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THE RACING Smaller boats get the limelight in this edition, with focus on the ILCA North Americans, the High Sierra Regatta, the S.F. Bay Vanguard 15 Fleet, and foiling kiteboard competition. SSC's Founders Regatta welcomed boats small and large. The Transpac is strictly for the big boys — but then there's the Olympics. Box Scores feature regattas of various sizes, then recap the first half of the Beer Can Season.

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ILCA (Laser) North Americans On July 15-18, St. Francis Yacht Club hosted the 2021 ILCA North American Championship, sponsored by West Coast Sailing. With 124 competitors racing in three different fleets, the scene on San Francisco Bay's Cityfront was actionpacked and lively. (ILCA, in case you didn't know, stands for International Laser Class Association.) "I recognized a lot of the competitors from their Opti days and from Youth Champs," said StFYC's commodore, Bill Dana. "To have them here again, sailing as adults, was a reminder that sailing is a lifetime sport. Plus, conditions couldn't have been better." Typical of San Francisco Bay in July, the breeze was up throughout the event, ranging from 15 to 25 knots. Much of the regatta was sailed in flood current, which drew the fleet close to shore on the upwind legs, providing current relief for the racers and an exciting show for the spectators ashore. On the final day of racing, an ebb sent the fleet to the

In the 24-boat ILCA 7 fleet (standard rig), racing was consistently tight at the top, especially between four leaders who separated themselves from the pack: Leo Boucher, Ford McCann, Marshall McCann and Conner Nelson. All four are racing with the US Sailing Olympic Development Program. Boucher finished first with 26 points. Ford McCann and Conner Nelsen each scored 29 points. McCann's three firstplace finishes compared to Nelson's one broke the tie. "This was a pretty tough event," said Boucher. "It was shifty coming off the yacht club, so positioning was important going upwind. Downwinds were all about keeping it upright and staying as loaded up as possible." With 75 boats entered, the ILCA 6 (Radial) fleet was the largest by far. For the regatta's first two days, race organizers randomly divided the group into Blue and Yellow fleets. On Saturday and Sunday, the fleet was split into Gold (38 boats) and Silver (37 boats). In ILCA 6 Gold, Charlotte Rose

2021 ILCA NA champions. Left to right: Mateo Capasso, Cayman Islands, ILCA 4; Charlotte Rose, USA, ILCA 6; Leo Boucher, USA, ILCA 7.

middle of the Bay, where they engaged in an all-on drag race, riding the current train to the windward mark. Each division sailed 10 races, with two per fleet on Thursday and Sunday and three per fleet on Friday and Saturday, rotating morning and afternoon slots. 0AGEsLatitude

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secured a hard-fought first place, finishing the regatta with 22 points and demonstrating the power of persistence. Though she was a few points from the podium after Days 1 and 2, she entered the final day in second and then locked up the North American Championship with a second in Race 9 and a first in

Race 10. "This was tough racing, especially with the cur rent," said Rose. "I love sailing here!" In ILCA 6 Silver, first went to Ethan Sargent of San Francisco YC, followed by David Lapier of Alameda Community Sailing and Hailey Thompson (another SFYC sailor). Said Sargent, "It was really windy, and there was a ton of current, which made for awesome racing." While the other two fleets came down to the wire, a clear winner emerged early in the ILCA 4 (4.7 rig) fleet. Of the 25 ILCA 4s competing, Matheo Capasso of the Cayman Islands maintained a commanding lead across all four days. Coming into the final day of racing, he had won all but one race (in which he scored a 2) and sat an impressive 25 points ahead of second-place Xavier Stoldt. Though Capasso was over early in Race 9, he secured a final bullet in Race 10 and finished the regatta with just 11 points. On his dominant win, Capasso said on the final day of racing, "It wasn't easy. Conditions were quite difficult, especially today. I was over in the first race today which made the second even more important. But overall, I'm really pleased with how I did." One year ago, hosting 124 sailors plus their coaches, families and supporters would have been impossible. As this successful championship came to an end, the mood among regatta organizers was, deservedly, very positive. "We had some great racing that brought out true champions this weekend," said Tracy Usher, regatta chair and longtime Laser racer. "This class has a deep history at St. Francis, and it felt like a victory to be able to host a full-on championship for them." The championship also served as a qualifier for the US Sailing Junior PanAmerican Team, with the top eligible finisher from the ILCA 7 fleet (Leo Boucher) and ILCA 6 fleet (Charlotte Rose) qualifying.

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