2015 Special Olympics – Sailing Venue Update – Belmont Shore Pier

Another fantastic day on the Long Beach Belmont Pier today at the sailing venue of the 2015 SOWG.

Results going into the final day of racing for Levels 1, 2 and 3.   Note that the Level 5 races are final as they concluded racing today.

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 5

In the SOWG there are no throw-outs and ties are not broken.  Finishers after the tie are awarded the next place.  For instance, if there is a 3-way tie for first, the next finisher is awarded second place.

Level 1 – CFJ Class – Unified Partner is Helmsman / Athlete is Crew

Level 2 – CFJ Class – Athlete is Helmsman / Unified Partner is Crew

Level 3 – Modified Cal 20 – Two Athletes / One Unified Partner – Unified Partner cannot assist physically, can only give advice.

Level 5 – Laser 4.7 Rig – One Athlete

SOWG Sailing Logo


Harry Price wins all-Australian final at Governor’s Cup Youth Match Racing

Having been a participant in this event a few times in the early years of its inception in the 1970s and having been treated so well at the Balboa YC during this time with fond memories I have followed it every year since. I still have our slip placard sign. The team I assembled in ’73 (was either that or ’72 or ’74) won this trophy sailing Cal 25’s. Stephen Kent, John Carr and Bill Howard sailed with me way back then.  Stephen and Diane’s son has since gone on recently to be successful at this event as well. Good times!   Anyway, on to this year’s story.

Harry Price, Angus Williams and Tara Blanc-Ramos, from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on the east side of Australia, defeated Lachy Gilmour, from Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club from Western Australia in a battle of the Aussies.CYCA had quietly worked their way up the ranks in their first Gov Cup. The first day of racing, CYCA won four races, losing only to Chris Weis of Del Rey Yacht Club. On Wednesday, they lost only to Scott Sinks of San Diego Yacht Club. After finishing the first round robin, they were one of five teams tied with eight wins. The others were BYC, RFBYC, RSrnYC, and Del Rey YC.

On Wednesday, the team from Royal Southern Yacht Club, led by Annabel Voss from the UK, had beaten the BYC team, the first loss for host team. However, on Thursday, in the next series of races, RSrnYC was less successful and was knocked out of the Semi-Finals. Both finalists were new to the Gov Cup but experienced in match racing, so that experience paid off……………….Complete Article



Team OEX TransPac Report

Gybe Talkin’

First off, I’ve re-read some of our previous posts. Please accept my apologies for the numerous grammatical and typographical errorz.

We’ve all been racing across a zone of high pressure that between Long Beach and Diamond Head. On the western edge of the zone the wind traditionally shifts to the right 15-35 degrees. Now 1,300 Nm later, everyone faces an important decision as to when to gybe. We follow our competitors in much the same way viewers at home watch Yellowbrick tracker. We download delayed position reports in text files and oour routing software Expedtion, plots the track of all the competitors.

Yesterday afternoon, the fleet started south. Maverick had gybed a couple of days earlier and sailed into lighter wind. Now it appeared that Holua, GI and Pyewacket had all gybed inside our line. Subsequent position reports showed they had all gained by cutting the corner, We elected to wait in search of a streak of stronger wind and oh boy did we get get it!

Our 3-6 AM watch featured three big squalls with 30 knots stingers rolling through regularly. The horizon was absolutely pitch black but an occasional star peeked through around the second spreader helping with steering. We put two guys on the grinder handles and put the gear in low 1 and ground every wave last night. We were sailing with a full main, 2A gennaker and spinnaker stay sail making for an exciting ride on deck and below. We eventually moved into asset preservation mode and did a bald headed change to a smaller and stronger 4A gennaker.

Murphy loves to sail and visited us at the same time. Our battery voltage alarm went off in the middle of this excitement. We tried on several occasions to start the engine. We weren’t certain if our heel angle sucked air into the fuel lines. Jib Kelly and Pete Hambrick spent the entire watch bleeding the fuel line only to learn that our fuel lines were fouled with algae. Jib and Pete cleared the lines and we could once again charge batteries and make water. Every boat needs a guy like Jib. We are lucky to sail with him.

The morning reports showed that last night’s efforts paid off. We pulled 10 miles and 10 degrees on Pyewacket during that three hour schedule. Australians measure distances by the mileage of a Hobart Race. Southern Californians use Cabo as our yard stick. We’re within one Cabo race and Pyewacket is 47 miles to windward and Gi is 42 miles dead upwind. We moved up in class ranking to third and fleet ranking to 8th overall.

Pressing on to Diamond Head.

OEX Standing by



2015 Special Olympics World Games

I am working as a volunteer next week at the 2015 SOWG Sailing Venue at the Long Beach Belmont Pier.  Spectators can view the action all week right on the  pier.  Come on down!


Together, let’s fill all of the stands between July 25th – August 2nd and cheer on these amazing athletes who define joy, courage and determination.

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It all begins with Opening Ceremony at LA Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, July 25th. Come out and give 6,500 incredible athletes from around the world the biggest, warmest, loudest welcome they could ever imagine!

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