Over the weekend of February 8th through 10th, Saint Pete's Yacht Club hosted the 2019 Valentine's Day Regatta. This regatta brings Opti and Laser sailors from all over the country. Since I was the front runner in the Luff-In Series, I was selected to represent SDYC for the Saint Pete's Exchange and go sail Opti's for the weekend down in Florida.
Fifty J/70’s reveled in gorgeous Biscayne Bay conditions on February 22 - 24 for the International J/70 Midwinter Championship. This event, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, FL, was also a qualifier for the 2020 World Championship to be hosted by California Yacht Club (2 Open berths and 1 Corinthian berth). Miami delivered its renowned weather with sunny skies, temperatures in the low 80s and winds between 8-20 knots for the nine race series. With multiple J70 world champions, Olympic medalists and many other champion sailors competing, the competition was incredible. San Diego Yacht Club’s Bruce Golison with his team of Steve Hunt, Erik Shampain and Jeff Reynolds were one of the teams to watch for the championship going into the event.
Last weekend our SDYC team traveled to San Francisco to match race J22’s at the 2019 California Dreamin’ Series stop #1 (of 3 to be held). Our team of Mike Nicoletti, Kara Voss and Drew Guay arrived to the St. Francis Yacht Club early on Saturday morning to weigh in, attending the competitors briefing and rig & tune up. We were met with cold weather, rain and breeze on conditions. I got off to a slow start earning us a black flag in race 1 for some overly aggressive maneuvers. However we recovered quickly and only lost one more race the rest of the day. By Sunday the rain had let up but so had the wind and the current was ripping now, so the competition and racecourses were fierce. We finished most of the second round robin on Sunday before the breeze completely died and a lightning storm arrived winning all but two races (one of which we led at the last weather mark in) and did well enough to earn second overall. Since this was the first regatta of the season for our team (and we had a new teammate as well), we were glad to have had the opportunity to sail together across a wide range of conditions the SF bay can deliver. This event gave us a solid foundation to build on as we go into the May United States Match Race Qualifier to be held in the same venue and boats in two months time. Meanwhile, In two weekends (March 23rd) we head to Long Beach to race Catalina 37’s in the Butler Cup, followed a week later by the Ficker Cup, a Grade 2 event.
We would like to thank the Comp Fund and SDYC for supporting our match racing in 2019 and our team is looking forward to more successful results in the many match race events still to come this season.