We had an interesting weekend racing J105s on San Diego’s city front last weekend. Plenty of light air, some strange southerly conditions, and a big tide made the racing complicated but fun. I was a late fill-in with a great team led by Brad Rodi along with Al and Molly Pleskus, Steve Hunt, Chris Busch and V/C Chuck Sinks. The end result a close regatta was an SDYC victory in the 99th Challenge for the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup. Looking forward to some good teams next year for the defense.
My crew John von Schwarz and I counted boats feverishly after we finished the final race of the Star Worlds yesterday. We could hardly savor the horns and cheers of congratulations from the many spectator boats as we crossed the line first because we were so keenly watching where the rest of our opponents were finishing and firming up the final positions.
We went into the final day of racing in 7th position. We could have dropped to 10th had things gone poorly, but the best-case-scenario was that we could move to 2nd. That would have taken a race win by us and a lot of luck that our competition stumbled in their final race. It was out of our hands except to go out and have a good race. John von and I started near the mid-line boat all week. It worked well in Race 1, 2, 4 and 5, so we figured we’d stick to the plan. We tacked onto port quickly after the start and spent the next 19 minutes sailing towards Point Loma. Staying out of the current and in the veins of pressure soon became the most important goal of the race as we neared the top mark. The wind got very wacky as thunderstorms floated over east San Diego county. For two legs Xavier Rohart was actually winning the regatta before sailing into a colossal hole and drifting back to a throw-out score giving us the 16 points we needed to catch him and pass him. All of the other great sailors just ahead of us at the beginning of the day tried desperately to find lanes of wind, but ultimately John and I got a great break go our direction. We won the final race and move all the way up the leaderboard to 2nd overall for the World Championship.
Big congratulations to Johnny Mac and Phil for a great regatta. We had a great time racing against them as always. We just wish we could have had a couple more!!! John said it’s taken 7 silver stars (continental or hemisphere championships) and something close to 20 blue stars (district championships) before he earned his gold star. For Phil, this is his second set of four gold bars. Having just won our first District championship last month, John von and I will have to be happy with a blue star and a few gold chevrons for winning the last two races at this worlds. I’m looking forward to another shot at the Gold star soon!
Thanks to SDYC for putting on a fantastic regatta, and even moreso to our great many fans out there on the race course and around the country. After all those years of campaigning this was one of the first times my family has been able to see us race. Thanks everybody for coming out. We’ve had so many great notes from people this week. Thank you all.
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Video Recap from Day 6
Here’s a look at how wild the up-and-down conditions were yesterday’s race 5:
We’re probably looking at more craziness today. Should be a in final race though. Lots of potential movement in the fleet. And the top spot is still up for grabs.
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My crew John von Schwarz flew in from Charleston a few days early to practice this week on his way through to Cowes and the Fastnet Race. But our racing breeze couldn’t have been much different from our practice in typical San Diego summer conditions: 10-12 knots and mostly clear. The conditions for the District 5 Blue Star regatta were light, lumpy and foggy at times (not that we can’t remember them, we just might choose not to). Saturday we almost delayed racing as a rare summer fog kept visibility to less than a half mile. Just at noon the fog opened to just about a mile, and we could see the top mark. By the end of the race we could see Point Loma and more normal 6-9 knots came through from 250 degrees, but we never even threatened to mini-hike. For that we would have to wait. New dad, George Szabo and his crew Craig Moss led after three races. John von and I were third waiting on a throw-out after a 1, 13, 2 in the first three.
Slightly better conditions prevailed Sunday getting a little hiking breeze in early: 6-10 knots out of 270, but the afternoon got fickle. John and I got out to an early lead (probably thanks to some amazing breakfast burritos), winning the first two races of the day. The penultimate race 6, proved to be the funky one. We started right thinking the breeze was trending that way, and we were one beat early in our thinking. George and Craig rounded only three boats ahead of us (they needed 5 between us) but started to gain quickly. By the end of the race they were leading and we were 6th behind Mark Reynolds and Hal Haenel as well as the new Green star earners Alejandro Bugacov and Eugenio Cingolani. The breeze swung 30 degrees right, but John von and I were able to cut a small slice of leverage in our final approach to the finish. Despite big leverage from Jim Buckingham and Austin Sperry, we were able to slip across the finish in 4th and win the event. George and Craig were second, and locals Ben Mitchell and Julian Busch were third.
It was fantastic to see 21 boats racing on Coronado Roads and hopefully this fleet will be a good indicator for the Worlds next month. SDYC is setting up for a great Championship, so if anybody needs any convincing… Give me a call and I’ll sort you out.
Results from the weekend here and at SDYC.org: