District 5  Regatta Report

Sat Feb 17th, 2007 through Sun Feb 18th, 2007

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2007 So. California Yachting Assoc. Midwinters


Sailed at the California Yacht Club.

Report by Bill Buchan
We went to the Southern California Y.A. Midwinters in part to try out some changes I made to the boat. During the 2006 World’s I felt that the helm was different on the two tacks. Upon our return to Seattle I checked the boat over and noticed that the keel was not the same on both sides. Making the keel the same on both sides seems to have cured the problem. We now have some weather helm as well, which was also lacking.

Saturday, races 1 - 3:
In Race 1 there was a general recall but we were one of only a few boats to figure it out. We won the race by quite a bit in really fluky, light air conditions.

In Race 2 the wind went left just after the start allowing the boats to the left of us to actually lay the mark without tacking. Unfortunately we were heading off to the right when this all happened. We were in last place for some of the race, eventually picking off 3 boats. Not good, plus, I’m becoming more than a little worried about our downwind speed.

For Race 3 we were determined to stay more in touch with the fleet. We were 6th at the first weather mark and by playing the shifts we worked up to 2nd with Eric Lidecis winning the race. We passed 2 boats on the run to the finish when the wind came in from the south making our angle better than some of the boats around us.

Sunday, races 4 – 5:
Going into race 4 on Sunday, we were 2 points out of 1st and 2 points out of slipping back into 3rd. The wind was all over the place but hovered around 150 degrees. Our start was a little late and we went a short distance to the right to clear our wind. Of course, it paid to go left. We rounded the 1st weather mark 3rd but lost Will Stout on the run. We eventually finished 3rd with Eric Lidecis 2nd and Will 1st.

For race 5 we had a better start. We were to the left of Eric and Will on the port tack heading out to sea. That was good for us relative to them as the wind went left but the boats to the left of us did even better. We rounded the 1st mark just barely ahead of Eric and 5 or 6 lengths ahead of Will. We barely held Will off at the leeward mark and up the 2nd beat we did ok picking off a boat or 2 and slightly increasing our lead on Will. On the run to the finish line, Will made an immediate gybe to port. We stayed on starboard and when we eventually gybed to port, the 2 boats immediately behind us caused us to sail a little high in order to keep our wind clear. The result was that we lost Will; he was faster anyway. The result being that Will and Rick won the Regatta with ourselves in 2nd place and Claudio Fassardi / Eric Lange in third.

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 Total
1 USA 8067   Will Stout     USA 8067   SDB   3.0 1.0 8.0 1.0 1.0 14
2 USA 8260   William Buchan   Carl Buchan   USA 8260   PS   1.0 8.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 17
3 USA 7663   Claudio Fassardi   Eric Lange   USA 7663     2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 8.0 22
4 USA 8176   Eric Lidecis   Mike Marzahl   USA 8176   NH   12.0 [DNS] 6.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 23
5 USA 222   Mike Hanna     USA 222   SMB   12.0 [DNS] 2.0 9.0 4.0 5.0 32
6 USA 7710   Jorg Westerheide     USA 7710   NH   4.0 4.0 10.0 8.0 6.0 32.0001
7 USA 7635   Dick Schmidt   Ralph Peck   USA 7635   LB   12.0 [DNS] 9.0 6.0 6.0 4.0 37
8 USA 8065   Doug Steele     USA 8065   SMC   12.0 [DNS] 7.0 3.0 7.0 9.0 38
9 USA 7838   Marc Skipwith Meier   Moonfield   USA 7838   SMB   5.0 10.0 7.0 9.0 7.0 38.0001
10 USA 6971   Timothy Ray     USA 6971   SMB   12.0 [DNS] 5.0 5.0 10.0 11.0 43
11 USA 8077   Tom Hulme   Shawn Lincoln   USA 8077   LB   12.0 [DNS] 11.0 11.0 11.0 10.0 55

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