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Long Beach’s Jay Golison takes Day One lead at the Viper 640 Worlds

Long Beach, CA – August 20, 2019

Local Skipper Jay Golison, along with Steve Flam and Eric Doyle had a good day day today to take a 4 point lead after three races.

Results After 3 Races

2019 LBRW Wrap Up

‘Classic Long Beach’ conditions wrap-up three-day regatta

LONG BEACH, CA 23 June 2019 – -The 2019 edition of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week wrapped up with a bang, as winds tickled the 20s and racers were tested in the final day of the regatta hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.

More than 100 teams participated in the June 21 to 23 event, which drew sailors from the western US and neighboring nations, plus Australia and Germany.

Wind conditions steadily built over the three day regatta, as did the excitement, as racers competed in a series of seven windward/leeward or three random leg races, in both one-design and PHRF fleets.

In many cases, it was a classic scenario of ‘the rich getting richer’ as precision starts and crew work paid off.

Vesper dominated the TP52 fleet for the second year in a row, with an impressive 1-1-2-1-1-1-1 record. Skipper David Team credited his crew for the win, adding, “The Race Committee did an incredible job and the conditions in Long Beach were amazing!”

Mike Pentecost and Nice Asp grabbed the lead in the 20-boat Viper 640 fleet, and never let go, taking the win. Struntje Light controlled the lively Farr 40 fleet with a series of podium finishes; DistraXion, an XP44 racing in Random Leg B, took a bullet in each of its distance races. In PHRF B Lugano finished in first with a solid 13-point advantage over that division’s runner-up. Elyxir’s 2-1-1 record in Random Leg A won the Ely family the Kent Golison Family Trophy for the second year in a row.

In other cases, it was a three-day skirmish for position. Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis and Jeff Janov’s Minor Threat were neck-in-neck the entire weekend, with Golison edging out Janov in a tie-breaker in the J/70 Class, receiving the Satariano Boat of the Week honors for their efforts. In third place, and also the top Corinthian boat, was Chris Kostanecki in Jennifer.

2019 Satariano Boat of the Week and J/70 Class Winners: USA 26 Team Midlife Crisis (SDYC)
Pictured Lto R: ABYC Commodore Dave Schack, Erik Shampain, Bruce Golison, Jeff Reynolds, LBYC Commodore Camille Daniels. Not pictured: Willem Van Waay

Racing for the Schock 35 Pacific Coast Championship, Code Blue and Whiplash tussled on the course and in the protest room. In the end, one point separated the two Long Beach rivals, with Code Blue coming out on top.

Hailing from Santa Barbara Yacht Club, the crew of Argo 3 took PHRF A over Aussie Airwaves, who was consoled with the LBRW Travel Trophy for venturing the furthest distance to compete. The J/109 Raptor snared first over Off the Porch in PHRF C. Holding off challengers Shadowfax (who took second) and Dos Amigos (third), in Random Leg C was Todd Wheatley and Gator, whose first in that class also garnered him the PHRF Boat of the Week Award.

In the always thrilling battle for the Catalina 37 National Championship, LBYC’s Team DH3 recaptured the title for the fifth time in nine years, with Staff Commodore Dave Hood at the helm.

Following the first day of races (Friday) DH3 and Keith Ives’ Team D-Ives Plus were tied for first; but by Saturday afternoon DH3 had a three-point lead. So it was no surprise that in the first of today’s two races, Ives attacked. To spectators, it appeared Ives and Hood had their own private match race going on, in the middle of the 11-boat Catalina 37 fleet. But Ives’ aggression backfired. Taking Hood up, he incurred a penalty; and in the busting 18-knot breeze, his penalty turn went afoul. Ives lost his chance at the title but came back strong to win the final race of the day and secure silver. That effort also helped ABYC win the Yacht Club Challenge, along with Chris Raab in Viper 640s and Shadowfax.

