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2018 Jessica Uniack Beach to Bay Race

Long Beach, CA – Jul 19, 2018

RESULTS

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 www.lbrw.org.

BREEZE & BOUNTY ON DAY ONE OF ULLMAN SAILS LONG BEACH RACE WEEK

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 www.lbrw.org.

FAVORABLE FORECAST FOR ULLMAN SAILS LONG BEACH RACE WEEK: FAIR WINDS & FRIENDSHIP

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 www.lbrw.org for details on all.

LONG BEACH RACE WEEK is sponsored by:
ULLMAN SAILS
CORAL REEF SAILING APPAREL
SWINERTON RENEWABLE
ENERGY
NOVAMAR INSURANCE
DENISON YACHT SALES
THE BOATHOUSE ON THE BAY
LEGENDS
AYRES HOTEL SEAL BEACH
MOUNT GAY BARBADOS RUM
US SAILING
NAPLES RIB COMPANY
GELSONS SUPER MARKET
JOYSAILING
LONG BEACH PARKS,
RECREATION & MARINE

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 www.lbrw.org 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

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June 9-10, 2018

Emerald Bay Race and Return Results and Standings

MIX & MINGLE AT ULLMAN SAILS LONG BEACH RACE WEEK

Enter by midnight June 4 to save $, for June 22-24, 2018 regatta

LONG BEACH, CA 4 June 2018 – – Summer is officially here, and Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week is just around the corner! The West Coast’s most fun-in-the-sun regatta is slated for June 22 to 24, 2018 – enter by midnight June 4 to save! (Close of entries June 19.)

Photos by Bronny Daniels
Photos by Bronny Daniels
Photos by Bronny Daniels
Photos by Bronny Daniels
Photos by Bronny Daniels

MIX & MINGLE

Mix it up on the water, and mingle with friends at the parties. Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week perennially delivers days of superb competition, with evenings of revelry at nightly parties. And you never know who you’re going to run into on the free shuttles between hosts clubs Long Beach Yacht Club, and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club: all your friends you haven’t seen since last year’s regatta!

OVER 110 ENTRIES SO FAR

Entries are shaping up, with a robust class of J/70s racing in their Southern California High Point Series, as are the J/120s. A lively Viper640 fleet has rallied, plus Farr 40s, TP52s and Pac 52s; and Schock 35s, competing for the Pacific Coast Championship. The Catalina 37s have a full line-up for the Nationals, with four-time title holder Dave Hood and team DH3 hoping to unseat defending champion Bruce Ayres.

A solid contingent of PHRF boats is mobilizing up, scheduled, along with the one-design classes, to compete in seven windward-leeward races; on four separate courses with individual, expert Race Committees.

With an assortment of competitive boats ranging from Melges 32s to Santa Cruz 50s and 52s, the Random Leg division promises thrills and spills, on courses that will take them both inside and outside the Federal breakwater, testing their skills in a variety of conditions and points of sail.

CONDITIONS

Sailing conditions have been supreme this season, with strong prevailing winds filling in daily! Competitors can look forward to classic Long Beach sea breeze arriving by noon and building throughout the day.

Registration closes June 19 – but enter by the end of day June 4 to save. And then, the fun begins!

Racing starts Friday June 22 at 12:55PM, following a 10:30am competitors’ briefing at LBYC. 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 www.lbrw.org for full details, and to enter today.

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RESULTS

 

2018 Farr 40 North Americans Final Results

Cover Photo: Bronny Daniels

2018 Farr 40 NAs Day 3 Standings

Cover Photo: Bronny Daniels