abril 26, 2021

Big and Small Takes it All – 2021 Recap

ENSENADA, Mexico, April 25, 2021 – With an elapsed time of 11:21:00 and a corrected time of 14:23:27, Jerry Fiat’s Farrier 32 SRX was the big winner of the 73rd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race taking home five trophies for best ORCA A along with the President of NOSA Best Corrected – Orca, Alice Pursell Best Elapsed – Orca, Tommy Bahama Best Corrected – Overall, Stein-Cross Best Corrected – Trimaran.
 
“It was pretty amazing to sail with Pete Melvin, Ferdinand Van West, and Tim McKegney.” said Fiat. “I’m so fortunate to have sailed with such an impressive team of accomplished sailors.” Melvin won a few of the same trophies in N2E 2014 for his 30-foot multihull Mama Tried. Van West is a naval architect at Morrelli and Melvin and top multihull sailor while McKegney was a helmsman on the ORMA60 Mighty Merloe, another N2E race-winning trimaran.
 
The win also garnered Alamitos Bay Yacht Club the trophy for the most wins for a club.
 
One of the dozen or so boats less than 34-feet that sailed the traditional 125 nm course, Taniwha is a New Zealand-built folding trimaran. It got off to a windier than expected start and for more than halfway down the coast appeared to be hot on the Volvo 70 Pyewacket’s stern.
 
But Fiat and navigator Pete Melvin veered offshore when the breeze dropped hoping to catch more wind for a close or beam reach from north of the island into the finish. They didn’t catch Pyewacket, but they make the most of the 12-knot breezes before it shut off about midnight, according to the rest of the fleet. Upon arrival in Ensenada Friday, Fiat and the team reported being pleased with the race and their time but just slightly disappointed they didn’t catch up to the Volvo 70.
 
But Roy Disney’s turbo-charged hot rod Pyewacket and team; a core crew who’ve sailed together for decades plus a couple of professionals for good measure, would not be caught. The technologically advanced boat came within 12 minutes and 13 seconds of breaking the monohull record on a course without record-breaking conditions.
 
With an elapsed time of 09:47:21 and corrected time of16:08:39, Pyewacket did however claim three top trophies; NOSA Best Elapsed – Overall, Lahaina Yacht Club Best Elapsed – All PHRF, and ORR Best Corrected – ORR for San Diego Yacht Club.
 
From aboard Friday night, tactician Peter Isler reported having sailed a beautiful race – smooth seas with lots of dolphins and nice 10-12 knot breezes from the west that allowed them to reach a lot longer than expected.
 
“More than half crew are long-timers, with great camaraderie,” said Isler. The Volvo 70, a box rule class boat from the Volvo Ocean Race was made for great ocean sailing and has a lot of features the crew is still learning.
 
“This boat is so different, unique, and powerful, every time we’re aboard we learn more about it; it’s fun,” said Isler. “It’s a completely different machine and there’s not many around. Figuring out how to sail it fast takes a while.” The hours learning the boat will be in preparation for this year’s Transpac; an important race for the Disney’s family.
 
BYC’s Andy Rose and the It’s OK team returned to the podium to collect the Governor of California trophy for best-corrected Ultra-Light aboard the Andrews 50.
 
“NOSA really blew it out of the park this year in the worst possible of conditions,” said Rose.” “And the Hotel Coral tops it off; the great people, and great rooms.”
 
Before getting on the boat for the first time in 14 months, Rose jokingly wondered if he still remembered how to sail. But being back with the crew made it easy. “It’s joyous to be back on the boat with this crew,” Rose said, describing the team as being one that laughs a lot. “I’ve sailed with some of the best in the world, and this crew is up there. I’d rather be here than anywhere else.”
 
Steve Sellinger’s Triumph, a Santa Cruz 52, was another big winner taking home the President Of USA Best Corrected and Jack Bailee Best Corrected – Newport Beach Club trophy(Pictured above) A crew spokesperson credited the navigator for a great job of keeping them in the breeze. The Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s crew of 10 have been racing for five years. A few Zoom calls were part of the preparation this year.
 
Andy Horning of SLBYC has sailed N2E for 24 years in two different boats. He’s been a class winner 14 times. Make that 15. Day Tripper II, a 1990 Hunter 40, and his regular crew made the best time in PHRF C Class by a wide margin and took home the Converse Wurdemann Trophy.  The secret to the boat’s success he said is preparation, teamwork, having a couple of guys who drive well. That and the boat’s ability to thrive in light air conditions. “It’s a great race, everyone shows up,” he said, adding that “N2E is a great opportunity to duke it out boats from other harbors.”
 
