Many Marina del Rey sailors participated in the Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week, held Friday through Sunday, June 24th to 26th.
The event drew sailors from as far away as San Diego.
Web site reports said more than 800 sailors, 127 boats and countless volunteers enjoyed “87 starts, 896 finishes and 228 Mark sets” during the three-day event.
Ullman Sails was the title sponsor, joined by Mount Gay Rum, West Marine, J Boats and New England Ropes.
Class Action Racing, Sailing Angles, Inc., and Mureadritta, sailmaking apparel, completed the sponsor list.
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club were the host clubs and did an outstanding job of performing their host duties. Transportation between the clubs was provided by one of the Catalina shore boats, from the Isthmus.
Thirteen classes competed, over the three days and completed seven races each, over three separate courses.
Winds were definitely a challenge factor, “as Friday was grueling and heavy, Saturday presented extremely light winds and Sunday was just about perfect,” said John Staff, California Yacht Club (CYC), who was sailing his Cheetah 30, Wildcat.
The “J” boats made up four classes with local participants: J-105s; Grace O’Malley, Alice Leahey/Ron Baerwitz, CYC; and Twelve Bar Blues, Chuck Spear, Del Rey Yacht Club (DRYC).
The J-80 Class was won by Curt Johnson, CYC , sailing Avet.
In the Olson 30 Class, sailing Insanity, the Barnard brothers Robert and Mark, with their crew from Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (SMWYC) took third in the final standings.
PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) 2 saw Arana, with John Carroll at the helm, take second place in that class.
PHRF 3 had three local boats in a class of 13: Stardancer, a Davidson 30, Ron and Glen Van Heel, San Fernando Valley Yacht Club (SFVYC); Wildcat, a Cheetah 30, helmed by John Staff, CYC; and Cuvee Caliente, a Mumm 30 sailed by Ray and Cheryl Mahaffey and crew.
Schock 35 Class had three local boats sailing the seven races. Ripple, helmed by Jeff Janov, with Gordon Palmer, tactician from CYC, took first place in class. Power Play, Steve Arkle, CYC, received third and “Perfect Circle.” Fred Young of SMWYC finished sixth in a class of nine Schock 35s.
Those who missed this event due to scheduling should note that this event next year is calendared for Friday to Sunday, June 23rd to 25th. The early entry deadline is Wednesday, May 31st, and the entry deadline is Tuesday, June 20th.
It should be noted that, well into his 50s, Ullman sailed his Melges 24 to a low point score of 18, taking first in his class.
For full results, see the Web site, Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week.