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Eight CYC San Juan 24s Sail in the SJ 24 North Americans

23 Jul 2018 10:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Eight CYC Seattle San Juan 24s made their way from Leschi to Oak Harbor to participate in the SJ 24 North Americans over the weekend of July 14-15.  The CYC boats were joined by Cake or Death, a Lake Union boat and potential CYC member.  As usual, we found great hospitality at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club and challenging winds and tide conditions in Penn Cove. 

One important factor for the weekend were the significant tides – the low each day was between 12 noon and 1 pm, a negative two feet, an hour or two into the racing, matched between high tides of over 10 feet – thus the famous (“infamous”?) Penn Cove counter-clockwise current grew increasingly stronger during each afternoon’s racing.  The westerly, with occasionally northerly components, came in just before 11 am on Saturday (the time of the first warning) and delayed racing a bit on Sunday – the early winds were not settled, providing a challenging series of lifts and headers irrespective of what tack one was on but subsequently settled in the 9-10 knot range.  The Race Committee, heading by Byron Skubi of Oak Harbor as PRO, ran a series of 11 excellent windward-leeward (some short, some long) races, quietly moving the marks between races to adjust for the ever-changing conditions.

Staff Commodore Ken Johnson’s Grauer Geist had a consistent regatta, with all but one race in the top four finishes.  However, that was good enough for second place, as Ekono Juan from Oak Harbor took 8 bullets in the 11 races, and won the regatta for the third consecutive year.  CYC member Mark Bradner, on Return, a previous North American champion, finished 5th with Mike Irish’s Manhattan Transfer edging out Jeff Kendall’s Fancy for 7th and 8th.

Despite Ekono Juan’s wins, the races were closely matched – six other boats claimed at least one second place, and often the race committee had to closely watch three or four boats crossing the finish line overlapped. One-design racing at its best.

Going into Sunday’s race, Ekono Juan had a 4 point lead over Grauer, and with its one throw-out used up in last place finish in race six due to a big tear in her jib, she had little margin for error – one more buried start or bad first leg could give an opening for the trailing boats – but she claimed three firsts in the four Sunday races that overcame a 6th place in the next to last race and was the deserving champion.

The excellent Oak Harbor Yacht Club hosted the regatta, with dinners each night and coffee and sweets in the mornings before racing.   Thanks to Club Manager Joe Catanio for the excellent food and drink and OHYC Commodore Larry Munns for welcoming all of us. 

Dick Rose gave an excellent talk Saturday night explaining the complicated process that results in changes in the racing rule book; we are fortunate that careful people around the world take considerable time and effort to consider the rules and handle the multitude of suggestions that come in world-wide from the internet.

Ullman Sails was the principal sponsor of the regatta and contributed money, prizes and support.  Other sponsors:  Oak Harbor YC and North Coast Electric Company, followed by Dunato’s Boatyard, Jan’s Marine Photography, Whidbey Coffee, Samson Ropes, Swinomish Casino & Lodge and Oak Harbor Marina.

Jared Hickman chaired the protest committee, aided by Steve Hood from Bellingham and CYC Vice Commodore Liesl Mordhordst from Seattle.

Penn Cove is an excellent racing venue, with challenging winds and tides, with gleaming mountains to the west and east, and Oak Harbor a welcoming place for sailors to assemble each year and participate in a competitive and fun regatta. 

Full results:

Name

Fleet

Owner

Points

 1.

Ekono Juan

Orcas Island

Ryan Forbes

20

 2.

Grauer Geist

Seattle

Ken Johnson

27

 3.

Renaissance

Oak Harbor

David Steckman

33

 4.

Bruce

Bellingham

Mike Kleps

39

 5.

Return

Seattle

Mark Bradner

41

 6.

Conflict

Bellingham

Andrew Fitzgerald

56

 7.

Manhattan Transfer

Seattle

Mike Irish

75

 8.

Fancy

Seattle

Jeff Kendall

76

 9

Sweet Jesus

Seattle

Sean Busby

84

10.

Cake or Death

Lake Union

Kyle Roethie

91

11.

Snappy Tom

Seattle

Gil Lund

94

12.

Wiki Wiki

Seattle

Zach Warren

121

13.

Separator

Oak Harbor

Steve Hucke

122

14.

Malice

Seattle

Joe McNulty

126

15.

Toto

Oak Harbor

Alan Wilson

141


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