District 5  Regatta Report

Sat Oct 16th, 2010 through Sun Oct 17th, 2010

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2010 Calvin Paige


The Calvin Paige Regatta is one of the great traditional Fifth District regattas each year. Sailing on the spectacular San Francisco city front in October is always a treat. This year five teams from SoCal made the road trip north to where they enjoyed the generous and gracious hospitality and expert race management of the St. Francis Yacht Club.

Three teams went out tuning on Friday; the Beeks on 7294, the Buchans on 8260, and owner/crew Avery Stewart sailing 7525 with a mystery skipper. Sailing along the city front and out into the 15 knot westerly with big swells coming through the Golden Gate, these teams anticipated a challenging regatta, only to lose 7525 to a broken mast before they could even get on the tally sheet.

Good thing next morning there were three more Stars on the dock, Szabo/Toth on 8320, Steel/? on 8065, and Hagabols/Young aboard 8268 (the only local boat to show) so we had a fleet! We joined Mercurys, Etchells, Wylie Wabbits, International One Designs and Express 27ís in the starting area. The RC chose to take us out to the middle of the bay just west of Alcatraz to start in the 15 knot westerly that held strong all day. The sailing conditions were top grade San Francisco Bay: wind coming through the gate with the current ebbing so we had fast upwind legs (it was easy to over stand the weather mark) and long surfing runs. There were three races, each a double windward leeward, finishing on the run, with an offset mark and a gate set and plenty of time between the fleets to keep the race course clear. Sadly in the first race Doug Steele twisted his mast and got towed back to the harbor.

Saturday night all the fleets gathered for a competitors dinner served in the west ballroom of St. Francis where a slide show of the days racing vied with a spectacular sunset over the Marin headland with wind still whipping the water across the bay and out under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sunday morning we sailed out after an onshore postponement into wind accompanied by a slight drizzle. Racing began with the wind back up to 15 knots, again! We had a fast weather leg in great conditions but then rain smothered the wind on the way down so for half the leg we drifted. Halfway up the next weather leg the wind came back off the marina shore and we finished the fourth race. By that time it was getting late due to the morning postponement and some false starts. As we waited for the final race Szabo exercised his Gold Star authority, calling off the last race by heading for the hoist. The facilities at St Francis are easy to use so George was packed and waiting to go when the trophy ceremony got underway. He was awarded an embroidered canvas bag for the win.

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Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 Total
1 8273   George Szabo   Philip Toth   8273   SDB   1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 4
2 Frolic   Bill Buchan   Jamie Buchan   8260   PS   3.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 10
3 Endeavour 2012   Rodney Hagebols   Marcus Young   8268   WSFB   2.0 2.0 3.0 6.0 [DNS] 13
4 Marianne   Chuck Beek   Carroll Beek   7294   NH   4.0 4.0 4.0 3.0 15
5 Babe   Doug Steele     8065   LB   5.0 6.0 [DNF] 6.0 [DNS] 6.0 [DNS] 23

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