Full sails for local sailing Regattas
By Jack Kintner
Twelve-year-old Aaron Peterson won the Clancy Boat Mini Regatta and Canadians took the West Marine Team Challenge for the second straight year at the big boat Semiahmoo Regatta held last weekend off Semiahmoo Spit.
Peterson led at the second windward mark in the single race, held inside the marina in dinghies from the community sailing program, but got held up while rounding when John Yost nudged up against him, allowing Phil Winkler to sneak inside and pass them both.
Peterson made up the time and more coming back to the finish line in front of the Blaine Boating Center and won by a wide margin. Yost was second, Rebecca Johnson, 14, was third, Winkler was fourth and Jennifer Serrano was fifth.
Canadian skippers Terry Willey (Hushwings), Ian MacKenzie (Sgian Dubh) and Dave Cook (Mo’mento) had the best combined results of any three-boat teams for the weekend. That earned them the West Marine trophy and evened the four-year series with the Americans at two victories apiece.
The two-day event included a long race Saturday out to the Alden Bank buoy and back and three shorter around-the-buoy races on Sunday.
Blaine shipwright and trimaran skipper Mark Gumley (Blue Lightning) got three seconds and a fifth in the four races
Which earned him second place in Class A to Bob Davis in his custom catamaran Bad Kitty, who got three firsts and a second.
Point Roberts skipper Julie Kadar and her partner Peter Lagergren won division B in their Esse 850 named Psycho Duck with two firsts, a second and a fourth for eight points. Kadar attributed their win to their unusual foresail, an asymmetrical kite.
“We usually contend with [John] Garity in Extreme, his 1D35, but when the wind got light at Alden Bank we put up our kite and just walked away from everyone.” Kadar has the only example of the Swiss-built Esse 850 in North America, a fairly light hull that’s quite stiff because it carries 1,700 of its 2,600 pounds in a lead bulb seven feet underwater at the end of its fin keel.
Blaine sailor Alan Finston got three sevenths and an eighth place for 29 points and seventh place in division B in his J-36 named Joy. “We didn’t have very good starts, which in a confined race is everything, but we did have good boat speed,” Finston said. “That’s what is good about this regatta, that it attracts some of the area’s top boats and provides a good yardstick to measure yourself against that you don’t get in our weekly racing. We did OK.”
Sailing in his home waters, White Rock’s Terry Willey finished with two seconds, a third and a fourth for second over-all in his CS 40 in Division C.
“Another great weekend of racing! It was OK, a lot of fun,” Willey said after Sunday’s three around-the-buoys contests held in light to moderate winds under cloudless skies.
The division was won by Vancouver sailor Rob Bassett in his Wild 30SX named LRT.
Don Millie finished third over-all in his division in his J-30 named Vampire and was one of several competitors that are based in the Point Roberts Marina.
In Saturday’s long race he finished second, barely avoiding getting becalmed in the wind hole usually found somewhere near Birch Point.
This year it occurred at the Alden Bank buoy, which was also the windward mark for the 26-mile race.
“We got through that calm spot just ahead of [Norm Root in his Catalina 40] Katarina Mist,” Millie said. “They shortened the course and then we corrected up on Hushwings for second place in the long race.”
Point Roberts sailors Kelley and Val Penney got a third, two fourths and a seventh for 18 points and fifth place in division B in their Express 37 named Avalanche.
“We were doing OK until they shifted the start for the second of the three Sunday races because one of the A Division boats hadn’t finished yet,” said Val Penney, “and we missed the flag signals, so we were late. But that’s racing. It was a lot of fun and a great day to be out.”