AMYA IOM Region 6 Championship – Foster City, CA

June 22-24, 2018

Hosted by North Bay RC Sailing Club


Top Five:

PRO John Ebey (L) with Regatta Winner Mark Golison / Photo Credit Gary Boell

Cover Photo: L to R  Steve Landeau, Dennis Rogers, Barry Donaher, Mark Golison and Craig Mackey / Photo Credit: Gary Boell

2018 Kettenburg & Classic Yacht Regatta

Friday, June 22, 2018 – Sunday, June 24, 2018
Coronado Roads & SD Bay



Photo Gallery by Bob Betancourt

Forces Fuse for Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week Finale

LONG BEACH, CA 24 June 2018 – – It all came together on the final day of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week. The wind blew, the sun shone, dolphins leapt, and racers smiled.

On the last of three days of highly competitive racing, in this popular perennial regatta hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, sailors got ‘the whole enchilada.’

A gentle breeze from the south filled in, bringing with it a mild sea state – nothing like Saturday’s churning grey waters. Marine life came out to play, and sunny skies warmed the sailors’ backs. And from the standpoint of the sport, the heat was on!

The always-intense racing for the Catalina 37 National Championship title resulted in a three-way tie going into the final race of the series. Team ABYC Juniors, Dave Hood’s LBYC entry, and the Southwestern Yacht Club team were neck-in-neck entering Race Seven.

The local Long Beach clubs had faced a strong challenge by SWYC’s team, headed by Shala Youngerman, who showed winning form right out of the gate. With “great starts, tactics and clean roundings,” they took first in the opening bout of the event, and two more bullets in Races Five and Six. On a winning streak, they were within striking distance of the title.

But Team ABYC Juniors had a different idea.

“The pressure was definitely on,” said skipper and commodore Kevin Brown. “In this fleet, anything can happen: it’s so tight you can go from first to last, pretty quickly!”

“We were able to keep calm and keep our heads in – and out – of the boat; keep our focus, and keep our fingers crossed. Because even when you sail clean, you need a little bit of luck,” said Brown. They held off their rivals on the final twice-around course, to win the Championship. It marks the first time since 2014 ABYC has won the Catalina 37 title; and more than half the winning team members were Juniors.

SWYC was competing as part of the Yacht Club Challenge with neighboring San Diego Yacht Club; as several members of Youngerman’s team got a head start practicing for this fall’s Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One Design (LEMWOD) challenge. Raced in these same custom, equalized Catalina 37 keelboats, getting time onboard is key.

Another team with their eyes on the future, representing California Yacht Club, finished fifth. “We brought our team to get more time in the boat (Catalina 37) and a little more race-ready for the LEMWOD,” said crew member Mary Stuyvesant. “The high level of competition we experienced here is definitely making us better racers.”

Things were a bit more clear-cut in the Schock 35 division, where Code Blue blew away the competition: defending their Pacific Coast Championship title with a nearly perfect race record of 1-1-1-1-1-1-2.

Bob Marcus has owned Code Blue since 2007, although he’s participated in Race Week since 1988. “It’s always a blast, so we keep on coming back.” He lauded the Race Committee, saying, “They communicate well, give us all sorts of heads up and warnings, nice and crisp. It makes for a great regatta.” Marcus added, “I’ve had the same team for three years. They’re all terrific sailors and work with great synergy and very little direction. I just drive.”

Hundreds of competitors representing 51 yacht clubs from up and down the Pacific Coast, and four nations, competed in the 2018 Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week.
“We’re proud to be a long-time sponsor of this event,” said Bruce Cooper, principal of Ullman Sails Newport Beach, and event sponsor for more than 30 years. “We believe in supporting local sailing, which is easy to do when there are great regattas like this.”

Attributing the success to the excellent venue, and expert race management and organization by ABYC and LBYC, he said supporting it provides “the perfect opportunity to show our appreciation to the competitors.” Catering to a diverse fleet, from Viper 640s to Pac 52s, Cooper called the three-day regatta “a premier event” – and he would know. He has competed world-wide, and recently returned from the Newport, RI to Bermuda Yacht Race.

“What makes this event special is it combines really great competition with a chance to catch up with old friends. Everyone I’ve seen has a smile on their face. They come with a smile and leave with a smile.”

As title sponsor, Cooper spent several years driving the media boat, visiting the three courses each day, and checking on clients and friends along the way. When he became active in the J/70 fleet though, he added another hat – joining the fray as competitor. “Moving from a sponsor-spectator, to competitor, I’m definitely burning the candle at both ends – racing during the day (on his J/70 USA 32) and handling sail repairs at night! But it is worth it. It’s like Christmas morning, when you know you’re going to get to do race week. Whether there’s a lot of wind, or not, it’s always some of the best racing you’ll have all year.”

