Congrats to Luther Izmirian who came in 1st in this year’s Barth Race. Although CPYC was not able to bring the Trophy back to CPYC this year in the overall races, we are very proud of Luther’s results! Here are Luther’s comments on the Race:
The small CPYC sailing fleet motored to the Sequoia YC starting area, as wind was light all morning. The committee boat postponed the start awaiting the arrival of a new light breeze that filled in shortly after the scheduled start time.
We sailed the course against a building flood tide that took the fleet through the main span of the San Mateo/Hayward Bridge where currents were strongest. We rounded channel marker #8 and headed back to a leeward mark with spinnakers flying and the current helping. We had a quick tight reach to the finish line for the shortened course.
The weather was warm, water flat, current strong and fun factor high. Winds were between 7 and 14 knots and lighter boats benefited from the conditions. Playing the currents properly and making the lay lines made all the difference in results. The required tacking into shallow water out of the current was critical.
The sail home was wonderful with winds up to 16 with flat water and dry docks. Hopefully next year we can have more boats participate.
Here’s the Barth Trophy:
And here’s a picture of the trophy being awarded to Sequoia Yacht Club:
After the race, everyone enjoyed a tasty Mexican dinner provided by our own Chef Maria.
Our guests from Sequoia YC enjoyed dinner and conversation in our newly-refurbished dining room!
Meanwhile, our CPYC members consoled themselves at the bar and planned for next year!