Wednesday, April 13, 2016

“Deuce Coop” Aces J/70 Midwinters West

J/70s sailing off California Raab’s SUGOI Crushes Corinthians!
(Marina del Rey, CA)- California Yacht Club played host to the inaugural J/70 Midwinter Championship West sailed from April 1st to 3rd off the busy Marina del Rey harbor. Better than good conditions enabled the famous Cal YC PRO and crew to reel off a most excellent seven race series.  No one, it can be said, was disappointed with the host club’s capability to take care of their sailors after a long day on the water- being greeted by lovely hostesses with fresh local brews, much to the delight of all sailors looking forward to celebrate another good day of sailing- such is the tradition of Cal YC’s famous volunteer team!

More about the “deuce coop” winners. Bruce Cooper’s crew on USA 32 from Long Beach YC in south Los Angeles eclipsed the rest of the fleet and took the overall crown from their north LA friends in their home waters!  After winning the first race, they kept the hammer down and won four races to win by five points. Not to be outdone was Chris Raab’s crew on SUGOI from Newport Harbor YC.  After a disappointing 5th place in the first race, Raab’s crew rallied and won two races on their way to grab the silver with 19 pts total.  While starting about as slowly as Raab’s crew, James Murrell’s HUCKLEBERRY crew from Kings Harbor YC (with famous World Champion crew Willem Van Way on board) popped for mostly top five scores and a 1st in race six to take the bronze with 26 pts.

J/70s sailing under spinnaker off CaliforniaThe rest of the top five included top San Diego NOOD finisher, Jeff Janov’s MINOR THREAT in 4th place with 26 pts and Steve Wyman’s NUNUHUNU in 5th place with 30 pts.  It was close racing and there is no question the entire level of the fleet is elevating dramatically. Consider the fact that John Cianciarulo’s AVANTI (finishing 6th) posted a 2nd in race four and Beverly Burr’s VIVACE (taking 7th) had a 4th in race 3.

In the Corinthians fleet, it was a regatta to remember for Chris Raab’s SUGOI team from Newport Harbor YC- their first major event win in the J/70 class! Second was John Cianciarulo & Patrick Kinkaid’s AVANTI and taking the bronze medal was Beverly Burr’s VIVACE!   For more J/70 West Coast Midwinters sailing information