International 14 US Class

International 14 US Class

ABYC Turkey Day Regatta

Nov 21-22, 2015

Long Beach, CA

10 boats came to the annual ABYC Turkey Day regatta the weekend prior to Thanksgiving.  We had several good boats for the long standing traditional end of season race out of the best small boat club in So Cal.  On the line were the traditional Turkey and Pie awards as well as the recently re-instated SoCal. Season High Point Championship Trophies.  These trophies include the W.D. Shock International 14 Championship trophy which was initially dedicated in 1959.  The trophy had not been awarded since the early 2000s.  Similarly, the MOB Trophy "Miserable Old Bitch" SoCal Season High Point Trophy for Crew was dedicated in 1973 and had not been awarded since 1995.  A season long formula was initiated which includes all SoCal. 14 events as well as all major North American Championship Regattas.  Each boat's top 51% of SoCal. and Major regattas (excluding Worlds and International events) are scored depending on number of boats participating in each event, the top boat gets that many points.  Terry Gleason created a spread sheet which calculates the scores.  We checked the scoring over the last few years and retroactively awarded the trophies for the last four years 2011-2014 last winter after both trophies were refurbished.  So results from this regatta would assist in scoring for the awards in 2015.  Terry Gleeson will announce the winners at a SoCal evening social scheduled next month.

The entry list saw some of the standard 14 players over the years as well as some new faces which is always great to see.  Two of the Seattle boats, Joe Bersch's brand new (3rd) B6 sailing with Canadian transplant Leith Shenstone, as well and builder Kris Henderson's B6 sailing with newcomer to 14s Dan Kesler of kite boarding/windsurfing/sail making fame, came down early for the winter season in SoCal.  Three SF boats came down including Chris Rutz from Tahoe sailing with Mikey "Polish" Radziejowski (former International Canoe World Champion) on the Green B5.  Newcomer Patrick 'Whitey' Whitmarsh (an old skiffy and 18' skiff foundation sailor as well as big boat navigator) sailing with JV 'Monkey Boy" Gilmore sailing Ron Boehm's B5 (Ron recently had shoulder surg. and is in recovery mode - get well soon Ron).  Mike 'Froddo' Lazarro and James Clarkson came down sailing Mike's new to him B5.  Local Paul Galvez was sailing with long time crew Guillermo Leon de le Barra on his B5.  Part of the San Diego contingent came up including Steve Shumaker sailing his beautiful home built Shu 2 sailing with 505 convert Channing Hamlet who is loving sailing 14s.  Cameron Puckey was sailing his newer (2nd) B6 with Ryan Wynott who flew in from Toronto to get some warm weather sailing in.  Terry Gleason sailed his B6 with normal crew Evan Sjostedt who flew in from the east coast where he has been running the Oak Cliff Sailing Foundation's boats for the summer in CT. and this coming winter in Fla.  Brad Ruetenik came up with his B5 sailing with occasional fill-in 14 crew JP Barnes who is a prior 29er sailor and Mothy.  We missed Jamie and Sophie Reid who were busy for the weekend delivering a beautiful new female 14 sailor 'Isla Grace Reid' - Congrates to you all!

Sailing started Sat the 21st in very light breezes, probably 4-6 kts., there was as short single lap race where getting off the line well and establishing clean air seemed to be the move of the day.  The first race saw Ruetenik, Gleason, Bersch take the top spots, with Whitmarsh and Puckey following in the 4 and 5 spots.  Race 2 was similar with a bit more pressure later in the race, but still had to find pressure lanes, particularly downhill.  This race saw Ruetenik, Bersch, Gleeson in the top spots with Shumaker bringing the Shu 2 into 4th followed by Henderson in 5th.  Race 3rd looked like it might start to show building pressure, however by the time we had to await general recalls and a line lengthening/change for the Vipers, the breeze had died back down to the 4-6 of the earlier races.  This race had a few switches on the podium with Whitmarsh taking his first win in a 14, followed by Bersch and Ruetenik, Rutz took 4th followed by Henderson.  After 3 light air races the RC initially tried to hold us for a 4th, but the fleet revolted and sailed in for beers, good thing as the breeze died away completely and the entire fleet eventually had to paddle part-way and then be towed in just before dark.  

