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2013 Santana 20 Class Championships Regatta

Hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club

August 1-43, 2013

• Regatta Chair Bob Wright's Notes from the Regatta

With the registration activities completed, the fleet went out for the practice race day. The Long Beach winds filled in and steadied up and the practice races started on time. All had a great time sailing "in the ocean" in what was described by the Eugene group as "flat water". Everybody liked what they were seeing.

Following the practice race, the adult beverage source was available, and the Chalk Talk by Andrew Kerr got underway. It was a very informative presentation included some excellent tips from the competitors in attendance.

Some of the crews watched from the club's upper deck as a keelboat series (Pop Tops) came racing down the jetty to the finish line right in front of the club.

With the low turn-out, all of the competitors had agreed to shorten the regatta by one day, and the Race Committee maintained the plan to get the customary 7 races in, with four on Friday and three on Saturday.

With that, the regatta commenced. Sure enough, the Long Beach winds filled in and stabilized providing a building breeze as the day progressed. While we didn't get any big breeze, the boats were powered up and there was good racing throughout the regatta. It was "genoas up" and fairly smooth water during the entire regatta.

It was very close racing across the fleet. A small error could put you at the back of the fleet, and getting in sync could move you up in the fleet. All the boats consistently finished within a minute or two of the race winner and there were several really close finishes. Several boats employed some very good tactics trying to beat their closest competitor at the finish. The tight finishes allowed the Race Committee to start the next race without delay and to get all the planned races in.

Saturday offered some interesting variety (at least for the Eugene contingent), with another regatta (PHRF Championship) being contested on adjoining water.  A couple of the times there were several big boats beating up through the S20 fleet during their runs, providing a bit of recognition with thumbs up and waving as we passed each other. Keep in mind that there is a lot of room for racing at the Long Beach venue, and the location of the race "circles" for each regatta was coordinated between the host clubs (a very common situation due to the level of local sailing activity).

Of course, all this lead to some great discussion each day with the "adult beverages" and snacks on hand while awaiting the dinners. The club bar was also available.

The Friday night raffle provided a very target-rich environment. So much so that there were ABYC members buying tickets! (Keep in mind that this was a fundraiser). Our equipment donors are identified on the website and they provided a lot of items.  It was loud; it was fun, and everybody there must have won something.

Following the Saturday racing, the boats were pulled, packed, and readied for the trip home for many. The official Class meeting was held, the awards distributed, the sealed bids were revealed, and we sat down to the final meal and the end of the regatta.

There were a lot of good comments regarding the weather, the water, the club, the food and of course the camaraderie of the Santana 20 sailors.  You are all invited back for more sailing and that includes those that couldn't make it this year. Those who came had a really great time.

• August 3rd Report

Eric Kownacki, Andrew Kerr, and Tom Jenkins continued their undefeated streak thru the 3 final races to win the 2013 Santana 20 Class Championships!  This is Eric's third championship title as a skipper, at least 8th as a crew for Andrew, and Tom's second, also as crew.  Congratulations to all!

The following is a condensed score sheet.  The full, official scores, are available here.

Photos by Rich Roberts are available online here.

Rob Rice also took photos and has made them available for sale on his Smug Mug account - where you can just browse or you can purchase quality copies.

Pos

Skipper

Crew

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

T

1st

Eric Knowacki

Andrew Kerr, Tom Jenkins

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

7

2nd

Glen Hughes

Ron Fish, Bill Eim

5

2

2

2

2

6

4

23

3rd

Ryan Lorence

Keith Lorence, Jenny Lyons

2

5

3

4

5

4

2

25

4th

Bob Wright

Bob Anderson, Jim Mansfield

6

3

7

7

3

2

6

34

5th

Evert Slijper

Shannon Clure, Ryan Mitchell

8

4

5

3

6

5

3

34

6th

Stan Bowers

Mike Chamberlin, Brian Ward

4

6

4

5

4

8

5

36

7th

Kevin Dickey

Ryan Southworth, Ray Ann

3

7

6

6

8

3

7

40

8th

John Wagner

Jeff Blanton, Jim Samuel

7

8

8

DNF

7

7

8

54

• August 2nd Report

With a small fleet, the organizers retooled the event and scheduled 4 races for Friday and 3 for Saturday - leaving Sunday for packing up and starting the journey home early.

