The combined A-Class Catamaran 505 Midwinter Championship ended yesterday after 3 days of racing with 7 races completed. The sailors saw a range of conditions beginning with a fun 14-16 knot first race, a couple of races in the 8-10 knot range, and the remainder fairly light at 4-6 knots. Each day a southwest to northeast running current ran across the course challenging sailors to judge their laylines correctly.
The racing was extremely close in the A-Class. At the end of two days of racing (6 races), Ben Hall led with 14 points followed by Bob Hodges and Randy Smyth tied at 15 points each. Sunday’s only race had 6-8 knots of breeze saw Hall take the win. Smyth was over the line at the start but went back and recovered well to finish 3rd. Hodges thought he was over early, went back but could only recover to 7th which was his throw out but he salvaged third in the series. The A-Class travels to Bokeelia, Fl next month for a regatta at Ben and Nan Hall’s new home with racing on Port Charlotte Bay. The finale of the spring racing season will be the North American Championship at Fort Walton Yacht Club in May.
The 505 racing was close and exciting as expected but Augie Diaz always finished in the top five comfortably to easily take the series win. Lin Robson sailed a very consistent series to take 2nd and he was followed by Tyler Moore in third. The class used its traditional gate start system for the regatta which made managing the current a bit easier for them than the A-Cats who used a fixed line. The regatta was a great warm up for the upcoming 505 World Championship this September in San Francisco. The enthusiasm is very high in the class right now about hosting this event. There were a lot of younger sailors racing as well as some female sailors steering and crewing in this event. The future looks bright for this class to continue to stay healthy and active.
Full results can be found here.
Thanks go to Jay Glaser who provided on the water coaching to all sailors and did daily de-briefs for both classes, PRO Dave Ellis who did a great race management job, and lastly Ethan Bixby and Ben Moon who did a lot of work to organize this event. – Bob Hodges.