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2004 CYC Sunset Series ends after 20 weeks

Race chair, 2004 Sunset Series The 2004 Sunset Series is coming to a close. The Wednesday evening event stretched over 20 weeks, from April to September. Every Wednesday, there were ten classes starting at five-minute intervals from 5:55 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Entries averaged more than 92 boats a night, meaning over 2000 boats, ranging from 20-foot Santanas to 54-foot custom sloops, raced in this regatta. There were eight racing classes and two cruising classes. The winds were good this year, with almost all boats able to finish the races. Again this year, my main goals were to make it possible for all boats to finish, so when the wind turned light, we finished at Burton Chace Park to shorten the courses. The feedback I got indicated everyone had a good time this year. All the classes were competitive, some more than others. The Martin 242s were so aggressive that they got an ìIî flag — meaning an extra penalty for being over the start line early — virtually every night. One skipper claimed the ìIî flag was the Martin 242 class pennant. After the racing each Wednesday, participants gathered at California Yacht Club (CYC) for libation, barbecue and camaraderie. US Sailing judge Art Engle presented a series of informal chalk talks explaining rules of interest to the racers. The Marylyn Ritchie Trophy, given to the overall winner among...

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2004 CYC Sunset Series concludes after 20 weeks

Race chair, 2004 Sunset Series The 2004 Sunset Series is coming to a close. The Wednesday evening event stretched over 20 weeks, from April to September. Every Wednesday, there were ten classes starting at five-minute intervals from 5:55 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Entries averaged more than 92 boats a night, meaning over 2000 boats, ranging from 20-foot Santanas to 54-foot custom sloops, raced in this regatta. There were eight racing classes and two cruising classes. The winds were good this year, with almost all boats able to finish the races. Again this year, my main goals were to make it possible for all boats to finish, so when the wind turned light, we finished at Burton Chace Park to shorten the courses. The feedback I got indicated everyone had a good time this year. All the classes were competitive, some more than others. The Martin 242s were so aggressive that they got an ìIî flag — meaning an extra penalty for being over the start line early — virtually every night. One skipper claimed the ìIî flag was the Martin 242 class pennant. After the racing each Wednesday, participants gathered at California Yacht Club (CYC) for libation, barbecue and camaraderie. US Sailing judge Art Engle presented a series of informal chalk talks explaining rules of interest to the racers. The Marylyn Ritchie Trophy, given to the overall winner among...

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