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28 September 2003, 07:39 pm
Weather Forecast Proves No Deterrent
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Long Beach Charity Regatta
Long Beach, California

It was a grey and foggy morning. Similar words have been printed in many a horror story, but for the fleets participating in the 17th running of the annual regatta, it wasn't a deterrent to be competitive on the race course.
At the PHRF venue which made up roughly half of the entire participants hosted 35 boats, the big winners for the day were "Whiplash" owned by Ray GODWIN in the "Spinnaker A" fleet who knocked out his considerably faster opponent, "Gold Digger" by two minutes on corrected time. In the "B" fleet, it was "Southern Comfort" owned by Cole PRICE putting away "Cahoots". The two non-spinnaker fleets were won by "Latitude", Bill BARHAM and "Wind Haven", Ross HENDRICKS.

Meanwhile, the One-Design fleets were mixing it up at another venue. The Cal 25 and Cal 20 fleets were reveling in the light conditions and provided some of the closest competition of the day. In the Cal 25 fleet it was "Jane's Addiction" winning on a 2, 1 record, and in the Cal 20 fleet "Hot Pink" took their series 1, 1. The new Hobie Tigers were out in a good-sized fleet with 5 boats, and two "cruisers" participated: "Willow Wind", first and "Island Star" second.

Inside the protected waters of Alamitos Bay, the dinghy classes comprised of "A, B, and Senior" Sabot fleets and a Lido fleet dueled it out. The kids were in control of the "A" and "B" fleets with a double dose of Ian; Ian Paice (1, 3, 2) and Ian Fournier (2, 3, 1) respectively. The Senior fleet was dominated by Mary Riddick with a 1, 4, 1 record for the day. In the two boat Lido fleet, John and Liz Bergan beat out Don and Christine TAUGHER.

The racing was followed by a wonderful reception at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, where the trophy presentations took place. It was at the trophy presentation that the "true" winning boat of the day was announced. The crew of "Yellow Jacket" a Santa Cruz 27 from Shoreline Yacht Club and skippered by Commodore Steve ANDERSON, won the Crew Challenge award by raising over $550 for the charity from donations within their crew.

Full results can be found on the event website at the address below.
Sean Downey (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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