Dan Rossen might as well have his name permanently etched onto the Volvo Best Corrected – Double Handed trophy, winning for yet another year with Problem Childa B32 with partner Richard Whitely. Despite having a few additional teams competing for the double-handed honors this year, the BCYC team has now won nine times in a row.
 
Double-handed sailing is the epitome of teamwork. Some double-handed teams stayed awake the entire race, making three-person sail changes with two people, problem-solving on the go, in boats not made to be operated by just two people.
 
Dan Rossen and Richard Whitely met in the late 90s and have sailed together double-handed frequently in addition to N2E. “Communication and not over-analyzing every move is the key,” Rossen said about their success.  “Like in any sport, it’s all in the preparation, said Whitely. “Sometimes the race is won before you hit the start line.”
 
It was seven months ago when the Newport Ocean Sailing Association’s board decided to plan for the best and commit in trying times to host the historical full fleet sail to Ensenada and prepare alternative routes, parties, and celebrations to ensure that the race, the fun, the camaraderie N2E is famous for, would go on.

The crew of It’s OK, and Andrews 50 from Balboa Yacht Club
Dan Rossen and Richard Whitely of Problem Child, a B32 winning for best double-handed team. Representing BCYC.

Trophies:

UNION BANK CRUZ NON-SPIN A                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    7472    MY TIME 3    CAT42II    WSA    GEORGE MARONICH
2    56919    DESPERADO    BEN411    DPYC    RICHARD SWENSSON

DONOVAN & SEAMANS CRUZ SPIN B                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    7574    RUNAWAY    CAL36    SCCYC    THOMAS LEHTONEN

CORAL HOTEL & SPA BEST CORRECTED – CRUZ                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    7574    RUNAWAY    CAL36    SCCYC    THOMAS LEHTONEN

ALMON LOCKABY CRUZ SPIN A                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    56959    GALATEA    Hunter Legend 40.5    SLBYC    JOE NEGRON
2    56587    IZABLUE    CAT42    DPYC    MARK DOLIVA/LISA DOLIVA
3    57007    VESPER    CAT42    BYC    JEFFREY IVASK

SEC. OF FOREIGN RELATIONS-MEXICO BEST ELAPSED – CRUZ                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    7342    BELETMOI    BEN41OC    WSA-OC    PETER KIESECKER

BENETEAU – CRUZ BEST CORRECTED – BENETEAU CRUZ                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    56983    PACIFIC HIGHWAY    Ben473    CCC    ALLAN EMAS

GIL KNUDSON PHRF RACE D                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    46717    TROFINA 2    CAT320    DPYC    ANNA SCHARER

FRANK BUTLER BEST CORRECTED – CATALINA                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    46717    TROFINA 2    CAT320    DPYC    ANNA SCHARER

CONVERSE WURDEMANN PHRF RACE C                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    7301    DAY TRIPPER II    HUN40    SLBYC    ANDY HORNING
2    87268    BLIND SQUIRREL    SAN30GP    CRA    MIKE SCHRAGER
3    32217    RHUMB RUNNER    J29    CRA    CHUCK BOWES

DON CARLOS AVILA BEST CORRECTED – MEXICAN BOAT                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    84 MEX    FATBACK    HANSE415    CNB    JUAN HUSSONG

SEC. OF NAVY MEXICO – 2ND NAVAL ZONE BEST ELAPSED – MEXICAN BOAT                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    84 MEX    FATBACK    HANSE415    CNB    JUAN HUSSONG

SPITTOON HIGHEST CORRECTED                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    67316    SPELLBINDER    SAN35    CRA    JEFF JOHNSON/ROD KELSEY

CLIFF CHAPMAN PHRF RACE B                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    34    OHANA    Swede    SDYC    JOE MARKEE
2    USA100    NO COMPROMISE    J105M    ANYC    DAVID I GORNEY
3    56221    EXPRESSION SESSION    EXP38TM    PSSA    MARK KELLER

BILL SCHOCK BEST CORRECTED – SCHOCK                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    87694    UNCLE BOB    SCH35    SBYC    LARRY LEVEILLE

NEWPORT HARBOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PHRF RACE A                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    7399    DAY DREAMS    XP44M    OCCSCA    ROBERT DAY
2    7730    TIMESHAVER    IMX40    DPYC    VIGGO TORBENSEN

