2009 W.D. Schock Memorial Regatta

February 28 & March 1, 2009

Hosted By Newport Harbor YC and W.D. Schock Corp.

The weather forecast for the weekend was quite consistent with Newport Beach this time of year - sunny, warm, and very light winds.  And the forecasters were spot on for Saturday as the fleet waited and waited for wind to build to minimum acceptable levels to start a race.  But despite the light winds, the PRO was able to run the Santana 20 fleet thru 3 races.

Right off the bat the Team Mighty Mouse (Chris Nesbitt, Erik Berzins, and John Papadopoulos) showed good upwind performance, only to be chewed up downwind by Team Alexa (Eric Kownacki and Tom Jenkins, sailing doubled handed due to an ill crew mate).  Back and forth the battle went and in the final run down to the finish (all races finished downwind), it looked like a sure thing for Team Mighty Mouse to win.  But it just wasn't so and Team Alexa pulled off a stunning recovery and zoomed right by to win at the finish line.  Only later that night was it discovered that Team Mighty Mouse had been called over early.  But it was good racing none the less.

Team Alexa took that first win and cemented their lead by winning race 2 and finishing second to Team Fayest - our Oklahoma favorites Britt Williams with crew Flint Johnson and Charles McNamara in race 3.  Thanks Team Fayest for driving all the way to California!

The PRO ended up the day pretty late.  Unfortunately, some teams had not realized that the tow they received out to the race course was a result of planning on the part of several Balboa YC based teams, not the hosting club Newport Harbor YC.  Those that had tows arranged went home promptly, the rest had to wait for other power boats to arrive.  This led to some ruffled feathers and, on a positive side, an organized tow out by NHYC on Sunday morning.

On Sunday, once racers reached the racing area, it was evident that the forecast was wrong - significant pressure was upon us and there wasn't much indication it was going to slacken much.  Quite the opposite - the pressure built steadily into the low to mid teens.  For some, the prospect of racing fully hiked and getting wet was exciting and for others, perhaps a bit nerve racking - especially looking at the short/steep swell that was rolling down the course.

Perhaps chastened a bit by their irregular performance on Saturday, Team Mighty Mouse came roaring back to challenge Team Alexa - trading bullets in races 4 and 5.  Unfortunately, the planned 6th race that Team Mighty Mouse desperately needed (to get a throw out) never happened as too much time was lost waiting for other fleets to finish their races and a couple of general recalls.  So in the end there was one clear winner - Team Alexa with a scant 7 points.  That makes two regatta victories in a row for the current S20 class champions.

And it's all the more impressive that Team Alexa did all this while sailing double handed!

Report by Webmaster John Papadopoulos

Photos Courtesy of Jim Jackman

 

Rank

Skipper & Crew

Sail#

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

T

1st

Eric Kownacki, Tom Jenkins

921

1

1

2

1

2

7

2nd

Britton Williams, Flint Johnson, Charles McNamara

920

2

3

1

3

4

13

3rd

Chris Nesbitt, Erik Berzins, John Papadopoulos

410

OCS

4

3

2

1

19

4th

David Oborn, Mark C., Mike B.

285

4

5

5

4

3

21

5th

Jeff Keenan, ‘Bitchin’ Doug

341

3

6

4

5

5

23

6th

Adam Kline, Steve Schock, Dan Rossen

66

5

2

6

DNC

DNC

31

7th

Bob Wright, Jim Mansfield, Shaun Skeris

911

DNF

8

7

6

6

36

8th

Ron Miller

206

6

7

8

7

DNC

37