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SoCal’s Team Bruce Ayers Notches up another Win in the Melges 24 Class at 2018 Miami Sailing Week

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San Diego Yacht Club Overcomes Slow Start to Repeat as Morgan Cup Champs – NHYC Places Sixth

San Diego Yacht Club Repeats at Morgan Cup Champions

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 6, 2017) — For the third time in four years, the Morgan Cup, the toughest trophy in keelboat team racing, has been won by a team from the West Coast. San Diego Yacht Club repeated as the champion today, defeating New York Yacht Club 3-1 in a thrilling final series sailed under blue skies and in a shifty and puffy northwesterly breeze. From 2003, when the Morgan Cup Team Race was first run, through 2013, only the host New York Yacht Club and Long Island’s Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club were able to lay claim to the trophy. Southern California’s Newport Harbor Yacht Club broke that stranglehold in 2014 and San Diego Yacht Club now appears poised to start its own run.

“This regatta is packed with some of the best team racers from around the world,” said Jake Reynolds, a skipper and team captain for San Diego Yacht Club. “If you can win a race in this regatta, you’ve done really well. To win [the whole event] is really an honor.”

While San Diego YC was the defending champion, the team started off the regatta sailing like rookies, losing their first three matches and four of their first six.

“We started off really rough,” said Reynolds. “Everybody else came into this regatta firing, and we were a little bit slow off of home plate. I think it was a combo of both [team-racing rust and Sonar-sailing rust]. We shook it off quickly, which goes to our team and how good a sailor everybody is.”

In the second round robin, San Diego was nearly perfect, beating everyone but New York Yacht Club, to finish with 13 points and the top seed going into the knock-out rounds. The overall standings were incredibly close, with just five points separating first from eighth and a tie breaker needed to decide which two of the three teams on nine points advanced through to the six-boat championship knock-out round.

The teams representing Yale Corinthian Yacht Club and St. Francis Yacht Club emerged from the quarterfinals to challenge the top two seeds, San Diego Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club. San Diego won its semifinal 3-1, but the battle between St. Francis and New York, two teams that often butt heads at the business end of major keelboat team races, came down to a penalty call against the St. Francis team just meters from the finish.

The action in the final was particularly frenetic. San Diego Yacht Club got out to the early lead in all four races, but the team from the host club was able to make each one a battle. When the dust settled, the scoreline for the finals was San Diego Yacht Club 3, New York Yacht Club 1.

“I’ve got to give it to the New York Yacht Club guys, they’re really good,” said Reynolds. “They’ve been doing it for a really long time. Just keeping your wits about you was really important in those last few races.”

Reynolds said that the team’s win last year has really helped make team racing more popular with the membership of the San Diego Yacht Club.

“When we won last year, the support for the team and interest in team racing rose immensely,” he said. “We look at NYYC as kind of a model for high-level team racing. We’re getting there, and once we build up that grass-roots level, we’re going to have an even stronger team.”

Great news for Reynolds and his crew, as rallying 12 team racers to fly across the country each August is never easy. Bad news, however, for teams that have their eye on winning the Morgan Cup in the foreseeable future.

2017 NYYC Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Morgan Cup
New York Yacht Club Harbour Court
Newport, R.I.
August 4 to 6, 2017

Gold Knock-Out Round
Finals: San Diego YC d. New York YC 3-1
Semifinals: San Diego YC d. Yale Corinthian YC 3-1, New York YC d. St. Francis YC 3-2
Quarterfinals: St. Francis YC d. Newport Harbor YC 2-1, Yale Corinthian YC d. Eastern YC 2-1

Silver Knock-Out Round
Finals: Seawanhaka Corinthian YC d. Royal Thames YC 2-0
Semifinals: Royal Thames YC d. College of Charleston 2-1, Seawanhaka Corinthian YC d. Corinthian YC, 2-1

Final Results (with Round Robin Win Totals)
1. San Diego Yacht Club (13 points), 2. New York Yacht Club (12), 3. St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco (11), 4. Yale Corinthian Yacht Club, New Haven, Conn. (9), 5. Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, Mass. (10); 6. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Newport Beach, Calif. (9), 7. Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Centre Island, N.Y. (8), 8. Royal Thames Yacht Club, London, U.K. (9), 9. Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, Mass. (7), 10. College of Charleston, Charleson, S.C. (2).

