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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For complete results, see www.jibeset.net/EYC000.php?RG=T005370364.
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