San Diego Yacht Club
These guys have swapped 1,2 finishes the first four days in as tight a two-boat contest as possible. John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE won Tuesday's first race in 8-10 knots of breeze by 29 seconds, and Robbie DANIEL and crew Hunter STUNZI won the second in 12-14 by 49 seconds.
LOVELL said, "We're a little bit frustrated, but Robbie's sailing excellent. The boat speed's about the same, and it seems like the one that gets off to the favoured side on the first beat can stay in front." LOVELL and OGLETREE have been match racing their rivals for the favoured side in the pre-starts, "but they've been good at getting out of the pins," LOVELL said. "We're hoping for stronger wind. The forecast is for 20 knots [on the day off Wednesday]. That's just our luck." - Mike FOSTER reporting
California Yacht Club, Marina del Rey
The wind swings daily from low single digits to as strong as 18 knots, as it did Tuesday, but while their closest contenders shuffle positions daily they haven't found any cracks in Mark MENDELBLATT and crew Magnus LILJEDAHL's steady performance through nine of the 16 scheduled races. Andy HORTON and Brad NICHOL jumped into third place with 1,3,1 finishes, while George SZABO and Andrew SCOTT held onto second with single-digit finishes in all but one race. But they couldn't stop the Floridians from increasing their lead to ten points with a 6,2,5 day. With a lay day Wednesday, Principal Race Officer Bill STUMP has managed a range of conditions well to remain one ahead of the two-a-day schedule. - Tom O'CONOR reporting
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and US Sailing Centre, Long Beach
After no finish worse than second, Stuart MCNAY and crew Graham BIEHL went 4,1 in the mixed fleet Tuesday, and the fourth immediately became their throwout. Rivals Mikee ANDERSON-MITTERLING and David HUGHES had worse luck. After winning the first race in winds of 12 knots building to 19 on the day, ANDERSON-MITTERLING said, "We were holding onto second place [in the second race] and thought we had a good chance to win when we hit a trash bag" - a big, black plastic trash bag that wrapped around their rudder. By the time they got it cleared they had lost three boats and wound up fifth.
MCNAY blamed bad tactics for his first race result. "We went left because we thought it was the thing to do, but there was a pretty big [right] shift." They were seventh at the windward mark before fighting back to fourth. The next race they followed the building breeze to the right. "The right was better," MCNAY said. His plans for the lay day Wednesday: "I'm going go play some Frisbee and relax."
In the women's battle not much changed on a very windy day as the top two boats logged so-so finishes - 2,4 for Amanda CLARK and crew Sarah MERGENTHALER and 5,3 for Erin MAXWELL and Isabelle KINSOLVING - but CLARK was satisfied with an eight-point lead in the mixed men-women fleet. "We wanted to go into the lay day [with a good lead] and have it going when we come back [Thursday]," she said. - Rick ROBERTS reporting
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach
It was a workout in big winds from 12 to 19 knots as Michael GEBHARDT (1,3) and Robert WILLIS (2,1) had the best days, but Ben BARGER (3,2) made the biggest gain by dropping his opening eighth place for sailing the wrong course to move into a first-place tie with GEBHARDT.
Amongst the women Farrah HALL was hard to find after winning both races and jumping into first place. Long after the racing was done she was still out on the race course practicing. "I enjoy sailing in big wind," she said. She also picked up some local knowledge that Long Beach regulars know well: "I learned yesterday that when the wind starts to blow you want to go right here in Long Beach. Not everybody did." - Rick ROBERTS reporting
Southwestern Yacht Club, San Diego
Launched by solid breeze of 12 to 14 knots, Tim WADLOW and crew Chris RAST won all four races Tuesday to blunt a comeback by Morgan LARSON and Pete SPAULDING. They flew into the second half of their 24-race Trials with a commanding 15-point lead over Dalton BERGAN and Zack MAXAM, with LARSON and SPAULDING at 42 after a 2,2,2,5 day, following Monday's triple-bullet sweep. WADLOW and RAST have won eight of 13 races and count no finishes worse than third. - Margo HEMOND reporting
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