2006 SCYA Midwinter Regatta

Hosted by Mission Bay YC

February 18 & 19, 2006

   

Report by Past President Mark Forrest

If this is what you call February…I’m in!  Despite a forecast of 70% chance of rain, thirteen Santana 20s turned out for SYCA Midwinter Regatta at Mission Bay Yacht Club.  Skipper Jerold Skeen and I trailered #906 Atomic Punk the one thousand miles from Eugene to San Diego where we were joined by rock star foredeck Kevin Goodrich - who had already been thoroughly enjoying the atmosphere and hospitality.  We spent Friday rigging the boat and took a shakedown cruise to try and get our sea legs back after a long wet Oregon winter.

Saturday’s weather turned out to be beautiful with patchy clouds and a mild breeze for our sail out to the ocean course.  The first gun sounded amid light and shifty conditions with the pin end heavily favored.  Half the fleet had to tack to cross the start line.  After finding a clear lane on port and stowing the oxygen masks, we started playing the ten to fifteen degree shifts up the first weather leg.  We won some and we lost some.  We rounded the first mark in the top five.  The wind had shifted far enough left that by the time we reached down to the leeward mark the committee was signaling a course change of 30 degrees.  By the end of the second weather leg, Pete Hunter and crew aboard #914, had stretched out to a comfortable lead that would earn them the first bullet.  Thomas Kopp on #904 finished second and Atomic Punk in third.

By the start of race two, the wind built to a respectable 8-10 knots and the start line was squared up.  As in race one, we started near the heavily congested pin end and didn’t have the speed at the gun to maintain our lane.  The oxygen masks deployed once again and we bailed out to the right.  This time, the left side of the course paid as we found ourselves on the wrong side of a progressive left shift.  We finally had to give up waiting for a favorable shift and tacked near the starboard tack layline.  Pete Hunter and crew took the second bullet by a good margin.

The third race got off quickly, with a few late finishers struggling to get cleaned up and to the start on time.  The course was a windward-leeward with an upwind finish.  The wind remained 8-10 knots with shifts of five to ten degrees to keep it interesting.  This time Eric Kownacki on #921 took first and #914 had to settle for second.

After a pleasant sail back to the club, the MBYC taps opened and the music kicked up for an evening of visiting with old friends and making new ones.  The forecast storm finally arrived after midnight with strong winds and heavy rain but by Sunday morning a few puddles and patchy clouds were the only evidence.  As it turned out, Saturday’s first race was protested by a member of the Lightning class due to confusion over the change of course.  Although there were no complaints from the Santana 20s, the race committee inexplicably threw out race one for all fleets and added an extra race to Sunday’s schedule.  Comme ci comme ca.  We came here to sail.

Sunday’s racing was in the tight quarters of Mission Bay where quick decision making and good boat handling are rewarded.  The wind was again 8-10 knots and puffy.  The first start line was rather short for our fleet, but noisy as it was, everyone emerged with the same gelcoat they started with.  It seemed like most mark roundings were a melee of close quarter maneuvering.  If there was any contact, we never saw or heard it, which is a testament to both the quality of seamanship in our fleet and the maneuverability of our little tunas.

Derek Martin and crew on Grattitude took first in race one and Pete Hunter picked up two more firsts to win the regatta.  Eric Kownacki took second overall and John Porteous, on #276, took third.  Our vote for maneuver of the regatta goes to Bob Noe with crew Linda and Summer aboard #458 Four.  Approaching the finish line at the pin end on port tack, they shot the line and tacked very tight to leeward of two approaching starboard tackers, pinwheeling around the finish pin as close as can be but never touching it.  A cheer for pure bravado.

Special thanks to Fleet 7 captain Linda Polich and Mission Bay Yacht Club for allowing us to store our boat for two weeks until we return to Southern California for the WD Schock Regatta, March 4th and 5th.

Pos

Skipper

Sail#

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

T

1st

Pete Hunter

914

 

1

2

2

1

1

7

2nd

Eric Kownacki

921

 

2

1

4

2

3

12

3rd

John Porteous

276

 

3

3

5

10

2

23

4th

Jerald Skeen

906

 

6

8

7

3

6

30

5th

Thomas Kopp

904

 

4

6

9

8

5

32

6th

Derek Martin

926

 

12

11

1

6

4

34

7th

James McBride

167

 

11

4

6

7

8

36

8th

Dave Wright

783

 

7

7

10

5

7

36

9th

Richard Hoffman

110

 

8

5

11

9

10

43

10th

John Weightman

476

 

5

10

3

14/OCS

14/DNS

46

11th

Robert Noe

458

 

10

9

8

11

9

47

12th

Doug Whitaker

341

 

9

12

12

4

11

48

13th

Jeff Kelley

672

 

13

13

13

12

12

63