The Brr Rabbit race, held at Coyote Point on January 7th was dominated by MIST, owned and skippered by Keith Barker and Robert Hu, The race featured a long winter course which took the racers from the Coyote Point hard to weather up bay to 32, across to Islais Creek (37), a spinnaker run down to the Birdcage, a deep reach down to Channel marker 8 then finishing at Coyote Point channel. We were graced with 15 knots of wind to start the race and the wind built to over 20 knots as conditions got heavier as the fleet struggled with a 4-5 ft chop. MIST and Luther Izmarian’s Paradigm led the early race until Paradigm ran aground trying to keep a better angle while on approach to the birdcage. Paradigm later ingested a spinnaker sheet and had to be rescued. After Paradigm’s demise, Sweet Grapes took over 2nd place Spinnaker with Jet Lag in third. MIST continued to dominate the fleet until a close call almost ended their day when they hit the mud 200 yards from the finish. Quick work by the crew got them moving and they finished the course in 3 hr 36 min 15 sec elapsed. Sweet Grapes was comfortably in 2nd place until they too hit the mud in almost the same place as MIST. Luck was not with Sweet Grapes on Saturday and they were DSQ for having to start their engine to get moving again. Final results of the Spinnaker division:
Two boats raced non-spinnaker: Jack Verducci’s Vita Bella and Jocelyn and Steve Swanson’s Zingara. Vita Bella gave a good effort finishing only 5 minutes behind Ada Helen on the water at 4:11:30 elapsed. Zingara finished at 4:13:00 elapsed. Zingara corrected over Vita Bella for the win. Final results of the Non-Spinnaker division:
The sadistic Regatta Chair is re-thinking February’s race. February will be a full crew race so begin lining up your crew early! Happy New Year and keep sailing.
Jim Manishin, Regatta Chair