North Sails Week 2002
By Laura Corbit
A quick practice sail on Friday suggested that it might get a little wild out there, but Long Beach never delivered the breezy conditions that most were expecting, and for the most part everyone's foul weather gear remained below. Regardless, there was good sailing and some tight competition in the Santana 20 fleet. Solid performance by Altitude Sickness and Aggressive Tendencies secured them first and second place, respectively, but with only 9 points separating the next 5 positions, those boats could take nothing for granted and the final standings really came down to the last race.
Twelve boats representing the Folsom Lake, Marina del Rey, Long Beach, Newport Beach, and San Diego, fleets participated. Saturday's racing was behind the breakwater providing relatively flat water and a southerly breeze at 6-12 knots. The first race was delayed as the race committee waited for the shifty breeze to fill in so that they could set a square course. The wind shifted west through the day and some gains where made by boats that went right in the upwind legs.
The smallest of the 171 boats that participated in this event made the long sail to the far ocean course on Sunday and, despite the light air, everyone made it for the first race. The conditions are perhaps best described as fluky. Strategy was difficult in the extremely shifty conditions and finding the pressure on the course seemed to pay more than playing the shifts. The final race gave most boats a taste of victory, at least temporarily, as positions jumped all over. In the first leg there was more pressure on the left side of the course and boats that went that way found themselves far ahead by the windward mark. But Raindance was launched into a huge lead by banging right on the second windward leg securing them a bullet in that race and fifth place overall.
Many thanks to the race committee for their hard work and for keeping the course fair in challenging conditions, to Bruce Golison for a great event and for making it more accessible to the S20 class this year, and of course to all boats that participated this weekend. Hope to see you all again soon at Nationals!
|Santana 20 Results|
|679||Altitude Sickness||Infelise / Bell / Infelise|
|20||Aggressive Tendencies||C Witcher / C Hess|
|904||En Fugo||Carson Reynolds|
|559||Stink Bug||Tucker Strasser|
|677||Samba Pa Ti||Rick Denney|
|481||ORCA||Todd A. Craig|
|634||Grendl||Thorson / Orosz|
|923||Two Step||Mel Morrison|