A W6 course with a windward tetrahedron mark lurking in the sun glinting waters greeted the 11 boats that came out on the gorgeous evening. The very warm west winds swung from to W to WNW almost immediately after the start. Just prior to the start a ruckus at the RC boat end is currently under review. As it was, a few boats were left uncontested midway down the start line. Unfortunately, Catching J’s got caught OCS and had to return to the finish line after the rest of the fleet sped off towards the first mark. Wild Thing was sliding along nicely and pretty much led the way around the course for the entire race. Spirit and Vaporize were also in the leading pack around the first few marks as well. With the big shift, the RC changed the course and used Cotton Point as the new windward mark with multiple sounds, C flag, and green flag flying, plus multiple announcements on the radio. This course change actually got the fleet tacking on the shifts especially as they approached the Cotton Point reef. It was great to watch the boats round the Cotton Point reef and pop spinnakers back lit by the low angled sun. Wild thing held on to starboard gybe and appeared to slow down in the shelter of the West shore while most of the J’s gybed immediately after the reef and got back into the steadier winds away from the west shore. While the fleet rounded Cotton Point and headed back to the start pin/leeward mark on the forth leg the wind appeared to be dropping both to the north and south of the course, so the RC decide it would be prudent to head up to the weather mark and shorten the course. Wild Thing held onto their lead coming down the 4th leg by a few boat lengths. Brad Taylor tried to convince the RC that a finish was expected even as other boats were rounding the leeward pin and had to back track around the mark. As this was happening the RC picked up their anchor andhead up the weather leg. Once anchored and as the fleet approached the new finish the shorten course signals were made with two sounds and S flag displayed. Unfortunately for Dave and Nelson it appeared Vaporize fell into a hole somewhere along the last two legs slipping out of the leader pack. Wild Thing prevailed to cross the line first followed by Spirit, Brad’s J/80, and woot! All but one boat finished the course within 8 minutes of each other. Catchin J’s, left behind at the start, had used the shifts well and worked its way back into race after the change in course…nicely done John!! T finished with a timed finish as a beautiful sunset was in progress. Unfortunately, a protest was lodged and the results are considered tentative and under review. They will be updated upon conclusion of the protest “hearing”.

Place Boat Skipper SailNum Type PHRF Time Corrected Behind Leader
1 Spirit Rodger Voss
1916
J/24
171
1:17:58
1:10:17
0
2 Witch Way Alfie Merchant
2598
J/24
171
1:20:12
1:12:18
121
3 Catchin' Js John Tarrant
1550
J/22
183
1:21:40
1:12:25
128
4 Wild Thing Spencer Raggio
5
J/80
117
1:16:09
1:14:12
235
5 Cut Loose John Dickinson
1672
J/24
171
1:22:25
1:14:18
241
6 Uncle Ludwig Kyle Lavoy
2714
J/24
171
1:22:43
1:14:34
257
7 Animal Andrew Brodie
1396
J/24
171
1:23:19
1:15:06
289
8 J/80 - 69 Brad Taylor
69
J/80
117
1:18:49
1:16:48
391
9 woot! John Haller
304
J/70
120
1:19:40
1:17:17
420
10 T Christian Wetzel
5284
J/24
171
1:30:50
1:21:53
696
11 Vaporize Dave Dougall
28
Viper 640
111
1:24:30
1:23:05
768