Participants in this year's Robgatta enjoyed some reasonable breeze in cool but dry conditions. Clockwise from the upper left: Hank Easom and his trusty crew; 'Whiplash' looking all professional and ready to round Blackaller; Conrad Holbrook's 'Topper II' hoping for more breeze; 'Racer X' performing a jibe set; 'Min Flicka' shows off her fancy Robgatta golden mustache; more traffic at Blackaller; 'Delicate Balance' making a welcome appearance. — All photos Leslie Richter / www.rockskipper.com unless otherwise noted.
of young sea lions came to the start line and had a ball leaping in the waves, turning flips and entertaining the soggy Race Committee. Because of the earlier -mentioned MOB, two of the 33 attending boats, John Gulliford’s J/24 Phantom — from which Steve Bayles fell overboard — and Wetsu, Phil Krasner’s Express 27 — which rescued Steve, went back to port before the race started. The wind was essentially southeast at about 15+ knots, which would get the racers around the 8-mile course to "D" reasonably quickly. The wind promptly veered to the right and the planned windward/leeward legs became more 'reachy'. Thus, the race was finished in pretty short order. The rain never really let up and we didn't hear any complaints from sailors wishing they'd spent more time out on the course. Sunday's racing had a few of us on the committee boat hoping for a break in the rain — at least for a few hours. With the heavy rain came lighter winds and fewer boats — only 20 of the 42 boats in Page 110 •
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six divisions were logged in prior to the start. Because of the small numbers, we decided to combine some starts. And, responding to some of the verbal requests, we chose a short 5.2-mile course. The wind was strong enough to get everyone around the buoys and heading back to port by 2 p.m. The weekend presented us with an excellent opportunity to test various brands of foul weather gear. I am here to report that the new stuff keeps a person dryer than the old stuff — no matter what brand. I'm going shopping for new stuff. February 23 marked the conclusion of Berkeley YC's 2013-14 Midwinters. A final race was held for the champions of each fleet. Only trophy winners were invited. All the first-place winners of both days raced against each other in a single division. All of the second-place winners raced in Division 2 and all of the thirdplace winners raced together as well. Thus we ended up with a Champion of Champions (the fist place winners in Division 1) and fist of Division 2 and a fist of
Division 3. We had a couple a duplicate fist place winners, so the invitee list was modified. In the Olson 30 Division, Hoot managed a first for both Saturday and Sunday, so Yankee Air Pirate was invited to try again and start with all the other first-place finishers. Similarly, Motorcycle Irene dominated the Express 27 fleet both days, so we invited Libra as well. — bobbi tosse Ed. note: Berkeley YC's Champion of Champions race results can be found online at www.berkeleyyc.org. BERKELEY YC MIDWINTERS SATURDAY FINAL (4r. 0t) DIVISION A — 1) Lightspeed, Custom Wylie 39, Richard Elkins, 12 points; 2) Always Friday, Antrim 27, John Liebenberg, 15; 3) Ragtime, J/90, Trig Liljestrand, 16. (12 boats) OLSON 30 — 1) Hoot, Andy Macfie, 4 points; 2) Yankee Air Pilot, Donald Newman, 10; 3) Chaos, Raymond Wilson, 11. (3 boats) DIVISION B — 1) Baleineau, Olson 34, Charlie
The March 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.