Left: Gremlin (Wanlass), Mini-Me (Golison/Flam/Marangola), Cal Trans (Ogletree/Papadapolous)
to Medium winds prevailed on this beautiful Saturday in Newport beach. The ocean
race courses were dedicated to the Schock 35, Santana 30/30 and Santana 20
fleets. The S20 fleet was the largest at 19 boats. I was able to observe only
the second race but it was a beautiful sight watching the colorful spinnakers
coming down to the leeward mark. As one of my companions observed, "this
beats being in a country club". It sure was but beyond the bright colors of
the kites, it was the excellent competition that caught people's attention. It
certainly seemed more interesting than the Schock 35 races.
this story to be just a snippet of the racing on this Saturday. I was able to
observe just part of race 2.
the start of race 2, you could see that the top boats led by Gordon Wanlass
(Gremlin) were staking out the pin end. The rest of the fleet didn't seem to
have that strong of a desire to be on the left side of the course but clearly
Gremlin had it planned out. Cal Trans and Mini-Me were also on the pin end next
to Gremlin. After a good clean start with no OCS calls, Cal
Trans and Mini-Me immediately went on port tack shortly after the start and claimed the right side of the course.
They took themselves close to the starboard layline. Gremlin stuck it out on
starboard and took control of the left side near the port layline. Altitude Sickness straggled the
course and stayed in the middle, a conservative approach. At first, it seemed
like Wanlass took a flyer. The bulk of the fleet hung between the right and
middle of the course with just a few staying on the left with Gremlin. Then, as
they came closer to the weather mark, the left shift came giving advantage to
Gremlin, which then tacked to
port close to the port layline and kept getting lifted. The lead boats then
headed towards the center of the course and Gremlin crossed
ahead of Cal Trans and consolidated its lead over the rest of the fleet.
rounded the weather mark by itself with a substantial lead. Cal Trans was next
in line. Then to make things exciting, Mini-Me followed closely by Altitude
Sickness busted into the mark on port tack inside of one boat length of the
weather mark. But Mini-Me was not able to cross and had to make a big sudden
duck. That cost them a position as Altitude sickness, right behind Mini-Me, was
able to tack immediately behind Cal Trans and transition into a smooth rounding.
did not seem to change much downwind in the next leg for the lead boats who all
took the left side of the course, covering Gremlin. Unexpectedly,
Quitcherbitchin (Adam Kline) rounded in third on the left mark so they did make
ground downwind. They appeared to have come from the right side of the course so
they had the favored side downwind. However, all the other boats that I saw took the right
mark at the leeward gate which showed that at least the leaders preferred the
right side for the upwind leg. It will be interesting to see how this
final third of the fleet came rushing towards the leeward gate all headed
towards the same mark and some shouting and screaming punctuated the otherwise
disaster free rounding.
didn't see how this race ended. It will be interesting to find out. See
the race results at www.nhyc.org for the end
of this story and the other races (which will probably be posted after the regatta is finished).
it was gratifying to see the excellent boat handling that in my eyes (maybe
biased) seemed better as a group than the other fleets racing on this day.
Little Problem, Jawbreaker behind it, En Fuego
and leeward. Unknown boat furthest to leeward.
Trans on starboard Layline with Mini-Me on collision course on port layline.
makes a big duck at weather mark to miss Cal Trans. Altitude sickness
rounds weather mark in 1st place in Race 2
Sickness (Infelise/Bell) just after leeward rounding
Fuego (Carson Reynolds and crew) after turning weather mark. Jawbreaker in foreground.
and Moon duking it out at the start.
gets a good start and gets bow ahead on a pin end start.
the other boats go right and Wanlass takes it all the way to the
layline and gets the left shift to take the lead.
Kline (Quitcherbitchen) approaching the mark just behind Golison
Fuego and Puffin gets into a shouting match after leeward mark rounding.
2nd Leg of Race 2
Problem: Dan Rosen, Randy Carper, Laura Corbit
Stemler and Crew
(Cal Trans) rounding weather mark ahead of Altitude Sickness
sickness with Payson and Phillip Infelise and Jon Bell.
Elf at the helm with Richard Hofmeister in the middle and Adam on foredeck on Quitcherbitchin
left: Golison/Washburn, Infelise/Bell, Ogletree/Papadapolous
four boats after weather rounding. Wanlass (Gremlin) in the lead.
- Steve Orosz and Carla Thorson
Whittaker and crew on Raindance
Cardwell on Foredeck and Ken Cardwell at the helm of Moon
Noe and Crew
Noe and Crew
Problem with Dan Rossan, Randy Carper and Laura Corbit
in Foreground and En Fuego in Background
from San Diego (Father and Son Wright and Bill Nichols)
approaching the Weather Mark alone
about to round