlds, several people borrowed boats and gear. Rob and Aaron were sailing the B boat while the beautiful new Waterat is taking a nice vacation to Panama. The northwest fleet was represented by Brain Trainor who made the 1000 mile trek south, and Davey Chatham taking time off from the Orchards of Washington. Ian O’leary and Dan Esdorn made great showings. Tim Murphy made it out on Sunday after nursing a sick kid on Saturday.

We felt bad that so many of our compatriots are suffering with sub zero temps and snow on the same weekend on the east coast, well not that bad ;-) We had a nice turn out of 12 boats and the racing was really tight, with the exception of Mike and Rob who seemed to be racing themselves on Saturday, as they took 3 bullets on the day. The racing was on the Bravo Course just to the west of Alcatraz. The rest of the fleet had some really close racing. Jeff Miller and Pat Diola pulled out a nice finish in race 1 in 2nd as past WC Mike Martin and Adam Lowry forgot to drop their chute at the last bottom mark. Bruce & Dave pulled off a 3rd, closely following by Bob and Rich, & JB and Tommy. Race 2 & 3 were held in nice steady building westerly. Race 2 showed an amazing comeback from zero to hero by Bob and Rich when the found nice current hard left on the last beat taking a well earned 2nd, closely followed by Bruce and Dave, and JB and Tommy.

Photo(s) by Chris Ray

On Sunday, Mike and Rob decided to race with the rest of us. The day dawned looking like no wind and with the time change it was looking grim, but the bay didn’t disappoint and a nice westerly that built all day began to fill in.  Jeff and Pat nailed the start then proceeded to sail inside Anita Rock and then round the top mark the wrong way, earning a nice discard in the process. Race 4 had the breeze building from the gate, and probably the tightest racing of the weekend. The race finish was a nail biter and saw the top 4 boats finish within 15 seconds, Mike and Adam got the win in the race, with JB & Tommy sailing a great race and getting a 2nd. They were closely followed by Mike & Rob in 3rd and Bob and Rich in 4th. Race 5 was again another close one with Mike & Adam getting the gun, closely followed by Mike & Rob, JB & Tommy, and Bruce and Dave. Race 6 saw an nice big puffs off the city front pushing into the 20 knot range at times, and Rob & Mike got back on it after a close race and took the win. Jeff Miller & Pat came back and repeated race 1 by taking 2nd, closely followed by Mike & Adam, and JB & Tommy.

Overall, Mike & Rob, won the event, followed by Mike & Adam, and Bruce & Dave / JB & Tommy tied on points for 3rd. Complete results below.

Photo(s) by Chris Ray

Next up on the schedule is the Worlds for those lucky enough to attend. Followed by the “Thrilla in Cabrillo” on April 25-26th at LAYC, and The Elvstrom/Zellerbach on May 2-3 at StFYC.

1 Rob Woelfel, Mike Holt Santa Cruz YC 9115 IO Integration
2 Adam Lowry, Mike Martin NHYC / StFYC 8714 greenie (Boat #8554)
3 David Shelton, Bruce Edwards StFYC 9073 Dog n Pony Rides Again
4 Tommy Fink, JB Turney StFYC 9042 Stimulus Package
5 Rich Mundell, Robert Tennant RVicYC CAN8970
6 Pat Diola, Jeff Miller SCYC 9082 Miracle (Boat #7875)
7 Ben Glass, David Chatham Bird Dog YC 8786
8 Rob Waterman, Aaron Ross Santa Cruz Yacht Club 8084 Rob's Old Boat
9 Chris Pittack, Brian Trainor Kitsilano Yacht Club CAN8755 Banshee
10 Geoff Gales, Tim Murphy TISC 8937
11 Chris Burleson, Ian O'leary BYC 7069 Tiburon
12 Ashley Lyon, Dan Esdorn StFYC 8931 Duesentrieb

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