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St Francis Spring Dinghy 2017

18 boats from up and down the West Coast contested this years running.

For the 505s you would have thought that the sailing started on Friday, with 15 boats in the parking lot and a dozen on the water for a practice session in the evening.  The SF Bay served up shorts and T shirt temps on land and beautiful 12 to 14 knot winds on the water.  By Saturday morning 18 boats had registered and everyone who is anyone in West Coast 505 sailing showed up; only a couple of has-beens were missing. Big thanks to all of the Pac NW boats for joining in.  Sat morning started a bit slow with an hour postponement on shore to let the breeze fill in. The first start got off, and PVG and Kerry leading the way. Rob Waterman and Aaron were sailing smart and were taking the lead, while a couple of boats mid-fleet struggled to get around the leeward gate in a dying breeze and several-knot flood tide.  The RC abandoned the race, giving everyone a chance to try again.   The next start was in steader breeze and saw the fleet making a mad dash to the middle of the Bay for the last bit of ebb tide. The tricky conditions were mastered by Jeff Nelson and Howard Hamlin. The following races had moderate breezes and a steady flood tide, with different winners in each race.  R2 was taken by Teddy Conrads in the front of the boat guiding Jeff Miller around the course. By race 3, Adam Lowry had the course figured out and took the win with Mike Martin.  The 4th and final race of the day went again to Jeffa and Howie, leaving them leading the regatta at end of the day.  
 
Of course, after racing there were the famous StFYC post racing snacks to feed the hungry teams as they watched the foil boards put on a show right in front of the club. 
 
Sunday Morning again started with a postponement ashore for an hour, but the wind filled in nicely to provide 2 nice marginal wire races. The first race was sailed brilliantly by Harrison Turner and Holt Condon. Harrison, like Teddy, wanted more credit so he decided to move to the front of the boat where all the important things actually happen.  Looks like it was a good move. The final race was won by Adam and Mike to give them the regatta win.
 
Overall we had some great races, and it was a great way to start the season with such a strong fleet.  Thanks to all the teams that made the effort to attend and to StFYC for putting on another great event. 
 
The next event is the Monterey Bay YC Dolphin Cup.  This a great new venue for us, so let’s have a good turnout so we can make this an annual event!!  

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