In 2002, a beautiful young woman named Jennifer Diamond lost her battle with appendiceal carcinoma.

Since then, her parents, Harvey and Alice Diamond, have dedicated their time, energy and resources to helping other cancer victims and they have enlisted the help of the sailboat racing community.

With the help of top racer and generous contributor Lee Lewis, Del Rey Yacht Club (DRYC) inaugurated the Jennifer Diamond Regatta last year to raise funds and increase awareness of appendiceal carcinoma.

The regatta was amazingly successful in its first year, with 18 entries.

Sunday, July 18th, in this year’s event the number of entrees grew to 21: six “A” Class, six “B” Class and nine “Cruising” Class entries.

Normally, all of the boats in a given class will start at the same time. Then, when they finish, their finish times are recorded.

The race committee adjusts the finish times by applying the boat handicaps to find their corrected times.

Corrected times determine finish position. Thus, the last boat to finish can actually win the race.

The Jennifer Diamond Regatta uses an inverted start format. In a race with an inverted start, adjustments are applied to the start so that boats start at different intervals based on their handicaps.

The slowest boats start first and the fastest ones start last. The premise is that they will all finish at the same time.

The finish position is determined by a boat’s position when it crosses the finish line.

In addition, in a race with an inverted start, boats start by sailing down-wind, often with spinnakers flying.

This year’s start was signaled at noon. However, it was 12:09 p.m. when the first boat’s starting time came up.

When it came time for Mike George’s Martin 242, 9 Lives, to start, 9 Lives was already under spinnaker and only six inches from the start line when the starting signal sounded.

When it came time for Lee Lewis’s Catalina 42, Star Seal, to start, she was nearly that close and also had her spinnaker flying.

Even though it’s mostly a matter of knowing your boat and its performance, the race committee and spectators are still talking about those starts.

The boats sailed a ten-nautical mile course around the Santa Monica Bell bay. There was a fair amount of reaching in light to moderate wind.

9 Lives caught the slower boats that started before it and fended off the faster ones that started after it.

Star Seal fended off everyone who started after it and caught everyone but 9 Lives.

Three of the five race committee members aboard the race committee boat, DRY C, said “the finish was nothing short of spectacular — a photo finish,” with 9 Lives, Star Seal and Jamie Cantu’s Can 2 finishing within seconds of each other.

In fact, each scored first in its class, receiving a “gun” from race committee member Paul Artof.

While the race committee did its job aboard DRY C, Marty and Phyliss Fleigel hosted the press and other guests aboard Sea Questered.

Results: Class “A” first, Star Seal, Lee Lewis; second, Trust Me, Duncan Cameron.

Class “B” first, 9 Lives, Mike George; second, Avet, Curt Johnson.

Class “Cruising” first, Can 2, Jamie Cantu; second, Diva, Joe Goodman; and third, Freedom Too, Allan Freedman.

UPCOMING EVENTS — Next week, Saturday and Sunday, July 24th and 25th, DRYC will host the Catalina 38 Nationals with David Epstein and crew of Superstar sailing to defend their title.

The South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club (SCCYC) is hosting a terrific two-day event for One Design Classes Saturday and Sunday, July 24th and 25th.

Entries will be accepted until 8:55 a.m. on Saturday. There will be three races on Saturday and two races on Sunday. Hospitality will be at SCCYC on both days, with burgers and hot dogs on Saturday and trophies and hors d’oeuvres Sunday

For more information, contact Christine Speck, (310) 643-5172 or SCCYC.

Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (SMWYC) will host its second Barbecue Race of the season Sunday, July 25th.

Race entries are accepted until 11:55 a.m. Sunday. The race is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. and finish time is 4:30 p.m. Trophies will be presented during the barbecue at SMWYC.