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August 14, 2019

International 110 Nationals Sail Tomales Bay

110 start
A race start on bucolic Tomales Bay.
© 2019 John Longstreth

Inverness Yacht Club on West Marin’s Tomales Bay hosted the International 110 Nationals on July 29-August 2. We received an abundance of good images to go with a report, written by Martha Blanchfield, for September’s Racing Sheet in Latitude 38. Rather than leave most of those fine photos scattered about like fallen autumn leaves on the cutting room floor, we’re posting them here.

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The 24-ft skinny, canoe-stern, fixed-keel boats attracted a Whaler full of paparazzi.
© 2019 John Longstreth

The International 110 Class calls the 1939 C. Raymond Hunt design “the first sportboat.”

Trapping out on the gray boat
Joe Berkley, on the helm, and Linda Epstein, on the wire, brought Blue Moon from Hull YC in Hull, Massachusetts. They placed second in the standings.
© 2019 John Longstreth
Lady Bug
Bay Area sailors Bren Meyer and Erik Menzel on Lady Bug.
© 2019 Martha Blanchfield

Check out the results of the 18-boat regatta here.

Smart Shoes and Shenanigans
The eventual winners, SFYC members Bill Barton and Chris Raney on Smart Shoes, #695, race alongside a Michigan boat, Shenanigans, #709.
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yellow boat
Eric Stassevitch, skipper, and David Bacci on Honey Ryder.
© 2019 John Longstreth

Look for Martha’s report and more photos in our September issue, hitting the docks in time for Labor Day Weekend, on Friday, August 30.

Doug Peterson Among 2019 National Sailing Hall of Fame Class

Yacht designer Doug Peterson is among the class of inductees nominated to the 2019 National Sailing Hall of Fame.  Hailing from San Diego, Peterson — a revolutionary yacht designer whose credentials extended into multiple winning America’s Cup campaigns, offshore racers and iconic West Coast cruising boats — passed away in 2017 at the age of 71.

Doug Peterson would “completely lock in on whatever task he decided to take on, with a laser-like focus, until he decided something else was the priority,” Paul Bishop wrote in 2017. “Many days were fueled with nothing but good imported beer and handfuls of pistachio nuts. Anything else would be an unwanted distraction.”
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Gary Jobson wrote a remembrance about Peterson on the National Sailing Hall of Fame’s (NSHOF) website: “The year is 1979 as yacht designer Doug Peterson rides on the transom of a Six Meter on Puget Sound. He is staring intently at the water flowing off the stern. When asked what he was doing, Peterson explained, ‘The wave back here is too big. I am trying to think of ways to reduce the size of the wave so the next design will have less drag.’ The moment spoke volumes about the pragmatic approach Doug Peterson had toward designing fast sailboats.”

The America’s Cup is no doubt the most prestigious bullet on Peterson’s résumé. He was part of Bill Koch’s America3 design team; the boat successfully defended the Cup in 1992. “Recognizing his talent, Team New Zealand hired Peterson for the next Cup in 1995, and they successfully challenged,” Jobson wrote. “His next two America’s Cup commissions were for the Prada Challenge Luna Rossa. The team made the America’s Cup final in 2000, but lost to the home town team from New Zealand. Dozens of yacht construction companies commissioned Peterson to draw the lines for their yachts.”

America3 takes a victory lap in front of San Diego Yacht Club after successfully defending the America’s Cup in 1992 against Italian challenger Il Moro.
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Peterson was also known for designing cruising boats, including the famed Kelly Peterson, a fleet of which are still sailing the globe today. “Owners have nothing but praise for the performance achieved by this moderate-displacement bluewater design; 180-mile days are not uncommon,” Cruising World wrote.

The other inductees into the 2019 Hall of Fame class are: Sailmaker Robbie Doyle of Marblehead, Massachusetts, who won the America’s Cup as the mainsail trimmer for Ted Turner aboard Courageous in 1977; Captain John Bonds of Annapolis, a leader in creating safety protocols. Olympic Gold Medalist Buddy Friedrichs of New Orleans, who sailed in the Dragon class; Olympic Gold Medalist Allison Jolly of St. Petersburg, Florida, who sailed 470s, and was the “sport’s first-ever Women’s Olympic Gold Medalist,” according to Scuttlebutt.

