Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Light, Cool Day for Day 1 of the 2010 Etchells North American Championship

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Photo by Chris Love
San Diego, CA (June 9, 2010)

San Diego welcomed 42 Etchells teams with cloudy skies and cool temperatures, not quite hitting double digits for breeze on day 1 of 4 for the 2010 Etchells North American Championship.

Race 1 saw a fairly steady breeze of 6-9 kts from the South-Southwest. The 5.9 mile race finished downwind with Andrew Whittome and crew Paul Terhaar taking a first place in just under an hour and 30 minutes. Shannon Bush, one of 3 female skippers in the fleet, took 2nd with her crew Mark Foster and Charlie Dickey. SDYC native Chris Snow with crew Gary Mitchell and John Rudderham finished 3rd. There was no place movement among the top 3 teams in race 1 at each mark rounding, with the 3 leaders extending their lead throughout the race.

The racers were given a short and sunny lunch break before starting the second and final race of the day at 13:33. The breeze lightened up a bit between 5-8kts, however there was plenty of time in the day to get in a 7.7 mile race. Argyle Campbell with his crew Jamie Hardenbergh and Bill Mais took race 2 with a decent lead over the fleet. SDYC sailor Kjeld Hestehave with crew Dave Koenig and Andrea Andriany finished 3rd.

The results after 2 races put Newport Harbor Yacht Club sailor Argyle Campbell in the lead with a 3 point cushion, after taking a 10 and a 1 for the day. Consistency pays off for current 2nd place holder Bruce Burton and crew Glenn Burton and Jon Easley of Bayview Yacht Club with a 5 and 9 finish. With only 2 points separating places 2-4, the regatta is off to a great and competitive start! Forecast for tomorrow will be similar to today with morning fog and light breeze up to 10 kts in the afternoon.

The 2010 Etchells North American Championship is sponsored by SLAM, Point Loma Outfitting, North Sails One Design, Sailing Supply, Kaenon, CFO Connect, BusinessBooks, Etchells Fleet 13, and Harrington Studios.