Full Results and Regatta Rosters

Photo credits: © Stuart Streuli/NYYC

The SCSN Look at this Weekend – WOW!

June 16, 2017 – Long Beach, CA

As summer kicks off  there is a lot going on this weekend.  Here is your SCSN Friday evening update.

On the world stage,  the 35th America’s Cup gets underway tomorrow  in Bermuda, and now that this made forTV viewing event has some traction it is worth following here.  For US viewers tune in at 1000 PT on NBC to watch or record.

Nationally, the ever growing and popular Cleveland Race Week is already underway.  Four SoCal Teams are competing there as we speak.

The International Star Class is there racing in the Star Western Hemisphere Championships.  After two days of racing the SoCal Star Teams are doing well, with Laguna Beach’s Andy MacDonald and crew Mike Wolfs in the lead with finishes of  9-1-1 so far.   The San Diego Team of George Szabo / Dave Martin are in  third with a 6-5-5 performance.  And Eric Doyle / Payson Infelise representing SDYC  are in 10th with finishes of 11-3-27 so far.

Star Class Yachtscoring.com Cumulative Results


In the J70 Class, Long Beach’s Team Bruce Golison is competing and placed 5th today in the only race that was held today.

J70 Class Yachtscoring.com Cumulative Results


Several SoCal Juniors are competing at the Fort Worth Boat Club in the US Sailing Rose Junior Sailing Match Racing Championships that started today.

   Skipper/Crew [Status] Sail# Registration Status Fleet Yacht Club
1. Sidney Gathrid
Zach Blair
Emi Stephanoff
Bastien Rasse
2. Cole Harris
Jack Egan
Maddy McGrath
Jack Plavan
3. Porter Killian
john horton
Robert Garrett
Victoria Thompson
4. Gavin McJones
Robert Turigliatto
Lukas kraak
AnaClare Sole
5. Jack Parkin
Robbie Nicholls
Christina Sakellaris
6. Jack Reiter
Amanda Majernik
John Majernik
Diego Escobar
7. Patrick Shanahan
Hannah Steadman
Peninah Benjamin
Scott Rasmussen
8. Conrad Vandlik
Carl Eaton
Emma AuBuchon
Nate Olmsted
9. James Wagner
Will Davies
Lolly Vasilion
Spencer Keenan
Max Brennan
Catherine Reynolds
Jeffery Petersen

Today’s Results

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Locally the US Sailing Center Long Beach is hosting their annual “Yard Sail” tomorrow.  Check it out!


The Star Class is gathering in Newport Beach to compete for the Baxter Bowl hosted by NHYC.


LBYC is running the Emerald Bay Races #3 & #4 in their 50th Annual Catalina Island Series this weekend.


And in the local SoCal Radio Sailing World, the Micro Magic Class has two days of racing planned where your SCSN Editor will be competing.  Tomorrow is the OCMSC Micro Magic Points Races taking place at Irvine’s Mason Park.  Sunday the Micro Magics race in El Dorado Park in Long Beach.






2017 NHYC One Design Offshore Championship

June 9-11, 2017 – Newport Harbor Yacht Club


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PAC52 Class – One Design Championship – NHYC 2017YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/jBzuMv44lZc

Posted by Pac52 Class on Thursday, June 15, 2017



2017 Melges 24 U.S. National Championship Day 3 Lucky No. 7

Porter wins impressive record-breaking seventh Melges 24 U.S. National title, Shannon takes home Corinthian top honors.  SoCal’s Bruce Ayres Places 4th

April 9, 2017 – Charleston, S.C.,  U.S. – The final day at of the 2017 U.S. Melges 24 National Championship hosted by the Charleston Yacht Club (ChYC) commenced as originally forecasted – light to almost no breeze. Plenty of sunshine and warmth prevailed, but very little on the wind horizon resulting in an immediate on-shore postponement. PRO Hal Smith kept teams up-to-date on the half-hour, every hour until it was realized that there was no hope for any racing on the final day in Charleston.

Brian Porter’s ‘Full Throttle’ wins impressive record-breaking seventh Melges 24 U.S. National title – photo (c) JOY / USM24CA
That said, the results from Saturday stand as final and Brian Porter on Full Throttle (USA-849) has won his seventh Melges 24 U.S. National Championship title – an accomplishment that has barely been challenged here in the United States. 2016 National Champ Bora Gulari has won the trophy only twice (2011, 2016) – no one yet has come closer to reaching that same number of wins.