BENETEAU – RACING BEST CORRECTED – BENETEAU PHRF                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    56894    PACIFICO    Ben44.7F    NYCSD    FRED LUNDGREN

ORCA B ORCA B                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    7275    VOYAGER    Lagoon 42    KHYC    JEFF WEEKLEY

ORCA A ORCA A                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    100    TANIWHA    F32 SRX    ABYC    JERRY FIAT

PRESIDENT OF NOSA BEST CORRECTED – ORCA                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    100    TANIWHA    F32 SRX    ABYC    JERRY FIAT

ALICE PURSELL BEST ELAPSED – ORCA                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    100    TANIWHA    F32 SRX    ABYC    JERRY FIAT

TOMMY BAHAMA BEST CORRECTED – OVERALL                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    100    TANIWHA    F32 SRX    ABYC    JERRY FIAT

STEIN-CROSS BEST CORRECTED – TRIMARAN                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    100    TANIWHA    F32 SRX    ABYC    JERRY FIAT

STERN-CHOY BEST CORRECTED – CATAMARAN                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    6202    CHIM CHIM    Gunboat 62    MBYC    JOHN GALLAGHER

SECRETARY OF NAVY – USA UL C                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    11105    OBSIDIAN    J111    CYC    JOHN STAFF
2    US35045    BLACK MARLIN    1D35    WSA    HERWIG BAUMGARTNER

VOLVO BEST CORRECTED – DOUBLE HANDED                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    50665    PROBLEM CHILD    B32    BCYC    DAN ROSSEN/RICHARD WHITELY

CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH UL B                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    51520    TRIUMPH    SCZ52M    NHYC    STEVE SELLINGER
2    18081    FLYINGFICHE II    SCZ50M    LBYC    CHRIS WACKER/ROBERT ZELLMER
3    USA87    YIPPEE KAI YAY    CLASS40    DPYC    BARRY SENESCU

PRESIDENT OF USA BEST CORRECTED – ALL PHRF                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    51520    TRIUMPH    SCZ52M    NHYC    STEVE SELLINGER

JACK BAILEE BEST CORRECTED – NEWPORT BEACH CLUB                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    51520    TRIUMPH    SCZ52M    NHYC    STEVE SELLINGER

GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA UL A                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    7249    IT’S OK    AND50    BYC    ROSE/PURCELL/MGRS FOR OVSD LLC
2    97363    BOLT    NM70 by Choate    BYC    CRAIG L REYNOLDS

JIFFY WOODS MEMORIAL BEST ELAPSED – UL A                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    97363    BOLT    NM70 by Choate    BYC    CRAIG L REYNOLDS

AMIGO BEST CORRECTED – FIRST TIME SKIPPER                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    US 50030    BRETWALDA 3    Rogers46    WAKYC    ROBERT PETHICK

PRESIDENT OF MEXICO UL MAXI                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    55555    PELIGROSO    Choate    LBYC    DOUGLASS W BAKER
2    USA 70007    PYEWACKET 70    Volvo 70 Mod    SDYC    ROY P. DISNEY

NOSA BEST ELAPSED – OVERALL                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    USA 70007    PYEWACKET 70    Volvo 70 Mod    SDYC    ROY P. DISNEY

LAHAINA YACHT CLUB BEST ELAPSED – ALL PHRF                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    USA 70007    PYEWACKET 70    Volvo 70 Mod    SDYC    ROY P. DISNEY

ORR BEST CORRECTED – ORR                    
Place    Sail    Boat    Type    Club    Skipper
1    USA 70007    PYEWACKET 70    Volvo 70 Mod    SDYC    ROY P. DISNEY

SOUTH BAY YACHT RACING CLUB Yacht Club with the Most Boats Entered                    
DPYCwith 7                    

SPIRIT OF ENSENADA Yacht Club with the Most Winners                    
DPYCwith 6                    

JEFF DEAVER Yacht Club with most primary 1STs & secondaries PERPETUAL Winners                    
ABYCwith 5

STORM TRYSAIL TEAM – The Classy San Diegan’s
Sail Boat Start Class Club Skipper
32217 RHUMB RUNNER N2E-PHRF-RACE-C CRA CHUCK BOWES
77000 PENDRAGON IV N2E-PHRF-UL-A SDYC STEVE TORRES MD
87268 BLIND SQUIRREL N2E-PHRF-RACE-C CRA MIKE SCHRAGER

                    

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