|home contact us movies galleries stories store|
William 'Berky' Sutton IV, seen here having a great time on Saturday, traded up from his usual Opti to a Laser 4.7. ©2012 norcalsailing.com
Totally Rad Totally Dinghy
September 17, 2012
Where else can you go that has kids and adults sharing the race course in boats that are everything from elderly woodies to the newest totally rad carbon fiber boats? Totally Dinghy of course. Richmond Yacht Club set up two courses and two days of racing last weekend, and the weather cooperated enough to give out some sunshine and just enough wind for 11 total races.
Potrero Reach was the place to be for the El Toros, Bytes and other smaller boats but bigger or faster boats had a course just north of the Southampton Light to play around on, with everything from Wylie Wabbits, Aussie 18s, Nacra and Hobie cats, and one foiling Moth thrown into the mix, it was an eclectic bunch, but everyone agreed it was a great weekend out on the Bay.
"The wind was a little light at the leeward mark," said Aussie 18 skipper Katie Love of Saturday's racing. "We don't go very well trying to balance the boat in the light stuff."
Veteran Snipe racer Vince Casalaina added, "Snipes do very well in changing conditions. We just loosen everything up when it gets light." The conditions on the Southampton course ranged from 15 knots of wind at the windward mark to three knots at the leeward mark. And the race committee threw in some reaching legs to add to the fun.
"Reaching legs, remember those?" said Kim Desenberg of the Wylie Wabbit Mr. McGregor. "Wabbits like to reach. It was fun doing the reaching legs, but the left side was favored all day, so there wasn't much of a tactical challenge." The Wabbits were sailing for their Nationals, aka Wabbit Galactic Carrot Championship. Melinda Erkelens won the regatta on Jack.
Some boats had the usual trouble at the reach mark trying to jibe in the wind and choppy water. And even here it was a mixed fleet of boats dumping it equally. There's something about racing alongside septuagenarians in Snipes and a little girl on a Laser that makes this sport so different.
For the hodgepodge of results, see www.richmondyc.org.