Long Beach Yacht Club / May 10–13, 2018
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JUNE 25, 2017 LONG BEACH, CA – – Sporty sailing conditions by day, spiced rum and dancing by night: Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week delivered 24/7, for the hundreds of sailors who turned up to race in the waters off Long Beach, Calif. this weekend.
“Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club team up to put together this event each year, merging our forces and using our years of experience and knowledge from this event, and others, to provide the best regatta possible for our participants,” said co-chair John Busch, of LBYC. “This year we were blessed with strong winds, fair seas, excellent competition and great parties. And we couldn’t do it without sponsors like Ullman Sails and all the others who support this great event.”
Three stellar days of breeze and sunshine rounded out this annual funfest of racing and parties. Over 100 teams, hailing from Montana to Mexico, competed in one design and PHRF racing, on both windward-leeward and random leg courses along the Southern California coast.
“We were a little worried initially, when we didn’t see the number of entries we’d like early on,” Busch admitted, “but as usual, people wait to sign up.” Traditionally, numbers are lighter in Transpac years, as those racers are tied up with final preparations for the Los Angeles to Honolulu Race which starts next week.
“But we ended up with 122 boats, and some really strong fleets, like the J/70s, Viper640s, and Pac52s; plus the weekend warriors who come out to play and make it such a fun event,” said Busch.
There were thrills and spills, in today’s 15 to 20 knot breeze and chop. Despite the sporty conditions, the Pac52 BadPak made a comeback, nudging Invisible Hand out of the lead by one point. Temptress triumphed in the lively Farr 40 competition, while Caper won solidly in the J/120 fleet.
Chris Snow’s Cool Story Bro iced the 26-boat J/70 fleet, never finishing lower than fifth place; Pat Toole’s 3 Big Dogs topped the Corinthian entries. Code Blue blew away the Schock 35 division, with top three finishes in all seven races, to earn the Pacific Coast Championship title.
Rival won PHRF C; E Ticket aced PHRF B; and Kuai took the Sportboat division; while Boomslang prevailed in the Viper640 Class, and earned One-Design Boat of the Week honors.
Busch added, “Our Random Leg classes have continued to increase in size over the years; we are seeing more competitors who like to do distance races, in addition to windward-leeward. We see it as the best of both worlds.”
In those categories, Dream Catcher got three bullets in RL-C, while DistraXion also took three firsts, in RL-B. Peligroso took RL-A1, and Elyxir held off Stray Dog to triumph in RL-A2, winning PHRF Boat of the Week. Elyxir, sailed by Skip and Stacy Ely, along with daughter Amy Ely and crew, also won the Golison and Kent Family Trophy for the highest placing boat with a minimum of three family members aboard.
In the battle for the Catalina 37 National Championship title, Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Team Ayres/Satariano ousted four-time winner DH3, who took second; while Jane’s Addiction took third. But Dave Hood’s DH3, Bruce Cooper’s J/70 entry USA-32, and the Farr 40 Temptress teamed up to defend LBYC’s title in the annual Yacht Club Challenge.
“Ullman Sails is excited to sponsor this event once again, and to support great sailing, competition, and camaraderie at this fantastic venue. We appreciate the host clubs, all the volunteers, and of course the racers who continue to show up each year,” said Ken Cooper, of Ullman Sails.
“Thanks for a GREAT regatta! Communications, facilities, organization, RC work on course, and accommodations were excellent. Beer and snacks at the hoist afterward were brilliant. An excellent value too. Keep up the good work, we will be back next year.” — J/70 skipper, CRW 2015
Mount Gay Rum returns as a sponsor of the 18th annual Cal Race Week, CYC’s signature buoy racing event. Whether you race PHRF or one-design, CYC invites you to participate in two days of well-organized competitive buoy racing. PHRF classes are open to boats with ratings 225 or lower under SoCal PHRF. We expect many one-design classes to return in 2016 including the J/109, Tartan 101, J/70, J/80, Santana 30/30, Schock 35, Martin 242, Star, Viper 640, Fast 50 and Farr 40.
CYC’s renowned hospitality awaits you and your crew once you hit the docks at the end of each day. Here’s what you can expect:
– Mount Gay Rum tasting, keg beer, and snacks on the main dock.
– DJ keeps the party going; cash bar and no-host gourmet dinner.
– Mount Gay Rum tasting, keg beer and snacks on the main dock and at the hoist
– Music, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and trophy presentation.
In addition to trophies for the top boats of each PHRF and one-design class, the following trophies are planned to be awarded:
– Fred F. Harris Trophy: First place boat in each one-design class.
– Charles Tanner Trophy: First place boat in each PHRF class.
– Martin 242 Pacific Coast Championship Trophy
– Jimmy Morris Perpetual Trophy: Awarded to the first place Schock 35.
