The idea to run a Sailing Anarchy regatta sprang from our requirement to run an event for our America’s Cup effort. Clean put together a tidy little event on the east coast so I thought, hell, let’s do one out here – Cali style – bigger and better. And I’ll be god damned if we didn’t do exactly that. As you probably know, the main idea was to try to gather as many sportboats together as possible, and let ’em all race against each other. It just hadn’t really been done before out here, so we did. The ‘we’ part is of course Team SA, but really Coronado Yacht Club. I just thought their facility, the south bay, and as I came to discover, their people would be perfect for what I had in mind. I’m not sure how all of that could have turned out any better.
Of course my original idea had strippers in cages, booze company sponsored chicks handing out free samples, sex in bathroom stalls and all kinds of debauchery, but then reality came and woke my ass up. Maybe when SAYC has its own facility we can pull that off, but I did have the people of CYC to consider so I got real. Despite all that, the event was something that I wanted to be fun, relaxed, different, better, have good and interesting racing, and according to my observation and the feedback from almost everyone, we nailed it.
The racing was good, and if you won, you’d say it was very good. On Anarchy, we had some absolutely rotten luck on Saturday and found ourselves pretty deep going into Sunday. Chris Winnard and Rick Harris on Elusive were the class of the Flying Tiger Class after day one. As I stated, we had Alex Camet with us and he upped our game, put us where we needed to be and we flat dominated Sunday, somewhat surprisingly winning our class. The well sailed and very consistent Melges 30 Nemesis, sailed by Geoff Longenecker won Sportboat A overall, with us slipping into second, and the sort of always right there Cheetah 30 Supa Fly coming in third. Sportie B looked like a real trip with all the crazy Open boats, Vipers, Ultimates and the other various little rockets, notably the Thompson 650. Check Venomiss’ report from earlier in the week.
Putting all the different boats together in their fleets (save the 505’s which god love ’em, showed up with their 8-boat fleet, blasted around the course and reminded everyone just how cool those boat and sailors are) was such a trip. Sure it was a bit awkward at times , but that was part of the beauty – boats within classes trying to not only manage their position one design-wise, but then sizing up their various handicap brethren. We loved it and can’t wait to do it next year. We’re honestly thinking we can get 100 boats next year, and I see no reason why we can’t do that. We’re looking into ways to make the event better, which classes/boats, etc. to invite, and since the community made this event a success, we’ll lean on them for more good ideas.
And without a doubt, without our amazingly supportive sponsors, this thing doesn’t have nearly the pop that he did. Open Sailing not only supported the event, they brought the entire fleet of Open 5.7’s, the rocket quick Open 6.50 and a clear coat carbon 6.50 on display for us to all drool over. Principal Jerome Sammarcelli busted his ass to get all the boats here, including bringing a 19′ RIB for us to use. Jerome’s dedication and tireless work was evident to all, and we are so glad to have a partner like Jerome and his group.
Sometimes people wonder about ROI when it comes to things like advertising and sponsorship, so how is this for an effective return? From Jerome: We have sold one boat thanks to the event. We also have 2 more boats pretty much sold in Marina Del Rey, CA, again, thanks to your event. What else needs to be said?
I thought getting some great prizes for our trophies winners would be a good thing, and thanks to Point Loma Outfitting for entire crew of the Sportboat A winner in Kaenon sunglasses – not exactly an inexpensive deal. PLO has been so supportive of the SA community for so long – please make an effort to show them some love.
Our friend Bill Lynn at Atlantis Weather Gear has been showing y’all how nice their product line is, and if you don’t know, you need to find out. The winners of Sportboat B know as they won a full crew outfitting of Raceboat Edition Numbers softshell jackets. Awesome.
I’m not sure there is anyone who doesn’t have a pair of Camet shorts, and for good reason. They were innovators in the technical end of sailing gear and continue to make some of the best stuff out there. Team Anarchy had the full on Cargo shorts (purchased through PLO, btw. All so very incestuous!) and Camet was generous enough to donate 10 pair of shorts and their Code Zero technical shorts, which made for great daily and overall prizes.
We established a great working relationship with Puma during the last VOR and they went above and beyond to send us a ton of unbelievable jackets, watches, vests and shirts. I wanted one of each! And big props to Eco Sports Bottle for their bitchin water bottles.
Ullman Sails stepped up with discounts, their ubiquitous t-shirts, and a killer grand prize of Dave Ullman coaching one competitor for an entire day on their boat. Oh yeah, Dave came down and gave the crowd an hour long chalk talk Saturday night. I hear they make pretty good sails…!
I think that’s about it for now. Again, a huge thanks to everyone and we’re planning on doing it again next year – tentatively Sept 24, 25, 26, 2010. Be there! Check out all the Sat and Sun photos from Da-Woody. Some video from Sunday, thanks to Jackson, with more coming next week.