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2015 Herb Shear Regatta

2015 Herb Shear Regatta
May 18
10:48 2015

2015 Herb Shear Regatta

Mission Bay, May 16-17, 2015

 

Results and regatta report by Seith Siegler

Final results after 6 races (1 discard)

1. Doug Hart & Jon Rogers, 5

2. Eric Heim & Melissa Denman, 15

3. Rick Arneson & Diana Waterbury, 19

The snipe fleet hosted their annual Herb Shear invitational on May 16th and 17th. This year we mixed things up and held the racing in the ocean instead of the bay, as a warm-up for our upcoming national championship, being held right here at Mission Bay Yacht Club, this August.

With 21 boats registered, the fleet made it’s way out of the jettys and into the ocean on Saturday morning with solid breeze. Unfortunately, that breeze was mostly part of the backend of a passing storm that had soaked the area for two days prior and it was leaving San Diego quickly. By race one, it was down to about seven kts from the southwest and pretty serious 5+ ft rollers from the west. The misaligned swell made fast-sailing extremely hard and not throwing up, even harder! But race we did!

In true snipe fashion we kicked things off with a general recall. In fact by the end of the day, we would have earned two generals and an “I” flag for two of the three completed races. Twenty competitive snipe sailors on a starting line often ends up like this…

Throughout the day the fleet squeaked whatever forward momentum they could from their snipes as they dodged storm swells and massive kelp islands. Challenging stuff!

By the end of the day, positions 2 through 9 were separated by just 4 points. Doug Hart and Jon Rogers, who appeared to have won all three races actually learned that they were OCS in the first race and so found themselves further down the leaderboard than they were expecting, behind a number of other teams from MBYC and San Diego Yacht Club. They would be counting on the RC getting to six races so there could be a throwout race. Eric Heim and Melissa Denman ended the day on top of the scoreboard with a 1-2-3.

Evening entertainment was provided by the sounds of John Fretwell and his band, 2 Bit Liquor and actual liquor from the MBYC bar. Serious sailing, serious fun indeed…

Conditions for day two were quite a bit better with the normal westerly in effect and much more manageable swell. Three more races in 10-12 knots under sunny skies was what we were all looking for.

After the fleet made their way to the race course and finished their pre-race tuning lineups we kicked things off under “I” flag and earned year another general recall. (Sorry RC!) But eventually, things rolling. Racing was noticeably tighter on Sunday in the steadier conditions and a few inches here there really meant the difference between crossing in front of or behind a pack of boats. Passing lanes were hard to come by so getting ahead early was crucial.

Consistency was tough to come by for most but not for Hart and Rogers, who, with straight bullets (except for that one little OCS), took the 2015 Herb Shear Invitational by a mile.

It was another great san diego snipe event and a nice warm-up for the Junior, Women’s and Open Nationals being held at MBYC this August.

Will we see you there?

 

Place # Skipper Crew Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Total
1 29941 Doug Hart Jon Rogers MBYC – 22 ocs 1 1 1 1 1 5
2 2922 Eric Heim Melissa Denman SDYC 1 2 3 5 4 – 8 15
3 30800 Rick Arneson Diana Waterbury SDYC 4 – 8 5 4 3 3 19
4 28854 Randy Lake Maddy McGrath SDYC 7 3 – 9 8 2 2 22
5 28858 Nick Kaschak Krystal Treiberg SDYC 5 6 – 7 2 6 7 26
6 29222 Chris Snow Alejandro Folger SDYC 3 – 11 4 6 10 10 33
7 31114 Seth Siegler Adam Bennett MBYC 2 9 10 3 – 13 11 35
8 29439 Gene Ratliffe Blaire Herron MBYC 8 4 6 10 7 – 14 35
9 29013 Chris Wright Megan Lansdale MBYC 6 5 – 22 dnc 13 5 9 38
10 30733 Packy Davis Julie Calvert StFYC – 12 12 8 7 8 5 40
11 30618 Don Bedford Willem Perry MBYC 11 7 2 11 – 12 12 43
12 29315 Ken Redler Emily Latham MBYC 13 – 22 dnc 22 dnc 9 11 4 59
13 29811 Scott Dalin Meghan Sheehan MBYC 15 14 – 22 dnc 12 14 6 61
14 29250 Augie Sturm Aaron Sturm MBYC 10 – 17 12 17 16 15 70
15 29356 Craig Storms Mariana Shand MBYC – 16 15 13 14 15 16 73
16 29248 Aine Fretwell Jesse Mcknight MBYC 9 10 11 – 22 dnc 22 dnc 22 dnc 74
17 7 Aimee Heim Bruno Mello SDYC – 22 dnc 22 dnc 22 dnc 16 9 13 82
18 30017 Dick Davidson Tripp Davidson MBYC 17 16 14 15 – 22 dnc 22 dnc 84
19 129248 John Fretwell Bruno Mello MBYC 14 13 – 22 dnc 22 dnc 22 dnc 22 dnc 93
20 30109 David Tillson Barbie Tillson MBYC – 22 dnc 22 dnc 22 dnc 22 dnc 22 dnc 22 dnc 110
21 3068 Dale Bull Jason Brooks MBYC – 22 dnc 22 dnc 22 dnc 22 dnc 22 dnc 22 dnc 110
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