2004 NAC Story –

2004 Coronado 15 North American Championships June 18, 19, &20th

By Randy Sprout, Commodore 2004

It’s Friday the 18th and I’m still wondering if Barrett can make it into the Nashville airport in time to race at all. He’s been hung up in Los Angeles for bad weather in Chicago, and now has spent the night waiting to get out of Chicago. There are 18 Coronado 15 boats out drifting the lovely Woods Reservoir, and the Holder boat is walking away from the fleet. I’m getting bitten by every kind of bug including a new one you can’t see, just feel…No See Ums. What a great name for a pest! Then there are chiggers, something that also just attacks from the grass directly into your underwear. I am really beginning to wonder if the 2050 mile drive has been worth it. The fleet has been very understanding and they are eagerly looking forward to racing against Dawn as skipper and me as crew, and leaving Barrett in Chicago. The boats all drift in as I get the call from the airport, he is here, and we are on for Saturday. We need to petition to get into the Championship Fleet, but we are racing! The remaining time is spent with our boat upside down in the grass polishing. If we are forced to drift, it’s just got to be done. A beer trailer seems to help.

 

Saturday morning and we have had our fleet meeting, with 19 crews now waiting for battle. The PRO George Goodall has been sweating bullets just thinking about another day of drifting, but he’s got some wind to work with today, maybe 2 knots. He’s a real pro, now going for his regional ticket, and he has, at his own expense, driving up from Fort Walton, Florida. Wow, I want to thank him for that effort!

 

The breeze begins to fill in around 11:00 and we are at the pin end, hugely favored, with Charlie & Alex Quest trying not to hit the pin at the gun. Beep, we are moving in 3 knots of breeze. Just keep the boat flat. Don’t trim too tight, concentrate, this one counts. Barrett scallops up on several boats, and these local crews are not giving an inch. The red boat, with Jim Claffey and Trish Rutan, has peeled off and gone over to explore the right, Doug Britton and his “winged” crew John McCullough are not going away, they continue to hit the shifts, and are right on our heals at the windward mark. We pull away a little downwind and I’m thanking the Friday polishing of bottom and boards. Jim Holder and son Jeff are still threatening, especially in this light breeze, and their boat is flying downwind. The horn goes off for our 1st and the cheering section, a group of 3 Catalina 22’s, erupts with horns and applause, not just for us, but for every boat that crosses the finish. What a great concept, encouragement for every competitor, in every boat!

 

Race 2 and we are at the pin end again when a 20 degree veer comes through with 10 seconds to go for the gun. Ouch! This one is going to hurt! Jim Claffey has the fleet by 20 boat lengths and is stretching his lead. We are working our way up from 8th with the Chicken boat just stepping all over us. Britton and McCullough know how to roll tack and they hit every shift. On the reach here’s a new player, John Lovin and Brian Slater have come up with just right combination of sail trim to roll us. The Holders are still ahead and it’s starting to look dismal. Barrett looks over as we take a header back to middle and says “It looks like the local boys may take the trophy this time Dad.” I’m really getting nervous about the boat speed that Claffey seems to have at all points of sail and he takes the 1st place horn by 30 boat lengths. Fortunately race 2 is a long Olympic course and we finally fight our way back into 2nd place. The cheering section has had a few more beers and their cheers have amped up a bit, but Jim Claffey has shown his full potential and he’s a master of light winds. He grew up with light winds!

 

Race 3 and we are at the boat end when a 15 degree left shift comes through and the red boat with Claffey are way out front on the pin end and on the left this time. We are working our way up through the fleet when the local heroes, Dawn & Jeff Utley, start showing us how it’s done on their lake. They have us by 2 boat lengths at the last windward mark and it’s looking really bad down wind. Within 25 yards of the finish line, we are on their hip pushing them up toward the boat end of the line, when a slight lift came through throwing us into a quick jibe and giving us the 2nd by 2 inches. Jim Claffey and his crew are elated that they now have 2 bullets in a row. Jim has made it a 2 boat regatta and we are now forced to race in his same wind and on his side of the lake. This is not a situation to inspire anything but a slight panic.

