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Los Gatos Yacht Club 2012 Challenge Race

The weather could not have been more perfect: sunny, high 70s, light breezes ranging from 10 to 15 mph from the Northwest, a day made for racing. The starting line was established just offshore about 300 yards down Redwood Creek, visible to all the spectators. Four Merit 25s tacked back and forth waiting for the Race Committee's signal.

And they were off. Four skippers participating, each representing a different club. The Ames Sailing Club team was lead by Jeff Smith; Sequoia Yacht Club's, Brett Herr was at the helm of his club▀'s entry; Hans Spanjaart, the 2011 winner of the Los Gatos Challenge Race, was racing under the banner of the Spinnaker Sailing Club; and the race organizer, Los Gatos Yacht Club Rear Commodore, Stan Phillips, was leading the home team.

The Merits proved to be evenly matched boats, and there was very close competition among the teams. No team had two firsts; no boat had two firsts. The finishes of each race were often decided by seconds on the Race Committee's stopwatch. The four skippers had competed against each other many times in these same boats; and, the fact that there were boat exchanges at the end of each race increased the competitive feel of the regatta. At the end of the day, the Ames Sailing Club was victorious with one first and two second-place finishes, followed closely by Sequoia Yacht Club's first, second and third place scores. Spinnaker Sailing Club was third and LGYC's Team closed out the ranks.

Everyone had a great time. After the race, Los Gatos Board Member, Tim Johnson and his wife Sherine hosted an excellent barbeque on the Sequoia Yacht Club deck. The racers, their families and yacht club friends celebrated a day well spent in a beautiful setting just off San Francisco Bay.

Special appreciation goes to Stan Phillips who made the event possible by writing and distributing the Notice of Race and the Race Entry Form, designing the course, and even setting the race marks from the deck of his Merit on race day.

Congratulations to all on a job well done!

Beverley Bryant

LGYC Commodore 2012


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