SEASON CHAMPIONS, PART I —
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• December, 2012
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ODCA Express 37 — Golden Moon Kame Richards & Bill Bridge This year is the third season championship for Richards and his crew on Golden Moon. The roster includes Tom and Eliza Paulling, Mike Mannix, Jason Westenburg, Brad Jeffry, Jeff Angermann, Chris Bridge, Sally Richards, Rebecca Hinden, Todd Hedin, Chris Boome, Aimee Daniel, Robbie Englehart, and others. "They’re a great group who want to constantly improve their skill level and don’t complain about doing 10 or 20 jibes before the start of the first race every day!" Richar ds loves being part of a one Kame Richards design fleet, citing that it’s "the best sailboat racing available," particularly when racing against Mick Schlens on Blade Runner (of Southern Califonia). "We have had a great time sailing against each other," said Richards. "He’s a terrific competitor, and a joy to be with on and off the water. They sail the pants off their boat. The last time they came up for the Big Boat Series they got second. This year, we got second. Leading going into the last day just isn't good enough. You've got to be leading at the end of the last day, which is what Mick did!" After all’s said and done, and having campaigned his boat for ten years, Richards says that sailing the Estuary Wednesday Night Beer Can Series is in fact more rewarding than anything else he and his crew do. "We get new people out on the water,
sometimes for the very first time. We introduce people to sailing and racing and try to show that paying attention and concentrating on the job at hand yields big benefits." ODCA Santana 22 — Santa María Chris Giovacchini Regular crew: Ted Wray & Nelson Bellesheim If there’s one aspect of racing that is undeniably transpar ent across all boats, racers and fleets, it’s that without a good crew you may as well go sink your boat. Chris Giovacchini on his Santana 22 Santa Chris Giovacchini Maria claims that his secret to success this year was his outstanding crew, Ted Wray and Nelson Bellesheim. "They’re dedicated and tenacious," Giovacchini reported.
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Etchells Fleet 12 — JR Bill Melbostad Bill Melbostad named his Etchells JR after his dad, with whom he sailed most of his life. While consistent starts, above-average boat speed and good boat handling were key to winning this year, Bill says the single most important factor was his crew: Steve Fentress, Bill Barton and Mike Ruff. "The Etchells requires good teamwork and a crew that is used to working together," he said. "Between Bill, Steve and Mike, the combined experience is about 40+ years in the boat. That's a lot of years in a particuBill Melbostad lar one design class." Melbostad’s been campaigning this particular Etchells for seven years and has been active in the fleet off and on since 1980. He loves that Etchells racing is always close, with boats usually finishing within seconds of each other. "The boat is very tactical, and being smart on the water is rewarded," he said. An "aha" moment? "Jibing the boat
in 25+ knots on plane and a wave, the boom floats over effortlessly and the boat is totally under control," Melbostad said. "That’s good boat handling!" The fun factor is also high on the list for Melbostad, with top moments this year including sailing the boat with family and friends in club races and the Leukemia Cup, winning both events. Watch out for JR in 2013 — the crew intends to sail every race during the one design season, with the intent of repeating their win.
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"it’s never fast sailing backwards," Rich joked. "We’ve enjoyed some amazingly close and competitive racing this season. We are looking forward to more of the same next year. We have several new additions to the fleet and have crew positions available on any given weekend. It's an IOD; we love everything about it! Check us out at www.sfiod.org." He said the local IOD fleet is tough, with everyone having a shot on any given day. "The racing’s been very exciting and very close, while each of the teams has been more forthcoming with their go-fast secrets." Rich is excited that there’s renewed interest in the fleet. "We’re seeing interest from individuals and syndicates who like the one design rules, which limit sail purchases, provide for group purchase discounts, and ultimately limit the possibility of 'racing checkbooks.'" he said. The Pearce family has sailed IODs for 50 years, said Pearce, during which time they’ve individually or collectively campaigned six different boats with various levels of success.
The December 2012 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.