Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (SMWYC) hosted its annual Duke Jones One Design regatta Sunday, May 23rd.
This regatta is named for Duke Jones — son of the late Mac Jones, founding commodore of the previous Windjammers’ Yacht Club.
For most of his sailing career, Duke Jones has been a One Design competitor in various fleets.
Principal race officer Al Berg and his race committee readied the race committee boat, Ghost II, Berg’s Farr 395, for a day of good competition under slightly foggy skies and headed to “S” mark to begin the event.
Four J-80s and ten Martin 242s arrived at the start line to find heavy fog and light winds — neither particularly friendly to sailboat racing.
However, with GPS (Global Positioning System) equipment turned on, courses were set and the first race started.
Finishing 14 boats in two classes became a challenge in the fog, “as visibility at times was nearly zero and the boats would arrive with no warning” Berg said.
With erratic, light breezes competing for attention and a lack of visibility, the race committee was challenged to shift the weather mark for the second race.
When Race 2 finished, the wind had shifted back 60 degrees and the third race was started with the course selection to accommodate this change in wind direction.
SMWYC mark set boat skipper David Osborn reported that at times he and his assistant “could not even see the race committee boat” when they were moving the marks, as the fog was so thick.
According to Berg, “the fog just began to lift as the final finishes were being recorded.”
The race committee boat returned to the dock and set about the task of preparing race results while the sailors enjoyed after-race hospitality at SMWYC.
Trophies were awarded as follows:
first place, Avet, Curt Johnson, California Yacht Club (CYC).
Martin 242 Fleet:
first place, Wombat, Allen Field, CYC;
second place, 9 Lives, Mike George, SMWYC/CYC; and
third place, Velerito, Brak Duker and Lee Lewis, CYC/DRYC.