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j/30 North Americans

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Got a chance to crew (as Mast and “emergency” Bow) with the great team from “Fuzzy Wuzzy”, Bengt and Marie Johannson’s J/30, this time in the North American championships.

Our team was Bengt, Marie, Alan, Bob, Jerry, Jon, and Kelly.

We won the regatta (and therefore the NA Champs) with  [7], 1, 7, 5, 5, 1 and had some great sailing in everything from straightforward boat-for-boat dueling to intense ultra-light-air crapshoots.

We also won the best overall “all amateur crew” finish trophy, which seems a little redundant.

As usual, I was inspired by the skill and focus of the FW team. Both Bob (as tactician) and Bengt (as driver) were really impressive. Of course, Kelly took the “summer of love” prize by stacking the NA Champs on top of winning the 2008 Newport-Bermuda as navigator.

It was interesting how much more the East Coast 1D competitors sail the fleet, as opposed to just the course. In SF Bay, everything seems to be about currents, local knowledge, currents, wind, and currents.

Bristol YC
Bristol YC

Light air postponement
Light-air postponement

Bengt and Marie
Bengt and Marie

Competitors upwind
Upwind competition
(credit:  Spectrum Photo)

Competitors downwind
Downwind competition
(credit:  Spectrum Photo)

Thanks guys, see you next year.

Plus Sixteen in the doublehanded Pacific Cup

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Paul from the Olson 911 “Plus Sixteen”, who was a huge help in our TransPac Campaign (giving us a #4 jib, as well as a ton of helpful advice) is racing in the double-handed division of the Pacific Cup.

Plus Sixteen Blog

Best of luck, Paul. Stay safe, stay sane.

Update: Paul and Tony have taken 2nd in the double-handed catagory. Congrats!

Elusive Practice

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Day after our Angel Island boat camping trip. Went on a practice sail (around the bay, out the gate, halfway to Bonita, back down to Pt. Blunt) on Charlie, Eben, and John’s 911 “Elusive” with Don, the sailmaker from Quantum. Lot’s of interesting feedback on manuevers and sail trim.

Return to Long Beach

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Happened to be in Southern California for business, so I arranged to go down to Long Beach and pick up HKE up at AG and Gary’s after the LA Film Festival. Didn’t feel like hitting the George Michael concert with the rest of the Birthday celebrators, so I had a beer, a quick nap, then wandered down to Rainbow Harbor to visit my TP stomping grounds, almost exactly 1 year later.


Rainbow Harbor, LB

Weird, weird. I only spent a week of my life here, but it popped back like a bright, coppery memory from college. If that makes any sense.

Didn’t see anyone I recognized. Didn’t stay for a drink.

YRA Southbay + Summer Sailstice

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

A full day of SF sailing. Wore shorts from dock to dock, which was slightly bizaare in late June here.

Raced the YRA southbay race with the Brothers Marsh and Todd on Elusive. Pretty sure we got 4th, even though we were short-handed and about 0/8 in the smooth rounding department. Had a good start and a nice first two legs, anyways.

After the race, we ducked into Treasure Island and caught some of the “Summer Sailstice“. One thing is for sure: There is a lot of sailing (and sailors) in the bay area who are part of a completely different scene than St. Francis after j/fest. Ran into Phillip and Nicole from the j/105 Racer X and kept the vibe alive by riding the KLR up to Bolinas to watch some bluegrass at Smileys.

Cedar Point One Design

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Flew back east to race with Jerry on Bengt Johansson’s j/30 “Fuzzy Wuzzy” in the Cedar Point One Design regatta in Westport Connecticut.

This regatta was the east coast regional championships, with 5 races over 2 days. We had a great weekend of sailing, and won the event with (3), 1, 1, 2, 1.

Their program was really well put together and very “pro” on the course. As Jerry pointed out, it was 5 skippers out of a crew of 7. At first that seems like a recipe for conflicting opinions and chatter, but in reality, there was virtually no talk amongst the crew between the warning gun and the finish line.

The 4th race had the most exciting finish of my racing career. We were putting a lot of pressure on the #2 boat about two lengths before the finish line—very close racing in 30-footers—and they mistakenly luffed us up too far. Bam, a tight gybe behind them, maybe a handswidth between our bow and their stern, and then all of a sudden, we are over the line. Absolutely unbeliveable tactics—total “psychological” sailing.

Here’s hoping I can make it back for the NA’s.


credit: photoboat

So many sportboats

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

so little time.

SSS Corinthian

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Raced the Single-handed Sailing Society Corinthian In-The-Bay Race. Bob and I raced it double-handed. Shanti had great boat speed, we were passing folks all day.

Prelimary results say that we got 5th in the 13 boat PHRF 100-160 double-handed class.

Also, got a good photo in the latitude article (we are sail #326, left side of photo) that captures the general chaos at Pt. Blunt. The nice thing about this photo is that it appears that boats all around us were wiping out while we cruised through with white knuckles and a full chute. Actually, that is pretty much how it was.

SSS Corinthian Pt. Blunt

The article mentions that about 60% of the fleet went through Racoon Straits and got a great boost to the mark. We were in the other 40%. Luckily, we stayed so close to the fleet all day that the 5 minutes we lost with that tactic only cost us one place.


Monday, May 5th, 2008

Raced Vallejo with j/105 Racer X (foredeck, as usual). Great sailing. Got a 2nd (day one) and a 3rd (day two). Day one ended with a tight reaching spinnaker duel up the Napa River mouth, and day 2 was an absolute soaking wet washing machine ride (with no chute needed).

Vallejo Day 1



Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Raced J/Fest as foredeck with j/105 “Racer X” (USA 375, red chute). 50 different j boats, five races over the two day period, light on day one, light-ish on day two. 9th out of 28 J/105s. Good racing.