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2015 SSS Corinthian Regatta


  • 2015 SSS Corinthian Regatta

    San Francisco has become the Western hub of shorthanded sailing over the past few decades, and the 120 paid registrants for Saturday's Single Handed Sailing Society's Corinthian Race can lay testament to that claim. The 2nd of 8 races sponsored by the SSS, and hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club, the Corinthian Race has become increasingly popular over the years since it's original debut as the "In The Bay Race" in the late 90's.

    "I believe the impetus for shorthanded sailing really began in the recession of the early 00's," say Max Crittenden, a long time SSS member and dedicated Short Handed Sailor. Back then, when originally proposed , the Inside The Bay format, the race was generally disregarded by the status quo.

    Only overshadowed by the 3 Bridge Fiasco, which draws some 350 boats these days, the SSS Corinthian has gathered the attention of many sailors as a great way to spend the weekend in a challenging manner without the major time investment required for the 3BF, and the odds of completing the course being much greater, and the weather, on average much warmer.

    The race itself starts and finishes of the Corinthian YC in Raccoon Straits , then, depending on Course 1 or Course 2, leaves Little Harding to port, bears off to Blossom Rock then works its way west to Blackaller Buoy before heading NE to the Southampton Shoal platform before heading to Little Harding and then the finish. A condensed version of the 3BF with a little more sanity and decorum.
    Saturdays race with its intended 11:05 1st gun was delayed somewhat, after the pin end mark somehow parted with the ground tackle and began to take its own bay tour until the RC could track it down and reset with new hardware. "It was a clean cut" was heard of the radio, with some inference to some sea turtle seen in the area, other speculated North Korean's were somehow behind the shenanigans but order was somewhat returned, just as a a gentle westerly presented itself providing the inertia required to get away from the sometimes fickle waters of the Strait.

    13 divisions encased in 6 starts began the process of seeking clean air just as the SFYC hosted High School Championships dinghies appeared, mostly in tow, and also headed to round Point Belvedere on their way to Richardson Bay, just to add some extra challenges for all!

    The Multis got the 1st gun and were the fortunate ones, along with the 2nd start in Delta, with a gentle 5-7 knots and pool table flat flood pushing them directly towards Blossom. As is often the case during these transitional periods between weather fronts, the wind on the central bay eased somewhat, just as the flood began to ease and the following fleets were left floundering for a period while awaiting the predicted breeze to fill in off the Pacific.

    With the ebb beginning to build along the City Front, The Multi's were able to make good time short taking and were further gifted with getting into the new breeze the soonest. With water still flat and the Blackaller Buoy breezes pumping now in the mid teens, kites were deployed and march to Point Blunt then Southampton ensued. Reports of good breeze all the way to Southampton were spoken, and then the decision on what route to take back to little Harding had to be made. For some it was easier than others. Chris Harvey and Bobby Hyde were in the lead on the F-25c Mojo when they made the decision to go for Raccoon Straits. Watching from a safe distance behind, Darren Doud & Jeromy Boyette sailing on the Corsair 31 Roshambo witnessed the leader sail into a major hole and had plenty of time to opt out, and head for Point Blunt. The decision paid, and Roshambo rambled on to an elapsed 03:20:07 1st to finish victory, yet settling for 2 in divisions as Rafi Yahalom & David Kuettel aboard Looking Good corrected out by 05:40 for 1st in division.

    Roshambo above, Looking Good below

    The race for 1st overall monohull was decided as Adam Spiegel & Geoff McDonald cruised through the finish line on the J-105 Jam Session with 03:30:25 elapsed, correcting out to 04:06:18 and 1st overall in the entire regatta!

    Other notables:

    Truls Myklebust sailing the Coarsair F-26 Raven wins the SH Multihull

    Deb Fehr sails her Santana 22 Meliki to victory in SH Non Spin PHRF fleet 3

    Jeff and Pat Sullivan are on a bit of a tear, driving the Pearson Commander Nemisis to 1st in DH Non Spin fleet 4

    Scott Owens sails his classic quarter tonner Summertime Dream to win the SH Spin 162 and over

    Donn Guay & Dave Salinovich also have another successful weekend with their Newport 30 Zeehoound
    winning DH 162 and over

    Dan Benjamin sails his Wyliecat 30 Whirlwind to victory in SH PHRF 111-159

    Benjamin Meyer and Dave Weil win DH 111-159 on his Wyliecat 30 Uno

    Bob Johnston doest not let a little headsail sag and underwater obstruction muck up his day, taking SH Spin 108 and under on his J-92 Ragtime!

    The Olson 30 Warpath was faster than the Olson 29 in the SH Sportboat division, as Andrew Zimmerman takes the ribbon aboard Warpath

    Greg Nelsen and Carl Crawford take the DH Sportboat divison, on Greg's Azzura 310 Outsider, edging out John Siegel and Erica Mattson on the Moore 24 Moorigami

    And last but not least, Father and son duo of Nick and Conner Gibbens take the DH express 27 division on Shenanigans

    Honorable mention goes to Ben and Jack Landon, who were in a kerfuffle at Little Harding with another boat, received a sizable crease on the bow of their Thompson 650 Flight Risk, yet were able to complete the course with stamina!

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