Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Young Dominates J/22 California Dreamin’ Series

J/22 sailing San Francisco Bay (San Francisco, CA)- The St Francis YC J/22 fleet continues to be put through its paces, this time hosting the next stage in the California Dreamin’ Match Race Series over the March 12th to 13th weekend.  With the highly unusual El Nino throwing everyone a curve ball on San Francisco Bay, the sailors were greeted by less than hospitable weather conditions all weekend long.  Grey skies, rain, drizzle, mist, fog and, in fact, lots of wind blowing “dogs off chains” from time-to-time seemed to characterize the weekend.

J/22 Kilroy Realty sponsor- sailboat in San FranciscoNevertheless, with spirits high, nine-layers of clothing to ward off the chill, the intrepid sailors marched down to the sea again, to that lonely sea and sky, hopping aboard their tall ship, using the stars to steer her by.  Indeed, there were many stars on the water that day (weekend), eight of them from across the spectrum of top California sailors.

After a series of two round-robins, it was abundantly clear that one team stood head & shoulders above all the rest.  Winning seven straight contests on Saturday and winning all but one on Sunday, the team of Shane Young with crew of Steve Flam, Ian Paice and Nick Santos won with a landslide victory of 13-1.  Taking second over the weekend was Steve Natvig’s crew of Brian Martin, Wes Byrne, and Dillon Lancaster with a 12-2 record (his only losses coming from Young’s team). Standing tall and forcing the lead two teams into intense duels, but getting the short end of the stick each time was Nicole Breault’s women’s crew of Molly Carapiet, Dana Riley and Karen Loutzenheiser, posting a 10-4 record (losing her 4 races to the two leaders).  For more J/22 California Dreamin Match Race series sailing information