Jericho can be dicey sometimes. Some times you can be sitting out there in 60 deg. wind shifts (like last year), and other times you can be hauling ass in a beautiful, 20k westerly (like this year). Yep. That’s right. If you skipped Jericho this year you missed out on a doozy, and if you were there you are still wearin’ the smile smeared all the way across your face !
Saturday saw 5 races in 17-22k with gusts to 25k. Water was flat owing to a 2-3k flood that caused a bit of havoc at the weather mark for some of the sailors. The flat water allowed the skippers to put the bow down, grin from ear to ear, and let out an occasional “Whoop!” Watching the F-18s barrel down the shore under kite was fun, but the real bonus was the incredible scenery. Sunny and warm both days with the urban, Vancouver skyline to the east giving way to the snow-capped mountains to the north.
Those of you not watching the R2AK tracker, I highly suggest you keep it off if you want to get anything done during the day! The race is on and updated pretty much regularly so you can sit there watch the tracker and your grass grow all at the same time.
It is pretty exciting with Morgana Buell’s team “Sail Like a Girl” leading the race as of this writing. But the lead is slim and nothing is given, especially this early in the going. But it is pretty cool to see this team of 8 women sailing their Melges 32 like it is stolen. Go girls!!
See the calendar. It is attached there.
Hats off to Latitude 38. This S.F. rag posted this article about youth teams on Nacra 15s in 30k!! Yee haw! Included Nick Lovell (Johnny’s boy from Olympic Tornado fame in the 90’s). This stuff pumps me up. The photos are awesome!!
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About Last Weekend
May 18, 2018 – San Francisco, CA
On Monday’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, we asked the West Coast about their weekend. Last Saturday in San Francisco, we had gnarly, gale-force winds offering both glory and carnage for sailors. In response to our query, Kimball Livingston wrote the following subject-line-only email: “We sailed teenagers on Nacras on Saturday. All day.” Intrigued, we asked for pictures.
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Local Nacra 15 sailors Jack Sutter (helming) and Charlotte Versavel — both of whom are 15 years old — looked pretty comfortable in last weekend’s big winds.
© 2018 Bryan Paine
As it turns out, there was a Nacra 15 clinic held at St. Francis Yacht Club last weekend with juniors from around the country. Local boats included sailors Jack Sutter and Charlotte Versavel, as well as Hoel Menard and Cali Salinas.
Coach Bryan Paine photographed all the action. Nick Lovell — the 13-year-old son of Tornado silver medalist Johnny Lovell — sends his bows deep.
© 2018 Bryan Paine
“As chair of our junior committee,” Livingston wrote, “I can say that we are pleased to find that the Nacra 15s are manageable for young teenagers — much more stable than 29ers. Last Saturday’s clinic was sailed in an ebb-tide drubbing with gusts to the high 30s; without that manageability it would have been over in a hurry. Not that it was easy. The only skipper who didn’t capsize was 13-year-old Nick Lovell from New Orleans.”
Sutter and Versavel (crewing) out on the trapezes and lookin’ good.
© 2018 Bryan Paine
“When the weather moderated on Sunday,” Livingston — who is also a St. Francis Staff Commodore — continued, “we sailed the kids under the Golden Gate Bridge and almost out to Point Bonita. Then the coaches lined them up and said, ‘Send it.'”
“Here are Hoel Menard and Cali Salinas, sending it,” Kimball wrote us.
© 2018 Kimball Livingston
– latitude / tim
Last Saturday Fleet 95 held its annual Hobie 101/102 class at Sail SandPoint. The weather was great. Unfortunately the turnout was not as great as the weather. Only two people showed up for each class. It was great to see the turnout from the fleet, though. In attendance were: Al & Kailey, Laura & Xena, Peter & Will, Tim, Josh, and Caleb. Paul & Bob were in the yard working on the 17, and ready to jump in if needed.
The weather was sunny and warm. The light northerly in the morning we thought for sure would, um, peter out. But not so. Instead it built to a perfect 10! So while Tim and Al were holding court under the tent for three of the students in 101, Peter was 1-on-1 with Ken (from Quinault) for 102. (Ken’s 16-year-old crew joined 101.)
After a great lunch we rigged Laura & Tim’s boats while showing the nubes how to. After a brief clothing change the two boats were off the beach enjoying a perfect sail under sunny skies. Those not sailing formed a peanut gallery at water’s edge with camping chairs and shared a wonderful day in the sunshine.
It was sad to see Caleb’s 17 load up and drive away with new owners. He sold it to some West Seattle guys who likely will not be racing. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.
We all packed our gear up to head home. But not before we helped retrieve Tim’s tent which had managed to jump over two cars with the help of that beautiful northerly. It was simply a fantastic day all around for the fleet.
Puget Sound Spring Regatta (PSSR) – small boat is hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club (CYC) out of Shilshole Marina in Seattle each year. If you are a fair-weather sailor then this is probably not the regatta for you. Each year that we have been doing it (for the past 3-4 years) there has always been good breeze. The time of year just lends itself to that. The bigger body of water (Puget Sound) produces a nice chop that is a great learning/training ground and great way to start off the sailing season.
This year was no different. Last weekend 7 boats showed up. The low turnout was disappointing, but the sailing was not. Committee got 5 races off each of the two days for a total of 10! Saturday we had a 5-10k southerly and Sunday came in with a 10-15k northerly. That northerly was pretty cold!
But the facilities at CYC helped take the edge off. The club served up donuts in the morning and dinner at night. In addition, there are hot showers downstairs, a bar upstairs, and a beautiful, west-facing set of windows to watch the sunset over the marina.
Five 18s showed early strength including Paul Evenden and Cal Bridge coming down from Canada. They joined locals Paul VonStubbe, Ethan Salkind, and Jere Bott to create a class. Unfortunately they were forced to start with the only two 16s that showed up — Tim Webb and Peter Nelson.
Hopefully we can get more support next year as we are looking to partner with CYC for future events. PSSR is a great way to start the sailing season. (Sorry no photos. This interpid reporter was still suffering jet lag!)