August 31 – September 3, 2018
August 31 – September 3, 2018
August 18-19, 2018
Pos,Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points
1. USA 149, Venom, Jeff Grange, Santa Barbara YC, 1-1-2-1-1-4-1- ; 11
2. USA247, Boomslang, Geoff Fargo, Santa Barbara YC, 3-6-3-3-2-1-4- ; 22
3. 204, It’s All Good, jay Golison, ABYC, 8-3-1-2-4-3-2- ; 23
4. 223, Nice ASP, Mike Pentecost, CBYC, 2-5-4-5-5-2-3- ; 26
5. 153, , Alex Steele, Balboa, 5-2-7-4-6-5-5- ; 34T
6. USA 130, Amateurs, Mark Folkman, KHYC, 4-4-5-6-3-6-6- ; 34T
7. USA 267, Serpetine, Tim Carter, Alamitos Bay YC, 6-7-8-12-9-10-10- ; 62T
8. USA 212, Boiling Point, Dan Milefchik, ABYC, 10-8-10-10-8-9-7- ; 62T
9. 221, FNG, Nick Kofski, ABYC, 7-10-6-9-14/DNF-8-9- ; 63
10. USA 64, Clown School, Todd Downey, Ventura Sailing Club, 9-11-12-7-7-11-8- ; 65
11. 192, Breakaway, Eric Chadwick, ABYC, 11-9-9-11-10-7-12- ; 69
12. 187, SOG, Geoff Mcfarland., Santa Barbara Yacht Club, 12-12-11-8-12-12-13- ; 80
13. 38, It’s a Rental, Marilyn Cassedy, California Yacht Club, 13-13-13-13-11-13-11- ; 87
14. 151, Loco X, Ed Feo, ABYC, 15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC-15/DNC- ; 105
– Finishes in [brackets] denote throwouts
MARINA DEL REY, CALIFORNIA 19 AUGUST 2018 – – After four days of combat on the waters of Santa Monica Bay, Eric Doyle has earned his second Silver Star, winning the 2018 Star North American Championship regatta at California Yacht Club.
Doyle, representing San Diego Yacht Club, and racing with Payson Infelise of Newport Harbor Yacht Club, defeated 36 rival teams in eight races over four days of competition. The 50-year-old sailmaker previously won the Star North Americans and the Worlds nearly 20 years ago, in 1999. He compared this win to his victory 19 years ago, saying, “It hurts a little more to hike out; but the competition is still great, and Bill Stump is still out here running great races.”
With a podium placement in every race but one (when he was OCS), Doyle added, “The big key to the regatta is to be consistent. You’ve just got to be conservative and chip away at it. Try to stay fresh and focused, always looking out the boat.” He credited “good teamwork” and gave a nod to his crew Payson Infelise.
Doyle continued, “You’d better be on your toes, and on your game every second, or there are people passing you from every angle. Because everybody’s fast and everybody’s tough.”
Giving Doyle the toughest time was the St. Francis Yacht Club team of Paul Cayard/Arthur Lopes who finished second, just five points astern; while Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Charlie Buckingham/Jamie Buchan finished third.
Competitors from the US, Canada and Argentina enjoyed breezes ranging from 6 to 12 knots over the course of the four-day event; plus toasty temps and the warm hospitality of Cal Yacht Club.
Doyle had launched an early lead in the championship regatta which began August 16. On a roll – winning last weekend’s King of Spain regatta, and on the heels of an impressive victory at the Lipton Cup Star regatta in Santa Barbara – he appeared set to dominate: until Cayard sprung to the top of the leaderboard Friday. That day’s prickly racing saw several general recalls, leading PRO Bill Stump to hoist the U pennant for the start of the second race. With 37 boats on the line, starts were testing, and that black flag snared seven racers – including Doyle, dropping him to second overall.
But Saturday’s races, held in 6-8 knot zephyrs and sloppy seas, saw the leaders flip-flop again; putting Doyle over Cayard.
By midday Sunday the building breeze was already an improvement over Saturday’s trying conditions.
Doyle was seated at the top of the leaderboard, but the situation was no longer like Thursday’s initial race: where Doyle led the fleet from pole to pole. After three days of hard racing the competition was tuned up, and Doyle had to fight for every inch of victory.
Derek DeCouteau/Jamie Stewart had a brilliant start in today’s Race Seven, and led the pack to the first mark. But by the final lap, racing twice around on 1.3nm legs, they had succumbed to the persistent Doyle, who finished first; with Cayard, second, hot on his trail.
At the start of the final race Sunday the breeze freshened, and racers were faced with significant chop. Cayard continued to put pressure on Doyle, and initially got several boats between them. But Doyle chipped away ‘til nearly parked on Cayard: the two holding their own private match race on the final two legs. In the end, Doyle overtook Cayard to place third in that race and clinch his grip on the title. That final race was won by Mark Reynolds/Roger Cheer.