Donald McKay designed a fleet of clipper ships. “The California Gold Rush and the China trade intensified the quest for speed and McKay delivered with his innovative ships,” NSHOF said. “The names of his vessels generated good press. The most famous of the clippers was Flying Cloud.”
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Also inducted were master ship designer and builder Donald McKay, who hailed from Nova Scotia and immigrated to Boston, and was “at the forefront of the clipper ship era establishing speed records that have stood for well over 100 years,” according to the NSHOF; Everett A. Pearson, from Warren, Rhode Island, who was the first builder of fiberglass production cruising sailboats; and  Herbert Lawrence Stone, from Charleston, South Carolina, who “had a robust career at the forefront of sailing as the long-time editor of Yachting Magazine,” according to NSHOF.

The 2019 class will be formally inducted on November 9 at Seattle Yacht Club.

Tahiti Transpac Attracts 10 Entries So Far

Back in April, Dorade owners and St. Francis Yacht Club members Matt Brooks and Pam Levy submitted the first entry to the upcoming 2020 Tahiti Race. Since then, the entry list has continued to grow and now numbers 10 boats.

Ninety years after her launch, Dorade will compete in the 3,570-mile race from Los Angeles to Tahiti beginning on May 28, 2020. Organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club, the Transpac Tahiti Race was last staged in 2012.

Matt Brooks and Pam Levy have campaigned Dorade in most of the world’s major ocean races. Tahiti beckons.
© 2019 Cory Silken

Matt has had his eye on this race for years. “The Tahiti race has always been on my bucket list. It’s a very significant race, and I love long, substantial, challenging bluewater races.”

Matt acknowledges that the competition will be significant. “If we complete the 3,570-mile race in good order, we’ll have accomplished something.”

Sailing with Matt in the race will be many of Dorade’s regular roster, including Matt Wachowicz, Kevin Miller, Eric Chowanski, John Hayes and Mike Giles. Steve Branaugh will be joining the crew, several of whom were aboard when Dorade won the 2013 Transpac between Los Angeles and Honolulu.

Archipelagoes, which promotes “nautical tourism and the maritime economy in French Polynesia, New Caledonia and the South Pacific” organizes the finish for the race, in Papeete, Tahiti. Completing the race in one of several South Pacific island groups fits with Matt and Pam’s vision for Dorade. “One of our goals,” says Pam, “is to do races in places where people may never have seen Dorade — different audiences to see the boat is competitive after all these years.”

The current entry list includes:

  • Angelique, Columbia 57, Andy Kurtz
  • Cabrón, Botin 80, Steve Meheen, San Diego YC
  • Dad’s Dream, Morgan 38.2, Bill Boyd, Hawaii YC
  • Dorade, S&S 52, Matt Brooks, NYYC
  • Espiritu, Atlantic 57, Santi Santiago Becerra, Transpacific YC
  • Medicine Man, Andrews 63, Bob Lane, Long Beach YC
  • Nacira, Class 40, Benoît, Parnaudeau YC de Tahiti
  • Pyewacket 70,  Modified Volvo 70, Roy Disney, SDYC
  • Tritium, ORMA trimaran, John Sangmeister, NYYC/LBYC
  • Zephyrus, R/P 77, Damon Guizot, Los Angeles YC

There’s still time to join the list and follow in the wake of so many other racers and adventurers who’ve sailed off to the tropical peaks of Tahiti. Given that the race was last held in 2012 and has been sailed only 15 times since 1925, the next opportunity may not come for a while.

US Sailing
The Chubb US Junior regatta is kind of a big deal. Lots of hardware is up for grabs, including the Smythe and Bemis trophies and the Sears Cup — accolades that even we here at Latitude remember from our junior sailing days.
Championship Regatta
Chris Kostanecki, hailing from the San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere, took his saltwater sailing skills to the freshwater lakes of Michigan to challenge 35 other competitors in the J/70 Corinthian National Championship.