“We have rivalries on many levels,” said DH3 tactician Randy Smith, of the tug-of-war with Ives’ Team. “We compete against each other in big boats, ABYC versus LBYC, in the Catalina 37s … but we’re all the best of friends and have a ton of mutual respect.”

“However, when we go out there in hand-to-hand combat, we don’t care who’s friends with who!” he added with a smile.

Smith attributed their win to “incredibly strong teamwork and effort.”

“Every position on the boat has the best person out there. The team is incredibly strong, with the utmost attention to detail.” About skipper Hood, he said, “Dave started sailing late in life, and I’ve been with him almost since the beginning. I’ve watched him grow over the last 10 years, and it’s been a lot of fun.”

Rivalries and competition aside, “fun” is a key ingredient in the 40-year success of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week.

‘This event is like a family reunion in a small town,” pointed out LBYC Commodore Camille Daniels. “All your friends get together once a year to race and celebrate the Summer Solstice. Just think. We have the longest day of the year to have the best party!”

Daniels said cooperation between LBYC and ABYC is also a key part of the recipe. “We have members from each club on the committees, working together. Each of our clubs has enough resources to do a regatta maybe half the the size – but together, it’s magic. We have three professionally run race circles and have had up to 160 boats compete at Race Week. That’s a big deal!”

During LBRW, sailors from near and far contend in up to three days of racing on three different race courses: one inside the Federal breakwater and two outside. Each course is astutely managed and run by race officials from ABYC, LBYC and other area clubs, winning the organizers kudos from participants.

ABYC Commodore David Schack added, “We’ve worked together on this regatta for years, so can tap into the talents from both clubs, which helps us do a really good job at both the racing and the parties. Because you can’t have one without the other!”

“The racing is great, and we get a good cross-section of the sailing community,” Schack continued. “It’s great to mix the big boat and the one-design boat and the small boat sailors. And the terrific vibe we have at the parties when we get everybody together is so cool. It really unifies our clubs, and the Bay.”

The effort Long Beach Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club put into this event is impressive, said Bruce Cooper, principal of Ullman Sails and title sponsor of LBRW. “As a local business, we appreciate the cooperation and expertise of the clubs, from the racing to the parties. It’s seamless, and a lot of fun for the sailors.”

“Long Beach always delivers,” Cooper added, “from the sailing conditions to the level of competition to the camaraderie. We are really proud to sponsor this event each year.”

“I just love this event,” added Commodore Daniels. “Whether we are working together, racing together or partying together, everybody enjoys each others’ company. We enjoy having their members at our club and on our boats, and they make us feel welcome. And in the evenings, you see your friends, buddies and mates you’ve sailed with over the years; you see their kids and the families and keep building the tradition. And I think that’s what we need: more families and more of a community feeling in sailing, to get the sport back up there, and build it up again.”

For more information on Ullman Sails LBRW and complete official results please go to www.lbrw.org.
For a complete list of Sponsors visit http://www.lbrw.org/sponsors/

Cover Photo Credit: Tom Walker

Racers ‘Rock Around the Clock’ at Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week

LONG BEACH, CA 22 June 2019 – – Racers were rockin’ and rollin’ on and off the water at the 2019 Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week here today. Ullman Sails LBRW is hosted annually by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club.

Conditions on Day Two of the three-day event cranked up from a modest 11 to 13 knots at the onset, to sporty seas and breeze in the high teens by late afternoon. Buoy racers in 10 different divisions, competing on three courses, enjoyed a trio of lively races; while Random Leg racers took a scenic tour of San Pedro Bay
in distance courses ranging from 12 to 23nm. In that category, Elyxir moved to the top of the leaderboard of RL A; DistraXion posted a second bullet and firmed up their lead in RL B; while Gator snapped up first place in RL C.

Midlife Crisis and Minor Threat ended Day Two tied for first in J/70s. Amidst that competitive 18 boat fleet is Ullman Sails owner and LBRW sponsor Bruce Cooper, racing aboard USA32, in sixth place.

