Ray Godwin’s Farr 40, Temptress played the shifty, light winds in Sunday’s 2009 Two Gate Invitational regatta, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club, and took first-place in PHRF A and first-place overall on corrected handicap time.  This race is the season-opener for LBYC’s 2009 racing year and gets it’s name from the course the competitors take; a 13 nautical mile course going in and out of the Long Beach harbor entrance (Queens Gate) and the Los Angeles harbor entrance (Angels Gate)

The projected Santa Ana winds of 20 plus knots didn’t materialize as the breeze never got over 5 knots for the 33 boats in four classes.  “It was a very favorable day”, Godwin said. “With the light wind we were glad they [race committee] didn’t postpone.”  “After the start”, Godwin said, “we went over to the breakwater with everybody else but there was a bit of wind shadows because of all of the ships [moored in the harbor]. We decided to go over to the right which worked out well.”

About mid race, the breeze (such as it was) shifted around about 100 degrees causing all of the competitors to adjust their tactics.  Godwin continued, “When we got to Angels Gate the westerly’s came in and we set the spinnaker for a normal Long Beach run.”

Mother Nature may not have supplied the amount of breeze the sailors were hoping for, but the day itself was perfect with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s, against the backdrop of the snow-capped San Bernardino Mountains.  “It was a perfect day”, said Godwin, “you couldn’t ask for more.”