This fall SDYC is hosting the 2017 Moth and A-Cat North American Championships in the waters off of Crown Cove on Coronado Island. This location is new for us as most of SDYC’s races are held in San Diego Bay or Coronado Roads. For a local perspective, we interviewed Peace Officer/Lifeguard John Anderson of California State Parks & Recreation who shared some insight on the area.
A massive round of congratulations is in order for newly crowned Drew Freides on PACIFIC YANKEE. He and his team which includes Morgan Reeser and Charlie Smythe are the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Champions.
It took eight challenging races over the course of three days and Freides’ extremely consistent performances to ultimately win the event by one point, ahead of John Kilroy’s SAMBA PA TI finishing second. Jason Michas’ MIDNIGHT BLUE came third, Liam Kilroy’s WILDMAN was fourth and Jim Wilson’s OLEANDER rounded out the final top five standings.
Today was an exciting last day of the 2017 Etchells North American Championship hosted by San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) and Etchells Fleet 13. Twenty-nine teams completed the last two races in Coronado Roads, culminating in a new North American Champion after eight total races.
The first day of the 2017 Etchells North American Championship was a true textbook definition of champagne sailing. The talent of the twenty-nine boat fleet was apparent as competitors took to the waters for the first part of the three day long battle for the title of Etchells North American Champion.
Race Committee ran three races in Coronado Roads in sunny, warm weather complete with the San Diego skyline as a stunning backdrop to the day. Racing was slightly delayed at the start of the day as the wind picked up. After one general recall, the wind remained about 10-12 knots, and racing continued uninterrupted.