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2013 West Coast Championship Regatta Report

The 2013 West Coast Championship was held March 15-17 in conjunction with the San Diego NOOD regatta.  The fleet sailed out of Navy Yacht Club, which is only 10 minutes from the starting area in the broad, smooth, un-trafficked waters of South San Diego Bay.

Thursday March 14: Many boats arrived this day to get set up, practice, and/or get measured by US Class Measurer Warren McArthur.  It was good to see Warren back with the fleet after he was rear-ended last year on his way to the Long Beach Midwinter regatta.  We’re looking forward to seeing you on the water soon, Warren!  This day brought the best winds of the weekend, a good solid 12 knots or more in the afternoon.  Seattle’s Joe Bersch and Chris Lanzinger, Kirk Twardowski and Mike Lazzaro from the SF Bay area, and Australia’s Dave Hayter and Trent Neighbor on their B6’s were joined by local Steve Shumaker sailing with Hawaii’s Tom Pochereva on the Shu2 for a romp in the fun, sunny and warm conditions.  Occasional sudden holes made it challenging to stay out of the chilly 60 F water.  Sailmakers Jay and Pease Glaser gave chase in Brad Ruetenik’s 20’ power boat to offer coaching and sail trim advice, along with a debrief on shore.  Later that afternoon, Wisconson’s Toby Lunt launched and sailed for the first time his pristine B3 USA 1147, along with crew Jay Cox-Chapman. After putting the boats away, we proceeded to the nearby Costa Azul restaurant for Mexican food and beer.  No-one went down to Tijuana, and no-one lost any teeth.

Friday March 15:  The first day of the regatta started out grey and cool as we rigged our boats.  A moderate breeze of maybe 10 kts brought us quickly down to the starting area, and held for the first race, a two-lap windward leeward. This race saw tight racing, which was characteristic of the entire regatta.  Dave and Trent got the win, Local Brad Reutenik on his B5 with JV Gilmore from the SF Bay area took second, and Joe and Chris got third. They were followed by locals Terry Gleason and Garrett Brown on Terry’s B6, Ron Boehm of Santa Barbara sailing with International Class President Pete Moehler from Ventura on Ron’s B5, Kirk and Mike, and local young guns Richard Didham and Steven Lueck on their borrowed B3. Steve and Tom were next, seeing their 5th evaporate to an 8th when they capsized 100 yards from the finish after a game of chicken with an Ultimate 20, followed by Minnesota’s Jake Skala and Wyatt Richards on Jake’s B3.  Toby and Jay, still trying to shake off the Wisconson ice got a DNF.

The wind lightened for the two-lap windward leeward race 2, with further lightening and a big left shift on the second weather leg.  Dave/Trent went far right and dropped from the front to 5th, while Steve/Tom went far left and went from the back to 4th.  Brad/JV took 1st, with Terry/Garrett 2nd.  Joe/Chris took 3rd followed by Steve/Tom, Dave/Trent, Kirk/Mike, Jake/Wyatt, Ron/Pete, Richard/Steven, and Toby/Jay.

With the light wind, hopes for the long distance race vanished for the day and a third two-lap windward leeward was held.  A confusing change of course on the second beat had many boats reaching down to the new weather mark, with Steve/Tom losing a few places and Terry/Garrett losing even more. The bullet went to Joe/Chris, 2nd to Kirk/Mike, and 3rd to Dave/Trent.  In order, Brad/JV, the by now thawed-out Toby and Jay in 6th, Kirk/Mike, Steve/Tom, Terry/ Garrett, Richard/Steven, and Jake/Wyatt rounded out the fleet.

At the end of the first day the standings were:

1.    Brad and JV tied with Joe and Chris

3.    Dave and Trent

4.    Terry and Garrett tied with Kirk and Mike

6.    Ron and Pete

7.    Steve and Tom

8.    Richard and Steven

9.   Jake and Wyatt

10.  Toby and Jay

Following the day’s racing, the Brad Ruetenik long-distance endurance event started on the beach with beers and a debrief led by Joe Bersch. After much discussion, we all proceeded to Coronado Yacht Club to view videos of each of our boats courtesy of North Sails, taken by San Diego 14er and sailmaker Patrick Murray.  These gave us all a chance to look at and discuss our sail and hull trim in detail.  After more beverages and more story-telling, the rumbling of stomachs drowned out further conversation and the party moved up the coast to Brad’s house for a few cookies and a taste of local brewer Stone’s hyper-hopped Ruination IPA.  Further discussion was followed by a trip to a nearby Restaurant named the Roadhouse, which wasn’t really named the Roadhouse, but Robbie’s, unless you turned the menu upside down, then it was named something Italian.  Nevertheless, the survivors found their way to this final mark of the course, and after waiting for a table and enjoying more beverages, some very hungry sailors finally ate some very good food while attempting to listen to each other over the local band playing in the corner.  However, no-one made it down to Tijuana, and no-one lost any teeth.

