Vesper edges Interlodge VI and Invisible Hand in Pac52 class; Viper 640, J/70 and Farr 40 also competitive.
LONG BEACH — Sailing teams from more than 50 yacht clubs and four countries competed against each other in the Ullman Sails Race Week in Long Beach, with several classes coming down to the wire on the final day of racing.
The junior team out of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club narrowly won the Catalina 37 class; the team sailing on Kevin Brown’s boat finished racing with 19 points, just one point lower than Shala Youngerman’s Catalina 37 team out of Southwestern Yacht Club.
Dave Hood’s Catalina 37 team out of Long Beach Yacht Club finished third in the class with 24 points.
One of the other tight class races was the Viper 640, with three points separating first from third. Mike Pentecost’s Nice ASP (Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club) finished first with 21 points, followed by Jay Golison’s It’s All Good (Alamitos Bay YC, 22 points) and Geoff Fargo’s Boomslang (Santa Barbara Yacht Club, 24 points).
Sox out of Newport Harbor Yacht Club (Argyle Campbell) narrowly defeated Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis (San Diego Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay YC) by a final score of 21-22 in the J/70 class. Minor Threat (Jeff Janov) out of California Yacht Club finished third with 31 points.
Competitive racing also took place in the Pac 52 class, where Vesper (Newport Harbor Yacht Club) finished first with 14 points; Interlodge VI (New York Yacht Club) and Invisible Hand (Tahoe Yacht Club) finished tied for second with 17 points, each.
Also competitive were the PHRF-A and Farr 40 classes.
California YC’s Jay Steinbeck won the PHRF-A class (13 points) aboard Margaritaville 1.5 edging out Eduardo Sanchez’s Nimbus (Mexico, 14 points). Encore (John McEntire, California YC) finished third with 19 points.
Mick Shlens won the Farr 40 class with his Blade 2 (King Harbor and Cabrillo Beach yacht clubs); his 19 points were ahead of the next two finishers, who had 21 points.
Other winners were Kite35 (PHRF-B/C), Caper (J/120), Code Blue (Schock 35), Gator (PHRF-RL-D), DistraXion (PHRF-RL-C), Elyxir (PHRF-RL-B), Bretwalda 3 (PHRF-RL-A) and RIVAL (PHRF-D).
Ullman Sails Race Week was held in Long Beach on the first weekend of summer, June 22-24. Ullman Sails Newport Beach was the sailing event’s sponsor.
Alamitos Bay and Long Beach yacht clubs organized and managed the race week.
Photo: Tom Walker