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Lake sailing has a beauty all its own. This is part of the fleet at the keelboat weekend of last month's High Sierra Regatta.

Will Paxton. (16 boats, 1 DNF)

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High Sierra Regatta Fresno YC's 53rd High Sierra Regatta took place on spectacular Huntington Lake on two weekends last month — July 8-9 for dinghies and July 15-16 for keelboats. And to say Huntington Lake is a 'huge' stop on the Lake circuit is an understatement — 149 dinghy sailors, crew and families descended on the Lake the first weekend, and the beer bottles were barely cleared away before 110 trailer sailors and their entourages rolled into town. (For some reason, the Thistles sailed with the keelboat fleet the second weekend.) All fleets ran a threerace, no-throwout series, except the Lido 14s, which ran two. Among several standout performances in the 11 first-weekend fleets were Dave Keran and Geoff Baxter scoring straight bullets in the 18-boat Daysailer A fleet

and 9-boat Banshee fleet, respectively; and Kurt Wiese pulling out a win of the largest class — the 28-boat Lido 14 A fleet — on the basis of no wins and two seconds. Notable performances in the 13-fleet second weekend included Ruth Barkus, who also scored straight bullets in the 10-boat San Juan 21 fleet, and road warrior Brad Butler (who trailered his boat down from Seattle to race) narrowly edging out Rowan Fennell to top the Moore 24 fleet. At 17 boats, the road-hungry Moores were the largest 'keel' fleet. New kid on the block for the High Sierra was the Viper 640 guys, four of whom showed up from who knows where. "This was the first gathering of Viper 640s in the West since 1998," said fleet rep (and fleet winner) Nick Mockridge. "We really enjoyed the scenery, competition and camaraderie of mixing it up with the big boys — and it was a real eye-opener for my English dinghy-racing family who were vacationing with me and thus became my crew!" And speaking of the shoreside support team, Tracy Cohen (wife of Viper sailor Loren Cohen of Lost Boys) captured the essence and beauty of lake sailing better than we ever could: "From a spectator/family standpoint, this was the best regatta I've ever attended. The camping was fabulous, the lake was gorgeous and the kids in our group (ages 6, 12 and 14) had a wonderful time fishing, swimming and watching the races. The commentary from the race announcer and the fact that we could see the boats (as opposed to ocean races when they sail over the horizon) was delightful. We'll definitely be back for more

racing at this excellent venue." WEEKEND ONE (July 8-9) CORONADO 15 — 1) David Rumbaugh, 4 points; 2) Craig Lee, 8; 3) Vincent Paternoster, 11. (13 boats) INTERNATIONAL 14 — 1) Ted Rogers, 7 points; 2) Lawrence Henderson, 9; 3) Kurt Lahr, 9. (8 boats) BANSHEE — 1) Geoff Baxter, 3 points; 2) Steve Galeria, 8; 3) George Koch, 10. (9 boats) DAY SAILER A — 1) David Keran, 3 points; 2) Dean Iwahashi, 10; 3) Greg Adams, 12. (18 boats) DAY SAILER B — 1) Robert Farmer, 4 points; 2) Susan Wiley, 5; 3) Joe Fram, 11. (3 boats) 29ER — 1) Max Fraser, 4 points; 2) David Liebenberg, 8; 3) Gene Harris, 10. (5 boats) LIDO A — 1) Kurt Wiese, 4 points; 2) Stuart Robertson, 5; 3) Thomas Jenkins, 6. (28 boats) LIDO B — 1) Ryan Mark, 5 points; 2) Tracey Kenney, 6; 3) Roger Patterson, 8. (27 boats) LASER — 1) Charlie Heatherly, 4; 2) Peter Drasnin, 9; 3) Mike Eichwald, 13. (17 boats) MULTIHULL — 1) Eric Poulsen, F-16, 4 points; 2) Paul Kilkenny, F-16, 6; 3) Mike Checketts, Hobie 20M, 10. (5 boats) OPEN CENTERBOARD — 1) Charles Witcher, Megabyte, 4 points; 2) Mark Briner, Johnson 18, 8; 3) John Barrere, Force 5, 10. (5 boats) WEEKEND TWO (July 15-16) (note: boat names were not included in results) PHRF A (<135) — 1) Melges 24, Cam Lewis, 6 points; 2) Henderson 30, Tim Cordrey, 9; 3) Olson 30, John Scarborough, 12. (12 boats) PHRF B (136-198) — 1) Olson 25, Nat Gildersleeve, 6 points; 2) Olson 25, Tom Blagg, 8; 3) J/22, Donna Womble, 11. (12 boats) PHRF C (>199) — 1) Coronado 25, Lewis Wagone, 6 points; 2) Venture 21, Steve Leonard, 6; 3) Ranger 22, Jim Costa, 9. (6 boats) HOLDER 20 — 1) Jim Rosachlti, 5 points; 2) Glen Van Heel, 6; 3) Bobby Kawamura, 9. (6 points) SAN JUAN 21 — 1) Ruth Barcus, 3 points; 2) Jerry Hansen, 6; 3) Bill Parsons, 9. (10 boats) SANTANA 20 — 1) Mark Erdrich, 5 points; 2) Blair Wallace, 7; 3) Kem Bricker, 14. (10 boats) THISTLE — 1) Michael Gillum, 5 points; 2) August, 2006 •

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

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