Ten boats came out to honor the memory of well known big boat racer Mike Campbell who was a special friend to so many in the Southern California sailing community. With his widow Victoria looking on, Far Niente was a model of consistency and won the regatta without winning a single individual race. Competition was so close that at times mere seconds separated several positions at the finish. In fact, going into the last race, the top four boats were separated by only two points! Surprisingly, although Far Niente was at the front of the fleet, Skian Dhu, Dark Star and Piranha were in 7th, 8th and 10th respectively! That tells you how competitive it was on the water. Off the water, the poolside cocktails and food were outstanding courtesy of North Sails and we look forward to coming back next year!

Next up several boats will head south to San Diego for the annual Hot Rum Series and we look forward to Warpath engaging in West Coast racing action for the first time.

From the official Press Release:

Taking first-place overall in the Farr 40 class, and showing that consistency pays off, was Frederic Scheer’s Far Niente. The boat didn’t win a race all weekend but finished the regatta with three second-place finishes, a third and a fifth… good enough for a four-point lead over the second-place boat overall, Dirk Freeland’s Skian Dhu.

Scheer was not able to attend the event, suffering from a recent back injury, and under the class rules the owner/driver must participate in the event.

Chuck Kallal drove Far Niente in Scheer’s absence.

“This is an owner/driver fleet,” Kallal said, “and since he wasn’t able to come this weekend we asked the fleet for a special variance. The owners are all good friends and it wasn’t a problem.

“To be able to this regatta in Mike’s memory is really great. I’ve raced for and against Mike for many years and this is very special.”

Also onboard Far Niente for the weekend was Scott Dickson, Congressional Cup competitor and 11-time Ficker Cup winner who move to California in 1994 from his home country of New Zealand. To him, this regatta meant a great deal.

“Mike Campbell is the reason I came to California in the first place,” Dickson said. “When I got here, I stayed with Mike and Victoria for a while until I got settled. He was pretty special to me and now it’s special to be a part of this winning team.”

Dirk Freeland, second overall in the Farr 40s, posted two first-place finishes in the regatta but had to settle for second, bowing to Far Niente’s consistent performance.

“They were pretty much in front of the fleet,” Freeland said, “and we were able to come back to get second and we’re pleased.

“I think we traveled the farthest, coming from Santa Barbara. But this was really a fun event and glad we now have this to come to in the fall. As a fleet, we’ve talked about finding a mid-October event to race in.”

Sail Boa Skipper Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
1 37 Far Niente Scheer, Frederic CYC> 2 3 2 5 2 14
2 51044 Skian Dhu  Freeland, Dirk  SBYC 1 6 1 6 4 18
3 51483 Piranha  Voss, David  CYC  3 4 5 1 7 20
4 80808 Dark Star  Janov, Jeff  CYC  5 1 4 2 9 21
5 40050 Temptress  Godwin, Ray  LBYC 7 10 3 3 1 24
6 888 White Knight  Katinszky, Zoltan  CBYC 8 2 6 9 3 28
7 40031 Ohana  Neminsky, Tosh  DPYC 4 5 9 4 6 28
8 40033 Woolly Bully  Palmieri/Huston  KHYC 6 7 7 7 10 37
9 50060 Radical Departure  Rosene/Carter BYC  10 9 10 8 5 42
10 46957 JoAnn  Murphy, Steve  SlBYC 9 8 8 10 8 43