High Sierra Regatta (Huntington Lake, CA) July 11/12, 1998

This regatta consists of two races on Saturday and one on Sunday. Both A's and B's started together but were scored separately.

The winds were medium to light with the "classical" approach of working the left shore working well. For those not familiar, there is a Boy Scout Camp on the starboard tack layline off the starting line (1/2 mile away?) that every one drag races to. The key to success is a clean start and getting a clean upwind lane. Though playing the shifts more towards the middle of the lake seems attractive from time to time, in the end those that dominated theses races played a conservative "left shore" game. Stu, of course, always breaks the mold by cutting over to the right side of the lake to strike it rich and pass a few boats at a critical time. That's Stu for you!

Stu, who the Sail Bear Regatta, wasn't untouchable, just consistently in the top three boats. The first race, for example, saw Yates with a large lead at the windward mark (located 2+ miles upwind at the first dam), only to find out that he had rounded the wrong way. He lost many boats unwinding, leaving Stu with the opportunity to overtake Roger Patterson (who was having a stellar 1st race in his brand new 6127 hull) on the ensuing long down wind and reaching legs. In some races, the lead change three or so times. Consistent front pack sailors also included Bob Yates, Kurt Wiese (failed shroud in race 1), Ken Campbell, and John Papadopoulos. It's no surprise that these folks were also consistently taking advantage of the favored pin end of the starting line. Bob reported that it was favored as much as 20 degrees at times!

Though the Lido 14 turnout was down from 1997's 35ish boats (high due to the 1997 Class Championships held in conjunction with the 1997 High Sierra Regatta), the 26 boats that did turn out represented a consistent number of participants compared to years prior with a broad cross section of new and well established sailors. Finally, it was great to see the return to the wood burl trophies!

As

Skipper, Crew (Club)

Hull

1

2

3

Final

1st

Stu & Russell Robertson

4529

3/4

3/4

2

3.5

2nd

John Papadopoulos & Stephanie Faillers (BYC)

5031

2

2

3

7

3rd

Bob Yates & Pat Kinkaid (LIYC)

5051

5

3

1

8.75

4th

Ken & Sandi Campbell (MBYC)

4509

3

5

5

13

5th

Karl & Lisa Walker (MBYC)

4370

4

9

4

17

6th

Joe & Catherine Doering (Fremont SC)

4875

8

7

8

23

7th

Kurt & Evelyn Wiese (NHYC)

4611

DNF

4

6

24

8th

Don & Kit Lockwood (MorroBayYC)

6050

7

8

9

24

9th

Diane & Ray Gonzales (ABYC)

2833

9

6

10

25

10th

Roger Patterson & Kathy Allen (MBYC)

6127

6

10

DNF

28

11th

Dave & Jeanne Smith (ABYC)

3281

10

11

7

28

12th

Peter & Anita Rothenbuecher (MorroBayYC)

4499

11

13

DNF

36

13th

Larry & Liz Salas (MorroBayYC)

6051

12

12

DNS

38

 

 

Bs

Skipper, Crew (Club)

Hull

1

2

3

Final

1st

Gary Schaffel (KHYC)

3446

2

2

3/4

4.75

2nd

Roy Sr. & Roy Jr. Woolsey (LIYC)

4110

3/4

4

3

7.75

3rd

Grant & Barbara Williams (MBYC)

4300

4

3/4

5

9.75

4th

Bob Spero (KHYC)

2707

3

3

4

10

5th

Paul & Etta Williams (BYC)

4391

7

6

2

15

6th

Roger & Pat Tilton (MBYC)

6015

6

5

6

17

7th

Al Perez & Ashleigh Decker (BYC)

4795

5

7

7

19

8th

Al & Lilli Miller

4141

9

9

9

27

9th

Derek Paulin & Noel Naff

2755

8

8

12

28

10th

John Nugent

999

10

10

10

30

11th

Bill Hahesy

2562

12

11

8

31

12th

Roy Roberts

?

11

12

DNF

36

13th

Roy & Bev Gammill (MorroBayYC)

2761

OCS

DNS

11

39

 

Reported by John Papadopoulos