 

Race 4 and we are determined to follow the lead of the red boat and Gentleman Jim Claffey. We both tack off the start line and dive deeply to the right side along the shoreline. The rest of the boats are looking better and better on the left and we are tempted to tack over to consolidate; but Claffey keeps on running right and increases his lead. It starts to feel like we are really over standing and this could be the quite an adjustment, with the 2 leaders bringing up the rear. Wham! Here comes the shift Jim has been waiting for and we get our chance to lea bow him. Nuts, he rolls right over us and the lea bow fails miserably. He’s first at the windward by 2 boat lengths and we try to cover and distract him all the way to the leeward mark. We finally jibe and duck to the left and get an overlap just before the 2 boat circle. This is close racing at its best, with a gentleman who is really good. The college training pays off for Barrett. I lose the pole on the take down but I’m hiking and get the jib in and the pole has to wait. Thank goodness the trolley Bunji holds the pole, until we tack out. The game is still not over as we have to roll tack every shift to keep ahead of the red boat all the way in for another 1st. The first day of Championship racing is over, we have 1,2,2,1 and Jim has 4,1,1,2 but with the throw out we are tied.

 

 

Saturday night and we eat like we know what fried tomatoes and “pulled meat” actually are. The great Southern menus from the Highland Yacht Club Chefs actually put meat on your bones right now! I still don’t know what that final meal was on Sunday, but it had a great Cajon taste. They are real quick down there to tell any gullible Yankee about how they picked up the meat on the road as they drove to the regatta. I’m not quite sure what that means? Bill Riner, Dawn and Jeff Utley have done a great job getting this event to be really first class. The fleet awards $400 to the Highland Yacht Club as a thank you. The beer trailer was a big hit with many sailors willing to guard it overnight.

 

Sunday, after a short postponement, the wind comes up, but stays light. The first race finds us in the middle of the line, having learned the hard way about last minute shifts. Our plan is to stay in front of the red boat at all cost. We get a great start; hit the first shift on the money, then we look back to see the red boat mired in a pack of boats trying to break out. Whew. Then, here comes the Utley boat. They have the taste of winning and they want some more. With a hint from Saturday’s racing they have really improved their down wind speed and we have a great race to the finish 1 & 2. With the red boat in 9th we can finally accept the cheers from the cheering section and Charlie Quest comes over to tell us “You have done it again!” 8 years of racing, 8 North American’s, and now we have the cup again for the 3rd time to take back to California.

The 2nd race on Sunday we get pushed up over early and have to dip the line. Working from dead last through 19 boats is ugly! Everyone gets to step on us as we battle just to see clean air. Lucky for us it’s a long race. With the red boat 30 boat lengths in front of everyone we are really happy to have won that last race. That doesn’t seem to matter to anyone else in front of us. We get into a great tacking duel with Jim & Jeff Holder going up to the finish and are just able to peel them off onto a downwind boat. Justin and Amanda Preyer have a 3rd in the last race and they want a second now. We duck their transom, and then get a lift right up to the finish, a 2nd place for us.

 

In the Cabrillo Fleet the winners were Bill Riner & his niece Jennifer who put together two 1st places, a 2nd, and a 3rd to let us all know they are coming up to the Championship Fleet next year at Huntington Lake in Northern California. Out of the 19 boats racing this year there were 11 boats with “family” teams and 3 women skippers. This I believe is what Frank Butler thought might happen when he designed our little racing sloop, and I think it’s great that families can race together all over the USA and Canada. Now if we could just get a fleet going in Acapulco! Many times during our races we would look over and see the Cabrillo racers right up in the hunt. Justin & Amanda Preyer caught fire on Sunday during these last 2 races and I am sure we will be seeing more wins from this team.

 

At the awards ceremony Doug Britton said what I have always wanted to say. After thanking the race committee and the cooks, he said: “I want to thank all the Competitors

for coming here and giving me the chance to race against the best!” I just love this attitude within our Coronado 15 Fleet. Those of you that have never raced in the NAC must set aside some time and energy just to see what Championship Racing really feels like. It’s wonderful to win, but to compete with the best, and know that they all have committed to due their very best, that’s awesome!

