By Christine Weaver | October 8, 2018 | Richmond and San Diego, CA | 0
As the heat wave set in over the weekend, Richmond Yacht Club hosted three regattas at once, all for small to smallish boats. The Wylie Wabbit Nationals kicked off the weekend a day early on Friday, the Sportboat and Multihull Invitational was added in on Saturday, and the El Toro Stampede sailed in a separate racing area on Sunday only.
Sunday was the windiest day, with long periods of light breeze, lulling sailors into comfort zones that were abruptly shattered by capsize-inducing gusts.
Deke Klatt’s Wabbit Johnson hopped in from Ventura to vanquish the locals and claim the National title.
Also on Friday-Sunday, San Francisco YC hosted the Express 27 Nationals. While his sister Sarah was wacing her Wabbit, Paul Deeds claimed the Express 27 title with Magic Bus. We’ll have more in Racing Sheet in the November issue of Latitude 38.
Surprise. After the 2013 America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay and local disappointment over moving the 2017 Cup to Bermuda, it felt like we’d never see Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts and their foiling spectacle on the Bay again.