The Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs (ASMBYC) hosts the “Champion of Champions Regatta” with winners, wind and wonderful results.

This is an annual invitational regatta.

Participants must have won a trophy or finished in the top third of their class in any of the 2004 race series sanctioned by ASMBYC or be a class winner in the 2003 Champion of Champions Regatta.

This year the race was the weekend after the “Fred Harris Series” sponsored by California Yacht Club, which was the final qualifier.

Eighteen boats competed, under the supervision of ASMBYC fleet captain Gary Green and ASMBYC staff commodore and principal race officer (PRO) Al Berg and some very skilled race committee members.

There were staff commodores from Marina Venice Yacht Club, Redondo Beach Yacht Club and Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club serving on the race committee boat Nepenthe owned and skippered by staff commodore Don Stearns of SMWYC.

Over two days, 21 volunteers started races, took finishes and lived through some severe changes both on and off the race course.

Saturday was challenged with equipment difficulties and those were handled, according to Frank Wells, race committee person both days.

“The races went as smoothly as possible,” he said.

Three races scheduled, three races completed. Wonderful.

Time to retrieve the anchor and that proved a challenge, but accomplished and in for the results.

Chili was served at SMWYC and just a bit of the celebration brew.

Sunday started much calmer and all got off the docks, including the race committee boats and then came the rath of the “wind goddess.”

I was sitting near the “anomometer” about 2:30 p.m. and saw 13 knots at the club.

Thirty minutes later as I walked by it again, gusts had risen to 25-27 knots. Just a little increase in breeze.

I watched the boats come into the area of “G” Basin and saw Freedom Too, skippered by Allan Freedman fly by to their slip.

Insanity sailed by. The Barnard crew came in so hot that they had to complete a 360 turn to slow down to get into their slip with the help of several dock members.

However, two minutes later Friction Loss, co-skippered by “Birthday Boy” Shawn Ivie and Dan Taron, slipped into their slip almost across from Insanity with no wake or bounce.

Just a couple of observations.

Now for the results:

IN PHRF A (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet), six boats competed with a low point scoring system being used.

The spread was five ñ 32 in this class.

Second place went to Sidekick, skippered by King Harbor Yacht Club (KHYC) staff commodore and ASMBYC treasurer Bill Webster.

First place was awarded to the ever winning Black Knight, skippered by Phil Friedman, Del Rey Yacht Club.

PHRF B: six boats competed, and for the first time in race committees memory, Hot Rum, co-skippered by Al Castillon and [continued from previous page]

Tom Pacheco of KHYC took a second place.

First place was awarded to South Bay Yacht Racing Club’s Friction Loss, co-skippered by Shawn Ivie and Dan Taron.

PHRF C; six boats competed and both Martin 242s took top honors.

Second place went to Larry Travis, from CYC, aboard Lucky Jack and first place was awarded to Mark Sands, skippering Gemini from SMWYC.

It is interesting to note that of the 18 competitors, four sailed up from King Harbor and two of the four went home winners.

Nice to see our sister harbor arrive, compete and win.

Thank you, KHYCers.

Next year, please bring more of your friends.

When trophies were awarded, ASMBYC commodore David Phelps, ASMBYC fleet captain Gray Green and ASMBYC staff commodore and principal race officer Al Berg made the remarks and congrats.

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