CALIFORNIA YACHT CLUB – Six teams from various yacht clubs gathered this past weekend for the Sanguinetti Memorial Team Race Regatta at California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, CA. Though the regatta has been sailed since 1999, this year’s contest was the first time the event has taken a team racing format. Sailing for Del Rey Yacht Club was Michael Fineman, Jack Martin, Oliver Keeves, and Sidney Gathrid. Other teams included the King Harbor Youth Foundation, San Francisco Yacht Club, Santa Barbara Yacht Club, and A and B teams from California Yacht Club.
On Saturday, overcast skies greeted the sailors when they arrived at the California Yacht Club for a 10:00 AM skippers meeting. The morning fog burned off as the wind picked up to around eight knots for the first warning signal at 11:30 AM. The wind built and the racing became increasingly dynamic, and with a great viewing area off of Burton Chase Park, parents and coaches were able to enjoy the action from shore. Two rotations were completed for a total of thirty races on Saturday, resulting in a three way tie for first place between California Yacht Club, Santa Barbara Yacht Club, and King Harbor Youth Foundation.
The second day of the event began with clearer skies and warmer temperatures. Racing commenced at noon with a single rotation of fifteen races scheduled for the day. With the points becoming tight, there was some awesome racing between the top clubs, resulting in a tie between Santa Barbara Yacht Club and King Harbor Youth Foundation. In the end, the team from Santa Barbara won the tie breaker, taking the regatta home.
Overall, the Sanguinetti Dinghy Regatta was a major success and saw huge improvements from all of the competitors. Team racing combines skills in communication, planning, boat speed and tactics. This was the first team racing event for the DRYC Opti Race Team, and though they had some tough races, they learned a lot and came together as a team. The highlight of the event for Del Rey came when they won a race against the A team from California Yacht Club, our friendly marina rivals, who happened to be winning the regatta at the time. This achievement was a great boost of confidence for the kids, and put a lot of their hard work in perspective.
Most of all, the event put an emphasis on having fun and building camaraderie between clubs. Congratulations to California Yacht Club and their volunteers for hosting one of the most memorable regattas of the year. The DRYC Opti Race Team already looks forward to next year’s contest.
Results Here: http://results.calyachtclub.com/RaceResults/2015/sanguinetti.pdf