Finally, the sun came out and the breeze filled in and the second day of racing for SBYRC’s (South Bay Yacht Racing Club) Champagne Series had arrived Saturday, January 29th.

Five classes and 32 boats arrived at the start line to meet Jonathan Grell’s race committee boat Calista and the event was on.

The first race was distanced at four nautical miles for PHRF (Pacific Handicap Racing Fleet) A and the Schock Class and three nautical miles for the PHRF B and C and the Martin 242 classes.

Ten-foot seas and 15-mile-per-hour winds put the race committee at the rail and kept them there for the duration of the day.

Sadly for all, Race 2 was canceled due to the conditions and all headed back for the hospitality at Marina Venice Yacht Club, where warm lasagna and salad awaited them, together with four magnums of Mumm’s Cordon Rouge. This seemed to ease the dampened spirits.

Saturday, February 5th, will be the final day of this series and, according to commodore and race chair Julie Albright, the plan is to run three races and then head in for a true Champagne celebration.

SBYRC judge advocate Steve Glassman is the person who arranged the association between the club and Mumm for this series.