2005 WD Schock Memorial Regatta

Hosted By Newport Harbor YC and WD Schock Corp

March 4 - 6, 2005

 

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Regatta Report

By Andrew Kerr

This year’s 8th annual WD Schock memorial regatta, hosted by Newport Harbor YC and the WD Schock Corporation, featured some great racing for the S20’s in attendance.

Despite the low fleet turn out (something which the Class is determined to change in the future), team’s that participated enjoyed tight racing in all areas of the fleet in this 7 race series.

Indeed, this was some of the tightest S20 racing to date and just about every team had a turn to shine as the series progressed.  

Road warriors included Jeff Kelley’s team on Koool with Colorado veterans Tim Dunton (Fleet 28’s fleet captain) and Guy Lindsey onboard.

Class president Mark Forrest and S20 veteran and WD Schock dealer Ron Fish represented Eugene fleet 19 aboard a brand new S20 resplendent with a dark blue hull (this scribe is biased toward blue hulls!) – a big "thank you" to both of these teams for making the effort to attend.

Conditions on Saturday were light – 5 to 8 knots from a direction of 245 degree’s with blue sky to the right and cloud cover to the right. This day was to prove a “classic” Newport day with the right side being favored upwind with a touch more velocity and oscillating shifts of 5 to 8 degrees that generally veered to the right. There was also a theory that the right side was a little better against the adverse current.

Even with a very long starting line the S20’s made it interesting at the start – the whole fleet battling for the favored Race committee end!

2004 National Champion Bruce Golison (with Steve Schock and Andrew Kerr onboard) on Mini Me won the first race in a tight battle with Coronado YC’s Rick Harris, Willem van Waay and Travis Wilson on Head First. Willem and Travis (along with Peter van Waay who sailed on the Sunday) were the National Champions in 2000.

Rick has sailed 20’s since 1978 and was part of the winning team in the 1982 Nationals sailing with skipper Tim Hahnke on Bustin’ Loose which Rick has subsequently owned for many years and keeps at Coronado YC.

The downwind legs were challenging with a slight right to left current and plenty of cross chop so all the team’s were on there toes keeping the spinnaker’s flying, particularly on starboard jibe towards the beach.

Race # 2 was won by Head First, closely followed by Altitude Sickness with the team of Payson Infelise, former class president and 04 Nationals co chairmen Phillip Infelise and Nathaniel Campbell onboard. Team Altitude was quickly finding its feet after a slow first race and combined with there excellent boat handling they started to assert them selves by winning both race # 3 and race # 4. Payson and Nate have been sailing a lot in a wide variety of top events and it showed.

A notable finish was John Cooper and his team on Gem who took an excellent 2nd place in race # 4 while Head First and Mini Me were involved in a dual downwind that would have produced a very interesting Sail track chart if one had been available!! These teams were also involved in a port starboard incident at the finish of race # 3 that ended up with Head First doing a 360 degree penalty turn as they tried to cross Mini Me who was on starboard tack   right on the finish line – it was very close racing !

After 4 races on day one Altitude Sickness held a two point lead over Mini Me who in turn was 2 points ahead of Head First.

That evening the fleet enjoyed a nice dinner at the Newport Harbor YC and some good camaraderie. After 4 races the crews were looking forward to a good night’s rest as three more races were to come.

Sunday featured a wind shift to the left with the direction at 235 degrees and the exact opposite side paying – it was a go left day with both a backing shift to the left and more breeze on the left side.

Mini Me started toward the left end of the line and along with Mark Forrest’s team and Jim Jackman’s team on Mighty Mouse (with the owner of Dragon flight Tony Long gamely doing the bow as his crew was unavailable to sail) the team on Gem also elected to go left. This proved to be the way to go as Mini Me went on to win the race followed by Mark’s fleet 19 team.

This Eugene group was going really well today and they lead the race # 6 until a jibe away from the beach took them out of the velocity and was capitalized on by  Mini Me  who passed  them downwind close to the Newport Pier and went on to win the race.

For the last race the wind shifted even further left and the velocity picked up as well, the fleet got off the line cleanly– as it had all regatta with no general or individual recalls- with one group headed left and the other to the right. Mini Me held a 3 point lead over Altitude Sickness so the strategy onboard our boat was to stay close to Altitude and not let them put boat’s between us.

Unfortunately half way up the beat there was confusion as to where the windward mark was as it was picked up and reconfigured so a number of team’s ended up over standing by a huge distance on the port layline.

Head First went on to win this race, followed by Mark Forrest's Eugene, OR team who were having another great race, and 3rd was Jim Jackman’s team on Mighty Mouse - who has been sailing hard all weekend and got a deserved good result in this race.

Congratulations to the Fleet 19 team on Mark’s boat – they had a terrific Sunday with three 2nd places and should make the Fernridge fleet proud.

In the end  Team Mini Me (Golison/Kerr/Schock) ended up winning the regatta by 3 points, followed by Infelise/Infelise/ Campbell on Altitude Sickness  and Harris/Wilson/van Waay on Head First in 3rd.

A big thank you to the Newport Harbor YC and WD Schock Corp. for hosting us and to all the team’s who attended.

Come and sail in the WD Schock Memorial regatta next year – mark your calendars, it is typically the first weekend in March and is a great regatta. We want to return to the 20 to 41 boat S20 fleet‘s that this event has enjoyed since it’s inception in 1998.

Until then we are looking forward to as many teams as possible coming to this year’s National Championships at Cascade Locks in Oregon, August 8th to the 12th. This is a beautiful area  to sail and fleet 19 and fleet 16 are excited to host as many team’s as possible – do not miss this great event !!

Photos (click to enlarge)

Team Mini Me. (L-R) Andrew Kerr, Steve Schock, boat owner Bruce Golison

Team Altitude Sickness. (L-R) Payson Infelise, Nate Campbell, and boat owner Philip Infelise.

Bruce Golison. 2004 S20 Class Champion and skipper of 2005 WD Schock Memorial Regatta winning team.

Team Koool. (L-R) Tim Dunton (Fleet 28 captain), Guy Lindsey, and boat owner Jeff Kelley.

Team Mighty Mouse. (L-R) unknown, boat owner Jim Jackman, and Tony Long.

Team Gem. (L-R) Doug Whittaker, unknown, John Cooper.

Andrew Kerr

Steve Schock

 
Documents
 
Event Information Flyer (PDF)

Bay Championship Series(PDF).

WD Schock Memorial NOR (PDF)

WD Schock Memorial Entry Form (PDF)

 

 

Results

Place

Skipper

Club

Boat Name

Sail #

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

Total

1

Bruce Golison

ABYC

Mini-Me

919

1

3

2

3

1

1

(5)

11

2

Payson Infelise

ABYC

Altitude Sickness

679

3

2

1

1

3

(4)

4

14

3

Rick Harris

Coronado YC

Head First

563

2

1

4

4

(6)

3

1

15

4

Mark Forrest

Eugene YC

 

931

(7)

5

3

5

2

2

2

19

5

John Cooper

BYC

Gem

341

4

4

(6)

2

4

6

6

26

6

Jim Jackman

BYC

Mighty Mouse

410

5

(7)

5

6

5

7

3

31

7

Jeff Kelley

Denver SA

Koool

672

6

6

7

7

7

5

(8\DNS)

38