Ullman Sails has been hosting a nightly debrief for J/70 racers, and tonight’s talk was aptly about ‘dealing with chop’ and ‘communications onboard in heavy and noisy conditions.’

Holding a 10-point lead over rivals in the Viper 640 fleet was Nice Asp. Code Blue blew Whiplash out of first place in Schock 35s, with a 2-2-1-1-1 record. Also clocking only top-two finishes was Raptor, in PHRF C: 2-1-1-2-2. In PHRF A, Santa Barbara Yacht Club’s Argo stood in first place, with Lugano the frontrunner in PHRF B. In the Catalina 37 Nationals, a home-town rivalry shaped up, with LBYC teams DH3 moving to first place and D-Ives nipping at their heels.

Today’s conditions provided spectacular viewing for competitors, spectators, and the 70-some volunteers on the water. A panorama of colorful sails spanned the horizon atop white-capped seas, where dolphins and sea lions cavorted.

Nowhere was the excitement more evident than Bravo course, where the big boats played. Farr 40 skipper Rick Goebel, flying a Canadian flag off a hockey stick astern Insanity, said the racing was, “not for the faint of heart.” Insanity, in second place after today’s racing, is tuning up for the Farr 40 Worlds, to be held here in October, and illustrates the international pedigree of LBRW racers. While Goebel is Canadian, Farr 40 leader Struntje hails from Germany; TP52 competitors Nimbus and Patches are from Mexico. PHRF A fleet’s Kite35 is also from Canada, and Aussie Airwaves from the Land Down Under.

Sailors were rockin’ and rollin’ each night at LBRW as well. Following up Friday evening’s rousing party on the lawn at ABYC was a Mount Gay Rum party poolside at LBYC tonight. Rivalries melted as friendly competitors danced and shared racing tales and cocktails as the sun sank low.

Sailing continues Sunday June 23 for LBRW daily and overall honors, plus the Kent Golison Family Trophy, Satariano (one-design) Boat of the Week and PHRF Boat of the Week awards, the Yacht Club Challenge, Catalina 37 National and and Schock 35 Pacific Coast championship titles. Races start at 11:55am tomorrow, with a prize-giving at LBYC at 5:00pm.

For more details and complete results go to www.lbrw.org.
See the complete schedule of events at http://www.lbrw.org/schedule/
For a list of Sponsors visit http://www.lbrw.org/sponsors/
Images for purchase can be previewed at www.tomwalker.photography

Cover Photo Credit: Tom Walker

SUMMER BEGINS WITH ULLMAN SAILS LONG BEACH RACE WEEK

LONG BEACH, CA 21 June 2019 – – Right on cue on Solstice Day, the grey skies cleared, the sun came out, and the guns fired, announcing the start of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week. Summer has arrived in Southern California!

On Day One of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week, competitors were treated to delightful conditions for the first of three days of racing. Seasonal ‘June gloom’ gave way to sunny skies and southwesterly breezes of six to ten knots, with nearly 1,000 sailors competing on windward-leeward and random-leg courses on San Pedro Bay.
Hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, LBRW is a favorite tradition of sailors for 40 years, with competitors hailing from five states plus Australia, Germany, Mexico and Canada. The event will continue through Sunday June 23.

One of many trophies and titles up for grabs this weekend is the Catalina 37 National Championship. The Catalina 37s are an elite fleet: designed for the prestigious Congressional Cup regatta, this custom keelboat exists only here in Long Beach. Racers come from far and wide to charter these one-design race boats, which are owned and maintained to identical standards by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation. This year’s lineup at LBRW includes teams from San Diego to Tacoma and several ports in between, plus neighboring Arizona.

The battle for last year’s National title came down to a three-way tie, as racers entered the final match of the series. That clash, between Team ABYC Juniors, LBYC’s DH3 entry, and Southwestern Yacht Club, went to ABYC. But with ABYC unable to mount a defending campaign in 2019 (ABYC skipper Kevin Brown is this year’s LBRW co-chair) the door was wide open for new challengers.

