LATITUDE / CHRIS
Richmond YC's Small Boat Midwinters on February 4 had sailing on two courses. Top row: the Keller Cove course, with Sunfish, a Vanguard 15, El Toro Seniors and Juniors, and others. Bottom row, left: 29er skiff sailors; right: Ultimate 20s and Wylie Wabbits, the big boats at Small Boat Midwinters.
day. With only one point between the three lead boats it should be interesting racing next month to determine the series winner. In Class 2, the Islander 36 Renaissance of Tahoe with Stephen Douglass earned two more bullets to add to the three previous wins, sewing up their first place in class for the series. The Olson 25 fleet had no surprises. With a second and a first-place finish, Steve Smith and crew on Synchronicity maintained first place overall. With a first and a third place, Shark on Bluegrass kept their spot at second overall, while Grey Wulff held onto third overall with third- and fourth-place finishes. The Santana 22 fleet was as tight as ever with finishes within seconds and minutes of each other. Jan Grygier and Lindsey Jennings on Carlos were pleased to clinch first-place wins to keep their series lead over Igor Polevoy and crew on High and Dry. Zingaro's two second places pulled them up the ladder into third overall. After several canceled (no wind) races in December and January, there will not be enough races to have any throwouts Page 98 •
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for the series this year. March standings will be the determining races for several of the classes. The race committee and the racers are hopeful that March 3 will bring good wind for the final day to finish the season with a smile for everyone. See www.encinal.org. — margaret fago Dramatic Berkeley YC Midwinters February 10-11 was the fourth of four weekends for the BYC Midwinters. Saturday was warm with sunshine and an almost steady 6-9 knots coming directly from the Gate. But by Sunday, all had changed. After Sunday's race in January, which had to be shortened just like those in December and November, we had enlisted the help of the entire racing community and the help of the 'old ones'. We asked for more wind. Well, that old adage 'be careful what you wish for' was in full almost 30-knot force! As one can imagine, with this unexpected amount of breeze, not all were totally ready. The driver of the Moore 24 Twoirrational took a swim. Fortunately, the Richmond YC tender was out shepherding two J/22s sailed by the Junior
Boys and Junior Girls. RYC's Tim Stapleton tells the story: "Mike Quinn and I were located near the starting area watching the J/22s go downwind (girls with white sails, boys with spinnaker). We were keeping an eye on the Moore because it was tied with the girls for third place. They had hoisted their kite but were not fully under control. They started to roll and I believe did a round-down and crash jibe, breaking their tiller extension and spinnaker pole. "We immediately saw the driver/ skipper flushed out the back, and we proceeded to the scene. The Islander 30-2 Antares had also seen the MOB and were altering course toward him. He waved them off, which I think was a big relief to them. "The skipper was in the water waving his broken tiller extension to get our attention. Meanwhile, his boat was flogging a half-doused kite and a halfup jib, but their main was fully loaded and they were slowly sailing away. We picked up the skipper, who was wearing an inflatable PFD (which had inflated), and returned him to his boat, now about 50 yards away. All aboard said they were good, so we departed to find our kids. "While this was happening, our boys had a serious round-up/knockdown
The March 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.