Other results include: in the thrilling Pac 52 class, top three finishes in all seven races led Vesper to a first-place finish. Margaritaville clung to the top of the leaderboard in PHRF A; while Kite35 turned the tables on Picosa to win PHRF B/C and earn Boat of the Week honors. Rival was unrivalled, in PHRF D; with five bullets over three days, Caper triumphed in J/120s. Random leg entries, competing in one race a day saw Todd Wheatley’s Gator edge out Dos Amigos Dos in RL-D. DistraXion, with two bullets, won the tie-breaker over Aussie Airwaves in RL-C. Elyxirheld off attack by Triumph, to win RL-B; also acing the Golison and Kent Family Trophy. Bretwalda, with a perfect 1-1-1 record, won RL-A. And recogized as the team traveling the furthest distance was Aussie Airwaves, representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

Nice ASP nipped It’s All Good in Viper 640s, by one point. Following a lengthy protest hearing, Argyle Campbell’s Sox maintained footing at the top of the J/70 fleet, with Midlife Crisis second and Minor Threat third. Pat Toole’s 3 Big Dogs topped the Corinthian fleet, and was also an impressive fifth overall.

Coquille was disqualified in Race Six moving Blade 2 to the top of the Farr 40 class. ABYC unseated friendly foe LBYC in the Yacht Club Challenge, based on the cumulative score of three pre-designated yachts, which must include one Catalina 37.
For a complete list of results please visit

Bumpy Seas and Boogie Nights at Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week

LONG BEACH, CA 22 June 2018 – – Was that Long Beach? Or was that the laundromat?

Choppy, lumpy, ‘washing machine’ conditions on San Pedro Bay, with hearty 10 to 14 knot breezes,  gave Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Weeksailors a day to remember.

More than 130 boats participated on Day Two of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week, a three-day extravaganza of competition and camaraderie, hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club.

Seasonal ‘June gloom’ conditions dominated the sky, with steady breeze and sloppy seas, giving Random Leg (RL) racers a scenic and invigorating ride.

Skip Ely’s Elyxir seemed poised to defend its title in RL-B division, scoring a second bullet today, in their six-boat class. Bretwalda, RL-A, also logged a second win Saturday; while Dos Amigos and Gator stood tied for first in RL-D, and Aussie Airwaves held a slim margin over DistraXion, in RL-C.

Random leg racing has grown in popularity over recent years, according to regatta co-chair John Busch. “What’s kept this regatta going strong is we offer both buoy and random leg racing. A lot of the old-timer boats don’t necessarily want to do the buoy racing, but still want to come out and play.”

Tom Walker Photography

“We have four random leg divisions, based on the size and age of the boats, and really fine tune the course for each group,” said Busch, who is also PRO on Charlie course. The regatta runs races on three separate courses, each with its own expert Race Committee.

Busch sent today’s RL-A class on a sweeping 20nm race, “working our way down the rest of the fleet, with the goal of having everyone finish around the same time; so they can enjoy the rest of the day – and the parties!”

“Today’s racing was one of the best days we could imagine,” Busch continued. “The forecast didn’t look great, but 12 knots of breeze locked in at 155 degrees, and ended up providing a really epic day for the random leg boats. When they finished, they were cheering and happy.”

“We also were able to run three races for the one-design and PHRF D fleets, and saw a lot of really good competition and great sailing today.”

Racing in PHRF D was Dan Bunce, aboard his new-to-him Santa Cruz 33 Scenic. “Long Beach Race Week is a great venue, with excellent competition and hosting,” Bunce explained. However, having owned the boat for just four months, he admitted he was ‘jumping in to the fire’ – entering Scenic in her first regatta, among such a high level of competition.

“We knew it would be a trial by fire, but said, ‘let’s just go for it,’” said Bunce. “Having great crew and great competition made it a terrific learning experience, and helped me fine tune and dial it all in.”

David Boatner’s Rival currently leads that fleet; but Bunce added, “It’s still the best time you can have in a three-day race; connecting with old friends and enjoying the camaraderie off the water. And the clubs take good care of us, with a spot for the boat and fun parties.”

Elsewhere, Kevin Brown’s Team ABYC surged to the top of the leaderboard in the Catalina 37s; Geoff Fargo’s Boomslang held a slight lead in Viper 640s. Tight racing was also the name of the game in the Pac52 class, with Invisible Hand in the lead; while Coquille held the edge in the Farr 40 division. Caper topped the J/120 fleet, and Code Blue – with five bullets in five races – dominated the Schock 35s. In the 28-boat J/70 class, just one point separated Argyle Campbell’s entry from Jeff Janov’s Minor ThreatMargaritaville solidified its lead in PHRF A, with Picosa and Kite 35 tied for first in PHRF B/C.

Saturday’s racing capped off with the legendary Mount Gay Rum party, with music and dancing around the pool at LBYC.

