Twenty-seven teams from Santa Monica Bay traveled to Long Beach this past weekend for the 20th running of North Sails Race Week.
This three-day event attracted 117 teams from throughout Southern California that sailed on four separate race courses both inside and outside Los Angeles Harbor.
Competitors were faced with a variety of conditions throughout the weekend.
Winds on Friday and Saturday peaked in the high teens, which tested the strength of equipment and crew, while Sunday’s light and shifty breezes challenged the skills of the most experienced tacticians.
Several of our local Marina del Rey competitors had reason to celebrate at Sunday’s trophy ceremony.
California Yacht Club’s John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti, with Star class Olympic hopeful Paul Cayard as tactician, added the Farr 40 Pacific Coast Championship to his string of recent West Coast victories.
The Schock 35 class, which also designated this regatta as its Pacific Coast Championship, was won by Dave Voss on Piranha, whose CYC team impressively finished first in five of the seven races sailed.
CYC’s Jeff Janov, on Ripple, finished second in class, as the crew had at Cal Race Week earlier this month, continuing the rivalry that will be settled at the fleet’s National Championship, hosted by California Yacht Club Friday through Sunday, August 27th to 29th.
In the handicap classes, John Carroll’s Arana, again proved that the boat prefers a big breeze, winning all the races sailed in her class on Friday and Saturday.
Although Arana struggled a bit in Sunday’s conditions, her lead was sufficient to keep the team in first overall in PHRF 2 (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet). This victory comes on top of the team’s second place finish at Long Beach Race Week, which was sailed the weekend before North Sails Race Week.
Marty Burke’s Bella Vita, a Beneteau 36.7 racing under the King Harbor Yacht Club burgee, was another boat that preferred the stronger wind. The team won two of the races sailed the first two days, which left the boat tied for first place in PHRF 4 going into Sunday.
Two mid-fleet finishes on this last day slipped the boat into second overall. This was nevertheless an impressive performance for the team, which was particularly pleased to finish ahead of intraclub rival Mick Shlens on Blade Runner.
WOMEN ON WATER REGATTA — Teams are gearing up for the Women on Water/Woman at the Helm Regatta planned for Saturday and Sunday, July 10th and 11th, in Marina del Rey.
At least seven teams will be racing on Martin 242s in the all-women’s WOW division, which was won last year by Mary Kate Scott on her M242, Mischief.
Mary Kate will be competing again this year. But this time as crew, as she has turned over the helm to one of her teammates from last year’s winning effort. This rotation of crew positions is one of the hallmarks of this regatta, which is designed to encourage women to improve their sailing skills and to challenge themselves to compete at increasingly higher levels.
Information on the regatta, including the Notice of Race, can be found on the SBYRC Web site: www.sbyrc.org