Hearing the call was first-timer Kyle Collins and his King Harbor Yacht Club crew. Collins is a 20-year-old, third generation seafarer from nearby San Pedro. A sailor for most of those two decades, he has competed in everything from dinghy racing to Transpac, and last year won the J/70 Youth Championship.

New to the Catalina 37 boat, Collins and the KHYC Youth Foundation team – a multigenerational co-ed effort – none-the-less launched off the start line and led the fleet from pole to pole in Race One. “These boats are so identical, it makes the racing really close,” noted Collins. “The racing is really tactical, so you have to be on top of it for the start and into the first shift.” They followed their win in Race One with a sixth place finish in Race Two, ending the day in third. First place went to Team D-Ives, with a 3-2 finish. After a superb recovery from an OCS in Race One, DH3 Racing rebounded to second overall, with two days of racing still ahead.

The largest fleet of the event, the Viper 640s, saw Nice Asp advance to the top of the leaderboard. Midlife Crisis edged out Minor Threat by one point in the J/70 class.

The Schock 35 Whiplash ended the day with two bullets; so did Vesper in the TP52 division. Argo and Mexican Divorce are tied for first in PHRF A, as are the Farr 40s Insanity and Blade II. Just three points separate frontrunners in PHRF B: Lugano, Rival and TBD; while Raptor holds the lead in PHRF C.

In the Random Leg Division, A Class boat Elyxir trails Deception by a small margin; DistraXion topped Random Leg B.

While Gator led the eight-boat Random Leg C fleet, Dos Amigos won points for heroic action. Skipper Bob Hubbard said he spotted a small powerboat along the race course sitting low in the water, with the two crew frantically bailing. His crew doused the spinnaker and went to the aid of the distressed boat – standing by until rescue arrived. After redress, Dos Amigos stood in second.

But much can change over the next two days, as racing continues tomorrow and Sunday, with starts at 11:55AM. Following today’s post-race festivities at ABYC, is Saturday’s Mount Gay Rum Party at LBYC with music, dancing, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and no host bar. Also at LBYC, complimentary coffee and espresso drinks are served each morning at the Buzz Bar, hosted by U.S. Sailing.

For complete results and event schedule please visit www.lbrw.org.
See the complete schedule of events at http://www.lbrw.org/schedule/
For a complete list of Sponsors visit http://www.lbrw.org/sponsors/
Images for purchase can be previewed at www.tomwalker.photography

Cover Photo: Tom Walker Photography

2019 LBRW UPDATE

Ullman Sails LBRW packs in three days and nights of fun for everyone

LONG BEACH, CA 12 June 2019 – – Excitement is building for this year’s Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week: the fiercest, funnest regatta on the West Coast! Hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club, Ullman Sails LBRW is the favorite regatta for sailors who want to race, race, race and dance, dance, dance all weekend long!

More than 100 teams have already entered the June 21 to 23 event, which draws sailors from Arizona to Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Starting at 12:55pm Friday June 21, competitors will vie in a series of seven windward/leeward or three random leg races, in both one-design and PHRF fleets.
Racing continues Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, beginning at 11:55am.

Long Beach is known for model sailing conditions, with reliable westerly breezes filling in each afternoon. Fleets racing inside the Federal Breakwater enjoy the idyllic combination of stiff wind and flat water, while outside courses get the added challenge of a lively sea state. Already forecasts are predicting sunny skies with winds of 10 to 15 knots for the June 21 to 23 timeframe.

Sailing for championship trophies are the Schock 35 fleet and Catalina 37s. Farr 40, TP52 and J/70 classes will also be well represented, while a burgeoning Viper 640 fleet takes advantage of Ullman Sails LBRW to tune-up their skills in advance of their August World Championships.

