Friday, September 3rd, found a busy team of race committee folks scurrying to get 25 boats slipped, rafted and ready to party.
Many were the Labor Day Cruise members from Seal Beach Yacht Club that come to Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (SMWYC) for a three-day event of sabot races, dinghy poker runs and just a lot a relaxing.
Together with this group, were five boats from other harbors that had come to compete in this long-enjoyed race to Seal Beach Yacht Club, hosted by SMWYC.
Rear commodore and event chair Harlan Holmes, fleet captain Phil Seitz and Hank Jason, cruise chair from Seal Beach Yacht Club huddled, placed boats, moved boats and finally had everyone settled.
A man and his son arrived at the front desk and announced that he had entered the race on line and was there to compete.
They had trailered their Holder 20 from Lake Havasu, Arizona and needed to know the next step in the event.
There was some concern that the boat did not meet the qualifications of the race category. However, it was confirmed that the category accepted this boat and all was well.
The confirmation was given by PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) secretary Barbara Rustigan, as the father and son were her brother and nephew, Larry and Nicholas Maxwell.
They would be Team 1, boat name Bag of Tricks.
Team 2 would be represented by Chris Compton and his son Cal.
The prior weekend this father-and-son team had taken its first-ever racing trophy and the two were anxious to get out there and repeat the success on their Catalina 27, Dana Point, in the cruising under-30-feet Class.
Bag of Tricks was entered in PHRF, so although there was competition among all entrants, the two teams were in different divisions.
Corsair, skippered by Edwin Freston, with a race committee of five, got the racers headed south in a timely and professional fashion.
The only concern left was the ìwind goddessî and for the most part she performed admirably.
Point Fermin posed challenges to many and if you took the first entrance into L.A. Harbor, you made the wrong choice.
All who did, did not finish (DNF).
Seal Beach Yacht Club was ready for the party with libation, dinner and trophies. Club members are always a warm and friendly host and even a group from the SMWYC Commodore”s Cruise, which was across the harbor at Long Beach Yacht Club, came over to join in the festivities.
As race chair Harlan Holmes announced the honors, commodore Bob Falisey congratulated the winners.
We served as trophy chair and presented the trophies, which were polar fleece blankets to be personalized.
Special kudos belong to Andy Ellis of Seal Beach Yacht Club, who miraculously slipped each of the competitors as they arrived at the finish, even though at race time he was short five slips for arriving sailors.
Thank you one more time, Andy.
Team 1, the Maxwells from Lake Havasu, took second in their class, PHRF C, and Team 2, the Comptons, took third in their class, Cruising under-30-feet.
The dads were proud, the sons were just ìbustin”,î and the photos tell the story.
Results: PHRF A:
First, John Staff, Wildcat, South Bay Yacht Racing Club;
Second, William Barnard, Insanity, SMWYC;
Third, Gerhard and Janet Klose, Blade Runner, Del Rey Yacht Club (DRYC).
First, Curt Johnson, Avet, CYC;
Second, David Epstein, Superstar, DRYC;
Third, Tim Jones, Live Wire, King Harbor Yacht Club (KHYC); and
Four, Dennis Godfirnon, Aires, Seal Beach Yacht Club.
First, Don Souther, No Way!, KHYC;
Second, Nicholas Maxwell, Bag of Tricks, Lake Havasu Yacht Club;
Third, Mike Devine, Black Rushin, Redondo Beach Yacht Club.
CRUZ Less than 30-feet:
First, Gerald Sobel, Shpritz, Women”s Sailing Association;
Second, Vic Smith, Maine Squeeze, SMWYC;
Third, Chris and Cal Compton, Dana Point, Venture Mac Gregor Fleet (VMF);
Fourth, Lloyd Roberts, Play Sea Bow, VMF;
First, Allan Freedman, Freedom Too, SMWYC;
First, Matt Clark, Tomorrow, SMWYC;
Second, Linda Richards, cuba libre 2, SMWYC;
Third, Ray and Eve Durand, Belleza, VMF;
Fourth, Gary and Christine Speck, Bella, South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club.
The Fred Harris Series, hosted by CYC, will be run Saturday, September 11th, and Sunday, September 12th. This event is one of the longtime major fall series. It is open to all, for PHRF and One Design competitors. For those involved, Sunday is the High Point Day. Information, CYC, (310) 823-4567; Richard Mainland, (310) 476-4544; or
The Champion of Champions Regatta, hosted by Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs and held and run by SMWYC, will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 18th and 19th. This is an invitational regatta. Information, Gary Green, ASMBYC fleet captain, (310) 204-4411, (310) 665-8669 or
2004 Marina del Rey Man/-Woman Series will begin Sunday, September 26th, and will be hosted by South Bay Yacht Racing Club. This is a four day event, beginning this month with three events in October. Information, Matt Sargent, series coordinator, (310) 822-0776 or