Carl Radusch claimed another major win in the Marina del Rey to Seal Beach Race, also known as the Outlaw Race, sailing his newly built 1 D 48.
Although there were only two boats in the PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) AA class, the win was still most relevant for the skipper because his opponent, John MacLaurin of Pendragon, is one of the most formidable sailors in this area.
Sparta and Pendragon were in each other’s sights from the start line until the finish, but in the end, Pendragon just couldn’t fend Radusch off.
MacLaurin was able to cross the line first, but owed Sparta minutes, so he lost on corrected time.
“That was the first time we beat him with this boat,” said Radusch, smiling. “He must have got a neck ache from turning around and saying our name in vain.”
Other winners included John Staff, once again claiming victory in the PHRF A class.
Staff has been most dominant as of late in this class sailing his small but powerful Cheetah 30 named Wildcat.
In PHRF B, Curt Johnson from the California Yacht club grabbed first place honors aboard Avet and Rod Percival won in the PHRF C class sailing Rubicon III.
Percival is a favorite in almost any race he enters, including single-handed contests.
For the cruisers, it was Joe Cowan taking first in the Under-30 class sailing Windsong, a Columbia 24.
Jim Whiting, skippering New Orca, won in the Cruiser Spinnaker class and Ray and Eva Durand sailed Bellezza to victory in the Cruiser Over-30 class.