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to award it to Jackie Philpott." Philpott races the Cal 2-27 Dura Mater solo. "I'm astonished because I always come in last," she said, taken by surprise. "I've been helped by so many people here, month after month. You are all so generous; it's such a generoushearted club, and it's really a pleasure coming. It's great fun. The sailing culture is quite remarkable. Everybody here steps up if you ask them; everyone offers even when you don't ask, and that's really quite unusual in this world. You're wonderful, tough, gutsy singlehanders and I'm very pleased to be associated with you all and with this club."

A convergence of oceangoing season winners at Point Reyes, left to right: Pat Broderick's Wyliecat 30 'Nancy', Rick Elkins' Wylie 39 'Lightspeed' and Jack Peurach's Express 37 'Elan' start the OYRA/ SSS Drake's Bay Race II on August 23.

stupid feeling waiting for any breeze from any direction so you can move. Or drifting for hours away from the start line during the Three Bridge. At least I had company there." 2) Raven, F-27, Truls Myklebust, BAMA, 4.167 points; 3) Ma's Rover, F-31R, Mark Eastham, BAMA, 6. (5 boats)

SSS Doublehanded Multihull Roshambo, Corsair 31R Darren Doud, SSS Sailing with a crew of regular Chris 'Lew' Lewis, dad Dan Doud, and Jeromy Boyette in various races, Darren Doud's Roshambo four -peated the Doublehanded Multihull Division with 2.25 points. The wicked-fast trimaran is that boat racers joke about, the one that's already back in her slip when the rest of us are still slogging it out halfway up the course! Ma's Rover, which sailed some of the races in the Singlehanded Division and ranked third there, finished about half a point behind Roshambo. 2) Ma's Rover, F-31R, Mark Eastham, BAMA, 2.775; 3) Mojo, F-25C, Christopher Harvey, SSS, 4.4. (17 boats)

Spirit of the SSS Jacqueline Philpott, BYC After the race trophies were handed out, treasurer Kristen Soetebier presented a 'Spirit of SSS' award. "Rob Macfarlane on Tiger Beetle was active with the SSS for 20 years," she said. He retired in 2013 and has been cruising (he's in Washington for the time being). Before he left he remembered a very important trophy that the SSS used to give out. It disappeared." (It has since resurfaced.) "He said, 'That's a shame because this is a trophy that's really special.' He decided to have a new trophy made. In memory of Hawaii races, he managed to acquire a Japanese bobber, which are very special finds when you're crossing the ocean." A woodworker at Grand Marina designed the new trophy. "So Rob donated this trophy to recognize a member who exemplifies the spirit of the SSS: is willing to help people, shows up for races, is a mentor, does more than just race their boat. In 2013 this award was given to Max Crittenden, and it's not something that has to be given every year. If there's someone that we feel deserves it, we pass the trophy on. This year we'd like

Kristen Soetebier & Jacqueline Philpott

BAMA Cup, Core Ma's Rover, F-31R Mark Eastham, BAMA This was the third year in a row that Mark Eastham won the BAMA Cup Core division. Compared to his first championship in 2013, he enjoyed more and better competition last year and even more this year. Stephan Lesaffre, David Leech, Keith Dunlop and Cameron Tuttle crewed on Ma's Rover in 2015. A highlight of the BAMA season was the Doublehanded Farallones, which Eastham called "pretty wild and intense, a full-on heavy-air experience." (Leech sailed with him in that one.) "Winning the Singlehanded Farallones was by far the highlight of the season even though it wasn't a BAMA season counter." Eastham is new to singlehanding. He practiced a lot off Tiburon's Paradise Cay. As the race chair for BAMA, he's going to try to get more multihulls to do more shorthanded races. "It was a pretty unique season, with a two-month hole — no races in July and December, 2015 •

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Latitude 38 Dec 2015  

The December 2015 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 Dec 2015  

The December 2015 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.