1999 High Sierra Regatta

July 11 & 12, 1999

Hosted by Fresno Yacht Club on Huntington Lake

The first day saw overcast skies which, for those that donít know Huntington Lake, VERY abnormal. Skies had been clear for the entire week prior to the regatta however as the event approached so did the clouds and thunderheads. In the first race, Kent and Chris Foster got off to a tremendous start (partway up from the leeward pin) and found a magic lane that had equal speed and better lift than the rest of the fleet. In 2nd (by the time the fleet approached the Boy Scout Camp) was Papadopoulos followed closely by Robertson. Working they way up the shoreline near the Camp, Robertson commenced a tacking duel and Papadopoulos committed a foul trying to tack out from underneath Robertson, sending Papadopoulos back to about 7th as a result of him doing his alternative penalty turns. Meanwhile up in the front, Foster hit the shoreline a bit too hard and faded while Jenkins came up more in the middle of the lake and overtake Kent to take on Robertson. About 3/4ths the way up the lake the wind died (dead, kaput, zilch). The lake turned into a parking lot mixed with Lidoís and the various other classes that started before. The windward mark rounding order was Jenkins, Robertson, Walker, Foster, Papadopoulos, and Campbell. The race committee shortened the race to finish at mark 6 (at the end of the reach from mark 2).

The second race was abandoned and we all went in early.

Sunday even worse weather with darker thunderheads building in the highlands. The start looked similar to day 1 with Foster, Robertson, Papadopoulos, Walker, and Williams at the front of the pack as they sped over towards the Boy Scout Camp. About 3/4ths of the way to the camp, the wind went goofy. The wind shifted enough to let boats sail almost straight to the windward mark on a port tack. The race down the lake was now mostly about whom had the best line of puffs. Walker led by a wide margin with the battle, if you can call it that, for 2nd oscillating between Robertson, Papadopoulos, and Jenkins. About half way to the windward mark (Mark 3), the wind shut off and the fleet drifted to it. The mark rounding order for the first few boats was Robertson, Walker, Foster, and Papadopoulos. Drifting up the lake (towards the finish line), Papadopoulos found a magic lane and passed both Walker and Foster and, eventually, Robertson, to take the lead. Papadopoulos held on to his lead around the reach mark but Robertson worked his famous down wind magic and passed by Papadopoulos. The wind started to build and come forward (now from a more Southerly direction) so that the first few boats were reaching towards mark 1 (near the start line). Papadopoulos went high; Robertson sailed more along the rhumbline. Papadopoulos built a slight lead over Robertson only to find Walker pressing down hard. Walker reached over Papadopoulos, momentarily taking the lead. Papadopoulos fought back to take the lead. About this time it was apparent that the RC was finishing boats on a new finish line between shore and mark 1. All this battling between Walker and Papadopoulos brought them onto a broad reach to the mark, which should have worked because they were closer to the wind source and getting puffs before Robertson. Unfortunately, with about 40 or so yards to go, the wind died, giving Robertson, who was sailing a hotter angle, the win by a very scant margin, followed by Papadopoulos and Walker.

So, for the 3rd time in four years, Robertson wins the High Sierra Regatta.

A

Skipper

Crew

Hull

Yacht Club

R1

R2

1st

Stu Robertson

Russell Robertson

4529

Bahia Corinthian YC

2

1

2nd

Tom Jenkins

Bette Jenkins

4078

Morro Bay YC

1

4

3rd

John Papadopoulos

Stephanie Faillers

5031

Balboa YC

5

2

4th

Karl Walker

Brennan Walker

4370

Mission Bay YC

4

3

5th

Kent Foster

Chris Foster

4480

Mission Bay YC

3

5

6th

Ken Campbell

Sandyi Campbell

4509

Mission Bay YC

6

7

7th

Pat Rygh

Dot Rygh

3000

Morro Bay YC

7

9

8th

Roger Patterson

Katherine Allen

6127

Mission Bay YC

11

6

9th

Larry Salas

Liz Salas

6051

Morro Bay YC

9

8

10th

Peter Rothenbuecher

Anita Rothenbuecher

4499

Morro Bay YC

8

DNF

11th

Gary Schaffel

 

3446

 

10

10

12th

Diane Gonzales

 

2833

Alamitos Bay YC

DNS

DNS

B

Skipper

Crew

Hull

Yacht Club

R1

R2

1st

Paul Williams

Etta Williams

4391

Balboa YC

1

2

2nd

Roy Woolsey

Roy Woolsey (Jr.)

4110

Lido Isle YC

5

1

3rd

Al Perez

Michelle Hazard

4795

Balboa YC

3

3

4th

Terrie Smith

Adrian Smith

4377

Mission Bay YC

2

5

5th

Roy Gammill

Bev Gammill

2761

Morro Bay YC

4

4

6th

Bob Spero

 

2707

 

6

7

7th

Grant Williams

Barbara Williams

4300

Mission Bay YC

8

6

8th

John Nugent

 

999

Fremont SC

7

8

9th

Steve Hendricks

Tommy Hendricks

4518

 

9

DNF

10th

Jack Vowell

Kenton Hendricks

4955

 

10

DNF

11th

Al Miller

Lilli Miller

4141

 

DNS

DNS

12th

Bill Hahesy

 

2562

 

DNS

DNS