Taking a bullet in the first race of the regatta hanging on from there, Temptress sailed a textbook regatta sailed off the Santa Monica Pier under warm sunny skies in 8-14 knots of wind. Most remarkable was just how close the boats were at the first weather mark as only a few feet here or there often made differences in positions. White Knight led the regatta after winning the second race – and probably led at the first weather mark more than any other boat in the regatta. Race three was the turning point for the regatta when all three boats at the heavily favored pin end of the line – Deception, Skian Dhu and Piranha – were called over early. In the most wind seen all weekend, there was simply no way for any of the three to recover and get past the boats that started on the correct side of the line! Temptress took another bullet and Far Niente was right on their heels in second.

Day 2 saw Alex Blankfield from Ventura win his first Farr 40 one-design race by correctly sailing to the left side of the course, riding a nice lift over the fleet and going on to win the first race. Radical Departure and Woolly Bully were also running in the top early in the race. But Piranha put pressure on Temptress for the regatta by taking second and closing within three points. Race two saw Piranha start on the weather end of the line and hold starboard all the way to the port layline to sit on Temptress and try to drive them back far enough to win. At the first mark, White Knight led from the right corner with Piranha second and Temptress in fifth! Piranha got by White Knight on the downwind leg, but Temptress battled back to second to secure the regatta win.

The Season Championship remains very tight with Piranha and Temptress tied and Skian Dhu two points back. The last two stops on the circuit are the home ports for the Long Beach and Santa Barbara boats, so local knowledge will keep things interesting!

1 40050 TemptressRay Godwin LBYC 1 4 1 4 2 12
2 51483 PiranhaDavid Voss CYC 3 2 6 2 1 14
3 888 White KnightZoltan Katinsky CBYC 2 1 3 7 3 16
4 51044 Skian DhuDirk Freeland SBYC 4 3 5 3 4 19
5 40033 Woolly BullyWes Huston KHYC 6 6 4 5 5 26
6 37 Far Niente

Frederic Scheer

CYC 8 5 2 6 6 27
7 80808 DeceptionAlex Blankfield VYC 5 7 7 1 8 28
8 50060 Radical Departure IIIWager Rosene BYC 7 8 8 8 7 38