After sailing Sat. we had a fleet meeting which 14 measurer Warren McArthur came up for to discuss some new rules proposals, in particular the Aussie proposal to increase weight back up to 74 kg vs. the current 70 kg rule which was a gradual roll down over several years.  There were significant discussions re: the positive vs. negative effects of weight changes in a developmental class.  We had perspective form both professional and home builders in Henderson and Shumaker.  It is important that all fleet members read and vote on these proposal over the next few days as voting closes Dec 1.  http://www.i14usa.org/page/ voting

Additional discussion re: the 2016 sch. and Pac Rims in early April and its effects on SD NOOD and West Coast Championships as well and the effects on attendance to the I-14 Worlds in France in mid August.  The discussions carried on around the fire pit at ABYC long after the bar was closed and other fleets had left the building.  Thanks to Leith who provided numerous tastings of his 'Vermouth' products.

Sun. started very foggy for some, no, the weather was gorgeous, but there was definitely some fog in the air.  The day stared very light again and we decided as a fleet to self postpone on the beach when the other fleets towed out to the race courses.  At about 1130 (1/2 hr. prior to warning) enough breeze had filled in for a comfortable sail out to the course.  After the postponement on the water were slid in as the last start in the sequence.  Barely missing a beat.  There was a bit more breeze in the 6-8 range which allowed 1 1/2 - 2 wire uphill and 2 wire downhill.  This was a 2 lap race which had a slight left side (outside) preference.  After an OCS we got sent right early, but got back into the mid fleet range.  Bersch took the win, followed by Henderson and Whitmarsh.  Gleeson 4th and Ruetenik 5th.  Race 5 was similar breeze with a bit more normal right side coming in finally.  Bersch again took the win, followed by Gleeson and Ruetenik.  Whitmarsh in 4th and Henderson in 5th.  Race 6 was another short 1 lap race which shook up the standings slightly.  The race was won by Puckey, followed by Ruetenik and Whitmarsh.  Galvez came 4th and Gleeson 5th.  Completing 6 races allowed the throughout to come into play.  The final results were Bersch with 9, Ruetenik 10, Whitmarsh 15, Gleeson 16.  Hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving.  There will be lots of sailing in SoCal through the winter so come down and join us.

I-14 Fleet

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 10, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Fleet

Division

Boat

Nat

SailNo

Club

HelmName

CrewName

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

I-14

 

 

USA.jpg

USA

1194

California YC/SYC

F Joseph bersch

Leith Shenstone

3.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

(6.0)

15.0

9.0

2nd

I-14

 

Astragulus

USA.jpg

USA

1161

?

Brad Ruetenik

 

1.0

1.0

3.0

(5.0)

3.0

2.0

15.0

10.0

3rd

I-14

 

Sweet Jane

USA.jpg

USA

1177

Richmond YC/Encinal YC

Patrick Whitmarsh

John V Gilmour

4.0

(7.0)

1.0

3.0

4.0

3.0

22.0

15.0

4th

I-14

 

Morningstar

USA.jpg

USA

1187

Southwestern YC

Terence Gleeson

Evan Sjostedt

2.0

3.0

(8.0)

4.0

2.0

5.0

24.0

16.0

5th

I-14

 

shilshole

USA.jpg

USA

1192

Corinthian YC of Seatle

Kris Henderson

Dan Kesler

(7.0)

5.0

5.0

2.0

5.0

7.0

31.0

24.0

6th

I-14

 

 

USA.jpg

USA

1185

Alamitos Bay YC

Cameron Puckey

Ryan Wynott

5.0

(9.0)

9.0

8.0

7.0

1.0

39.0

30.0

7th

I-14

 

"Other One Design"

USA.jpg

USA

1168

Dana Point YC

Paul Galvez

Guillermo Leon de la Barra

(10.0)

10.0

7.0

6.0

6.0

4.0

43.0

33.0

8th

I-14

 

Eris

USA.jpg

USA

1162

Richmond YC

Chris Rutz

Michael Radziejowski

8.0

6.0

4.0

7.0

(9.0)

8.0

42.0

33.0

9th

I-14

 

Crucible

USA.jpg

USA

1183

Cortez Racing Assoc

Steve Shumaker

Channing Hamlet

6.0

4.0

6.0

10.0

(11.0 DNC)

9.0

46.0

35.0

10th

I-14

 

Nina

USA.jpg

USA

1167

Sequoia YC

Michael Lazzaro

James Clarkson

9.0

8.0

(10.0)

9.0

8.0

10.0

54.0

44.0

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