San Diego Olympic Classes Regatta

San Diego, Calif. – Sixteen Finns signed up for the 2nd Annual San Diego Yach Club (SDYC) Olympic Classes regatta. SDYC hosted a three-course venue and entertained over 120 sailors and 80 boats over the three day weekend which coincided with the Snipe North American Championship. Saturday’s conditions were near perfect with blue skies, deep blue Pacific water, and 8-12 knots. The Race Committee had the Finns sailing further South than usual to accommodate the other courses running three beautiful double windward leewards before heading into the hosted dinner at SDYC. The Finn sailors enjoyed dinner while occupying several tables for the evening. Sunday brought an unstable Southerly breeze with challenging light wind conditions at best. Race Committee spent almost three hours working to get a race off for the Finns. Going into the last race, Mike Dorgan looked solid with three bullets, but in the Sunday light air, anything could happen and Eric Anderson sitting in second overall (2,2,3) was posed to win the regatta after a successful beat, putting Dorgan back a few spaces and virtually winning the regatta if scored at the weather mark. Robert Kenny sailed well on Saturday (3,3,4), sitting in third overall, but after being caught in a hole from hell, decided the “offered tow-in from a friend” in the zephyr was too good to pass up, dropping out. Dorgan was fortunate enough to catch a two-knot puff from heaven, pass some boats on the run and after the Race Committee shortened the course at the leeward gate, finished 3rd in the race, clinching the overall regatta win. Anderson remained in second, and John Reiter winning the last race took the third position on the podium.
Photos by Bob Betancourt and JoAnn O’Dea Rudderham
By Michael Dorgan

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