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This latest race report covers our 2012 SCYA Midwinter Regatta which took place on February 18 & 19.

Report, 2012 Midwinter Regatta

Eighteen Mercs entered the 2012 LA Midwinter Regatta in San Pedro put on by the Cabrillo Beach YC. The clouds cleared, the breeze 8-10 knots from the southeast. Their were some shifts, but a skipper’s concern where was the most wind.

The first race was a single sausage finishing on the wind from a gate. Randy and Kathryn Smith took the pin start, with a long starboard tack, set themselves up for a nice lead and carried it to the finish. Jim and Kathy Bradley put on a good chase to get second place. Don Whelan with Alan Johnson had to fight off Doug Baird with Chris Messano to place third. Baird was fourth. Mike and Debbie Luebkemann racing “Clifford for the first time placed fifth.

Race two was a double sausage with the windward finish. Bradley was determined to win, but he had to beat an equally determined Baird. Bradley won with Baird second. Third place went to Steve Jeppesen with Ken Maring. Smith took fourth and fifth place went to Whelan.

Race three was the same course. All racers were looking for the best side of the course or the best shift, the fast Mercs were the best. Kristen and daddy Mike Burch got off very fast and Kristen did a great job of holding off all the experienced Merc sailors. She won race 3. Baird in hot pursuit was second. Smith got third in nice battle with Bradley who placed fourth. Bill and Katie Worden had their best race and placed fifth. Going into tomorrow Bradley leads Smith and Baird by 1 point.

Day two the normal breeze from the west that clocked about 10-12 kn hitting about 15 in the second race. The waves were relatively flat. The course for both races were the sausage, finishing upwind from the gate.

Race four was three times around. The starting line was too short on both days, but with the wind velocity up, there was a recall and some were OCS. Baird got off to a great start. Mark Comings with Geordy Hershman sailing there first race in a while battled with Baird the entire race. Baird won and Comings was second. Third place went to Chris and Jeffrey Lanzafame. Fourth was Whelan followed by Bradley.

Race five the race committee put up the I flag and Bradley was over, but in the middle of the pack. He had to go around the ends to start correctly and this hurt. Baird and Comings had it out again with Baird well in front of the fleet. Baird won and won the regatta. Comings was second. Smith got back in the hunt after a mediocre fourth race and placed third to get an overall second place. Lanzafame would not give up and placed fourth ahead of Whelan who got fifth.

Congratulations to Baird followed by Smith, Whelan, Bradley and Comings. The great turnout was the hard work of Tom Priest. Many thanks to the CBYC race committee.

Check the Merc website for the scores.


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