February 27-28, 2016
Long Beach, CA
2016 California Dreamin’ Series Long Beach Stop:
Steve Natvig posts second win in series, heads to San Francisco
Written by: Rick Roberts
Long Beach, Calif.— Steve Natvig and his Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club team won the second stop on the World Sailing Grade 3 2016 California Dreamin’ Series three-venue match racing series tour Sunday at the Long Beach Stop, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and raced on the Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s fleet of Catalina 37s.
This is Natvig’s second victory in a row, adding to his first place finish held at San Diego Yacht Club, Jan. 9-10. The next and final stop in the series will be held at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, March 12-13.
“I’ve sailed in the California Dreamin’ Series a few times,” said Natvig. “It’s an awesome opportunity to get back here and it’s all West Coast skippers.”
The weather cooperated throughout the weekend with light to moderate breezes of 6-12 knots under mostly sunny skies which allowed the race committee to get in the two full round robins for the seven competitors without too much difficulty.
Natvig gives full credit to his team of Brian Angel, tactician; Chris Villicich, main; Wes Byrne, trim; Walker Banks, trim and Brian McMartin on bow. Angel is a veteran match racer who has raced and taught match racing all over the world. “Brian was my match racing coach when I was a kid,” said Natvig. “He was my motivation.”
The competition was so close that, at the end of the day Sunday, the top three positons were decided by tiebreakers between Natvig, Shane Young (LBYC) and Alex Jacobs (SDYC). Young was awarded second place and Jacobs received a third-place finish for the weekend.
“We made a few mistakes,” said Young, “and had a tough day yesterday. But, we had a stellar day today and knew, going in, that we had to win all of our races. We won all but one,” he said with a smile and a shrug.
This year’s series saw the addition of a special trophy awarded by Long Beach Yacht Club to the winner of this stop on the series, The Barney Flam Perpetual Trophy. Flam raced in the first Congressional Cup match race and 10 more over the years. He was a staff commodore of LBYC, and a Congressional Cup chair, Principal Race Officer and Assistant Principal Race Officer for the 1984 Olympics. He worked tirelessly for the sport of sailboat racing until his passing at the age of 90 in January of last year.
His son, Steve Flam, presented the trophy to Natvig at the trophy presentation and said, “This was given to dad as a second-place trophy back in 1970, and I know he would want to have it used for this event.”
From the SDYC FB Page: Congratulations to 2016 Vallarta Race Div 3 and Overall winner John Schulze (Balboa Yacht Club) and the crew of Horizon! The Santa Cruz 50 finished the race in 4 ds, 13 hrs, 52 min, 19 sec. With owner John Schulze were Len Bose, John Busch, Craig Chamberlain, Stan Gibbs, Jeff Thorpe, Gunnar Torre, and Grant Wooden.
February 22, 2016
We are excited to announce that the California Yacht Club Junior Program has named Manuel (Manny) Resano as its new Optimist Head Coach effective March 1st, 2016.
An eighteen months, international search was conducted with assistance by the Davis, Doble and Janov families to identify and recruit the most viable candidate who would provide the best combination of integrity, leadership, teaching ability, and sailing knowledge. Manny was our choice as the individual most likely to continue the upward trajectory of our program, take us to the next level in Opti Sailing and provide international Opti recognition to CYC.
“My vision is to bring the California Yacht Club Opti team to the next level. I would like other teams to recognize right away that we are working hard and progressing. Not just 1 sailor, but all of them. First we should make an impact on the West Coast and soon after, in the USA. Our sailors will always be an example of sportsmanship”.
Prior to joining CYC, Manny coached the Opti class for different Federations, Yacht Clubs and private teams in the United States and abroad. Between 2008 and 2009 he led Puerto Rico’s sailors to a South American and World Championship Title. Beginning 2012, he coached the US National Team sailors to multiple national and continental championship titles.
Manny grew up in Argentina and began his sailing career in the Optimist class at the Club Náutico San Isidro in Buenos Aires. Manny competed for the Argentina National Optimist Team at a number of IODA championship events including two South American and one World Championships. Subsequently he competed in Cadet, Laser and 29er at the national level before stepping up to a coaching position.
Manny, his wife Beatriz de Caso and 3 daughters, Valentina. Candelaria and Maxima live at Playa Popoyo in Nicaragua. When not on the water coaching, you will find Manny with his daughters riding waves on some near or distant shores. The two older daughters are surfing bigger waves than most can dream and making their way to the pro-circuit.
Look for an announcement of a Welcome Party for Manny in March.
February 20 – 21, 2016
Your SCSN Editor was invited by Long Beach’s Mark Golison to enter and compete with his back up V8 IOM in this years IOM Midwinters hosted by the San Diego Argonauts Club in Mission Bay, CA. I had a fantastic weekend sailing and trying (See the results – 24th) to race these exquisite model yachts. I also met a fine group of competitors who welcomed me and the other two rookies into their fraternity. Thanks all, and thank you Mark for the hospitality!
Monday, February 22, 2016
Race Report from Pyewacket this morning: “We’ve had better nights onboard Pyewacket! Dinner was beautiful but we sailed through a bad patch of wind while this was going on and got out of phase!, unlike Holua who gained well by taking a couple of smart gybes and ended up narrowly crossing us around 9pm last night. They are now a couple of miles ahead of us and we’ve got a big chasing job to do today. Just going past Mag Bay now which means we are approx 1/2 way but the second half of this race is looking a lot more sedate than the first! Dinners from here will be cooked on deck so we can keep a better watch on the wind and fleet!”