The regatta continues tomorrow, Sunday June 24 beginning at 11:55AM, for Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week honors, plus championship titles in the Catalina 37 and Schock 35 fleets. The forecast is for cloudy skies with 10 to 11 knots of southerly breeze; clearing by 1PM, and easing in the afternoon.

For complete results and details, please visit


LONG BEACH, CA   21 June 2018 – – One-hundred-thirty-six entries, representing 51 yacht clubs, turned out for a glorious first day of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week.
Despite a gloomy morning and weather forecast, “Long Beach delivered!” said co-chair Chuck Clay.

By the start of today’s first race, the marine layer had burnt off and the modest southerly flow began shifting right. Soaring inland temperatures drew in the ocean breeze, swiftly ratcheting to a 14-knot wind from 230-degrees.

Tom Walker Photography

“This last week has been cloudy and the forecast didn’t look too good,” said Don Smith from Team Ayres-Satariano, defending Catalina 37 National Champion.

“But the westerly filled in, and we had our full contingent on the rail; it ended up being a great day.”

That contingent of sailors was “a little rusty,” Smith admitted, saying the crew convenes just once a year for this popular annual event. After two races Ayres-Satariano sat in seventh place in the 11-boat one-design fleet. “Everyone had their ups and downs today,” Smith added. “It’ll be interesting to see the positions at the end of the weekend.”

Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week is a perennial favorite of sailors from up and down the Pacific Coast, and beyond. In addition to the 51 clubs represented on the race course, the event pulls from a robust community of boating organizations, including hosts Long Beach Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, plus another eight yacht clubs involved in Race Committee and Jurying.

Nearly 1,000 racers competed on three separate courses in 14 different one-design and PHRF classes. Taking an early lead in the three-day regatta was Margaritaville, in PHRF A, with two bullets. Also scoring dual wins today were the Farr 40 Coquille, J/120 Caper, and Schock 35 Code BlueIt’s All Good and Boomslang tied for first in Viper 640; as did Midlife Crisis and Argyle Campbell’s #3J, in J/70s.

Tom Walker Photography

By day’s end, the din and flurry of sailors derigging boats and folding sails could be heard throughout Alamitos Bay, as they prepared for the first of many  regatta parties. Racers enjoy a live band, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and no-host bar on the lawn of ABYC Friday from 5 to 9PM. Free water taxi service is available to transport sailors between the clubs.

Tight racing is expected to continue tomorrowSaturday June 23, with a scheduled three races starting at 11:55AM in local waters, followed by a Post-Race Mount Gay Rum Party with music, dancing, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and no host bar, will be at LBYC. Sunday’s Prize-giving, also at LBYC, features hors d’oeuvres and no host bar.

Tom Walker Photography

For complete results and event schedule please visit


US IOM Rankings as of 6.14.2018


TOP 10



LONG BEACH, CA 18 June 2018 – – Sunny, southerly conditions are forecast for Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week, which takes place June 22 to 24, 2018.  This popular annual regatta, hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) and Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC), features three days of fair winds and friendship.

Chuck Clay, long-time co-chair and ABYC staff commodore, said, “I really enjoy the social side of the event and the camaraderie between the sailors. They travel from up and down the coast to compete, and are fierce on the race course! But when they get ashore, it’s all about having a good time and telling ‘war stories’ with old friends. Mix that in with a little rum from one of our sponsors (Mount Gay Rum) and you have a perfect recipe for great times, great stories and a few shenanigans!”

Over 130 boats are signed up to compete, but there’s still time to join the fun: close of entries isn’t until 1800PST Tuesday June 19. It’s also time to order sandwiches from Gelson’s, and purchase great-looking event gear from Coral Reef Sailing Apparel. Visit for details on all.

LONG BEACH RACE WEEK is sponsored by:

In addition to one-design racing – J/70s, J/120s, Viper 640s, Farr 40s, TP52, Pac 52s, Schock 35s and Catalina 37s – a robust PHRF fleet is signed up to compete in a series of windward-leeward races, on one of four courses. Competing on the Random Leg course, inside and outside the Federal breakwater, is a fleet of boats ranging from Melges 32s to Santa Cruz 50s and 52s. In addition to Division and Championship trophies, organizers have awards for the furthest traveled team; PHRF and Satariano Boat of the Week honors, and the Yacht Club Challenge, plus the Kent Golison Family Trophy.

“The efforts of about 150 volunteers, combined from ABYC and LBYC, pull this event together each year. Race management is impeccable and the on-shore activities are awesome,” promises Clay, citing the tossing of the Mount Gay Rum hats at the ABYC Friday night dinner as “a real crowd pleaser.”

“We have stepped up the food a bit and have a live band again this year,” added Clay.  “The bottom line is excellent racing in one of the best places to sail on the West Coast, followed by great parties at both clubs!”