The Team Alexa (Skipper Eric Kownacki, Middle Crew Andrew Kerr, and Bow Tom Jenkins) proved notably faster than everyone else and sailed to four first place finishes in Southern California monsoonal conditions - winds more from the south and light (6 to 10mph).  With such conditions, patience by the Race Committee is precious - and they postponed for about 45 minutes to let conditions stabilize before starting the first race.  With light winds, the waters of the racing venue were quite flat - more "lake like" than some lakes.

Photos are available at www.abyc.org Click here to view.

Rank

Boat

SailNo

HelmName

CrewName

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

T

1st

914

138

Eric Knowacki

Andrew Kerr, Tom Jenkins

Mission Bay YC

1

1

1

1

4

2nd

BiPolar

907

Glen Hughes

Ron Fish, Bill Eim

Eugene YC

5

2

2

2

11

3rd

Psycho Tiller

400

Ryan Lorence

Keith Lorence, Jenny Lyons

Mission Bay YC

2

5

4

4

15

4th

Bob

115

Evert Slijper

Shannon Clure, Ryan Mitchell

Eugene YC

8

4

3

3

18

5th

Cia Pacha

924

Stan Bowers

Mike Chamberlin, Brian Ward

Eugene YC

4

6

5

5

20

6th

Shenanigans

314

Kevin Dickey

Ryan Southworth, Ray Ann

Eugene YC

3

7

6

6

22

7th

Tinkertoy

911

Bob Wright

Bob Anderson, Jim Mansfield

Alamitos Bay YC

6

3

7

7

23

8th

Moon

457

John Wagner

Jeff , Jim Samuel

Alamitos Bay YC

7

8

8

DNF

32

 

For the weather fans following this regatta, you can find a full report of today's conditions by clicking here.  A more typical day starts out with southerly wind that then swings to the west as hot air rising inland sucks offshore air towards shore.  With that shift comes lots of interesting tactical challenges to get to the right in clean air.  In today's conditions, more traditional tactics and strategies get a chance to be used.

With the retooled schedule, the racers and organizers apparently agreed to move the Annual Meeting to Friday night.  Details to follow.

• August 1st Report

The Class Championships are officially underway.  Thursday was the wrap up of organizational matters, practice races, and more.

"Everybody liked being at the club and the sailing; it was a perfect day with flat water and wind ranging from 6-12 with some higher gusts during the two practice races.  Andrew Kerr held a Chalk Talk following sailing which included really good sailing tips from some of the entrants. The talk was followed by a Taco Bar dinner and viewing photos taken during the practice races.  Several of the entrants hung around to enjoy a visit to the bar and watch the finish of the Pop Top Series racers cross the finish line right in front of the club. We also welcomed a new S20 owner Ryan Lorence to the Class. Everybody is ready to for tomorrow." - Bob Wright, Regatta Chair

• Roster of Competitors

Skipper City/Club Crew Crew Sail # Boat Name
Stan Bowers Eugene, OR Mike Chamberlin Brian Ward 924 Cai Pacha
Kevin Dickey Eugene, OR Ryan Southworth Ray Ann 314 Shenanigans
Glen Hughes Eugene, OR Ron Fish Bill Eim 907 BiPolar
Ryan Lorence Mission Bay YC Keith Lorence Jenny Lyons 400 Psycho Tiller
Eric Kownacki Mission Bay YC Andrew Kerr Tom Jenkins USA138 Alexa
Evert Slijper Eugene, OR Shannon Clure Ryan Mitchell 115 Bob
John Wagner Alamitos Bay YC Jeff  Jim Samuel 457 Moon
Bob Wright Alamitos Bay YC Bob Anderson Jim Mansfield 911 Tinkertoy

The forecast for the coming few days shows partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the mid to high 70s, and moderate wind.

Please check back each evening for updates.

If you are looking for the official documents (Sailing Instructions, etc.), they are located on the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club website.  Click here to go there directly.

• Schedule (Revised)

Date

Time

Event

Wed. July 31

0800 – 1600

Competitor Check-in

 

0800 – 1600

Measurement of Boats and Sails

 

 

 

Thur. Aug. 1

0800 – 1000

Competitor Check-in

 

0800 – 1000

Measurement of Boats and Sails

 

1000

Close of Entry

 

1000

Practice Race Competitors Briefing

 

1155

Warning Signal for First Practice Race of the Day.

 

 

2 practice races scheduled.

