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Richmond Has Got It Going On

No jib, and they’re downwind, so no need for extreme hiking on this Wylie 33 in the RYC Wednesday night race. The trapeze artist is telling the J/120 to weather (from which the photo was taken) that they’re going to need room at the harbor entrance. To trap out, he’s attached a halyard to a harness.

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Is this perhaps an I-14 sailor who is only comfortable when he’s on a wire? We don’t know, but we do know these guys had funny accents.

RYC’s very casual beer cans start and finish in the Richmond Harbor.

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Richmond Yacht Club’s August 22 Wednesday night beer can race was enhanced by the presence of 120 International 14 racers at the club for their World Championship. One of the German teams even sailed their skiff in the race, beating just about everyone around the very short course, out to a fixed club mark on Southampton Shoal and back to the Richmond Harbor.

Spotted at the entrance to RYC’s dining room: This beautiful trophy is awarded to the first-place finishers in the first race in the I-14 Worlds. That was the Partingtons. The Killer Green is an entertaining daily newsletter reporting on the regatta. The yellow rose is from a tribute to an RYC member, Melinda Wever, who died unexpectedly on August 13.

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Today is the last day of racing in the Worlds. The father and son team of Andy and Tom Partington from Emsworth, a town in England near Portsmouth, is leading the point tally, with the German team of Georg Borkenstein and Eike Dietrich and the London-based team of Neale Jones and Edward FitzGerald tied for second place.

The I-14 racing is being held on the Berkeley Circle. In the morning, fog shrouds the smoke from wildfires to the north; smoke shrouds the sun in the afternoon.


The best American team has been young locals Mikey ‘Polish’ Radziejowski and Evan Sjostedt, who hover around the #10 spot.

Local dudes Mikey and Evan prepare to head out for yesterday’s race.

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For details (on the Worlds, not the beer cans — those aren’t online), see We’ll have a recap of the championship regatta in Racing Sheet in the September issue of Latitude 38.

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