Seminar on The New Racing Rules of Sailing
California Yacht Club Mid-Winter Regatta.
February 11, 12, 2017
Alan Drinkwater did an amazing job organising all the details for the team in California as well as writing this report.
Skipper Allan Strain and crew Clare Strain, Maggie Drinkwater and Alan Drinkwater arrived at California Yacht Club on Friday afternoon to cool, rainy weather. We checked out the boat loaned to us, M242 #9, which was in great shape and had nice sails. What a small world - this boat was Allan and Clare's Popcorn which they raced in Vancouver in the 90s.
There were 12 M242 boats in the regatta. Saturday saw 3 races in sunny skies and 12-15 knots of breeze.
Sailing was tricky with shifting winds, strong current, large and fast moving rollers coming from a different direction than the wind, and plenty of kelp. The Santa Monica Bay kelp is King Kong version: each strand is 1' wide, multi-leaved and 12' long, often in thick clumps. Upwind steering and sail trim was tricky, the challenge being to keep the speed up while maneuvering through the waves. We had great speed and pointing and finished mid-fleet at the end of the day.
Sunday saw light, patchy winds, softer seas and current; shirtsleeve racing with temperature around 20C! Sunscreen needed.
The locals were seeing things we weren't and had their boats moving faster. We finished the regatta in 11th place and learned lots.
The hospitality extended us by M242Fleet 3, the California Yacht Club and our billet hosts was amazing.
They are a super bunch of sailors and took great care of us.
2017 M242 North Americans
The 2017 M242 North Americans will be held at Marina del Rey Sept 1-3.
M242 Fleet 3 has 4 boats set aside for Canadian teams!
Fleet One's Executive for 2017
|Fleet Captain:||Allan Strain|
|Vice Fleet Captain:||TBD|
|Past (Past) Fleet Captain:||Alan Sturgess|
|Web Master/IMCA Rep.:||Craig Strand|
|Social Media Director:||Tara Smith|
|Score Keeper:||Connie Leung|
|Keeper of the Trophies:||Ray Parsons|
|Fleet Measurer/Technical Chair/IMCA Rep.:||Alan Drinkwater|
|Fleet Cook:||Paul Martin|
|Executives at Large:||Dave Bogart, Cedric Carter, Adrienne Mennell, Steve Haynes|