On Saturday, May 2nd, Marina Venice Yacht Club, joined with South Bay Yacht Racing Club (SBYRC) to host the annual Dr. Robert Baker Series.

This event was dual-scored in conjunction with the Women on the Water (WOW) event, with a division for Woman at the Helm (WAH) which is hosted jointly by the two clubs together with Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay.

Three classes competed in three races under clear skies.

With picture perfect weather and eight knots of wind, for the first race, three classes, PHRF (Pacific Handicap Racing Fleet) A and B and Martin 242s were sent on a course with a distance of approximately five miles.

As the day continued and the wind failed to build, the courses for these classes had to be shortened to approximately three miles for the second and third races.

The Cruising Class, comprised of three boats, sailed a 14-mile course.

Following the racing, Marina Venice Yacht Club hosted the after-race hospitality and trophy presentation.

The Robert Baker Perpetual Trophy was presented jointly to Joyride, skippered by Jerry Haney, California Yacht Club (CYC), and Star Launcher, skippered by Greg Hoffman, SBYRC.

The Women on the Water Trophy, awarded to the winner of the all-women team competition, was presented to Green Flash, Rosalie Davis-Green and Betsy Lindsley, SBYRC.

The Women at the Helm Performance (Spinnaker) Trophy went to Free Radical, Joan Chandler, skipper of CYC.

The Woman at the Helm Cruising (Non-Spinnaker) Trophy was presented to Lightning, Fran Weber-Melville, skipper of SBYRC.

In each of the classes, first place trophies were presented by principal race officer (PRO) Gary Green.

PHRF A first place was awarded to Ron Johnston, sailing his M243, Dalience, under the South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club burgee.

PHRF B first place went to Jerry Haney, sailing his J-80, Joyride, under the California Yacht Club burgee.

Martin 242 Class first place was awarded to Greg Hoffman, sailing his Martin 242, Star Launcher for SBYRC.

Cruising Class first place was presented to Joe Cowan, of SBYRC, sailing his Columbia 24, Windsong.

Complete results can be located on the SBYRC Web site, www.sbyrc.org

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