For once the weather cooperated in Newport with what could be described as warm and windy conditions on the big boat course up close to Huntington Beach. The regatta had a little something for everyone, from six to eighteen knots of wind.  The 16-18 that blew in for races four and five seemed to be a bolt from the blue as talk around the club Sunday morning was to expect a little less than the day before.  First race was a marathon of over two hours with some long beats to weather and Skian Dhu continued right where they left off at Midwinters recording the first bullet of the regatta.  Second race was much shorter, with Temptress taking the win and the lead at the end of day one under direction of local guru and tactician Dave Ullman and thankfully the committee decided to call it a day in time for us to get to the dock and enjoy some sponsored Gosling’s dark and stormy’s and then to enjoy our own Farr 40 champagne reception on the flag deck out back of the club.

I doubt anyone really believed the wind would hold when we arrived at the club to find it already blowing out of the WSW at the dock, but as we headed out for practice before the first start, it just kept building to a nice 10-12 in race #3.  Piranha took a heavily favored committee end of the line and never looked back.  Meanwhile, new owner Jeff Janov pulled a second place in the race and was looking much better than expected for fresh out of the box and Radical Departure showed that a crew change was making a big difference often in the top few boats at the windward and leeward marks.  Then the wind hit so with much surprise, 2S spinnakers came out for race #4.  Jeff’s team on the new boat scored their first victory in the class of what will no doubt be many more to come.  But with their win, Piranha recorded it’s third runner up race finish to start to build a lead for the regatta on Temptress, ex-Pegasus and Skian Dhu.  Final race saw Piranha drag race to be first boat to the right which for one time paid off as the wind solidified on that side and with the win, take the regatta with a 2-2-1-2-1 score line of eight points.   Notably, RDII finished on a high note with a third in the last race of the weekend!  Second third and fourth were each separated by a point (I think – no results are yet posted on NHYC’s web site) with Temptress, Skian Dhu and ex-Pegasus in order.

As the largest class, our class winner was also the winner of the Ahmanson Cup itself for 2009 and the club had another surprise in store when it awarded a beautiful waterproof cashmere jacket from Loro Piano in South Coast Plaza (never knew about this company, but a little time on the website and you will find the family is connected to yacht racing in Italy).

Next up for the fleet will be Leukemia Cup/Yachting Cup in San Diego where we will see the newly refurbished and repainted Woolly Bully return to action bringing our fleet to nine boats racing!

Rank Fleet Boat SailNo Club Owner R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1st Farr 40 Piranha 51483 CYC David Voss 2 2 1 2 1 8
2nd Farr 40 Temptress 40050 LBYC Ray Godwin 3 1 4 5 2 15
3rd Farr 40 Skian Dhu 51044 SBYC Dirk Freeland 1 6 3 3 4 17
4th Farr 40 514 CYC Jeff Janov 5 3 2 1 7 18
5th Farr 40 White Knight 888 CBYC Zoltan Katinszky 4 5 5 6 6 26
6th Farr 40 Radical Departure 50060 BYC Dennis Rosene 6 4 7 7 3 27
7th Farr 40 Far Niente 37 CYC Frederic Scheer 7 8 6 4 5 30
8th Farr 40 Ohana 40031 DPYC Tosh Neminsky 8 7 8 8 9 DNS 40