Strong turnout for 2016 Cal 20 Class Championships
Keith Ives and Chuck Stevens claim title.
LONG BEACH — A strong field of 39 Cal 20’s raced at the 55th Cal 20 Class Championships at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Aug. 19-21, making this one of the largest one design keelboat championships on the West Coast for 2016.
Visiting Cal 20 sailors came from as far as Hawaii and Tacoma to as close as King Harbor and Long Beach. A total of 39 Cal 20s raced in three separate divisions: Gold (23 boats), Silver (nine boats) and Bronze (seven boats).
Seven races were held for the Gold and Silver fleets, with several past Class Champions competing in the competitive race categories. Keith Ives with Chuck Stevens won their second Class Championship. Other key awards in the Gold fleet include Chuck Clay who took second for Alamitos Bay YC, and Mike and Ron Wood, also from Alamitos Bay YC taking third.
Michael Mahoney from Shoreline Yacht Club sailed well to earn the Bronze fleet (two races per day) championship. Mike DeBrincat from Alamitos Bay YC won the Silver Class, Dan Gilboa came in second with fellow Alamitos Bay YC member Mike Shea on board, and Matt Rustigan from Alamitos Bay YC sailed a good series to claim third in Silver.
Other special trophies awarded include the Bravura best looking boat (Steve George), the Hank not-so-good-looking boat (Eric Conn), the top finishing Gold ladies skipper (Jennifer Kuritz), and the Neal Baker Memorial second place finisher (Chuck Clay).
Race Results can be found at tinyurl.com/cal-20-championship.
— Todd Smith contributed to this story.