With a mistake free picket fence of 1-1-1 on Saturday, Skian Dhu showed exception speed and smarts to take what turned out to be an insurmountable lead and win Cal Race Week. Saturday brought an unexpectedly blustery 12-15 knots of wind and chop making for challenging race conditions. Skian Dhu used a tried and true combination to win every race – win the start and go fast out in front! While everyone else seemed to have one issue or another the team from Santa Barbara just seemed to revel in the bigger breeze. On Sunday though, tactician Jeff Grange could not have been happy to see flat water and 5-9 knots of shifty wind meaning anything was possible. Sure enough Piranha made a run at Skian Dhu winning the first race while Skian Dhu got caught out in a light spot and ended up fifth meaning which ever boat beat the other in the last race would win the regatta. Piranha sailed conservatively to cover Skian Dhu taking second in the last race to seemingly win the regatta on the water. But off the water, a protest by newcomer Dark Star resulted in Piranha choosing to take a 40% scoring penalty in the first race (though the arbitrator did not find fault) and dropped Piranha to second for the regatta. With the win, Skian Dhu moved into a solid second overall for the season and will have two more regattas to chase down Piranha including Long Beach Race Week that Skian Dhu won in 2007 and Piranha in 2008 followed by the Fiesta Cup in Santa Barbara to close the season.


Place

#
Boat Name Owner

Rating
Boat Type

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Total
1 51044 Skian Dhu Dirk Freeland

-3
Farr 40

1

1

1

5

3

11
2 51483 Piranha Dave Voss

-3
Farr 40

2

3

2

4 scp

2

13
3 40050 Temptress Ray Godwin

-3
Farr 40

3

4

3

3

1

14
4 80808 Dark Star Jeff Janov

-3
Farr 40

4

2

5

2

7

20
5 37 Far Niente Frederic Scheer

-3
Farr 40

7

9 dnf

6

4

5

31
6 888 White Knight Zoltan Katinszky

-3
Farr 40

5

5

7 scp

7

8

32
7 40031 Ohana Tosh Neminsky

-3
Farr 40

6

7

8

8

4

33
8 40033 Woolly Bully Huston/Palmieri

-3
Farr 40

8

6

7

6

6

33