SHEET glove on Friday in the latter's honor. “It’s a great regatta,” said Feo, who grew up and has lived most of his life within minutes of the venue. “The summer wind in Long Beach is robust, the competition is good across the classes and the parties make the event. In terms of our race, the random leg class gives us a chance to spend some quality time sailing downwind in breeze, interrupted by unfortunately long jib reaches — not our forté, but fun nonetheless. Kudos to It’s OK, which has really stepped up its game this year.” David Voss’s Piranha used a strong final day to overcome both a DSQ from Friday, and many years’ worth of runner-up finishes, to finally take the Race Week Farr 40 crown after a duel with Ray Godwin’s Temptress. Voss also garnered Boat of the Week honors for his efforts. Gary Mozer and Current Obsession2 pummeled the J/105 division — the event’s largest at 13 boats — with five bullets in seven races. In PHRF 1&2, Mark Surber's J/125 Derivative and Viggo Torbensen's IMX38 Martela used bullets in their final races to close out wins in their respective divisions with the former pulling down PHRF Boat of the Week honors. Bruce Golison sailed his Etchells Cahoots to a handy win in
event, collecting 10 points over the seven races and repeating as the class's Pacific Coast Champion. “Race Week really is the perfect venue and event for our fleet, and ABYC was extremely accommodating,” said Open Sailing’s Jerome Sammarcelli, who took fourth place, with 12-year-old Cooper Weitz as his crew. “It’s a real nice mix of very good, competitive sailors and those wanting to have a lot of fun. Our entire fleet had a fantastic weekend and really enjoyed ourselves.” There was no deviation this year from the Race Week program of two windward/leeward buoy racing courses near the breakwater and one random leg course for the big boats outside. Tres
Above — Jason Crowson's 'Moxie' squeaks by the weather mark on the way to a win in Race 7, and third overall, at the Express 27 Nationals in Santa Cruz July 10-12. Right — The Deeds family's 'Magic Bus' gets more than a little sideways while in hot pursuit of one 'Wile E Coyote'.
Gordo Sailing’s Andrews 50 It’s OK took top honors on the random leg track. We were invited aboard Ed Feo’s Andrews 45 Locomotion for the weekend and had a blast. The downwind-screamer was fresh off a class win and second overall in Encinal YC's Coastal Cup. With a skilled owner-driver, Locomotion's fun and seasoned crew took the solemn news about Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson in stride — wearing a single sailing
PHRF 3, counting five bullets. Other one-design winners included Chuck Nichols' CC Rider in the 10-boat J/120 division and Garret Woodworth's Frequent Flyer in the six-boat Farr 30 division. The son-and-father duo of Payson and Phillip Infelise took the five-boat Flying Tiger division with Mile High Klub, and Dave & Don Michaelis' Mako bested six other Schock 35s. Thomas Brot's Electra won the five-boat J/109 diviAugust, 2009 •
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The August 2009 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.