SOCKS Regatta 2004

 By Andrew Kerr


Eight S20’s competed in this year’s SOCKS regatta (Seattle one design centerboard and keel boat series) that was run by the Seattle YC with racing on Shillshole Bay.  

This excellent regatta attracted 128 boats from all over the west coast and Canada and is a fixture on the racing calendar for one design sailors in classes ranging from 505’s and lasers to Olson 30’s.

  The S20 class featured some notable travelers, from Eugene’s fleet 19 – Doug Smith – along time SOCKS attendee - brought his team of John Ward and Rick Snodgrass on “one Eye Jacq”, Fellow fleet 19 member Jerald Skeen brought his team of Lindsay Vaughan and Gabe Schroder on “Yikes”. From Portland’s fleet 10 came Joe Kaliszewski and his team of Fritz Kaliszewski and Erica Packer on “Bohemia”. We would like to thank these teams for the effort in attending the regatta and would very much encourage more teams to travel for SOCKS next year - it is a great weekend of racing and camaraderie for the class. 

The first day of racing featured 4 windward leeward races with a South to South Westerly wind of 4 to 10 knots. With the Northerly wind making an attempt to come in later and a steadily building incoming flood tide this made for a tactically challenging day on the water. 

With a long starting line and the current pushing the fleet over the line and the wind oscillating back and forth, teams had to be on their toes at all times and constantly shifting gears.

Barry Williams and Mark Roades on “Snoopy” ( Point Orchard, WA) gamely double handed this day (they were joined by John Sears on the Sunday) and were in the thick of the action.


It was great to also see Fleet 16 Captain Derek Hardy and his team of Ben Seltind and Nick Estrold on “gone too far”. Derek has been instrumental in getting fleet 16 going, he also edited the class newsletter and has been part of a group that is setting up a small boat sailing center to promote small boat sailing in Olympia, WA. He sailed the 20 in the mid 80’s when he was a Newport Beach resident (he sailed in the ’85 Nationals in Oklahoma crewing for Jane Schock) and it is great to see him back in the class again.  Another Washington team was also in attendance – Kevin Swackhamer and his team of Carrie Swackhamer and Chad Holcomb on “Hitched”.

The “ Bohemia “ team scored an excellent bullet in race # 2 by passing the whole fleet on the downwind leg – they sailed in more velocity out in the middle  as the fleet tried to get current relief inshore . The racing was tight with gains and losses happening very quickly. In the 4th race the Northerly came in half way down the run and the whole fleet scrambled to get the pole down and Genoa up and spinnaker down as the spinnaker backed hard against the rig! 



What was going to be the final upwind leg turned into a downwind run with puffs of 16 or 17 knots sending the fleet surging through the finish line under spinnakers!

Leading after day one was team “Disaster Area” ( DA) – Chris Winnard, Andrew Kerr & Sam Richardson with a 1, 3, 1, 1 score line.

 In second was “Inferno” – Steve Orsini ( the WD Schock dealer for Washington) and his team of Zak Norris & Kate Hawkin with a 2, 2, 2, 3 score sheet. Team “Inferno” was sailing fast and positioning itself well.

Jerald Skeen’s team on “Yikes” was in 3rd and sailing a very solid regatta. “Yikes” was getting off the starting line very well and picking the correct side of the course.

The Saturday evening featured a nice dinner over at the Seattle YC on Portage Bay. The S20 sailor’s grouped together and shared stories of the day’s racing.

Sunday started out with light air, a slight ebb tide and the wind out of the south to the south west. Team DA won race #5 and #6 with the fleet doing battle in all areas.  




Race # 7 was started in very light air and a strong flood current. 3 boats were OCS at the start but all made great recoveries to get back in the thick of things. The “ Snoopy” team got a great start and were going fast and they lead for a good portion  of the first leg with “Inferno” , “Yikes” , “DA “, “Already Gone” and “ Hitched” all very close. “One Eye Jacq” and “Bohemia” was also making good gains. 

With the flood tide taking over the race was abandoned and the fleet went in to conclude a great regatta of 6 races.

Thanks to everyone for attending – a lot of the fleet is looking forward to Eugene Yacht clubs upcoming Memorial Day regatta – this is a great regatta for the class and not to be missed.  We also look forward to seeing as many teams as possible at next years SOCKS regatta. Good sailing to all!

  Results: 6 races, no throw outs: 

1st) “Disaster Area” – Chris Winnard, Andrew Kerr, Sam Richardson – 8 points, (1, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1.)

2nd) “Inferno” – Steve Orsini, Zak Norris, Kate Hawkin – 14 points, (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 2.)

3rd “Yikes” – Jerald Skeen, Gabe Schroder, Lindsay Vaughan – 20 points, (3, 4, 5, 2, 2, 4.)

4th) “Hitched” – Kevin Swackhamer, Carrie Swackhamer, Chad Holcomb – 27 points , ( 4, 6, 3, 4, 7, 3).

5th) “Bohemia “– Joe Kaliszewski, Fritz Kaliszewski, Erika Packer - 28 points, (6, 1, 6, 5, 5, 5,).

6th) “One Eyed Jacq” – Doug Smith, John Ward, Rick Snodgrass – 35 points, (dnf, 5, 4, 6, 4, 7)

7th) “Already Gone” – Derek Hardy, Ben Seltind, Nick Estrold – 38 points, (5, 7, 7, 7, 6, 6).

8th)  “Snoopy” – Barry Williams, Mark Rhoades, John Sears, (Double handed on Saturday) – 47 points, (7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8.)