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THE RACING July is traditionally an 'away' month for Bay sailors. This year, if they weren't doing one of the Hawaii races, they might be on the road to Lake Tahoe for the Trans-Tahoe, Melges 24 Pacific Coast Championships, or J/24 Western Regional Qualifiers — or to Huntington Lake for the High Sierra Regatta. We've got those covered, as well as some events for those who stayed right here and pretty much had the Bay to themselves for a few weekends (hey, somebody has to do it). These include the PICYA Championships, the 5.5 Meter Nationals and the Mercury fleet's Hart-Nunes Regatta. There's also a truckload of box scores and race notes we managed to beat into submission.

Pacific Coast Perpetual Challenge Trophy (the ‘Little Lipton’), and the ambitiously named Admiral’s Cup, for the smallest boats. As always, the series consisted of two 10-12 mile triangle races on Saturday and one on Sunday, with a nice hors d’oeuvres spread put on by the hosting Golden Gate YC on Saturday evening. Page 168 •

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Lipton winners (l to r) Rick Wesslund, Karin and Tim Knowles, Craig Page and Michael Andrews.

asked to represent the Richmond Yacht Club, and frankly surprised at the nice response we’ve gotten to our win from members.” Tim sailed with Del Olsen, Karin Knowles (his wife), Jeff Nelson and

LATITUDE / ROB

Winds were 15ish on Saturday, with perhaps a tad more on Sunday, under sparkling sunny skies with a thin ribbon of fog over just the roadway of the Golden Gate. Basically, the whole weekend was one big Kodak moment. The ‘Big Lipton’ class was the largest this year, with six boats representing as many clubs. Making El Ocaso really work for the win this year was Peter Szasz and a St. Francis YC crew on the Beneteau 42.7 Just In Time. In fact, Wesslund and Szasz split first and second in the first two races, so went into Sunday’s third race tied at 3 points apiece. Wesslund and his crew — Bill Melbostad, Tom Warren, Heather Noel, Tate Lacey, Adam Sadeg, Russ McBardy, Jarred Hachman, Andy Vare, Dawn Beachy and Bruce Davenport — hung on to win that race, and the Big Lipton. Richmond YC’s Tim Knowles, sailing his first PICYA Championship race with his Wylie 39 Lilith, shut out the other two boats in the Larry Knight Division by posting straight bullets. “It was a great event," he said. "I was honored to be

COURTESY CRAIG PAGE

COURTESY TIM KNOWLES

COURTESY RICK WESSLUND

PICYA Championships Talk about a roll: San Francisco Yacht Club teams once again dominated last month's PICYA Championships (aka the Lipton Cup) — with the same boats! Craig Page’s Soverel 26 Wuda Shuda and Rick Wesslund’s J/120 El Ocaso both topped their respective divisions for the fourth time. But it wasn’t as easy as in the past, and winners in the other two divisions foiled SFYC’s overall ongoing dominance of this event. A once again smallish fleet of 16 boats representing 9 yacht clubs took to the waters of the main Bay on July 15-16 for this series — whose roots back to the 1920s make it one of the oldest semicontinuous regattas on the Bay. The idea is that any yacht club belonging to PICYA — the Pacfic Inter Club Yachting Association — can send up to four boats in four different rating bands to race against all the other clubs on the Bay. The four divisions are named for their historic perpetual trophies: the Lipton Cup (aka the ‘Big Lipton’), the Larry Knight Perpetual, the Sir Thomas Lipton

Gail Yando. The story in Little Lipton is basically the same as it has been for the last four years: Craig Page shows up with Wuda Shuda and cleans everyone’s clock. Craig admits it’s getting harder, though, citing perennial rival Jocelyn Nash and her El Gavilan crew as sailing particularly hard

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Latitude 38 August 2006  

The August 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 August 2006  

The August 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.