Columbus Day Regatta 2004
By Gordon Mattatall
Skipper of H2O Boa
It was the best of days it was the worse of days. We were on the 1st start of the Newport Columbus Regatta in a 16-boat fleet (there would have been more but not all skippers could crew out). Our start was the last start and we were watching the classes in front (this is the best of days). The rain in coming down and our sails are wet all the tails are stuck to our sail (this is the worse of days).
As we watch the class in front we saw that the boats that tack
early look like they were making out but when they headed for the
weather mark the current was setting they back and the boat that sailed
to the lay line were coming in hot and with a clear rounding.
Our start was so-so. A couple of boats have started to leeward
and we were being gassed. Looking to do a clearing tack but the boats to
weather was holding us off. Started to pinch up to throw back air on the
weather boat. Watch he slowly slip behind. The boats to leeward starting
tacking on to port (just what we wanted) we put the bow down and pick up
speed. The boat to weather tack. We sailed pass the sighted lay line
(the current was going to set us below the mark) and tack on the port.
As we came screaming into the mark several boat on starboard but about 5
to 8 boats from the mark were telling us we had no room. Tack inside of
the starboard tack fleet and rounded before any closed within 2 boats (I
was in less current then they were). We were now in 5th place.
“What about Bob” was sailing high into the shallows and
the some of the other boat were out in the deep water and in more
current. We sailed on the hip of “Bob” for the rest of this leg. As
we rounded the leeward mark we made for the center of the channel in
more current some of the leaders made for the shallows we were closing
on them. At the weather mark we set our chute and pulled away from the
rest of the fleet headed for the shallows and increased our lead.
by Chris Murschel
Santana 20s, fourteen of them from Eugene, joined one local boat for the
Columbus Day Regatta in Newport, OR.
Most boats launched in the rain on Friday afternoon.
This is the first year boats were allowed to launch at the port
authority hoists. After
launching most crews walked over to see Yakina Bay yacht club’s
beautiful new club house under construction.
Unfortunately the rain quickly dampened the traditionally Nye
beach bond fire, but plenty of merriment took place indoors and at the
local microbrew festival.
weather was scattered showers in the morning with clearing in the
afternoon and gentle breezes all day.
At the skipper’s meeting Eugene and Triton yacht clubs
presented Yakina yacht club a captain’s bell for their new club. All
courses were inside the bridge since a fishing trawler had sunk in the
channel on Wednesday night. As always the highlight of the day was the
grilled tuna dinner.
was sunny with light winds that picked up as the day went on.
The first course sent us under the bridge. Unfortunately the
coast guard felt it was still unsafe and turned all boats back,
effectively canceling the race. All
was not lost as the committee still managed to get three races in.
Day Regatta results:
H20 Boa 649
What about Bob 115
Giddy Up 779
Summer Wind 763
One Eye Jacq 264
Cool Cat 777
Wing & a Prayer 747