The South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club (SCCYC) opened the spring racing season in Marina del Rey Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th, with the Les Storrs Sailing Regatta. Thirty-two boats filled out six fleets for two days of round-the-buoy racing, improving on last yearís 29-boat turnout.
The boats were divided into two PHRF (Pacific Handicap Racing Fleet) classes, plus Martin 242, Holder 20, Open 5.70 and Santana 20 one-design classes.
Saturday saw mostly cloudy skies with winds averaging eight knots from 255 degrees and little swell in the first two races. As the third race sequence started around 3 p.m., winds climbed above 12 knots and the swell increased but, with short two-to-four-mile courses, racers easily crossed the finish line under spinnaker and headed for the breakwater.
Sunday saw slightly sunnier skies and a more consistent 235-degree wind that built nicely through the races.
White Knight, a Farr 40 skippered by Zoltan Kantinsky, edged out Paul Katz and the Farr 44 Bravurra to win the PHRF ìAî fleet, with Kim Stuart and her Schock 35, Voodoo Doll, rounding out the top three.
Pierson Jacquelin and his J/24, Slippery When Wet, whose first race in the Marina was the Les Storrs regatta one year ago, won three of five races to take the PHRF ìBî trophy, with Mike Inmonís Faire Warning and George Biddle helming Eggemoggin filling the podium finishes.
The new French sport boats, the Open 5.70s, saw lots of reaching downwind as the newest one-design class in the Marina saw SBYRC (South Bay Yacht Racing Club) commodore Jerome Sammarcelli take first, with SCCYC rear commodore Tracey Kenney in second and Nik Vale taking bronze honors.
The Martin 242 fleet, arguably the most competitive (and vociferous) fleet in Santa Monica Bay, had five different winners in all five races. The energy was pretty high on the first start on Sunday, when two-thirds of the fleet was over early at the start and the boats played bumper cars off each other and the committee boat, Reliance.
After the general recall, the racers crossed cleanly, only to have some trade gelcoat later at the leeward mark.
Team George, aboard Rock, Paper, Scissors, took top honors by one point over fleet captain Mark Sands and his Sandbox team. Jason Artof and his Wombat team squeezed ahead of Brack Duker and Velerito on Sunday to earn third place.
Denise George accepted the Greg Hoffman Perpetual Trophy, honoring a sailor who died at last yearís regatta.
The Holder 20 fleet opted to race its one-design fleet in Santa Monica Bay instead of San Diego because of the easier access to the ocean and closer proximity to the San Fernando Valley, as five of the entries hail from the Valley Yacht Club. Dennis Bouch and B.L.U. won the tie-breaker over Ray Van Heelís Problem Child, with Nigel Brownett and Water Rat settling for third place by one point.
Thanks to the organizing efforts of Bruce Fleck, four Santana 20s raced over the weekend with the Cheda/Thomas/Fleck team aboard Bandit, nailing five bullets to win the class, with William Elmerís Bloodhound nipping closer every race and longime Thistle racer Brian Mason racing his new Santana 20 to a third place.
Here are the results:
PHRF A Fleet
1st: White Knight, Farr 40, Katinszky, CBYC;
2nd: Bravura, Farr 44, Katz, DRYC; and
3rd: Voodoo Doll, Schock 35, Kim Stuart, SMWYC;
PHRF B Fleet
1st: Slippery When Wet, J 24, Pierson Jacquelin, WkYC;
2nd: Faire Warning, Mag 26, Mike Inmon, CYC; and
3rd: Eggemogggin, J 30, Donna Polk, SBYRC;
1st: No Name, Jerome Sammarcelli, SBYRC;
2nd: Hat Trick, Tracey Kenney, SCCYC; and
3rd: Boracic, Nik Vale, SCCYC;
1st: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Mike George, CYC;
2nd: Sandbox, Mark Sands, SMWYC; and
3rd: Wombat, Jason Artof, DRYC;
1st: B.L.U., Dennis Bouch, SFVYC;
2nd: Problem Child, Ray Van Heel, SFVYC; and
3rd: Water Rat, Nigel Brownett;
1st: Bandit, Cheda/Thomas/ Fleck, SCCYC;
2nd: Bloodhound, William Elmer, SCCYC; and
3rd: No Name, Brian Mason, SCCYC.
Principal race officers were Bob Kellock and Stu Coleman aboard the Beneteau 331 Reliance, with Gary Speck aboard his mark set boat C-Scape. The race committee also consisted of Shari Landon, Dylan Porter, and Sandra Bartiromo.
Twenty-five satin-etched pint glass trophies were awarded at the SCCYC clubhouse Sunday and were quickly filled with the appropriate beverages.
Saturday, April 14th, will see SCCYC host the Third Annual Lido 14 Fleet 2 Invitational in the sailing zone of the Marina del Rey exit channel. The Lido 14 fleet has grown to nearly 20 boats in the Marina through the revitalization of Fleet 2 and the support of South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club and the Lido 14 class organization.