42nd Annual Yachting Cup
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Courtesy of Scuttlebutt Sailing News
San Diego, CA (May 4, 2014) – The heat wave that had hovered over California began to give way today as the 42nd annual Yachting Cup regatta awoke to its third and final day for the 11 competing fleets.

As coastal clouds and the cool Pacific put locals on notice that “May Grey” weather may soon return, it proved to be only slightly cooler and only slightly windier than Saturday. But progress nonetheless.

The Near Roads Course, closer to Point Loma, fit in three races for its six fleets. Making the most of the day was Rick Goebel’s Sanity team, posting all bullets to move up and win the J/105 fleet. Also benefiting was Chris Mewes’ Shadowfax, whose 3-1-2 won the J/109 title.

The Far Roads Course, closer to the Mexican border, also completed three races for its five fleets. Conditions were an improvement over Saturday, offering a relatively steady 4-9 knots, and the leaders remained at form to lock in their victories.

After reviewing the competition within all 11 fleets, the Organizing Authority selected Rick Goebel’s Sanity team as the Overall Winner of the Yachting Cup.

The 11 fleet winners were Jay Steinbeck’s TP52 Margaritaville (Fast 50), Viggo Torbensn’s J/125 Timesaver (Fast 40), Drew Belk’s Beneteau First 40 Precepts II (Fast 45), David Boatner’s J/35 Rival (PHRF C), John Harrop’s Justice (FT-10), Chris Mewes’ Shadowfax (J/109), Rick Goebel’s Sanity (J/105), Ted Butterfield’s Adventure (B36.7), Kownacki/Jenkins’s DFZ (J/70), and Curt Johnson’s Avet (J/80).

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YACHTING CUP ENDURES CALM WINDS BEFORE TEQUILA STORM

Courtesy of Scuttlebutt Sailing News
San Diego, CA (May 3, 2014) – In the “you can’t have it all” theme, the racing today at the 42nd running of the Yachting Cup Regatta fell one item short. The day had full sun and a dry heat, the mariachis were passionately playing, and the evening beverages were in synch with the Cinco de Mayo celebration. If only the wind came to the party.

For the two ocean venues, the fleets on the Near Roads Course, closer to Point Loma, got enough wind for three races. “It got up to 11 knots,” noted Rick Goebel, who is currently second in the J/105 with his Sanity, “but it was far from steady. Huge shifts during the day, with the wind dropping to about 4 knots in the last (third) race.”

Conditions at the Far Roads Course, closer to the Mexican border, were clearly on siesta. When the wind got down to 2 to 3 knots during the second race, that was it for the day. However, mastering the spotty winds was Chuck Nichols, whose CC Rider posted two bullets in the J/120 fleet.

“The first race reversed itself about three times, where we went from first to sixth to first to sixth a few times,” noted Nichols. “Lucky for us we got to the finish line with us again in the lead. We were more consistent the second race despite the spottiness. Keeping the boat quiet and keeping the crew weight smartly positioned all helped to maintain speed through the wind patches.”

Leading their fleets after Saturday were Jay Steinbeck’s TP52 Margaritaville (Fast 50), Viggo Torbensen’s Timesaver (Fast 40), Drew Belk’s Beneteau First 40 Precepts II (Fast 45), David Boatner’s J/35 Rival (PHRF C), John Harrop’s Justice (FT-10), John Shulze’s Linstar (J/109), Hurlburt/Driscoll’s Blow Boat (J/105), Ted Butterfield’s Adventure (B36.7), Kownacki/Jenkins’s DFZ (J/70), and Curt Johnson’s Avet (J/80).

Racing concludes Sunday.

 

NEAR CARIBBEAN CONDITIONS INSIDE SAN DIEGO BAY

Courtesy of Scuttlebutt Sailing News
San Diego, CA (May 2, 2014) – Record temperatures and the sizzle of Cinco de Mayo celebrations set the stage for the 42nd running of the Yachting Cup Regatta on May 2-4. Hosted by San Diego Yacht Club, 11 fleets will compete in one design and PHRF handicap divisions.

