Saturday, June 3, 2017

Bennet Wins USA J/22 Match Race Western Qualifier

J/22 match race off St Francis YC (San Francisco, CA)- Shawn Bennett of the St. Francis Yacht Club, together with team-mates Eric Baumhoff, Tom Purdy and Melissa Purdy Feagin, won the USA Match Racing Championship Qualifier hosted at the St. Francis on May 20-21, 2017 in J/22s.

Fellow St. Francis YC member Nicole Breault was second and her husband Bruce Stone was third, winning the tie-breaker over Andrew Meade from Hawaii.

The conditions were perfect with wind in the 12-18 kt range and relatively flat water, though the meandering ebb tide created extra work for the mark-set team and difficult calls for tacticians due to a “false flood” running up the city front from the excessive snow-melt water trying to exit San Francisco Bay.

Bennett qualified to compete for the USA Match Racing Championship for the Prince of Wales Bowl Trophy at Oakcliff Sailing Center, Oyster Bay NY on October 13-15, 2017.   Sailing photo credits- Chris Ray-   For more St Francis YC USA Match Race sailing information. Add to Flipboard Magazine.