Saturday, September 28, 2013

J's Shine In Star & Bar Regatta

J/109 sailing upwind off Seattle, WA(Seattle, WA)- One of the all-time late summer sailing classics in the greater Puget Sound region that surrounds America's "Emerald City", Seattle, Washington is the "Star & Bar Regatta" hosted by Seattle YC.  The weather is often sunny, crystal clear, with gorgeous breezes and amazingly breathtaking vistas to the snow-capped mountain ridges off in the distance.

This year's regatta again featured great racing by Seattle YC's PRO and mark boat volunteers. With J/Teams participating in three PHRF classes and a one-design J/105 class there was the possibility that J sailors would be more than their fair share of silverware.  And, so it was.  In PHRF Class I, the J/145 JEDI skippered by  John Tenneson from Seattle YC took 2nd in her class.  In PHRF Class II, the J/109s were dueling it out and in the end some familiar names were at the top of the class.  Stuart Burnell's TANTIVY J/105 sailing off Seattle, WAfrom CYC Seattle took 3rd in class while his colleague Jerry Woodfield on SHADA took 4th.  In PHRF Class IV, a well-sailed, fast J/29 appropriately called SLICK was piloted around the course in smart fashion by the Mayfield & Nelson duo from CYC Tacoma-- counting ALL first places!  Fourth in their class was the famous J/80 CRAZY IVAN sailed by Bryan Rhodes also from CYC Tacoma.

The J/105s enjoyed some great one-design class racing with the top three teams, all hailing from CYC Seattle, having a very tight battle for the podium positions.  In the end, it was DELIRIUM sailed by Jerry Diercks that amassed a consistent scoreline of 2-2-1-2-1-DNF for 8 pts net to take the gold.  Second was JUBILEE helmed by Erik Kristen that scored 3-1-2-3-3-1 for 10 pts net.  Consistent top finishes in the last three races brought Lorenzo Migliorini's ALLEGRO VIVACE into third position with a tally of 4-3-4-1-2-2 for 12 pts net.  Sailing photo credits- Tim   For more Star & Bar Regatta sailing information