The second stop on the 2012 Farr 40 West Coast Championship schedule was this past weekend at the SDYC Yachting Cup.  There were eight very competitive teams on the line and the work put in during the three months since the last regatta showed.  Saturday was 6-8 knots of breeze with quite a bit of confused swell and tons of kelp, making for a very challenging day.  In the first race of the day, Steve Murphy’s Joann showed great improvement, winning the first race over Jeff Shew/Bill Durant’s Viva La Vida after passing VLV on the second beat.   Race 2 was more of the same with VLV leading the fleet to the left side and gaining a massive lead which they held to the finish.  Dark Star, after a difficult first beat, sailed two great downwind legs to take a very hard fought 2nd.  Race 3 on Saturday was started late in the day and the breeze was shifting 30-40 degrees with huge pressure differences depending on where you were.  VLV was again sailing a very solid race near the lead at the first mark with Dark Star and Joann deep in the pack.  At the leeward mark, the two lead boats went left while Dark Star and Joanne (after doing a penalty turn for an incident near the mark) headed right.   The pressure on the right won over the angle on the left and propelled Dark Star to a large lead to finish first in Race 3 with Joann 2nd to end up day 1 as the series leader,  just 1 point ahead of Dark Star and 2 points ahead of VLV.  Skian Dhu sailed a steady day with a  3-5-3 to end up just 2 points out of third.

Sunday had the boats on the race course an hour earlier but the RC elected to wait a bit for the breeze to fill in.  Conditions were much easier than Saturday with a bit more breeze with a more southerly direction making for better angle on the swells.  Race 4 was a very tight battle on the first beat with Mako leading at the top mark after going hard left.  The next group of 5 boats were all tightly bunched with Skian Dhu leading and Dark Star getting shot out the back of the group right at the mark.   Skian Dhu sailed very well to pass Mako while Temptress, White Knight, Dark Star and VLV all engaged in a tight battle downwind.  On the final run, Skian Dhu extended away for the win with Dark Star barely ahead of the other three, all overlapped at the finish line.  Joann struggled to an 8th to surrender the series lead.

Going into the last race, the points were:  Dark Star  10,  Skian Dhu 12, VLV  13 and Joann 15.  With the breeze finally building to the best pressure of the weekend,  Dark Star started at the heavily favored  pin end and took the left side of the beat.   Halfway up the beat, VLV came across and tacked on Dark Star sending Jeff Janov’s boat back to the left where they found a bit more pressure and left shift to lead the regatta contenders at the top mark.  Temptress came out of the right to lead everyone.  With good downwind speed and nailing a couple of shifts, Dark Star was able to get ahead of Temptress just before the bottom mark to take the lead.    Despite a bad leeward mark rounding and torn 1.5S, VLV managed to stay ahead of Skian Dhu and match raced the rest of the race to  take 2nd in the regatta with Skian Dhu third.  Day 1 leader Joann had a tough day and ended up 4th overall.

New teams Mako and Foil showed flashes of brilliance in a few races and it is clear that they will be teams to beware of in future regattas.  On a sad note, it was announced at the awards ceremony that Mako owner and long-time sailor Don Michaelis passed away on Saturday.  A moment of silence was observed in Don’s honor.   The West Coast Fleet extends its condolences to the Michaelis family and we hope to see Mako out at the next event in Don’s memory.

Reported by
Randy Smith
Dark Star

FARR 40

Place
Sail # Boat Name Owner
Race 1
Race 2
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5
Total:
1
80808 Dark Star Jeff Janov
5
2
1
2
1
11
2
131 Viva La Vida Jeff Shew Bill Durant
2
1
6
4
2
15
3
51044 Skian Dhu Dirk Freeland
3
5
3
1
4
16
4
46957 JoAnn Steve Murphy
1
4
2
8
5
20
5
40050 Temptress Ray Godwin
7
3
4
7
3
24
6
888 White Knight Zoltan Katinszky
4
6
5
3
8
26
7
50060 Foil Gordon Leon
6
7
8
5
7
33
8
57483 Mako Don Michaelis
9 dnc
8
7
6
6
36