After 2 weeks of reflection since the end of the most recent I14 worlds in Carnac France, I wanted to put down some thoughts on this most recent adventure. As with all the other 10 worlds I have participated in over the last 20 yrs., this was a great learning event.
On September 17 & 18, San Diego Yacht Club hosted the 2016 Finn Pacific Coast Championship (PCC) for the third year. With 18 Finns competing this year, the Finn PCC has become one of the premiere Finn regattas on the West Coast and in the United States according to Mike Dorgan, Finn sailor, regatta chairman and SDYC’s Rear Commodore.
This past weekend, San Diego Yacht Club hosted the 2016 Beneteau Cup in ideal conditions- sunny and mid-70s with steady winds between 12-14 knots. Longtime race organizers, Rick Day and Barrett Canfield confirmed that with almost 50 boats participating, this event has become the largest Beneteau Cup in the world.
The 49er North Americans were held in Newport, RI, at Sail Newport, August 26-28. My crew, James, and I arrived a week early to do some training for what was to be our first 49er regatta together (and my first 49er regatta ever!). Nonetheless, the training was great with 5 days in a beautiful Rhode Island seabreeze of 11-18 knots.
San Diego Yacht Club will host the 2016 Finn Pacific Coast Championship (PCC) for the third consecutive year on September 17 & 18, 2016. This year’s championship will be a warm up event for the Finn Masters North American Championship taking place at MBYC the following weekend.
San Diego Yacht Club began hosting the Beneteau Cup in 2003 for 36.7 and 40.7 one design racing. After noticing a drop in participation in 2008 and 2009, longtime race organizers Rick Day and Barrett Canfield approached the 2010 race with a new focus. Starting in 2010, the race was restructured as a fun and educational way to invite Beneteau owners, especially cruisers that are not built for racing, out on the water.
The International Women’s Keelboat Regatta (IWKR) was hosted by American Yacht Club in Rye, NY the second week of August. Sixteen international teams consisting of four women each competed in J/70s. The regatta saw typical Long Island conditions – mostly light, shifty winds and strong currents.
As the final weeks of summer were drawing to an end for others mine was just getting started. For roughly sixteen days, minus two days of break, I was nonstop sailing at three of the most competitive events in junior sailing.
20 Teams from around the country competed for the prestigious BEMIS trophy in the US Sailing Chubb Junior Championship Regatta. Two teams are selected from each US Sailing Area. Cole Harris/Tanner Chapko and Jack Reiter/Dot Obel are the teams that qualified from Area J.