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PICYA Regatta action (clockwise from above) —'Tupelo Honey' (foreground) and 'Inspired Environments' neck-and-neck on Sunday; the Rhodes 19 'Big Wow' took second in Division and first in "wettest boat" of the series; 'Wuda Shuda' chases 'El Gavilan'; 'Fast Friends' on a run.
and smart this year. “They won the first race and could have won the second, too, except they went into the beach and we went up the cone, and that opened the door for us,” says Page. Crewing on Wuda Shuda this year were Chris Morris, Mark Dowdy and Eriksen Digman. Encinal YC got on the map this year in the Admiral’s Cup Division, ably represented by Michael Andrews’ Santana 22 Bonito. Crew for the series included Kevin Clarke and Shawn Grassman on Saturday, with Wayne Best replacing Shawn on Sunday. Again despite the
small turnout of only three boats, the 'Admirals' may have had the fiercest competition of any Lipton class. “Jan Grygier (on the ‘Tuna 22 Carlos) always sails really well, and Bill Royall's Rhodes 19 — we just couldn’t shake those guys!” laughs Grassman. Whether they were veterans or newcomers, all the sailors we talked to were really enthused about this series. All were also somewhat mystified as to why participation has dwindled in the past half decade or so. (As recently as 2002, 35 boats from a dozen clubs showed up
to do battle.) As Page points out: “It’s free, PICYA does a lot of good work for clubs, the race committee is first rate, the club puts on a nice spread, you get to represent your club, you get to sail the Bay, and you get your boat's name on one of those incredible trophies — what’s not to like?” All interviewees invited and encouraged more clubs to send boats for next year’s event — and to help restore the competition and prestige of this event back to the level it deserves. BIG LIPTON — 1) El Ocaso, J/120, Rick Wesslund, SFYC, 4 points; 2) Just In Time, Beneteau 42.7, Peter Szasz, StFYC, 5; 3) Tupelo Honey, Elan 40, Gerard Sheridan, SBYC, 11. (6 boats) August, 2006 •
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The August 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.