Saturday March 16:  The second day started grey and a little bit cooler. Conditions stayed light and shifty most of the day.  Race 1, a two lap sausage course saw Dave/Trent win, Joe/Chris 2nd, and Ron/Pete 3rd, followed by Brad/JV, Kirk/Mike, Terry/Garrett, Richard/Steven, Jake/Wyatt, Steve/Tom, and Toby/Jay.

Race 5 was yet another 2 lap windward/leeward, with Dave/Trent getting another win, Brad/JV in 2nd, and Kirk/Mike 3rd, followed by Terry/Garrett, Joe/Chris, Steve/Tom, Jake/Wyatt, Ron/Pete, Richard/Steven, and Toby/Jay.

The race committee apparently wished to keep the starting order in order, so all fleets (FT 10m, Buccaneer, U20, Viper, I14, had to finish before the next starting sequence could begin. The long waits resulted in a fairly late start for the long distance race. Terry Gleason gives us the narrative for the long distance race:

Race 6: the  2013 West Coast Champs Distance Race:

"The RC started us for the 14 mile distance race in a blistering 2-6 knots of breeze under sunny skies.  Those may recall this is a windward leeward in South Bay followed by a long stretch up San Diego Bay to the 'FM19' mooring buoy off of Harbor Island, returning to a Green Channel Buoy off of the downtown Marriott, back up to FM19 and then returning all the way down to South Bay for the finish.      

“'Downtown' Garrett Brown and I led to the top mark and in the 'where's the wind going to fill in from next' contest we were caught at the bottom mark by Joe “don't make me call you out” Bersch sailing with Chris Lanzinger followed by  Dave 'Ghost Faced Killa' Hayter & Trent Neighbor.  The long next leg was a close reach with the wind going abeam at times.   The call soon became to sail almost close hauled and then set the kite and reach as long as you could hold it until sailing upwind again.   Everyone's crews were absolutely ecstatic about this as it gave them the chance to set the kite about 5-6 (or was it 7 or 8?) times on this single leg with the helms more than likely stating 'put the kite up!', 'no, wait, no not yet, yes, put the kite up, wait, hold it!'.   Again, it was really keen to watch where the wind was filling and connect the puffs when possible, sailing direct to the mark if you could with speed, and if not then to kite reach for VMG's.  

"Joe & Chris kite reached down too close to shore and found themselves in a bit of a windward shore hole losing the lead for a bit, while we stayed as close to the middle of the bay with breeze and exchanged leads 6-7 times with Hayter depending upon who could hold their kite the longest.   A large trimaran tacked on us while asking how our race was going [this same trimaran, with a load of paying sightseers, crying out “Gybe-ho!” at regular intervals, parked on Steve and Tom and erupted in wild cheers as they tea-bagged and subsequently capsized. Tom noted that at least they “offered us a beer”]. Then we unknowingly found the only 6 foot piece of kelp that day; so Garrett and I watched Dave, Joe, Brad, Kirk and maybe some others pass us right at FM19.   We towed our kelp for quite some time and realized we had it just before rounding FM19 the second time.  A bit rugged, but at this time the wind had gone a bit South and picked up to a freakishly strong 6 knots...   We set our kite at FM19 and avoided Stars & Stripes as they proceeded to tack on others in the fleet and then began kite reaching back down the bay.   We could really see where others in front of us were getting stuck in holes and where others were making out.   We kept our kite up for a pretty long time taking the 'low road' as it appeared that worked for Hayter, while Brad and Joe were looking a bit sticky in the upper part of the Bay under Coronado.  After dropping our kite we connected with some nice puffs that enabled us to plane low and then come back up in the light spots to connect with the next one.   This gave us some strong 'gainers' and and we were able to cross under the bridge with good air in one of the main spans while Brad and JV hit a tough light spot in the lower section.   Getting through clean we were able to reset our kite for a final reach and watch Hayter and Trent win the Distance race trophy while we came in second.   Well done Dave & Trent!

"It was good to see the breeze pick up a bit so the remainder of the fleet could finish in good time...  All in all it was quite the light air 'hoist & reach-a-thon' but everyone did well.   Richard Didham and his crew Steven sailing the B3 'Gnarnia' took 5th, and came in first under Ron Boehm's handicap system.   Well done in their first I-14 regatta!   A tough light air sailing day, but good times all around!  Later we held a brew and debrief session and most of the fleet got together for a well deserved dinner."

