Snipe USA

1960 District 6 Championship

August 08
10:25 1960

District 6 Championship

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club

August 6-7, 1960



Carl H. Eichenlaub, Jr., the San Diego boat builder upon whose truck the words “Any Slob Can Win in an Eichenlaub” strike one between  the eyes, didn’t necessarily prove  he  is a slob, but did prove he is the west’s best in a centerboard when he won the 6th District Snipe Championship in Newport August 7th.   This regatta, the first of its kind since the subdivision of the western district, was sponsored by the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

Winning with profound ease in one of his own creation’s, ” Goof “, Eichenlaub added the Snipe regional crown to his string of Lightning, International 14, and Sabot victories. From the outset, his consistent brilliance left little doubt as to whom would be the ultimate victor. His new Snipes have been establishing quite a windward reputation, which was enhanced even further with the “Goof’s” performance in this regatta series.

Lew Smith of Alamitos Bay got up for 2nd in his ancient “Eager Beaver”#3421 and looked much like the old Smith who took the 1952 Pacific Coast Championship at Santa Monica.  He was going good enough to comfortably handle Newport’s top threat Pete Frost, even though the latter won the final race. Fourth was another Mission Bay entry, Ross Harris, while NHYC’s Scott Allen got up for a 5th.

The wind cooperated with the 19-boal fleet, which was given good courses and starting lines by the host BCYC. A missing mark in the first race was barely replaced in time by a committee boat, but in all other respects District Governor Lanny Coon termed the regatta “perfect.”

Report by Fred H. Miller, Jr.
Taken from September 1960 Snipe Bulletin, Pages 3 & 9


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