– J/80 West Coast Championship Trophy
– Junior Crew Trophy: Awarded to the best scoring boat in each class with at least one junior (<18) aboard. Just submit a separate Junior Crew Trophy entry.
– Thomas K. Armstrong California Challenge Trophy: Awarded to the winning yacht club team – see Notice of Challenge and separate entry form.
All trophies, except the Junior Crew Trophy, will remain on display at CYC. See the CRW 2016 Notice of Race, Junior Crew Trophy entry form, and Armstrong Notice of Challenge and entry for more details.
Ullman Sails Sprit Boat Coaching on Friday, June 3: Ullman Sails will also return this year with an on-the-water sprit boat practice session and off-the-water social and video review at CYC. This event is free and open to J/70, J/80, and Viper 640 sprit boats participating in Cal Race Week. Details on registering for this event will be available soon.
Join us on June 4-5, 2016, for “a fun and well-organized regatta!” (PHRF skipper, CRW 2015).
See you on the water and at the club!
Paula Cameron, CRW 2016 Regatta Chair
“Sunday was much nicer than Saturday,” confirmed Joanne O’Dea on the J/105, Viggen, which took fourth place in the J/105 class. “The breeze was perfect and steady at 220-225 on Course C for Sunday’s three races. Our crew hadn’t all sailed together since the New Year’s Day Race and it was so nice to be with them this weekend and get back into a groove. Our roundings were perfect, the mechanics on the boat were great and though our starts were shy at first, they steadily improved each race.”
Sunday’s winds were slower to accelerate, starting at around 5 knots at 220. Luckily, they picked up to about 10 knots with gusts at 12 by the start of the second races. The wind was consistently shifting right all day, so many San Diego sailors were thankful to be back in their everyday conditions.
Ben Mitchell on the NM 50 Elixir, which won the Division AA class, also appreciated the classic San Diego day. “The sailing was much better than Saturday. Our first start was excellent, the second was mediocre at best and we just tried to stay as conservative as possible for the third start since we knew we were in the lead. We were fortunate that Fox and Staghound were engrossed in a battle out there and this saved us some time and likely helped contribute to our win.”
The J/105, J/70 and Division A classes faced very tough competition, with the top racers only a few points apart throughout the whole weekend. Resolute, a J/125 owned by Tim Fuller, took first place in Division A despite being down two crewmembers on Sunday.
“We were neck and neck with Rock & Roll this whole weekend,” explained crewmember Patrick Murray on Resolute. “But our fast boat speed and good starts helped us overcome the fact that we didn’t have our full crew. We were able to pull off a win and that really solidified the whole regatta experience for us.”
Scott Tempesta, skipper of the Melges 32 Anarchy, commented that, “The competition was superb given the disparity of size within our class. Our last race was by far our best and I’m so happy we ended the regatta on a high note like that.”
Anarchy was the top Melges 32 boat and took third place in Division A after Resolute and Rock & Roll.
After Sunday’s races, competitors gathered on the Sail Wash Lawn for the award ceremony where Commodore Doug Werner and Regatta Chair Julie Servais presented awards to class top finishers and the overall winner, Rival, a J/35 in Division C skippered by David Boatner. Rival finished Sunday with three bullets to overcome Dennis Conner’s (Menace XVII) excellent performance on Saturday and earned their spot on the Yachting Cup Overall Winner perpetual trophy.
“For many reasons, Yachting Cup is one of my favorite regattas at the club,” expressed Werner. “It has a great liveliness which wouldn’t be possible without our incredible regatta chair, Julie Servais. I’d also like to thank the Race Committee, Protest Committee, SDYC staff, all the competitors and our event sponsors. The success of Yachting Cup is truly a team effort.”
The Yachting Cup would like to thank its sponsors: Sailing Supply/Downwind Marine, Pirates Lair, Ballast Point, SunBum, Helly Hansen, North Sails, North Sails Graphics, SD Boatworks, Tesla Motors, Anchor Gloves, Efficient Working Bodies and Lemon & Lime.
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The Farr 40, Foil, was having a great sail during the 2016 Ensenada race. Peter prepared another stellar sailing meal and had just cleaned up as we reached the Northern Coronado Island. The wind subsided a bit and I handed over the helm to Val so that I could have my dinner. By the time I finished it was dark so I put on my foulie pants and came on deck to relieve Val at the helm. The wind picked up again and Val was surfing 12-15 knots in about 20 knots of breeze. The Farr 40 is a very strong and powerful boat and everyone was having a great time going fast.
Then, disaster struck. Foil took a bad wave which kicked the stern causing a spectacular round down. Val lost his footing and tumbled through the port lifelines and into the water, after dark, with no lifejacket!
The reason we are writing this article is to both clarify the events in our own minds as well as act as an object lesson for Foilistas and others. A combination of events led to one of our crew being in mortal danger and we were all very lucky that it had a happy ending. I have asked several crew members to give their accounts so that you can hear the story and the lessons from more than one perspective.