Porter was joined by tactician Andy Burdick, his son R.J. Porter and fellow 2013 World Champion crew member Matt Woodworth. While accepting his award, Porter introduced and thanked his team, the Race Committee for their efforts particularly on Friday in the big breeze, and of course, all the restaurants in Charleston.


In second overall, is John Brown’s Blind Squirrel (USA-547), which is quite a stellar achievement as he has been in the fleet for less than two years. Completing the overall podium is Kevin Welch’s Mikey (USA-838).


A huge round of congratulations goes out to KC Shannon on Shaka (USA-801) – a team that has worked so hard to rise to the top of the all-amateur division. Mike Miller, Doug Nickel and Tom Sawchuck sailed as crew. “I’m really in disbelief. I can count on my hand how many races/regattas I’ve ever won,” said Shannon. “This is better than any dream I could come up with in the Melges 24. We’ve taken our lumps over the years, so with this win, we know we are really blessed. We’re looking forward to coming back for more by sailing at Race Week.”


Brent McKenzie’s Ex-Kahn (USA-575), who led the fleet on Friday finished the event in second place, followed by Great Britain’s Stuart Simpson on Team Barbarians (GBR-691) in third.


At the prize giving, each crew member of the top three teams in each division took home some amazing Gill Race wear, customized with their insignia. Congrats also to George Haynie Firewater (USA-687) as he won the jib given by Quantum to a ranked Corinthian team.


The 2017 U.S. Melges 24 National Championship was Act 2 of the Quantum World Winter Series (QWWS), and is Stage 1 of the 2017 NorAm Tour. The 2016/17 QWWS wraps up in a couple of weeks at Sperry Race Week. As for the NorAm Tour, things are just getting going. The U.S. Nationals was Stage 1. The second Stage takes place on July 19-22 at the Gorge/Cascade Locks, Ore. –  NorAm Championship. The 2017 Canadian Nationals serves as the third and final Stage of the 2017 NorAm Tour. Online registration is currently open for both events.


The next stop on the 2016/17 Quantum World Winter Series is Sperry Charleston Race Week taking place on April 20-23. This spectacular event will welcome another 25 teams back to Charleston. Another regatta to put on your calendar as a must do event post-Charleston is the Southeast Inland Lake Championship on May 5-7. Lake Lanier Sailing Club puts on a great regatta, so don’t miss out on this chance to race in North Georgia. Lake Lanier is home to about a dozen teams.


The U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USM24CA) is grateful to all the competitors that traveled to Charleston to race at Nationals, also to Event Chairman Randy Draftz, PRO Hal Smith and the entire Charleston Yacht Club (ChYC) for the incredible hospitality, not to mention all the volunteers that gathered to make this Championship the very, very best! The USM24CA would like to further extend many thanks and recognize National Championship sponsors Quantum Sails, the Charleston Yacht Club, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Gill North America, the Charleston Visitors and Convention Bureau, and Goslings Rum. Thank you all for your support!


TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL – After Six Races, One Discard)
1.) Brian Porter, Full Throttle: 1-4-2-1-1-1 = 6
2.) John Brown, Blind Squirrel; 3-2-7-2-6-3 = 16
3.) Kevin Welch/Jason Rhodes, Mikey; 2-7-5-5-5-4 = 21
4.) Bruce Ayres, Monsoon; 5-1-6-5-18-4-6 = 22
5.) Michael Goldfarb, Warcanoe; 8-5-10-6-2-7 = 28
6.) Peter Duncan, Jigs In Space; 12-6-3-7-21-2 = 30
7.) Wes Whitmyer, Jr.; SlingSHOT; 7-8-4-4-9-10 = 32
8.) Travis Weisleder, Lucky Dog/Gill Race Team; 25/RET-3-1-20-10-5 = 39
9.) (C) KC Shannon, Shaka; 17-14-9-3-8-18 = 51
10.) (C) Brent McKenzie, EX-KAHN; 9-9-12-8-14-19 = 52


1.) KC Shannon, Shaka = 51 pts.
2.) Brent McKenzie, EX-KAHN = 52 pts.
3.) Stuart Simpson, Team Barbarians = 56 pts.
4.) Zane Yoder, FNG Eelsnot = 68 pts.
5.) Frank Davenport, Wild Goose = 70 pts.



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