Even with a short 2013 season, Alejandro Bugacov and Eugenio CIngolani sailed to a commanding win in the last race of the season. We now look forward the end of the season’s awards dinner and the start of the 2014 Starlights next May. Please see full season results.
We are so fortunate to have some of the best sailing weather in the world right here in Souther California and some of the best Star Sailors too. The Lipton Cup is next in our 2011 D5 Five Regatta Series.
Here are the current Series standing:
|Rank||Skipper||Rollin’s Bowl||Baxter Bowl||King of Spain||Total||Net|
|1st||Mark Reynolds||9.0||0.0 NS||11.0||20.0||20.0|
|3rd||Steve Gould||4.0||0.0 NS||9.0||13.0||13.0|
|4th||Steve Brown||6.0||0.0 NS||6.0||12.0||12.0|
|5th||Eric Doyle||0.0 NS||0.0 NS||10.0||10.0||10.0|
|6th||George Szabo||10.0||0.0 NS||0.0 NS||10.0||10.0|
|7th||Doug Steele||5.0||0.0 NS||5.0||10.0||10.0|
|8th||Dave Watt||0.0 NS||0.0 NS||7.0||7.0||7.0|
|9th||Isao Toyama||7.0||0.0 NS||0.0 NS||7.0||7.0|
|10th||Jon Pelliconi||1.0||0.0 NS||4.0||5.0||5.0|
|11th||Charles Beek||0.0 NS||1.0||3.0||4.0||4.0|
|12th||James Dunn||0.0 NS||3.0||0.0 NS||3.0||3.0|
|13th||Chuck Driscoll||3.0||0.0 NS||0.0 NS||3.0||3.0|
|14th||Isaac Braddock||2.0||0.0 NS||1.0||3.0||3.0|
|15th||Huy Nguyen||0.0 NS||0.0 NS||2.0||2.0||2.0|
|16th||John O’Donnell||0.0 NS||2.0||0.0 NS||2.0||2.0|
Three teams went out tuning on Friday; the Beeks on 7294, the Buchans on 8260, and owner/crew Avery Stewart aboard 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 27’s 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.
No time for tea as 19 boats converged on Santa Barbra from San Diego in the south and Seattle to the north. They met this past weekend to compete for the 80 year old Sir Thomas Lipton Cup and the District 5 Championships. Sir Thomas Lipton donated the exquisite trophy to Santa Barbra Yacht Club in the 1920’s and has been annually contested for by the Star Class for the last forty years. The SBYC hosted a superb event coordinating housing and hospitality on and off the water; they even provided drinks and snacks off the Race committee boat each day which were appreciated by all. The wind cooperated both days with just a short delay to start the day but it filled from the south and built to provide great racing. There were four Races on Saturday and three on Sunday.
On Saturday the wind was a bit less than normal ranging from 6 to 8 knots with the standard persistent shift to the right. Reynolds/Haenel led the day finishing ahead of Gould/Sieck by 2 points and Doyle/Ziskind by 9. On Sunday the sun came out quicker and the wind built a bit more to 8 to 10 knots with the right even more favored. In the first race of the day Gould/Sieck picked up 2 points on Reynolds/Haenel but in the next race Reynolds/Haenel took the win to go into the last race with a comfortable lead after discard. Doyle/Ziskind won the last race to finish 3rd overall, Gould/Sieck 2nd and Reynolds/Haenel 1st. Mitchell/Marzhal owned the right all day and powered away to a 1,2,2 despite the fact that Mitchell continued to leak blood from a somewhat minor incident the night before.
Back at the club on Sunday the Club hosed post race drinks and a full pasta bar buffet followed by the Trophy presentation by the Commodore Roger Chrisman. The depth of history and the names engraved on the five foot tall Lipton Cup is quite impressive. Mark and Hal were certainly honored to add their names for the second time to the trophy. Results
Mark Reynolds and Hal Haenel
Half way through the 2010 Starlight Series, Alejandro Bugacov and crew Erick Lange is leading by a huge margin with Hal Haenel and Bill Stump in second place and 2009 Starlight Series Champion Mike Hanna and Brian O’Mahony in third place. Consistency is proving to be the right strategy.
Rick Peters started the Starlights Series many years ago and it has not only become more popular each season, the Starlight Series has kept the Santa Monica Bay Star Fleet active while most other fleets in District 5 have almost but disappeared. 10 to 13 Stars meet just out side of the break water in Marina del Rey every Thursday night at 6 PM from May through the end of August. With two to three races and a short course, the Starlight Series is just what the Doctor ordered to breakup a long work week and the tranquility of the Santa Monica Bay. Continue reading
This years Baxter Bowl hosted by Newport Harbor Yacht Club was Southern California sailing at it’s finest! Eleven Stars participated, Steve Gould and Greg Sieck drove down from San Francisco, while Derek DeCouteau and his crew came all the way down from Seattle. Saturday a strong southerly provided 10-12 knots of solid breeze all day, seas were very sloppy, the boat never seemed to steady, nerve racking for sure! Must not have been much fun on the Jim Webster, thanks to the R/C for running good races all weekend. John O’Donnell with Erik Lidesis crewing won the day with consistent top 3 finishes. Continue reading
Right off the bat we all knew it was not going to be your typical Marina del Rey April weekend. The first race was the only consistent race of the day in which the entire fleet stayed compressed for the most part with Hanna/O’Mahony taking it followed closely by the rest of the pack. The second and third races got much lighter and very shifty (30 degree plus). O’Donnell/Toth showed they had what it took in those conditions and took the next two races going away.
Rain was forecasted on Sunday with more breeze. Fortunately the forecast was only half right. O’Donnell and Toth were leading the regatta winning the tie breaker with Hanna and O’Mahony ahead of the third place team by six points. Race four was a great match race with O’Donnell taking it on the last weather mark rounding and extending on the run. For race 5 Hanna needed to put two points on O’Donnell so the push to the back of the pack was on from the warning signal. Hanna and O’Mahony ended up winning the last race and the regatta.
Great job by the California Yacht Club Race Committee and Joan Chandler, very tough conditions with great courses and management.
We had great racing conditions all weekend, the expected rainstorms never materialized, although it was kind of cold. Wind was more than we as used to in the 10-15 knot range with gusts to 20! Big breeze and large ocean swells made for great surfing downwind but also some carnage with two masts and one boom breaking. The fleet did a great job promoting the event then getting boats ready. We were extremely pleased to have the Beeks there carrying on the family tradition of Star sailing with Chuck and his son Chas racing in the trying conditions! Lidecis/Marzhal were in great form pretty much dominating the event until the last race when they missed ducking Whipple/Peters while nearing the first weather mark and rammed them mid ship causing substantial damage to 8246, both boats retired from the race. Last years winner Alejandro Bugacov still maintains that he won the regatta on the water and is having another type of hit arranged for Whipple/Peters, like they have not been through enough already! Thanks to California Yacht Club and PRO Bill Moore for running the races and providing a great shore side venue! All the sailors did a great job as well and I was very happy to see everyone out despite the forecast for inclement weather.