Monday, June 29, 2009

Long Beach Race Week - It was so windy...

Day 3/David Bassett-Parkins' Emirage II, shown in an earlier mark rounding, later snagged a mark, fell to last place and lost the PHRF-1 title

Day 3/A spectacular finish to the regatta for Richard Fish's Schock 35, Outlier
Photos Alamitos Bay Yacht Club

Sailors from these parts will tell you that San Diego 100 miles to the south is not the windiest venue on the West Coast."That's why we enjoy coming up here," Chuck Nichols said late Sunday afternoon. And when Acura presents Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week with weather conditions like 132 boats in 18 classes found this past weekend, Nichols and his border-area peers tend to make the most of it.

Nichols, Chris Snow and Mark Surber came on strong in the last two races Sunday to win, respectively, the J/120, J/24 and PHRF-1 classes, reveling in winds of 15 to 20 knots. It was so windy that even the local Alamitos Bay and Long Beach Yacht Clubs that organized the event were impressed by the benevolence of nature that blessed the West Coast's largest keelboat regatta. more+