Last weekend, SDYC hosted the Nov ODW and Finn Fall Classic with (14) Finns showing up on the starting line. Warm weather greeted the fleet for a super casual tow out to the race course (same course as the 2021 Finn Master North Americans will be held) enjoying ‘glass flat’ water but once offshore and the tow lines dropped, breeze began to fill in nicely. On Saturday, three races were run with the later two in the solid “O” Flag category w/ breeze in the 11-15knot range most of the later two races with the first race in the typical Coronado Roads breeze in the 8-11 knot range. In all three races, Rob Coutts and Mike Dorgan fought it out at the front, never not finishing next to each other going into the evening w/ Coutts leading by 1 point over Dorgan. Other competitors with great results included Michael Entwistle winning a race and a third in another along w/ James Buley finishing the day with a 3rd. After racing the Fleet was treated to an outside and ‘COVID Distancing’ outside parking lot entertainment by the distanced ‘FINN BAND” playing their assortment of fine after race tunes, second to none. Sunday morning greeted the fleet with more of the same warm, 75-degree sunny weather for the tow out to the race course and again on que, the sea breeze filled in but this time much stronger. All three races on Sunday were sailed with the Code O up, giving the fleet with anything left in the tank to pump freely downwind… With several Finn sailors not showing up on Sunday, including Coutts, it left the door open for the podium finishes. Joe Chinburg, enjoying the warm weather and out from Colorado delivering James Buley’s new Fantastic Finn, had a great 1st race winning the race w/ superior downwind speed… In the end, places 3rd-5th were all within 1 point of each other w/ Lee Hope just ahead to secure 3rd overall by finishing second in the last race. James Buley scoring a 7,8,3,2,3,3 ended up in second overall and First overall was secured by Mike Dorgan scoring a 3,1,2,3,1,1 for the win. Great weekend had by all! Thank you to the SDYC RC, the Finn Band and the photographers Vince Brun, Gary Adler, Mike Dorgan and Lisa Reiter for capturing the weekend!


Rodion Mazin