Fair breeze from the south is forecast for the start, building throughout the weekend to a pleasant 14-15knots Sunday.

Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week kicks off Friday June 22 with a 10:30am competitors’ briefing at LBYC. Races start Friday at 12:55PM; Saturday and Sunday races commence at 1155.

Entry fees include Friday’s After-Race Party at ABYC, with music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and no host bar; Saturday’s Post-Race Mount Gay Rum Party at LBYC, with music, dancing, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and no host bar; and Sunday’s Prize-giving, also at LBYC, with hors d’oeuvres and no host bar.

Join the hundreds of sailors who make Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week an annual tradition of stiff competition and cosy camaraderie! Visit for full details, and enter before it’s too late!

Full Schedule of Events:

Tuesday June 19
Midnight        Close of entries

Thursday June 21
1200-1800       Registration at LBYC
1830-2030       Pre-Regatta Party at Boathouse

Friday June 22
0800-1100       Free Gourmet Coffee Bar LBYC
0800                No host breakfasts LBYC & ABYC
0800                Race HQ Opens LBYC
1100                Registration closes LBYC
1015                Dave Ullman Weather Talk LBYC
1030                Competitors Briefing LBYC
1255                Warning for First Race of the Day
1600                ABYC Cash Bar Opens; Patio
1600                LBYC Cash Bar Opens
1700                Race Committee Target Dock Time
1700-2100       Water Taxi Service
1700-2100      Friday night party ABYC: food, drinks & music, cash bar
1800                Race HQ Closes LBYC

Saturday June 23
0800-1100       Free Gourmet Coffee Bar LBYC
0800                No host breakfasts LBYC & ABYC
0830                Race HQ Opens LBYC
1155                Warning for First Race of the Day
1630-2100       Water Taxi Service
1700                ABYC Cash Bar Opens; Patio
1700                LBYC Cash Bar Opens
1700                Race Committee Target Dock Time
1700-2100      Mount Gay Rum Party LBYC: food, drinks & music, cash bar
1800                Race HQ Closes LBYC
1800                ABYC Patio Bar Closes

Sunday June 24
0800-1100       Free Gourmet Coffee Bar LBYC
0800                No host breakfasts LBYC & ABYC
0830                Race HQ Opens LBYC
1155                Warning for First Race of the Day
1500                ABYC Cash Bar Opens; Patio
1500                LBYC Cash Bar Opens
1530                Race Committee Target Dock Time
1600                Food, drinks, cash bar LBYC pool
1700                Race HQ Closes LBYC
1700                Trophy Presentation LBYC
1800                ABYC Patio Bar Closes

Cover Photo: Bronny Daniels

2018 Melges 24 Worlds – SoCal’s Team Fields and Team Ayres Place 2 – 3

June 9, 2018 – Victoria, BC, Canada

Event Wrap Up Report


Top five after 10 races (Overall)

1. Altea #678 ITA 722, Andrea Racchelli, Filippo Togni, Gaudenzio Bomni, Matteo Ranian, Michele Gregoratto, Altea, – 5 – 1 – 5 – 1 – 1 – 5 – (8) – 4 – 2 – 6 ; 30 pts
2. WTF USA 829, Alan Field, Erik Shampain, Willem Van Waay, Steve Hunt, Lucas Calabrese, California Yacht Club, – 1 – 6 – 4 – 5 – 3 – 7 – 6 – 1 – 3 – (8) ; 36 pts
3. Monsoon USA 851, Bruce Ayres, Chelsea Simms, George Peet, Jeff Reynolds , Mike Buckley, NHYC, – 3 – 5 – 2 – (15) – 2 – 2 – 2 – 7 – 11 – 2 ; 36 pts
4. Full Throttle USA 849, Brian Porter, RJ Porter, Matt Woodworth, Andy Burdick, Lake Geneva Yacht Club, – 2 – 3 – 9 – (12) – 5 – 6 – 5 – 2 – 5 – 4 ; 41 pts
5. Mikey CAN 838, Richard Clarke, Ansel Koen, Rachel Spinelli, Ben Whiting, Hunter Lowden, Anacortes Yacht Club, – 4 – 9 – 1 – 8 – (10) – 3 – 3 – 6 – 4 – 5 ; 43 pts

2018 Canadian IOM National Championship Regatta (NCR)

SoCal’s Mark Golison takes the top spot!

June 8-10, 2018 – Salt Spring Island, CAN

Your SCSN Editor and Mark Golison made the trek up to beautiful Salt Spring Island in Canada to compete in the 2018 CAN IOM NCR.  We experienced three days of rainy conditions and 12 races were completed.  Thank you to the Salt Spring Island Sailing Club for being such great hosts!


Media Gallery


Mark Golison – USA 55


2018 LBYC Catalina Island Series

June 9-10, 2018

Emerald Bay Race and Return Results and Standings