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  • BYC & Regatta Pro Mid Winters

    The Valentines Day Eve events for the Berkeley Yacht Club and Regatta Pro Mid Winters was sailed on Saturday Feb 13th
    in very fine conditions, and had very fine people in all the boats. A low pressure event had passed through early in the morning, giving
    way the clearing NW winds and brilliant sun dashed with a passing cloud or two. The BYC utilized a closer to shore event with the leeward mark
    on the circle proper and the windward mark just south of the Richmond break water. With this being the final event for the series and it being an extended
    weekend, attendance was somewhat subdued with mostly the contenders out contending, as contenders tend to do. NW winds in the mid teens gave crews
    a good workout after earlier events which the winds were reluctant and reclusive.

    The Express 27 fleet was by far the best attended with 14 boats boats registered. Julia Paxton with here significant other, Dave Liebenberg tugging strings,
    added another bullet to their season score in Motorcycle Irene, which ties them with John Rivlins Peaches with 4 points, the decider to be determined at the Champions of Champions
    next month. Other Winners were Buzz Blackett on the Carbon Antrim 27' IO in division 01, Bob Walden on his Cal 39 Sea Star in div 03, John Gulliford's J-24 Phantom in div 4
    and Erik Menzel's Wyle WabbitHarey Legs in the DH class.

    BYC Midwinters Results



    A nice write up from the J-105 class provides insight to the Regatta Pro event...

    SYC/RegattaPro Midwinters Day 2: Results Posted!!!

    By May Dickey

    "The 2nd day of the RegattaPro Midwinters series hosted by PRO Jeff Zarwell & the Sausalito Yacht Club took place under picture-perfect conditions Saturday. Fifteen J/105s hit the line in a dying flood tide on the Berkeley Circle. After three more races, the top of the leaderboard has tightened dramatically, and the series will be decided in the final installment on March 13.

    With a throwaway now in the mix, Tim Russell and his team on Ne*Ne are now tied with Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault on Arbitrage with 7 points for the series, followed closely by Ian Charles’ Maverick with 9 points to round out the podium. Each of the top three boats had a bullet on the day.

    Eric Patterson & Steve Prince’s Kestrel moved up to 4th place after a strong showing on the day, and Bill Woodruff’s Russian Roulette moved up the line to fifth place with a 2nd in Race 5.

    Conditions changed dramatically as the day went on, and competitors who were able to shift gears and adapt their strategies to developments on the water were rewarded. Forecasts for the day were all over the map, and at first gun, things looked bleak with only 3.5 knots of breeze. But, as if on cue, at 1100, the wind filled from the north to around 8-10 knots and the Race Committee hoisted the class flag right on time."

    "Race 1 generally saw current relief inside on the right side of the course, but the recent rains created some massive back eddies, so keen observation & lane choice were paramount to success. Passing lanes abounded for those who could seize the moment.

    The northerly didn’t stick around long, and by the start of Race 2, the westerly had established its dominance, building to almost summer-like conditions. But, this wasn’t a July day on the bay as the breeze was quite puffy. Aboard Maverick we saw puffs to 22 and lulls down to 12, meaning gear-shifting was vital.

    The breezy conditions also placed a premium on boat handling. After a few months of downtime, the competitors who were able to most quickly shake off the rust of a few months of downtime and keep their kites out of the water & off the forestay quickly moved up the scoresheet.

    Race 3 saw similar conditions with the ebb tide being generally stronger on the left, but the wind was oscillating dramatically, so clean lanes & hitting your shifts were key.

    After the middle two days of the event were postponed due to COVID, the final installment will take place on March 13. It’s not too late to sign up & join us!"

    Regatta Pro Midwinters Results

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    Great to see some semblance of sailing starting to emerge!