|District 5 Regatta Report|| |
Sat Jul 9th, 2016 through Sun Jul 10th, 2016
| Report by Paul Cayard:|
Marina Del Rey Saturday: 15 teams showed up to contest the 5th District Championship which is being held concurrently with the King of Spain regatta, an annual So Cal classic.
Three races were schedule for today and we had 7-10 knots of wind from the southwest with a gentle swell. The fog line moved over and receded from the race course several times during the day. This produced 20 degree oscillations which gave opportunity to all.
Eric Doyle led the way with scores of 1, 2, 2. In the second race Eric had the race well in hand after the first lap. Danny Cayard rounded the gates in 6th after the first run and headed left. The wind went his way and he rounded the second windward mark on Doyle's heels. There was a good tussle down the final run with George Szabo getting into the mix. At the finish, it was the youngest skipper In the fleet taking the gun. His father was his happy crew!
In race three, George Szabo got left from the start and held the lead wire to wire. Ben Mitchell with Hollywood Hal had a good day with a 2, 6, 3 and are in third place behind Doyle and Szabo. Young Mr. Cayard is in 4th with Eugenio Cingolani and Hoss in 5th.
Sunday: All 15 teams were back out on the Santa Monica Bay today for the final three races of the District 5 Championship.
The conditions for race 4 (first of today) were 9 knots from the southwest, sunshine and smooth seas. Danny and I had a good start down at the left end of the line. We managed to get to the first mark first. Down the run we got in a bad lane and Ben Mitchell with Hollywood Hal crewing got past us. We caught them just before the top mark but did not quite get around them. Results of race 4 were Mitchell, Cayard, Dave Watt, Doyle and Szabo so the battle for the championship was getting tight.
Race 5 saw Szabo and Doyle take first and second while Steve Gould and Greg Sieck sailed a great race, leading at the first mark and finishing third. Danny and I were 4th with Jim Buckingham in 5th.
Going into the final race, Szabo and Doyle were one point apart but it was a who beat who. Mitchell and Cayard were tied for third. Szabo and Doyle got out front early and Szabo held the lead. Danny and I were in the top 4 at the first mark while Mitchell was in 12th.
Up the second windward leg, a block in our main sheet system broke and I had to go to the aft deck and implement a bit of seamanship. That cost us a few places including Mitchell who was going fast in the 12 knots of wind.
On the final run, while winning the race and Championship, Szabo’s boat rolled hard on a wave and he lost his crew overboard. Doyle sailed by and went on to win the race and the Championship. Mitchell and Haenel finished 3rd while Danny and I finished 4th.
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