Category: On the Water

Winners go head to head in invitational Champion of Champions Regatta

The Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs (ASMBYC) hosts the “Champion of Champions Regatta” with winners, wind and wonderful results. This is an annual invitational regatta. Participants must have won a trophy or finished in the top third of their class in any of the 2004 race series sanctioned by ASMBYC or be a class winner in the 2003 Champion of Champions Regatta. This year the race was the weekend after the “Fred Harris Series” sponsored by California Yacht Club, which was the final qualifier. Eighteen boats competed, under the supervision of ASMBYC fleet captain Gary Green and...

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14th annual Outlaw Regatta — a story of two father-son teams

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...

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SMWYC Hosted Cruiser Handicap #4 last Sunday

Twenty-two boats registered and sailed the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (SMWYC) Inverted Start course, which took them on a ten-nautical-mile journey Sunday, August 1st. The race began with a downwind start from “S” mark to”SS” mark, north to the Santa Monica Bell buoy and out to “T” mark, with the finish at “S” mark. Everyone enjoyed the sail under a great breeze with just the right amount of sun. And, according to race chairman Dave Osborn,” the finish was really a kick, with many cases of several boats finishing within inches of each other.” The Inverted Start is based on a reversed sequence, allowing the slower boats to begin first, the faster boats last, with the goal that all boats will finish closely. And they did. The next Cruisers Race will be held Sunday, August 29th, with the “Marks-A-Lot” course being sailed. Registration will take place at SMWYC and must be completed by 6 p.m. Saturday, August 28th, for the $10 race fee. Later entrys will pay an increased fee. Late entrys are discouraged. Results of the SMWYC Cruiser Handicap 4 event: Spinnaker Class: first, Mahal, Kyra Van Heel, San Fernando Valley Yacht Club (SFVYC), second, Season III, Bruce Bilson, California Yacht Club, 30-feet and Over Class: first, Yassoo, Jim Vasilion, SMWYC, second, Taku, Chris Brorsen, SFVYC, and third, Star Dancer, Bob Mimura, SMWYC; Under 30-foot Class: first,...

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Second Barbecue Race run last weekend

The second of four races in the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (SMWYC) Barbecue Race was run Sunday, July 25th, with great winds, a good course and fine food after the race. Seventeen boats were registered before the cutoff time at 11:55 a.m. Sunday. The skippers received their last minute instructions from principal race officer Vic Smith and off they went. Race committee chair Dave Osborn and Lee Rhoads boarded the Mark Set boat and went out to set the start line. Fifteen boats checked in and sailed south to the El Segundo Buoy, turned and returned through the Marina del Rey south entrance, to the finish line in front of the 200 Dock on the main channel. The south course was chosen to avoid two other races on the north side of the triangle. The lead boat, Star Dancer, a Davidson 30 skippered by Kyra Sweda, sailed the course in one hour, four minutes, 18 seconds, hardly giving the race committee time to get in and get to the finish post. The rest of the fleet followed shortly and all boats were finished before 3 p.m. The crews returned to the SMWYC clubhouse for hospitality, trophies and the celebration of the 80th birthday of the winner of the over 30-Class, Jim Vasilion. The third race in the Barbecue Race is scheduled for Sunday, August 15th. Results of the...

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Annual Women on Water competition last weekend ‘had some of the tightest racing event has seen’

Since 1980, women sailors from Santa Monica Bay have competed for the Robert S. Wilson Trophy, awarded to the winning team in the Women on Water (“WOW”) series. This past weekend saw nine teams of all women — seven of which were sailing Martin 242s — vying for this honor. Concurrent with the WOW, ten women skippers with both men and women as crew, competed in the Woman at the Helm (“WAH”) Division for the Women’s Sailing Association (WSA) Perpetual Trophy. Orchestrating this regatta pulls together a wide group of supporters, who were ably directed by ASMBYC (Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs) women’s sailing coordinator Cheryl Rembert. Owners lend their boats to women, many of whom crew on the boat throughout the racing season. Coaches, including past winners, offer their time to improve the racing skills of less experienced teammates. And volunteers from four yacht clubs — South Bay Yacht Racing Club, Marina Venice Yacht Club, Pacific Mariners Yacht Club and the Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay — work together to put on an event that is as much fun on shore as it is on the water. This year’s WOW division — according to competitor Denise George — “had some of the tightest racing I’ve seen in this event.” Mark roundings and finish times were close, which was particularly notable, since the regatta was...

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