District 5  Regatta Report

Sat Aug 14th, 2010 through Sun Aug 15th, 2010

Photo by Robert Symer

Photo by Robert Symer

2010 King of Spain

 

The King of Spain Regatta was sailed the weekend before the 2010 North American Championship at the California Yacht Club, Marina del Rey, CA..

Report by Rod Hagerbols:
On August 14 - 15, Phil Chadwick and I raced in the King of Spain regatta held at California Yacht Club, Los Angeles. The trophy is the oldest trophy at the club and was donated to the yacht club back in 1929 by the then King of Spain.

A couple of months ago Phil and I spoke briefly about him coming over from Melbourne and doing the North Americans Championships 19th - 22nd Aug. Well after a lot discussion Phil made the trip over and we thought we'd do the King of Spain as a warm up event. We didn't really have high expectations for a couple of reasons.

* Phil has limited experience in Stars, the last time was 20 years ago and then only for a day.

* Phil flew in from Australia the morning of the first race, so he was a little jet lagged.

But on the other hand Phil is no slouch when it comes to yacht racing. As a crew he has won, 3 14ft skiff national titles and placed in several others. Growing up we raced against each other a lot in Fireballs, Flying Dutchman and skiffs. The rivalry between us was fierce and to have the chance to race with Phil was a treat to say the least.

So after picking Phil up early Saturday morning from LAX we arrived down at the Club to get ready for sailing. After a quick explanation of the systems on the boat it was time to throw Phil in the deep end and go racing against some great competition. There were 5 races scheduled in total, 3 Saturday and 2 on Sunday. The weather was overcast with the typical Santa Monica Bay marine layer which typically burns off after 12 or 1 o'clock. The wind for the whole regatta ranged between 5-13 knots. I thought the speed would be OK upwind but was unsure about the downwind which until now has been a weakness. It is something I have been working on with Marcus in San Francisco over the last few months. To my delight, the downwind speed has come good and now we have more of an all round speed package, NICE.

Having sorted the speed out downwind was the major reason why Phil and I did well on the weekend. Saturday we placed 8th, 2nd and 1st. Going into Sunday we were 2 points off the lead with a further 2 points to the boat lying in third place Ben Mitchell, who is by the way the other crew I sail with regularly on Vince Bruns' Etchells...... so its a small world.

We were a little nervous Sunday but we have seen this movie a few times before. Things started well with a good 4th race finishing in 2nd place. We started well and basically stayed clean and used our boat speed to consolidate on the fleet where we could. Going into the last race it was still close, we had a 20 deg port end bias which tempted me down towards the pin, unfortunately I didn't push hard enough and stunk up the start. We tacked out quickly and started on our recovery as soon as we could. We managed to recover a lot and as it turned out just enough to take the title by one point.

A good start to the week, but we haven't taken our eye off the main prize, the Star North Americans, which starts on Thursday this week. So we are continuing to train this week in LA and planning on taking Wednesday off apart from sail measurement and registration.


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 Total
1 Endeavour 2012   Rod Hagebols   Phil Chadwick   8268   WSFB   8.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 11.0 24
2 8323   E Doyle   P Infelise   8323   SDB   1.0 4.0 11.0 6.0 3.0 25
3 8082   B Mitchell   J Busch   8082   LB   2.0 6.0 5.0 5.0 7.0 25.0001
4 Misty   Derek Decouteau   Dave Martin   7620   BI   6.0 9.0 10.0 7.0 5.0 37
5 8306   J Buckingham   B Faith   8306   NH   4.0 1.0 4.0 17.0 13.0 39
6 My Love   J Maccausland     8395   CR   11.0 5.0 3.0 10.0 10.0 39.0001
7 7462   D Watt   M Thompson   7462   PS   7.0 3.0 16.0 1.0 17.0 44
8 Team Enigma   E Lidecis   M Marzahl   8189   NH   14.0 7.0 6.0 18.0 2.0 47
9 Sex.Age.Nario   G Brun   G Kunzze   8283   RdJ   17.0 8.0 7.0 22.0 4.0 58
10 Amante   S Brown   D D Pino   7985   NH   3.0 12.0 18.0 14.0 14.0 61
11 Frolic II   B Buchan   E Bentzen   8260   PS   18.0 16.0 9.0 4.0 21.0 68
12 Langas   A Bugacov   E Lange   7663   SMB   20.0 15.0 2.0 15.0 18.0 70
13 8376   A Anosov   J Klerk   8376   SL   22.0 14.0 13.0 8.0 15.0 72
14 Line 5 Racing   M Hanna   B O'Mahony   8187   SMB   12.0 10.0 8.0 21.0 22.0 73
15 8404   J McCorkell     8404   AN   9.0 13.0 14.0 24.0 16.0 76
16 8269   J Kohlhas   R Burgess   8269   CLIS   23.0 17.0 20.0 9.0 8.0 77
17 8023   L Kellerhouse     8023   SDB   15.0 32.0 [OCS] 15.0 12.0 6.0 80
18 8088   S Gould   C Sieck   8088   WSFB   5.0 32.0 [OCS] 12.0 13.0 20.0 82
19 Babe   D Steele   S Cohen   8065   SBC   10.0 21.0 21.0 25.0 19.0 96
20 Frolic I   C Buchan   J Buchan   8203   PS   32.0 [DNS] 32.0 [DNS] 32.0 [DNS] 3.0 1.0 100
21 Hacknwildly   M Kennedy   L Jenna   7609   LB   24.0 18.0 17.0 19.0 28.0 106
22 Team Enigma III   J O'Donnell   P Tooth   8336   LB   13.0 11.0 32.0 [DNF] 28.0 25.0 109
23 Seanachie   J Durden   J O'Mahony   7173   LB   16.0 22.0 23.0 27.0 23.0 111
24 7902   S Gunther   T   7902   CD   19.0 23.0 19.0 26.0 27.0 114
25 8410   J Vandermolen   TC Belko   8410   GL   32.0 [DNS] 32.0 [DNC] 32.0 [DNC] 11.0 9.0 116
26 Venere   J Pelliconi   H Brawner   7444   SMB   32.0 [OCS] 20.0 22.0 20.0 24.0 118
27 7838   S Rembert   C Gerlach   7838   SMB   21.0 24.0 24.0 29.0 32.0 [DNS] 130
28 Battera   F Bodra   A Lopes   8145   GuB   32.0 [DNS] 32.0 [DNC] 32.0 [DNC] 23.0 12.0 131
29 8176   H Nguyen   S Earle   8176   SMB   32.0 [DNS] 32.0 [DNS] 32.0 [DNS] 16.0 26.0 138
30 Swans Yankee   I Braddock     8246   SMB   32.0 [DNS] 19.0 32.0 [DNF] 30.0 29.0 142
31 Kates   L Whipple   M Wolfs   8434   PS   32.0 [DNS] 32.0 [DNS] 32.0 [DNS] 32.0 [DNS] 32.0 [DNS] 160

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