The regatta kicked off this afternoon with a single random leg ‘Beer Can style’ race inside San Diego Bay, with 80 degree temperatures and winds gusting to 13 knots providing near Caribbean conditions.

“By having today’s start at 3:00pm, it gave crews and skippers a chance to get organized, work a half day, or just gradually ease into the regatta,” noted event chair Julie Servais. “The idea was to provide some diversity to the race schedule, and since random leg racing typically requires fewer crew, boats that couldn’t gather their full crew wouldn’t be a disadvantage.”

As there are windward-leeward buoy courses scheduled on two ocean courses for Saturday and Sunday, several of the one design classes opted to use today as their drop race. But for the Fast 50, Fast 40, Fast 45 and PHRF C fleets, they reveled in the shifty winds and varied terrain of the Bay.

Keith Magnussen, crewing on the J/125 Timeshaver which finished second in the Fast 40 class, liked the challenge. “The conditions are moving all the time, and not every leg is square to the wind, but that gave us the ability to try out some of the things we had learned on the offshore and coastal races. Given the changing conditions inside the bay, it forced everyone onboard to pay attention the entire time. Gaining or missing a puff or a shift shuffled the fleet.”

Taking the gun in each fleet was Jay Steinbeck’s TP52 Margaritaville (Fast 50), Rick Schuldt’s 1D35 Meridian (Fast 40), Drew Belk’s Beneteau First 40 Precepts II (Fast 45), and David Boatner’s J/35 Rival

Racing continues on Saturday and concludes Sunday.

Results: http://www.sdyc.org/yachtingcup_res.htm

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdyc/sets/72157644487420524/

 

 

WELCOME TO THE 42ND ANNUAL YACHTING CUP

San Diego, CA (March 1, 2014) This year marks the 42nd running of the Yachting Cup Regatta, SDYC’s signature event. New this year is an expanded two and a half day format which combines both random leg racing with windward leeward buoy courses that will truly test the competitors.

The regatta kicks off on Friday, May 2nd with a single ‘Beer Can style’ race in San Diego Bay to be held at 3:00 in the afternoon. For those who missed the Friday race, a throwout is allowed for the regatta, keeping them in the running. Following the race are the first day of parties at SDYC with the exclusive ‘Skippers/Tacticians VIP Party’ held in the Frost Room while the open invite ‘Crew Party’ will be held on the front deck of the club. Free food and complimentary drinks will be featured at the parties so they are sure to be a big hit!

Saturday and Sunday will once again feature windward/leeward courses held in multiple venues in the ocean off the coast of San Diego. With steady breeze and open water, good boat speed and steady crew work will be what wins the event. Eight races are scheduled for the weekend, combined with after race parties at SDYC each day, skippers and crew are guaranteed to get plenty of excitement. There will be a trophy ceremony following racing on Sunday with class awards and the overall winner of the regatta crowned.

Still almost one week away there are already over 60 entries registered for the event. Of interest this year are the newly forming handicap class organizations which will be taking part in the regatta. Groups such as the Fast 50’s and Super 30’s will be racing in the same venues as the various one design classes and PHRF handicap divisions.

Part of the success of Yachting Cup could be attributed to its ideal placement on the calendar the weekend after the Newport to Ensenada Race. SDYC is looking to capitalize on that by offering registered Yachting Cup competitors free mooring at SDYC starting the weekend prior and going all the way through the regatta. This means boats traveling back north from Mexico can take a pit stop in San Diego, enjoy the racing and hospitality, free slip space on the docks all week and then continue on north.

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00:00 Thursday, May 1, 2014
00:00 Friday, May 2, 2014
00:00 Saturday, May 3, 2014
00:00 Sunday, May 4, 2014
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