It’s been a full weekend of intense competition in colder than usual San Diego temperatures as the Pac52s, TP52s and Beneteau 36.7’s kicked off their seasons with the 2019 SCYA Midwinters hosted by San Diego Yacht Club. Starting Friday, the two 52’ classes lined the SDYC docks and readied their boats for a flux of breezes in Coronado Roads, while the Beneteau fleet joined in for Saturday and Sunday.
Nine Beneteau 36.7s, three Pac52s and five TP52s raced in fluctuating winds, sandwiched between winter SoCal storms. However, the scoresheet revealed consistent performances throughout most of the races. In the Pac52 class, Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Interlodge VI took first with mostly bullets and one second in race six. The TP52s led a similar trend with David Team’s Vesper taking first, winning six out of seven races. Chick Pyle's Kea in the Beneteau class took first after Neil Senturia's Legend retired from the race four, giving Kea the top position. These dominating boats didn’t leave much room for competition this weekend.
Thank you to all who attended Dave Perry's NorthU Match Race Clinic in January. Dave has provided video content from the weekend for review.
The San Diego Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club are celebrating the 10th annual Islands Race on February 15-16, 2019. The decade old, 134 nautical mile race is a signature SDYC offshore regatta co-hosted with Newport Harbor Yacht Club. An expected 25+ boats will start from Long Beach Harbor, make way around Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands and finish in Point Loma.
Congratulations to SDYC's Eric Doyle and Alli Bell who were awarded as the SDAYC Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year at the December 13th SDAYC Meeting at Silver Gate Yacht Club. The San Diego Yacht Club Sailing Foundation was also awarded the Alonzo de Jessop Memorial Award.Eric, Alli and the SDYC SF will be recognized at San Diego Yacht Club's Opening Day ceremony on April 14th.
Team San Diego Yacht Club announced they have filed the necessary entry documents and fee required as of the December 1, 2018 deadline set by the New York Yacht Club to compete in the 2019 NYYC Invitational Cup. Team SDYC officially has a spot on the starting line at the 2019 regatta.
“Nick Martin, Nick Kashak, Max Hutcheson, many SDYC members, friends and the Club’s leadership have been working hard since September getting the SDYC’s Invitational Cup effort organized. We are very excited that SDYC is officially entered in the 2019 edition of the NYYC Invitational Cup,” said Resolute skipper Tyler Sinks. “Step 1 is complete. Now the real work begins. This is going to be a very hard fought regatta, no question. Team SDYC has a lot to do to bring the best effort to the starting line next September. The goal is clear, win.”
The 2018 PC National Championships were held Dec. 1-2 on San Diego Bay. Six boats participated in a fun, lively competition. Everyone was watching the weather forecast for rain and breezy conditions, but the weather cooperated beautifully allowing all five races to be sailed for the championship in sunshine.
SDYC was represented by skippers Andy Reiter, Will La Dow, and Scott Sinks, and crews Molly Pleskus, Carissa Crawford, and Rebecca McElvain respectively. We would like to start by saying thank you. Our privilege to represent SDYC at the 2018 US Team Racing Championship would not have been possible without the support of our amazing members, board of directors, and the Competition Fund. We would also like to thank our generous hosts, the Barker family who provided housing, transportation, food, and managed to run the regatta at the same time!
This weekend, the San Diego Yacht Club hosted the 2018 IKA Formula Kite North American Championship off Crown Cove State Beach in South San Diego Bay. Twenty nine kiteboarders from twelve different countries gathered to sail in a series of nine races for three days. The regatta also seconded as a Pan American Games Qualifier.
With 6 of the 11 teams being driven by past regatta winners, this years’ event was a difficult regatta to control. Winds on the practice day ended up being twice what we actually sailed in so, as usual, Long Beach delivered a crap-shoot of conditions where consistency and scoring no more than 21 points ended up winning the regatta. Team SDYC was represented by Kris Zillmann, Julie Mitchell, Stacey Szabo, Sandy Vissmann, Lisa-Marie Terhaar, Tiffany Billings, Alexa Cavalieri, Kim Standford, Kym Kapalla, Lois Harrington, and Gigi Mitchell and finished fifth in the event.