Andy Mack & Adam Lowr in the 49er, Krysia Pohl in The Europe and Pete Wells on the Mistral sailboard deliver runaway victories.
Mack and Lowry finished second in the first race and then won the next 14. Wells won the first nine Mistral sailboard races and sat out the 10th. Krysia Pohl dominated the Europe class by winning seven of 10 races.
Pohl, 26, was testing a new flatter sail, which seemed to work fine. Her problem is finding time to travel to events and train. She is a lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard. "I need to give more time to a campaign than what they're willing to give me," she said.
Her concern is shared with many of those who sailed 100 boats in nine classes, including all Olympic classes except Tornado catamarans, 470s and the new Yngling keelboat class for women. At this stage there are few Ynglings in the U.S. and none on the West Coast, although Pease Glaser, an Alamitos Bay YC member and Sydney silver medalist on a 470 with JJ Isler, plans to crew for Jody Swanson on an Yngling in 2004.
There were 22 foreign entries, including 19 Canadians and Swedish Laser sailors Frederik Lassenius and Robert Kjellen, who finished one-two to wind up their winter campaign in Southern California before flying home to Stockholm. Lassenius was awarded the Bixby Trophy - a facsimile of the Olympic torch - for winning the most competitive class.
The wind Sunday was a light 5 knots building to 10 and swinging southwest by the end of racing, following windier days Friday and Saturday.
The ABYC race committee, recently honored with US Sailing's One-Design Regatta Award, ran three Olympic-style courses outside and inside the breakwater of Long Beach's outer harbor, plus a 49er course off the beach next to Belmont Pier. The committee used the International Sailing Federation's new starting system that will officially go into effect April 1, featuring minimal use of flags and shorter class warning times, apparently without glitches or serious confusion.