 

With only 2 points separating 1st and 2nd, and then 3rd and 4th in a dead heat you can see that there were a lot of lead changes during these races. It should be great fun to see everyone back in Lake Huntington in 2005. I know Steve Fishman and Charlie Quest will put on a great regatta! The father son team of Jim and Jeff Holder won the Sid Corp Qualifier Trophy this year and I was thrilled to hear that they will be in Huntington in 2005. If I can figure it right, we may have as many as 6 crews who have won the NAC’s, all competing at Huntington. Keep your calendars open for those dates, soon to be on our web page: http://coronado15.org/

2004 NAC Race Results

2004 North American Championship – Tullahoma, Tennessee

 

Corinthian Fleet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race

Race

Race

Race

Race

Race

Finish

Finish

Skipper/Crew

1

2

3

4

5

6

Total

Points

Barrett and Randy Sprout

1

2

2

1

1

2

7

1

Jim Claffey and Trish Rutan

4

1

1

2

9

1

9

2

Doug Britton and John McCullough

2

3

5

3

8

6

19

3

Jim and Jeff Holder

3

4

4

4

5

4

19

4

Justin and Amanda Preyer

5

9

6

6

3

3

23

5

Dawn and Jeff Utley

11

10

3

5

2

5

25

6

John Lovin and Brian Slater

9

5

11

7

4

8

33

7

Benton Whiteside and Scott Simmons

8

6

8

9

6

10

37

8

Andy Myrick and Mark Hall

7

7

9

8

10

7

38

9

Will Moore and Suzanne Dunphy

10

8

7

11

7

9

41

10

Charlie and Alex Quest

6

11

10

10

11

11

48

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabrillo Fleet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race

Race

Race

Race

Race

Race

Finish

Finish

Skipper/Crew

1

2

3

4

5

6

Total

Points

Bill and Jennifer Riner

3

2

1

1

5

6

12

1

Joshua and David Jones

1

3

2

4

4

7

14

2

Matt and Dixie Crawford

6

1

3

7

1

4

15

3

Steve and Alex Fishman

5

4

5

3

3

2

17

4

Shelly and Greg Matthews

2

8

6

8

2

1

19

5

Seth and Phil Farrington

4

5

7

2

8

3

21

6

Drew Langsner and Bill Nixdorf

7

7

4

5

7

5

28

7

Joey Roberts and Bill Gittings

8

6

8

6

6

8

34

8

 

2003 NAC Race Results

2003 North American Championship – Half Moon Bay, CA

 

 

Corinthian Fleet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race

Race

Race

Race

Race

Race

Race

Finish

Finish

Skipper/Crew

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Total

Points

Barrett and Randy Sprout

1

2

1

4*

1

2

1

12

8

Blair Elliot and Mark Elliot

2

4

5

1

3

7*

2

24

17

Mike Shea and Bob Anderson

7*

3

6

3

4

5

5

36

26

Kevin Wausbaurer and Dave Rumbaugh

3

5

2

7

7

3

10*

37

27

Karin Kubliski and Tom Forgue

5

1

11

9

8

1

12*

47

35

Michael Riemann and Christel Morris

6

7

3

10

6

4

11*

47

36

David Marsh and Tori Pinto

4

9

14*

5

10

6

8

56

42

Walt Prue and Mathew Prue

8

12

7

2

5

10

13*

57

44

Ole Eichhorn and Patrick Shaw

12*

6

9

12

2

12

4

57

45

Steve Fishman and Alex Fishman

15*

14

10

6

12

9

3

69

54

Charlie Quest and Andrew Quest

14

10

4

11

11

11

15*

76

61

Vincent Paternoster and Wayne Lewis

10

11

13

15*

9

13

6

77

62

Dan Gilboa and Serena Zahler

9

13

8

17*ocs

15

8

9

79

62

Trent Watkins and Kim Anderson

11

8

12

13

14*

14

14

86

72

Johnny Lancaster and Ted Strom

16

17*ocs

15

8

13

17DSQ

7

93

76

Diane Henkels and Justin Mills

13

15

16

14

16

15

16

105

89

* Denotes Throw Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabrillo Fleet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race

