SCRA Regatta, South San Diego Bay
November 2, 2003
From Geoff Nelson, driver of bi-lingual Turtles
For those non-participants, it was a fantastic day racing. I have not seen so many boats all consistently changing
positions and all so close on repeated mark roundings. The four boats behind Phlegm were all very close
and literally "duked it out" every leg. If that was any indication of the caliber of competition we can expect from
Fleet 3 over the next year coming into the worlds, I think the campaign will be as much fun as the goal.
I talked to RC and said if race 6 results did not change the standings, I would not protest. Clearly, if this was a
real (ie. Fleet Championship) regatta, then there would be a bit more of a reason to get scratchy about it (see terms:
"protest the RC"). But as it was (I think) the last SCRA race of the year, I would propose the race six issue should be
resolved as a tie for second for the two boats involved and we will settle it on the water over the coming months.
From Bill Jenkins aboard 8411 (aka Phlegm for the time being)
505s made it to the SCRA regatta in South Bay yesterday. They were Ben
Wood and Geoff Nelson on Tortuga, John and John Billings on Kitty, Dan and
Bill on 8411, Mike and Marc on KAOS, and Doug Dommermuth and Harry Dunning
on 7201. These were the five San Diego boats that plan to go to the World
Championships in Santa Cruz next summer, and it looks like they are
starting to get serious about their programs. None of the classics made
it, unfortunately. They would have had a blast in the moderate conditions
and flat water.
the storm clouds all around Sunday morning, the rigging area at Navy Yacht
Club was sunny and dry. Most boats got there early and spent a few minutes
checking rake and shroud measurements. (Turns out the spreader angle
adjusters on 8411 are frozen, so if anyone knows of a good way to loosen a
stainless screw in an aluminum nut, let us know.) Mike and Marc got there
a little late – apparently they needed some extra time to get their hall
passes in order. But they were still active with the tape measure.
started promptly at noon, and the first three were sailed in beautiful
conditions with sun and occasional trapezing. The smart guys in race one
went to the right for more pressure on the first beat. Dan and I tacked up
the middle playing the shifts and got to the top mark in second behind
Kitty and barely ahead of 7201. But we set quickly and got into the high
lane and were able to pass them pretty quickly. On the second beat, the
smart guys went left to get the big left shift that filled in across the
course. Dan and I went right to cover the majority of the fleet behind us
that went that way. Tortuga went from last to almost first by hitting the
shift correctly. We were barely able to out tack them near the top mark to
retain the lead for the final run.
two and three were very tight with lots of position changes, which I’ve
forgotten now. But race three saw the only recalls of the day with 8411
and 7201 both called back to start correctly.
that, the offshore clouds we had been watching finally covered the race
course, dramatically lowering the temperature and also bringing a few
knots more wind. The racing continued competitive, with some boats making
huge gains by going into wire-running mode at the right times.
and I decided to take our throw-out in the final race and dropped back to
observe sailing styles. From that perspective we also got to watch KAOS
crash tack to avoid 7201. We advised them to protest the lack of proper
watch keeping, but they sailed on with out using the dreaded “P” word.
The main observations we made were that boats were not being sailed flat
enough in the puffs, and drivers were not working the boom vang enough in
the puffs and lulls. Also, most drivers should hike out more than they do
to keep the sails powered up.
we apparently caused confusion on the RC boat as they gave some of the
505s a horn after one lap. They stopped racing thinking that they had
misunderstood the course, and only Kitty sailed both laps that made up the
correct course. So either Kitty or Tortuga takes second place behind 8411,
depending on how you think it should all be sorted out. Official results
will be posted on the SCRA website soon www.santaclararacing.org.
being SCRA, on shore after the racing Commodore John Schedel and Angela
Schedel loaded up a dock cart with a cooler full of drinks, some chips and
salsa, and towed it around to the unrigging boats. Very civilized.