Random Leg classes were a major draw for sailors participating in racing event.
LONG BEACH — Hundreds of sailors hit the water during the first weekend of summer to participate in the Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week. Long Beach Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club organized the annual event, which took place this year June 23-25.
Despite the sporty conditions, the Pac52 BadPak made a comeback, nudging Invisible Hand out of the lead by one point. Temptress triumphed in the lively Farr 40 competition, while Caper won solidly in the J/120 fleet.
Chris Snow’s Cool Story Bro iced the 26-boat J/70 fleet, never finishing lower than fifth place; Pat Toole’s 3 Big Dogs topped the Corinthian entries. Code Blue blew away the Schock 35 division with top three finishes in all seven races and the Pacific Coast Championship title.
Rival won PHRF C; E Ticket aced PHRF B; and Kuai took the Sportboat division while Boomslang prevailed in the Viper640 Class, and earned One-Design Boat of the Week honors.
Race Week co-chair John Busch added, “Our Random Leg classes have continued to increase in size over the years; we are seeing more competitors who like to do distance races, in addition to windward-leeward. We see it as the best of both worlds.”
In those categories, Dream Catcher had three bullets in RL-C, while DistraXion also took three firsts, in RL-B. Peligroso took RL-A1, and Elyxir held off Stray Dog to triumph in RL-A2, winning PHRF Boat of the Week. Elyxir, sailed by Skip and Stacy Ely, along with daughter Amy Ely and crew, also won the Golison and Kent Family Trophy for the highest placing boat with a minimum of three family members aboard.
In the battle for the Catalina 37 National Championship title, Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Team Ayres/Satariano ousted four-time winner DH3, who took second; while Jane’s Addiction took third. But Dave Hood’s DH3, Bruce Cooper’s J/70 entry USA-32, and the Farr 40 Temptress teamed up to defend Long Beach YC’s title in the annual Yacht Club Challenge.
Visit lbrw.org for complete results and a full report.