Pacific Coast Championship

San Diego – Coronado, June 20-21, 2015. Regatta report by Seth Siegler

(Photo courtesy of SCIRA USA)

The Coronado Yacht Club played host to 2015 Snipe Pacific Coast Championship over Father’s Day weekend.

Fifteen teams and boats travelled from nearby yacht clubs to assemble upon what is widely regarded to be the best sailing location in San Diego.

In what was likely to be the final major San Diego regatta before Nationals, most teams strutted out their A-game sails, crews and tuning setups to see exactly where they stand among each other.

The sail out to the race course takes about 30 minutes from CYC but once there, most would agree that it was worth the trip. It’s a wide open part of the bay that’s protected from ocean swells and features a normal westerly breeze that often gets to 12 or so knots.

San Diego – Coronado, June 20-21, 2015. Regatta report by Seth Siegler

(Photo courtesy of SCIRA USA)

The Coronado Yacht Club played host to 2015 Snipe Pacific Coast Championship over Father’s Day weekend.

Fifteen teams and boats travelled from nearby yacht clubs to assemble upon what is widely regarded to be the best sailing location in San Diego.

In what was likely to be the final major San Diego regatta before Nationals, most teams strutted out their A-game sails, crews and tuning setups to see exactly where they stand among each other.

The sail out to the race course takes about 30 minutes from CYC but once there, most would agree that it was worth the trip. It’s a wide open part of the bay that’s protected from ocean swells and features a normal westerly breeze that often gets to 12 or so knots.

Day one was classic Coronado. With about 10 knots of shifty breeze and long beats, there was lots of opportunity for big gains or big losses. Consistency was extremely hard to find for most teams but racing was tight – especially among the top 10 boats in every race.

With the ideal conditions the race committee was able to bang out four races with ease on a race course shared with a fleet of 10 finns.

By the end of day one, past Snipe National and North American champ (and Star World champ) George Szabo, making a comeback after many years away from the snipe, sat atop the standings with a 2-3-3-2 with crew Daisy Holthus. Hot on their heels was Doug Hart with crew Jon Rogers who ended their day strong with a total first-day-score of 6-7-1-1

As the fleet rigged up for day-two, which was also Father’s Day, the parking lot was abuzz with reminders to call your dad and discussions about what the conditions might bring. With the consensus that it would likely be similar to saturday, the fleet headed out and was mostly surprised to turn the corner and be faced with a bay full of whitecaps and 12-15 knots of breeze. As crews added turns to their shroud adjusters, most were excited to get into their hiking straps put the bow down into the windblown chop.

As racing got underway it was apparent that though it was windier, it was no less shifty with big gains and losses to be had on either side of the course. Again Szabo put himself into the right places at the right times and lead race-one from the first rounding to the finish over Hart and Rogers.

Between the finish of that first race and the start of the second one, the San Diego wind gods seemed to tire out and decided to go back to 10 kts-mode. Teams reversed their settings back to base and got ready to go for races two and three of the day. The defining factor in these two races would be “shear”. It was critical to be properly positioned in the breeze and not right next it, since a boat 20 feet away from you could easily be pointing 20 degrees differently. Szabo and Holthus weren’t phased and ended with a 1-2 in the final two races over Hart and Roger’s 5-3 to win the event by 11 points.

The top three was rounded out by Chuck Sinks who fell just five points behind Hart and Rogers.

Sail  

Boat  

Skipper

Yacht Club

 1 

 2 

 3 

 4 

 5 

 6 

 7 

Total

Pos

30337  

–  

george szabo  

SDYC  

2  

3  

3  

2  

1  

1  

2  

14  

1  

29941  

  

Doug Hart  

mbyc  

6  

7  

1  

1  

2  

5  

3  

25  

2  

28687  

C. Cannibal  

Chuck Sinks  

SDYC  

1  

5  

7  

3  

4  

3  

7  

30  

3  

29222  

Velas Norte  

Chris Snow  

SDYC  

8  

6  

2  

5  

7  

6  

9  

43  

4  

30800  

Green Flash  

Rick Arneson  

San Diego Yacht Club  

7  

1  

10  

10  

6  

10  

1  

45T  

5  

30113  

Whirled Piece  

Robert Bowden  

MBYC  

3  

9  

6  

7  

5  

2  

13  

45T  

6  

28858  

Seagle  

Nicholas Kaschak  

SDYC  

5  

2  

9  

6  

3  

11  

11  

47  

7  

29439  

  

gene ratliffe  

MBYC  

4  

4  

4  

4  

14  

12  

14  

56  

8  

31114  

  

Seth Siegler  

Mission Bay Yacht Club  

10  

8  

11  

9  

9  

7  

5  

59  

9  

23965  

  

Matt Hecht  

MBYC  

9  

11  

5  

8  

8  

16/RET  

4  

61  

10  

28679  

  

Aimee Heim  

SDYC  

14  

12  

16/DNS  

16/DNS  

10  

4  

6  

78  

11  

29811  

Almost Married  

Scott Dalin  

MBYC  

13  

10  

12  

14  

13  

9  

8  

79  

12  

29109  

Mi Lia Hona  

Stu Robertson  

MBYC  

15  

14  

8  

13  

12  

8  

12  

82  

13  

30017  

  

Dick Davidson  

MBYC  

11  

13  

14  

12  

11  

13  

10  

84  

14  

29166  

Physical Therapy  

Richard Denzler  

SDYC  

12  

15  

13  

11  

15  

14  

15  

95  

15  

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