Reynolds was one of many challengers with lofty reputations. He is a 1995 and 2000 World Champion, and a 1989 and 1992 North American winner. Another, John MacCausland, was the 2013 World Champion, six-time North American champion.
“There are a lot of people who have been in the class a long time,” Doyle conceded. “They’re as good as it gets, so it’s really great to race against them.”
Cayard admitted to 41 years as a Star sailor, while Grand Master racer Benny Mitchell added, “We’ve all been racing Stars against each other for many, many years – more than we want to admit! But we are all friends, and it makes it fun.”
It would be fascinating to add up the centuries of experience these competitors have sailing Stars. And one racer was working on a century of his own! Saturday, Doug Steele celebrated his 80th birthday at the regatta. To the comment that he was an ‘Exalted Grand Master’ in the Star community, he replied: ‘Exhausted Grand Master perhaps!” Steele and Isao Toyama finished 30th.
The Stars recognize sailors over 50 (Master), 60-plus (Grand Master), and 70-plus (Exalted Grand Master). Stephen Gould received top honors in the latter division. Reynolds was recognized for best finish in the Grand Master division, while Doyle received the Master trophy, in addition to first place overall awards.
Competitors lauded Cal Yacht Club for superb race management and hospitality, while others commended the beautiful weather and fair conditions, and camaraderie. “No one can say Santa Monica Bay and Cal Yacht Club doesn’t deliver,” added Mitchell. Event chairs for this event were Denise George and Monica Antola.
Host California Yacht Club is located in Marina Del Rey, Calif. and has been a mainstay of the yacht racing community since 1922: a modern organization steeped in tradition. Its 1,250 members range from neophyte juniors just gaining their sea legs, to Olympic champions, and compete in major regattas around the globe.
Cal Yacht Club is a three-time recipient of US SAILING’s St. Petersburg Trophy for “excellence in race management,” including the year 2005, when their running of the Star North Americans earned this revered award.
For full race details and results please visit: https://starclass.org/
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Eric Doyle 13
Paul Cayard 19
Charlie Buckingham 35
Mark Reynolds 37
Peter Vessella 40
Cover Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing
MARINA DEL REY, CALIFORNIA 16 AUGUST 2018
Champion Star sailor Eric Doyle took an early but slim lead today over the 34-boat fleet competing in Day One of the Star North American Championship regatta, which runs through Sunday at California Yacht Club.
Two races were held on Santa Monica Bay, where a fresh south-westerly breeze offered a cool breather from steamy conditions ashore.
Race One got off cleanly, with Doyle and crew Payson Infelise controlling the fleet from pole to pole, and Paul Cayard/Arthur Lopez in close pursuit. Rick Merriman/Rick Peters finished third in that race.
Race Two got off to a rocky start, with two General Recalls. The third start was a charm, with the I flag flying, and only one competitor OCS. With a westerly shift, the fleet split evenly. Benny Mitchell and Patrick Powell took the lead, trading places briefly with Doyle and Cayard at the second windward rounding. “We were playing the shifts, and angles and Eric passed us. He opened up the lead, then he and Paul jibed away,” said Mitchell. But able to extend on the right side of the shift, Mitchell crossed the finish line first. Doyle and crew, close astern, were the first to shout out congratulations.
Cayard took third. “Marina del Rey has always been a great place to sail Stars,” he said, crediting moderate winds but adding, “it was a little sloppy out there.”
Finishing the day with a 2-3 record, he acknowledged, “It was challenging, but we had a good day. Eric Doyle had a slightly better day; but we’ve got six more races to go.”
With several past North American and World champions in the line-up, and three more days of sailing, the 2018 title remains up for grabs.
Cayard, who won the North Americans in 1994 and 2003 and the Worlds in 1988, has been racing Stars since 1977. “I love the Star,” he declared. “It’s the boat of my life.”
Doyle last won the North Americans in 1999 – the same year he triumphed at the Worlds. Although that was nearly two decades ago, he’s currently back on a winning streak: triumphing in last weekend’s King of Spain tune-up here, following a win at the Santa Barbara Lipton Cup.
Overall, Doyle stood on top of the leaderboard with three points, followed by Cayard at five, and the team of Peter Vessella and Phil Trinter, with nine points. Racing continues through Sunday, August 19, with two matches daily starting at 12:25PM.
Racers, from the US, Canada and Argentina, can expect more of the same great weather, and superior race management and organization from Cal Yacht Club.
For full details and results please visit: http://Calyachtclub.com
Cover Photo: Betsy Crowfoot
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