Prizes a-plenty are the name of the game at Ullman Sails LBRW. Boat of the Day and daily awards are presented to Friday and Saturday winners in each established fleet, in addition to overall series awards.

But there’s more! For the highest placing boat sailed by at least three immediate family members, there’s the Kent Golison Family Trophy; while the Travel Trophy is given to the boat owner traveling the furthest to compete. The Satariano Boat of the Week award recognizes the one-design class winner of the tightest, most competitive division; and the PHRF Boat of the Week prize goes to the same, in their category. Plus, a battle for honors in the Yacht Club Challenge is sure to ensue: awarded to the club whose team has the lowest combined score in Catalina 37 and two other divisions. There’s even a bonus award spurring a rivalry off the course: a distinctive bottle of rum for the fleet with the most boats. As close of entries approaches – Tuesday June 18 at 6:00pm PST – the Viper 640s and J/70s remain in a tight contest for those liquid laurels.

As if that’s not enough, Ullmans Sails LBRW is also renowned for exceptional nightlife. Parties hosted Friday from 5:00 to 9:00pm at ABYC and at LBYC Saturday from 5:00 to 9:00pm include music and entertainment, food, drinks and cash bar. Sunday’s post-race festivities and prize-giving begin at LBYC at 4:00pm.

From the free gourmet coffee at the US Sailing-sponsored Buzz Bar in the mornings, to special charter deals from The Moorings, to yacht club capers in the evening, and last call on Second Street: Ullmans Sails LBRW is the favorite regatta of sailboat racers for four decades. So whether you ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ to ‘just dance, dance, dance’ – as Justin Timberlake puts it; or find the opportunity to race, race, race irresistible; or both – put some ‘sunshine in your pocket’ and enter today!

For more details go to www.lbrw.org. Close of entries is 6:00pm PST Tuesday June 18, 2019.

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See the complete schedule of events at http://www.lbrw.org/schedule/

For a complete list of Sponsors visit http://www.lbrw.org/sponsors/

Cover Photo Credit: Tom Walker

2018 ABYC Turkey Day Regatta

TURKEY DAY REGATTA – SCYYRA HAMLIN – ULLMAN/FROST SERIES – 29ER & I420 PACIFIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIP NOVEMBER 17-18, 2018

RESULTS

 

2018 Laser North Americans Day 3 Update

Standings

Cover Photo: Tom Walker

LEADERS SOLIDIFY POSITIONS AT THE MOORINGS LASER NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP AT ABYC

LONG BEACH, CA  13 July 2018 – – Day Two of The Moorings 2018 Laser North American Championships at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) saw favorable conditions on the race course off Long Beach, Calif.

Flags waving in the breeze, along ABYC’s breakwater, depicted the 26 nations represented at the regatta. Hailing from Australia to Aruba, from Trinidad to Turkey; more than 160 competitors have flocked to this idyllic venue to compete in four days of tough racing for the 2018 championship title.

“Sailors from Vancouver drove 31 hours straight, to get here,” said Regatta Chair Ed Spotskey, emphasizing the draw of this world-class event. “And our last three registrants were three brothers from Iowa!”

Yes: the Hawkeye State, where David, 17, John, 15, and William, 13 race on West Okoboji Lake, a six-square-mile finger of water near the Minnesota border. In a van laden with SAT workbooks, towing a tier of Lasers, the Alexander family made the last minute road trip to ABYC because of the large field of competitors. All three have their sights set on the Olympics. As David pointed out, “We figured we’d just go out and give it our best shot.” The trio – also a classical music ensemble called The Alexander Piano Trio – has David and William racing full rig Lasers, and John in a Laser Radial.

Another duo using sibling rivalry to sharpen their competitive edges is Jessica McJones, 21 and her 17-year-old brother Gavin, of nearby Rancho Palos Verde. While Gavin has been on a summer sailing circuit – “Youth Champs in North Carolina and Nationals in Houston” – Jessica has just returned from her sophomore year at the US Naval Academy. Competing in the Laser Radial fleet is reminiscent of their Opti sailing days, Gavin said, when his focal point was beating his big sister. “I would just go tack on her,” he laughed, “and I still do.”