Once again, no-one made it down to Tijuana, and everyone kept their teeth.  Going into the final day of racing, the standings were:

Place

Name

Points

1

Dave/Trent

12

2

Brad/JV

16

3

Joe/Chris

18

4

Terry/Garrett

26

5

Kirk/Mike

28

6

Ron/Pete

37

7

Steve/Tom

41

8

Richard/Steven

46

9

Jake/Wyatt

51

10

Toby/Jay

57

Sunday March 17.  The final day started out the grayest and coolest of the regatta. The first 2-lap windward/leeward race was sailed in the now familiar shifty light wind with large velocity variations.  Coming off their solid performance in yesterday’s long distance race, Richard and Steven found a higher/faster groove upwind along with good shift calling to round the weather mark with the leaders, but didn’t fare as well in subsequent legs, finishing7th. Dave and Trent pulled another first, almost cementing their hold on the championship trophy with one race to go.  Joe/Chris were 2nd and Brad/JV 3rd.  Ron/Pete, Kirk/Mike, Terry/Garrett, Richard/Steven, Jake/Wyatt, Steve/Tom, and Toby/Jay rounded out the fleet.  With no throwouts, in order to lose hold of first, Dave and Trent would have to finish 8th or more to a 1st by Brad and JV, or 9th to a 1st by Joe and Chris.

The final race was the by now standard shifty 2-lap sausage course sailed in 2 to 6 kts.  Steve and Tom bolted off the line (well, as fast as a 14 can bolt in 2-4 knots) and went left to find a favorable shift and round the weather mark by more than 100 yards.  However, they went right, Terry/Garrett and Brad/JV went left and the wind filled in from the left on the run.  Terry and Garrett were first to the leeward gate followed by Brad/JV, and Steve/Tom. The breeze came up a bit to 1-2 wiring on the 2nd beat, and Kirk/Mike found another gear and good breeze on the right to pass Steve/Tom and Brad/JV.  Dave/Trent came in from the far left to pass Steve/Tom at the second weather mark, and proceeded to Pass Brad/JV and Kirk/Mike on the run for 2nd and the Regatta win.  Terry/Garrett held on to their lead and took 1st.  Kirk/Mike took 3rd, Brad/JV 4th for 2nd overall, Steve/Tom 5th, Joe/Chris 6th for 3rd overall, followed by Richard/Steven, Toby/Jay, Ron/Pete, and Jake/Wyatt.  After getting the boats put away on their trailers, we proceeded to SDYC to watch Dave Hayter and Trent Neighbor continue their pillaging spree on US hardware, as they hoisted both the Long Distance and West Coast Championship trophies.

Ron Boehm’s performance-based handicap system, which only required the Race Committee take the start and individual finish times, had Steve/Tom 1st, Jake/Wyatt 2nd, and Kirk/Mike 3rd.  Full results, both official and handicap, are provided below.

South Bay is usually noted for steady winds in the 10-15 kt range this time of year, but in spite of the mostly light and shifty conditions, this was a great regatta with tight racing throughout the fleet, fun spent with old friends,  and new friendships made.  Special thanks to the Australians, Midwesterners, Seattle-ites, SF Bay area folks, and lone Hawaiian for making the long trip.  Best of all no one lost any teeth.  

Results:

 

 

 

 

 

Race

 

Hand-

Place

Sail

Number

Boat

Name

Helm

Crew

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Final

Score

icap

Place

1

AUS 672

Alegayter

Racing

David

Hayter

Trent

Neighbor

1

5

3

1

1

1

1

2

15

8

2

USA 1161

Astragulus

Brad

Reutenik

JV Gilmore

2

1

4

4

2

3

3

4

23

9 (tie)

3

USA 1184

Only 14

Joe Bersch

Chris Lanzinger

3

3

1

2

5

4

2

6

26

9 (tie)

4

USA 1187

Morningstar

Terence Gleason

Garrett

Brown

4

2

8

6

4

2

6

1

33

5 (tie)

5

USA 1186

Atomic Punk

Kirk

Twardowski

Mike

Lazzaro

6

6

2

5

3

6

5

3

36

3

6

USA 1177

Lucky Dog

Ron

Boehm

Pete Moehler

5

8

5

3

8

8

4

9

50

5 (tie)

7

USA 1183

Crucible

Steve

Shumaker

Tom

Pochereva

8

4

7

9

6

7

9

5

55

1

8

USA 1165

Gnarnia

Richard

Didham

Steven Lueck

7

9

9

7

9

5

7

7

60

7

9

USA 1179

Ship for Brains

Jake Skala

Wyatt Richards

9

7

10

8

7

10

8

10

69

2

10

USA 1147

Gusto

Toby

Lunt

Jay Cox-Chapman

DNF/12

10

6

10

10

9

10

8

75

4

 

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Comment by Kirk Twardowski on March 28, 2013 at 7:52pm

Nice writeup!  Thanks.

Comment by Stephen Shumaker on March 26, 2013 at 3:20pm

There are some videos on the official NOOD site.  They took more than the usual amount of footage of the 14's, probably because we were the only thing out there that didn't bear a strong resemblence to a dock.  Though why they focused on that slow moment when we stick our bows downwind to finish hoisting our kites, I don't know.  Anyway try this link:

http://www.sailingworld.com/videos/all/nood-2013-san-diego-day-1-h264

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