SEASON CHAMPIONS, PART II —
BAMA Fast Cat Cup SmartRecruiters, Extreme 40 Jerome Ternynck, StFYC The highlight of SmartRecruiters' season was June's Delta Ditch Run. Boat skipper Gilles Combrisson describes "bombing through the Delta at 20+ knots, reefed, and trying to keep the boat upright when our competition ahead of us capsized. We battled the clock with Peter Stoneberg's Shadow, and, alas, they got us on corrected time, but we were the first boat to finish." Combrisson describes the team's program: "At the helm, Jerome Ternynck is a lifelong sailor who started out sailing in Brittany, France. After launching SmartRecruiters in San Francisco, he purchased an Extreme 40 catamaran that came up for sale and brought it back to the Bay. As the name suggests, this is an Extreme-ly fast boat to sail around here, and we have so far been able to tame the beast and deal with the challenges created by local conditions. Chris Seinfeld (tactics and main) brings his vast multihull and Olympic-level experience to keep us fast and safe. F-18 sailor Erwan Griziaux (jib and spinnaker trim and tactics) and Chris Seinfeld ofPage 82 •
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2) Adrenaline, D-Class cat, Bill Erkelens, RYC, 21 points; 3) Shadow, ProSail 40, Peter Stoneberg, StFYC, 19. (12 boats)
OYRA PHRO1 Rufless, Melges 32 Rufus Sjoberg, RYC Rufus Sjoberg, who won the fast-boat division of OYRA this year, said that his boat's maiden ocean season was a blast. He explains how he came to race the unique Melges Rufless: "I run a boat repair shop in Richmond and rescued the boat from L.A. where it was a total wreck and in need of a complete retrofit. I brought it back about two years ago to the shop, and the rebuild began. It took six months or so to complete and get ready to race safely on the ocean. This is the first year of ocean racing for the boat, with Hawaii on the horizon." Sjoberg himself has been racing on the ocean for 25 years Crew included his 14-year-old daughter Ali, Dylan Benjamin, Ruben Gabriel, Ben Mercer, Jessie Corlett, and a couple of other friends who filled in as needed. When the final OYRA race was canceled on the morning of October 3 due to an ominous weather forecast, a few of Rufus Sjoberg the PHRO1 crews took matters into their own hands. "Ourselves, California Condor, Zamazaan and Lucky Duck started a race to the
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2) Mojo, F-25C, Christopher Harvey, SSS, 28 points; 3) Trident, F-31R, Damien Campbell, BAMA, 19. (25 boats)
ten sail with Jerome on his foiling Flying Phantom, which is even more hair-raising than the Extreme 40." Dave Keane on bow and Cyril Guiraud on jib and spinnaker trim round out the crew. The Smart cats scored 23 points in 18 races. "We try to make as many races as we can given everyone's Jerome Ternynck extremely busy schedule," commented Combrisson, "and we do the best we can at each event."
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August — so I had the summer off." He took advantage of the break, packed up the folding trimaran, and drove to Cape Cod, where he grew up. It took six days on the road for 12 hours per day. He sailed around Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, then had the boat back on the West Coast in time for the Jazz Cup. "While I was driving cross-country, I listened to the Boys in the Boat. It's a best-seller about the 1939 University of Washington rowing team, a ragtag group of guys who competed against Ivy League schools and UCLA and Berkeley. They won the national title, then went on to Germany and beat Hitler's team in the Olympics. Their motto was, 'It's all about the boat.' My team raced in the Mark Eastham spirit of Boys in the Boat." In the high-point scoring system, Eastham racked up 32 points in 10 races (the best seven of which are counted).
Lightship and back," reports Sjoberg. "However when we got to Mile Rock it was pretty lumpy and dead calm. We floated for about an hour and decided to sail home since it was just for fun." In the 8-race/1-throwout OYRA series, Rufless tied with Condor on points, but won the tie-breaker by virtue of having more first-place finishes (five). 2) California Condor, Antrim Class 40, Buzz Blackett, RYC, 13 points; 3) Hano Ho, SC50, Mark Dowdy, SFYC, 22. (9 boats)
OYRA PHRO2 Elan, Express 37 Jack Peurach, SSS Highlights of Elan's 2015 ocean season included racing against another Express 37. "This was the first year since I've been doing the OYRA that another Express 37, Bullet, raced," said Jack Peurach, who also won his OYRA division the last two years. "They were really tough, especially upwind, and it seemed that the first few races ended up with a boat-for-boat match race from the Golden Gate Bridge to the finish line. I wish more Express 37s would come out for the OYRA season." This year's OYRA Farallones Race was
The December 2015 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.