In the fourth and final day of racing for the 2001 Prince of Wales Bowl (POW), the U.S.Match Racing Championship, the weather was at its best for exciting sailing.
Following yesterday's front, the air was a brisk 50 degrees when competitors headed on the water from Fort Worth Boat Club. The wind was a steady 10-12 knots from the northeast. Predictions were that the wind would go east later in the day and die, so the race committee was determined to get the consolation, semi, petit and final rounds started and finished before this happened. Oscillations of 30-40 degrees, tending to the right, kept PRO Bob Gough on his toes, but crisp committee work managed to squeeze starts in with square lines, leaving the racers to cope with the later shifts.
The semi-final rounds were won convincingly by Watch Hill YC, defending POW champion from 1999 and 2000, and by Seattle YC, each winning their best-of-three rounds in 2 matches each. The finals and petit finals provided some of the best racing of the regatta. After winning their first match, Watch Hill showed their stuff on the final downwind leg of their second match while engaging Seattle in a protracted luffing duel that covered most of the race course. They went on to win and claim their third consecutive POW championship.
In the petit finals, Southern YC and Long Beach YC each took a match, going into the third match (also a best-of-three round) tied. By this time the wind was nearly due east and had lessened to 6 knots. The race committee was still battling shifts, but the final match of the regatta finally got off. Long Beach took an early lead right at the start and held into the start of the second windward leg, with a dying breeze. After rounding the leeward mark, Southern split on port tack (Long Beach was working up the left on starboard) and Long Beach responded with a loose cover. A surprise 30 degree shift to the right allowed Southern to capitalize on their leverage and placed them in the lead, just ahead of Long Beach. Long Beach's strenuous efforts to regain the lead weren't sufficient and Southern held on to claim third in the regatta.
1 Watch Hill YC (skipper Mason Woodworth with Dean Brenner and Randy Shore, crew)
2 Seattle YC (skipper Dalton Bergen with Ben Glass and Ben Mumford, crew)
3 Southern YC (skipper Andy Lovell with brother John Lovell and Shelby Friedrichs, crew)
4 Long Beach YC (skipper Scott Dickson with Tony Stuart and Charlie Ogletree, crew
5 Fort Worth BC (skipper Charles Higgins with Lindsay Migues and Hank Lattimore, crew)
6 E. Greenwich YC (skipper John Mollicone with Robert McMillan and Neil Marcaccio, crew)
7 King Harbor YC (skipper Scott DeCurtis with Steve Brown and Brian Angel, crew)
8 Larchmont YC (skipper Dan Ronan with John Savage and Tom Marks, crew)
9 Southwestern YC (women) (skipper Charlie Arms with Colleen Cook, Mary Coogan and Deanna Giller, crew)
10 Southwestern YC (men) (skipper Ken Manzoni with Clinton Newbury and Chad Gartier, crew)