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2014 Snipe Pacific Coast Championship

2014 Snipe Pacific Coast Championship
July 14
10:16 2014

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club

Fourth of July Regatta

and Snipe Pacific Coast Championship

Long Beach, Calif.

July 12-13, 2014

RESULTS

 

Rank Fleet SailNo HelmName CrewName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st Snipe 29248 Aine McLean Fretwell Matt Cappetta Mission Bay YC 2 (5) 2 2 2 1 1 15 10
2nd Snipe 29941 Doug Hart Ryan Hopps Mission Bay YC 3 2 (5) 3 1 4 4 22 17
3rd Snipe 30337 Eric Heim Aimee Heim San Diego YC 4 1 4 1 3 6 (8) 27 19
4th Snipe 30800 Rick Arneson Diana Waterbury San Diego YC 1 4 3 4 (5) 5 3 25 20
5th Snipe 30733 Packy Davis Jessica O’Neill St Francis YC (9) 3 1 5 7 2 7 34 25
6th Snipe 29316 Mark Ryan Nicholas Santos Alamitos Bay YC (8) 7 7 6 4 3 6 41 33
7th Snipe 30687 Seth Siegler Ben Constant Mission Bay YC 6 (10) 6 7 6 7 2 44 34
8th Snipe 23965 Matt Hecht Claire Reidman Mission Bay YC 10 6 8 (12 DNC) 9 8 5 58 46
9th Snipe 29539 Tom O’Neill Laurel O’Neill Mission Bay YC 7 8 9 8 8 9 (10) 59 49
10th Snipe 29109 Stuart Robertson Mission Bay YC 5 9 (10) 9 10 10 9 62 52
11th Snipe 30618 Don Bedford Mission Bay YC (12 DNC) 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 84 72

Sunday’s weather: Wind 8-12k SW; sunny, high temp. 78F.

The message sent by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club’s Fourth of July Regatta was that little boats aren’t just for kids.

The two most prominent winners were Aine McLean Fretwell, who will celebrate her 40th birthday next Wednesday, and Chris Raab, a small boat master who may not still remember that milestone.

Fretwell, although measuring 5 feet 2 1/2 inches in height, is a mother of three from Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego. With teenager Matt Cappetta as crew, she won the Snipe class Pacific Coast Championship linked into the regatta with four second places, wins in Sunday’s last two races and an earlier fifth-place she was able to discard.

She was the only female skipper in the 10-boat fleet. And, by the way, her last name was misspelled Pretwell in Saturday’s report. It will be remembered next time.

Raab, with Scott McKeiver as crew, won the last six of nine races to bury the Lido 14 dinghy competition in a buildup to that class’s Nationals at ABYC next month.

Fretwell said: “I’m thinking I may wake up from one wild dream. This is the big one for me. I’ve done well in some women’s events, but I like to compete with all the sailors.”

She beat out three-time PCC winner and current Snipe district champion Doug Hart by 17 points and first-day leader Eric Heim
by 21

“We weren’t aggressive enough in playing the conditions,” Heim said. “Aine was just fast all weekend. She owned it.”

The breeze rose just to whitecap level at 10 to 12 knots Sunday, and she and Cappetta thrived in it.

But it was interesting that she came up short of a crew only two days before the event.

“She called me Thursday,” said Cappetta, 18, who learned the ropes with Fretwell as his coach at The Bishops School in La Jolla last year.

Someday soon her own kids may join her on the boat. She has a daughter, 9, and twins son and daughter, age 6. They may be back.

“This is really fun,” she said. “I love sailing out here.”

So does Raab, who has also excelled in Cal 20s and Lasers.

“We put in a little training, with the Nationals coming up,” he said.

Three fleets—Viper 640s, Cal 20s and Tempests—were eliminated from competing because of an electrical breakdown in the boat hoists earlier in the week. The smaller Snipes were able to launch manually using ABYC’s small hoist.

All others—16 Lidos and 29 Naples Sabots—launched from the ramp.

The regatta is one of ABYC’s four traditional holiday sailfests, following May’s Memorial Day Regatta and preceding the Labor Day and Turkey Day (Thanksgiving) regattas yet to come.

Regatta information

Class winners

Ocean classes
(7 races; 1 throwout)

SNIPE (10 boats)—Aine Fretwell/Matt Cappetta,
Mission Bay YC, 2-(5)-2-2-2-1-1, 10 points.

Gals have their day in 4th of July Regatta

LONG BEACH, Calif.

Saturday’s weather: Wind 6-12k S-SW; sunny, high temp. 74F.
Sunday’s forecast: Wind 11k SW; high temp. 78F.

The boat hoists weren’t working, so three classes couldn’t compete, but that didn’t discourage the Snipes or the women who shared them on Day 1 of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club’s Fourth of July Regatta Saturday.

In a rare appearance locally, the 10 two-person dinghies mostly from San Diego had the Long Beach Harbor course almost to themselves for their Pacific Coast Championships, except for three International 14s, and created a four-boat battle with one point separating each of the first four positions.

Eric Heim, with wife Aimee as crew, leads the way with two wins and two fourth places, a nose ahead of Aine McLain Pretwell, with crew Matt Cappetta, a point ahead of Rick Arneson and crew Diana Waterbury, a point ahead of Doug Hart, the current District 6 champion with Ryan Hopps as crew.

Three fleets—Viper 640s, Cal 20s and Tempests—were eliminated from competing because of an electrical breakdown in the boat hoists earlier in the week. The smaller Snipes were able to launch manually using the small hoist.

Pretwell, whose first name is pronounced Ayn-ya, won no races on the windward-leeward course, but the Mission Bay YC mother of three scored three seconds and would have had a fourth second if not for a single stumble.

“We were in second place when we hit the pin [buoy] at the finish when Doug Hart took us out,” she said. “We had to go back [to refinish] and lost three places. Nevertheless, to be battling with Doug is a very good day for me. I’m always right behind those guys.”

The shifty southerly breeze built from 6 to gusts of 12 knots through an otherwise pleasant afternoon.

Heim said, “We love coming here.”

His main problem Saturday was in the first race when “we were leading halfway up the second lap when a lefty [wind shift] came in and put us back.”

The female gender also held its own in the Lido 14s and Naples Sabots on the courses insides Alamitos Bay, holding overnight leads in two of the seven classes.

The regatta is one of ABYC’s four traditional holiday sailfests, following May’s Memorial Day Regatta and preceding the Labor Day and Turkey Day (Thanksgiving) regattas yet to come.

ABYC Laser sailors serve on the volunteer regatta team for this event, so there is no Laser racing. However, ABYC’s Chris Raab, a power in the Laser class, jumped into a Lido 14 and ran off two firsts and two seconds to lead by five points.

The galley will be open each day, with a regatta breakfast menu and bag lunches available. The club bar will be open after racing.

Regatta information

Class leaders

(After 4 of 7 races; 1 throwout after 5 races)

SNIPE (10 boats)—Erik Heim/Aimee Heim, San Diego YC, 4-1-4-1, 10 points.

CHAIRPERSON
Theresa Cornwell
theresa.r.cornwell@gmail.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Rich Roberts
310.835.2526
cell 310.766.6547
richsail@earthlink.net

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