 

Promptly After Sailing

Andrew Kerr Chalk Talk, S20 Keg and Snacks

 

1800

Taco Bar dinner on the 2nd Deck

 

 

 

Fri. Aug. 2

1000

Competitors Briefing

 

1155

Warning Signal for First Race of the Day

 

 

3 4 Races Scheduled

 

Promptly after Racing

S20 Keg and Snacks and open discussion

 

1800

Burger Bash on Patio

 

1800 – 2000

Dinner, Class Meeting and Raffle

 

 

 

Sat. Aug. 3

1155

Warning Signal for First Race of the Day

 

 

3 Races Scheduled

 

Promptly after Racing

S20 Keg and Snacks and open discussion

 

1800 – 2000

Dinner, Class Meeting and Raffle

     

 

 Revised

 

Sun. Aug. 4

1155

Warning Signal for First Race of the Day

 

 

1 Race Scheduled

 

Following Racing

Pull Boats and Pack up

 

ASAP

S20 Keg and Snacks and Award Presentation

 


• Pre Event Messages

Below you'll find messages posted prior to the event.  If you have any questions after consulting the Notice of Race and Entry Form, please don't hesitate to contact either of the Co-Chairs: Bob Wright (wright1891@sbcglobal.net) and John Wagner (3paradise@sbcglobal.net).

• Regatta Materials

• Win a Velocitek ProStart and Ullman Sails AIRX 600 Spinnaker!

The 2013 Santana 20 Class Championship Regatta organizers have created sealed bid auction of a Velocitek ProStart and an Ullman Sails AIRX 600 Santana 20 Spinnaker.  This fundraiser will not only bring you that much closer to owning one of these fabulous products but you'll be helping the 2013 Santana 20 Class Championship Regatta at the same time! All Santana 20 sailors may participate. You need not be at the regatta to win. Submit your "Sealed Bid" following the separate instructions for the ProStart and Spinnaker.

• Free Air Fare Tickets to S20 Class Championships!

The S20 Class Association Governing Board has made an effort to encourage class members to sail outside their geographic comfort zone. Thanks to Derek Martin, and Southwest Airlines, we were able last year to bring  a crew out from Maine to race in Eugene. This year we have two airline tickets we would like to make available to a crew east of the Rockies that would like to participate in this year's Championship in Long Beach, CA at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, August 1st - 4th.

Sorry, there are only two tickets this year. If interested, contacted board member Paul Follansbee - pf@sebagoboat.com

To confirm there is a boat to borrow/rent in Long Beach, contact Bob Wright, Regatta Co-Chair at wright1891@sbcglobal.net

• News Posting 5/16/2013

The 2013 Santana 20 Class Championships (aka National Championships) are being hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (Long Beach, CA), a fabulous venue for one-design racing, over the period August 1 thru August 4.  All interested Santana 20 sailors should download and read the Notice of Race and completing the Entry Form.

With the publishing of the NOR and Entry Form, we have created a unique page just for this event where you can find all our postings (including the NOR and Entry Form) in one easy place that you can bookmark in your browser.  Your are reading that page now!

• News Posting 2/1/2013

The Santana 20 Class Championships are scheduled for August 1 – 4, 2013.  Please Reserve these dates and start planning to enjoy a regatta hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach, CA - the proverbial “home of one design racing in Southern California.”

The goal of this regatta is to promote the class and encourage participation, honor contribution to the class, award participation and good, fair competition, and to select a Class Champion. Additionally, it is intended to promote communication among the participants for the benefit of the class. If you've never participated in the Class Championship before, this is your chance to do so. Racing in a big fleet is a fantastic sailing experience.

 

Event Highlights

  • Planning for 7 races

  • Windward/leeward courses inside the breakwater (flat water)

  • Hoist launching with all boats docked in the ABYC Basin right in front of the club

  • Practice races (2) on August 1, Official race days on Fri/Sat/Sun August 2-4

  • Andrew Kerr Chalk talk following the practice races

  • Post race briefings, with results & updates posted on-line

  • Social activities for families/Friends and lots of sightseeing locations

  • Do our best to locate charter boats (with advance notice)

It would be helpful for us to get an idea of potential attendance. Please fill out the Online Pre-Entry Survey, or if you are so inclined, the Off-line Pre- Entry Survey (PDF) - which you manually return to either of the Regatta Co-Chairs: Bob Wright (wright1891@sbcglobal.net) and John Wagner (3paradise@sbcglobal.net).

“We will do everything possible to make this a great Santana 20 Class Championship regatta for all.  Come Join the Fun!