Capping an over-four-year quest for perfection, the team of Lisa Hackenberg and Craig Yandow, racing Yandow’s Martin 242 Patience, won the Spinnaker Division of the Marina del Rey Man/Woman Series with a sweep of first place finishes in the six-race series run on the Olympic Circle over four days by four different yacht clubs. But it wasn’t easy. “There was a tremendous amount of luck in results throughout the series,” according to Yandow, who had thought that John Staff and Tracey Kenney on Wildcat, a Cheetah 30 rating 51, had won the last race. “John was really out of sight, we thought he had won,” said Yandow. Patience, with a rating of 150, had inched ahead by only seven seconds on corrected time. Second place overall Spinnaker Division and the 2003 champions Curt Johnson and Lauren Turner were always a threat. Racing Avet, Johnson’s J80, they had four seconds in individual races and were only 43 seconds out of first in race number five. Their score for the four race days was 2-4-2-3. “My heart went out to Avet,” said Yandow. “They were every bit as focused and serious as we were. She sailed really well and just got stomped on by conditions. “On Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club race, two buoy races, it looked like the wind was building and it had been predicted. “Avet had to decide...Read More
The first access area to the Ballona Creek Bike Trail Improvement Project — a bike path that extends approximately eight miles through the Cities of Los Angeles and Culver City and connects with the Beach Bike Path in Playa del Rey — was dedicated last week. The project is part of a larger effort to improve the area surrounding Ballona Creek and its adjacent wetlands and link Ba-llona Creek and the Baldwin Hills areas. “Every element of government is here in some form or another, to witness the dedication of the new Ballona Creek Bike Trail Gateway,” said Joe Edmiston, executive director of the Baldwin Hills Regional Conservation Authority during ceremonies Thursday, August 18th, at the new entrance to the bike path at Centinela Avenue. The California State Parks Recreational Trails Program funded a $200,000 grant, Supervisor Yvonne Burke and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority allocated $200,000 to match the grant and Congresswoman Jane Harman secured $50,000 in federal Housing and Urban Development Funds for the project. Also involved in the project is a collaborative agreement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. Passage of state park bonds and water quality measures in 2000 made significant state funds available for grant requests to improve environmental, aesthetic and recreational aspects of Ba-llona Creek, including support for native plant and animal habitat. Two...Read More
9 Lives wins the battle and Velerito wins the war in the Women on Water! 2005 Championship. Barbara Duker was declared the Roberts S. Wilson Women on Water! Regatta winner for best performance by an all women’s team at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10th, at Marina Venice Yacht Club. But she didn’t know it. She thought Andrea Cabito from Powder Puff or Denise George on 9 Lives had won. After all, George and her team had just been presented with the one of a kind three-foot-tall sterling silver loving cup 15 minutes earlier. This year the WOW! Regatta, the biggest women’s sailing event in Marina del Rey, was held Saturday, July 9th, and Sunday, July 10th, and had three divisions. Division I for the WOW! Wilson trophy is for all-women crews. Division II, the Women at the Helm Performance Class —unfortunately called WAH — is for a woman driver and a mixed crew. Division III, Woman at the Helm Cruising Class is for a woman driver and mixed crew. South Bay Yacht Racing Club, the Women’s Sailing Association, the Marina Venice Yacht Club and Pacific Mariners Yacht Club were official sponsors of the event with support from the Santa Monica Bay Sailing Foundation. A couple minutes after awarding the sterling silver Robert Wilson Trophy for best performing Women on Water! team there was an announcement from principal race officer...Read More
Race boats from San Francisco to San Diego gathered to contest one another in California Yacht Club’s Cal Race Week regatta, held Saturday and Sunday, June 5th and 6th. Up 20 boats from last year, 99 boats raced for ten Class Trophies, the Thomas K. Armstrong Team Championship, the PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) Charles Tanner trophy and the Fred F. Harris One Design Trophy. Because of the prestige with which the regatta is regarded, two one design classes have chosen to present their class championship perpetual trophies to the winners of this event — the Jimmy Morris Perpetual to the top Schock 35, and the Dr. Bob Crum Memorial to the Martin 242. The 20 to 30 degree oscillating breezes on Saturday drove the crews — especially the tacticians — crazy. Since I hadn’t raced Saturday, on Sunday morning at California Yacht Club’s dock I asked the first three skippers I ran into how it went. “Aarghh. ” was the universal reply. The huge wind shifts changed boat places willy-nilly. “It was painful,” said overall Martin 242 winner Mike George later. On Course #2, racing was delayed Sunday, because the readings at the windward mark were different from the race committee boat anchored a mile downwind. They were waiting for more consistency over the course. On Sunday, the southerly wind was very consistent, but another big culprit for...Read More
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