But in this 80-boat Laser Radial fleet, he’d be hard-pressed to find her!

“I’ve never sailed in such a large fleet, with so many boats on the start line,” Gavin pointed out. “It makes racing more challenging. You can’t always tack when you want, if you don’t have a clear lane, so you can miss the shifts. And it’s hard to play the waves on the downwind run. It’s way more defensive driving.” Gavin stood 11 positions ahead of his sister at the end of six races.

“It’s all very competitive and I want to do well,” Jessica said, but secretly admitted, “I’m kind of rooting for him.”

In Laser Radials, Brenda Bowskill, CAN, solidified her position at the top of the leaderboard with an impressive 1-2-1-1-1-1 record. Sarah Douglas, CAN, stood in second and Joseph Hou, USA, moved up to third

Charlie Buckingham, USA, continued to dominate the 69-boat Laser Standard fleet with all top four finishes and a total of 12 points, but Chris Barnard, USA, and Bruno Fontes, BRA, continued to nip at his heels. Defending champion Malcolm Lamphere, USA, stood in 10th place.

In Laser 4.7 Abbie Carlson, USA, stepped into the lead by just one point, followed closely by Spencer Leman, CAN, and Erik Hou, USA.

For complete results please visit www.abyc.org.

COVER PHOTO: TOM WALKER

 

CHALLENGING DAY ONE AT THE MOORINGS LASER NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP AT ABYC

LONG BEACH, CA  12 July 2018 – – The Moorings 2018 Laser North American Championship got underway today, in breeze that built from 6 to 14 knots, with boisterous seas to match. Laser, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 competitors – 167 in all, hailing from 26 nations – enjoyed three races in the brisk southwesterly breeze on San Pedro Bay.

The four-day event is hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC), Long Beach, Calif. “This is the kind of event ABYC likes to do,” sail Regatta Chair Ed Spotskey, “Our team really puts our best foot forward, to make this a special event for the international sailors.”

“Some of our volunteers go back to the 1984 Olympics and have been running major regattas at ABYC since then,” Spotskey added. “And many look forward to making it to the 2028 Olympics, too!” referring to the Los Angeles Summer Games, slated for 2028.

“One of the things I love about the Laser class, is we cross such an age spectrum, all competing together,” pointed out Sherri Campbell, Laser NA Class Executive Sec’y. Not only does the field of competitors span 50 years – the youngest is 14, the oldest 63 – but it also spans the world.

In addition to the North American Championship, the event also serves as a qualifier for next year’s Pan American Games. Hence, it wasn’t unusual to see Venezuela, Canada, Ecuador, Bermuda, Aruba rounding the marks in unison today, in racing that was tight and challenging, in the lively conditions.

Charlie Buckingham, USA, took an early but slim lead in the 69-boat Laser Standard division, with a 3-2-1 record, followed by fellow American Chris Barnard and Brazil’s Bruno Fontes, both with 7 points.

More close racing, in Laser Radials, saw Canadians Brenda Bowskill and Sarah Douglas separated by just one point. Tied for first place in Laser 4.7 were Abbie Carlson, USA and Spencer Leman, CAN.

As the day came to an end, weary sailors, coaches, family and friends relaxed on the bayfront lawn of ABYC, enjoying steel drum music, burgers and beverages.

Racing continues tomorrow (Friday) through Sunday July 15, starting at 11:55AM daily in the waters off Alamitos Bay.
Spectators can watch the fleet launch from the adjacent beach and parade out the channel to the start each morning – and scream in on the surf in the afternoon. In addition to world-class competition, there are morning briefings and daily post-race refreshments and entertainment. For more information, and full results, please visit www.abyc.org.

Cover Photo: Tom Walker