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Jack Frost Midwinters in Near-Summer Conditions

Only a portion of the racers attended Encinal Yacht Club’s make-up Jack Frost race day on Saturday, April 2. The day started with light westerlies and a 3-knot flood, testing the fleets to find the wind and avoid the slicks of current on a short windward-leeward course. The struggle upwind was rewarded with a rollicking downwind ride on the current. The current abated, and the west wind increased to about 15 knots for the second race. All fleets were treated to a fun, long race around Alcatraz to top off the season. Near-summer conditions brought smiles to the faces of the avid racers.

CentoMiglia, Story Maker and Elan.
CentoMiglia, Story Maker and Elan maneuver in the waters northeast of Treasure Island for the last of the Jack Frost races.
© 2022 Fred Fago

PHRF Divisions

CentoMiglia's rail
Riding the rail on Cento in the windy afternoon.
© 2022 Fred Fago

Mike and Sean Mahoney’s Story Maker, a Tartan 101, had two first-place finishes in Division 2 for Races 9 and 10. That was just shy of being enough to take her into first for the season. Zhenya Kirueshkin-Stepanoff’s CentoMiglia (a Flying Tiger 10), with two seconds, held onto her first-place series position by one point.

Story Maker
Father-and-son team Mike and Sean Mahoney and crew steered Story Maker to two victories on April 2.
© 2022 Fred Fago

In Division 3, Tim Roche’s J/92 Zaff and Joan Byrne’s Olson 911S Heart of Gold came out to defend their first and second season positions. Heart of Gold took first in Race 9, but Zaff pulled out ahead for a first in Race 10, clinching her overall lead.

One Design Classes

Division 1, the Express 37s, had determined their positions at the end of Race 4, with Larry Baskin’s Bullet taking first for the season and Andy Schwenk’s Spindrift V second.

Action aboard the J/92 Zaff, keeping just ahead of Heart of Gold.
© 2022 Fred Fago

David Gruver’s Sketch was unbeatable, with all bullets for the series (after one throwout) to lead the Olson 25s. David Scott’s O’Mar, in second place, kept her clear lead over Steve Smith’s Synchronicity, #3.

O’Mar, with her magenta kite, was among the seven Olson 25s that signed up for the series.
© 2022 Fred Fago

The Santanta 22s saw some fierce competition, with the lead boats only minutes apart after the hour-long race around Alcatraz. Jennifer McKenna’s Zingaro kept her series lead, with firsts in Races 9 and 10. Chris Klein’s Alegre was second, followed by Deb Fehr’s Meliki in both Race 9 and the season standings. Meliki and Alegre traded places in Race 10, but that was not enough to change the overall score in the 10-boat class.

Santana 22s
A start in the Santana 22 fleet.
© 2022 Fred Fago

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