Saturday and Sunday, September 29th and 30th, the Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs hosted its Champion of Champions Regatta featuring some of the best local racers competing in a weekend-long invitational regatta.

Thirty-three boats earned a spot in the lineup by placing high in specific qualifying races held throughout the year in both Marina del Rey and King Harbor. The best of the best squared off for five races held in light, shifty conditions in an attempt to take home the brass.

The overall winner of the race was John Staff sailing his new Viper 830, Plankton, winning four out of five races in the sport boat class. Staff was tearing up the course last year in his Wildcat 30 and it appears that he and his crew are finding their way around the new boat handily.

The 2006 Overall and PHRF (Pacific Handicap Racing Fleet) B winner Hot Rum worked hard against Bill Webster’s Sidekick and Duncan and Paula Cameron’s Trust Me in an attempt to remain dominant, but this year it wasn’t to be. Each team won one race and all were consistent through the series.

But when all was said and done, Trust Me squeaked it out by a mere two points and Sidekick won the tiebreaker for second.

Antony and Nick Barran debuted their new Antrim 40, XL prevailing over David Voss’s new Piranha. The Barran’s last boat sank in the middle of the Pacific ocean after being holed by an aggressive whale, but they are back on the proverbial horse now, showing smart tactical skills earning them three bullets, a second and a third.

The two were often nearly overlapped at the marks, with their final scores being 8 and 9 respectively.

Shawn Ivie’s Friction Loss was also tough to beat taking three firsts and two third-place finishes, earning him a top spot in the PHRF C class.

In the other classes it was Eric Lambert’s Runaway finishing first in Cruising A and Joe Cowan’s Wind Song in Cruising B.

From an organizer’s perspective, race chair Rick Ruskin was satisfied with the weekend of racing, but also with the generous sponsorship that supported the race and the charity that benefited from some of the entry fee proceeds.

“A percentage of the entry fees went to the Colon Cancer Alliance and we were real happy about that,” said Ruskin. “And the regatta sponsors really showed up too.”

The primary sponsors of the event were Elliott Pattison Sailmakers and the Santa Monica Bay Sailing Foundation, with other donations made by West Marine, Ships Store, Tony P’s restaurant, Sailing Sportboats (Open 5.70 and Tacktik dealer), Multihull Marine and Ignacio “Nacho” Serna with raffle gifts.

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