Race

Race

Race

Race

Race

Race

Finish

Finish

Skipper/Crew

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Total

Points

Steve Holley and Greg Armanini

1

1

18*DSQ

1

5

1

2

29

11

Adam Quest and Alex Quest

4

6

1

7*

2

3

3

26

19

Chris Holley and Bob Holley

5

2

2

3

7

9*

4

32

23

Greg Krutzikowsky & Vicki Krutzikowsky

9*

5

4

2

3

5

5

33

24

Mike Day and Connie Malach

2

8

9*

5

6

2

6

38

29

Bill Riner and Andy Myrick

7

9

6

8*

4

4

1

39

30

Dick Barbara and Sam Barbara

6

4

3

4

9

10*

7

43

33

Matt Eister and Claire Fishman

8

3

8

6

13*

7

8

53

40

Sven Dickinson and Wade Dickinson

10

7

10

12*

1

6

9

55

43

Robin Ward and Casey Ward

3

12*

12

9

11

8

10

65

53

Dan VanCalar and Nick VanCalar

14*

14

7

15

8

13

12

83

68

Clyde Hinselwood and Tom Hughes

12

11

11

11

14*

11

13

83

69

Dean Skelton and Jeff Skelton

11

10

5

10

18*DNC

18DNC

18DNC

90

72

John Drumm and David Kraus

13

18*DNC

15

13

10

12

11

92

74

Sabrina Brennan and Martha Huettl

15

13

13

16*

12

16

15

100

84

Uke Lorenze

17

18*DSQ

14

14

15

14

14

106

88

Joe Lillie and Allen Lillie

16

15

18*DNC

18DNC

16

15

18DNC

116

98

* Denotes Throw Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000 NAC Story – Race Results

The 2000 C-15 North American Championship was held June 30 through July 2. The event was organized by Fleet Seven from Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach, CA, with a helping hand from Horst Weiler from Lake Mission Viejo Yacht Club . Walt Prue was the idea man for the concept for the regatta. Alamitos Bay Yacht Club provided the race management for the regatta and did a predictable excellent job.

This was not a regatta for the weak of spirit or body. The eliminations were held on Friday and consisted of a seven race series held on relatively short multiple lap course. It was modeled after collegiate racing. The racing in the eliminations was tight with many boats overlapped at mark roundings. The racing started at noon and the wind was a sedate 12 knots but by the sixth race the winds were a steady 16 gusting to 20. Surprisingly there was only one turtle and four or five knock downs. In short the racing was challenging and the conditions “sporty”. Ben Sweigler with many time Champion crew Mark Elliot were the favorites. And true to form they won the eliminations despite being challenged by Barrett and Randy Sprout. The courses were all multipe lap windward leeward with a gate instead of a single leeward mark. The 6 minute starting sequences throughout the weekend kept things moving quickly!

The Championship and Cabrillo Series were held on the more open waters of Long Beach Harbor. Seven races were held over two days on much longer windward leeward courses. The winds were a bit lighter than usual (in the 12 to 16 knot range) but still challenging. As might have been predicted, Ben and Mark won this event also. They prevailed by three points over Barrett and Randy Sprout. Barrett and Randy’s progress over the last 2 years has been quite remarkable. Barrett will be sailing for The University of California at Irvine next school year so he will only get better. In third was last years North American Champion team of Steve and and Jan Cornwell. They did quite well considering they were lighter than most and spend most of their sailing time on lakes. The last two trophy positions went to Joe O’Reilly with Bob Anderson Crewing and two points back were Walt Prue and Jerry Wills.

The Cabrillo Series was a close fought battle between Dick Barbara with son Sam Barbara crewing and the team of Rod Simenz and Steve Gonsowski.

One of the best aspects of the North Americans is to meet sailors from different parts of the country and learn how they do things. Without exception C-15 people like to have a good time and enjoy each others’ company. The hospitality and facilities of the ABYC, and the steady winds and 75-80 degree temperatures made the whole weekend truly enjoyable.

 

2000 Coronado 15 North American Championships

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club – Long Beach, CA July 1 – July 2, 2000

“A” FLEET

RACE #

Points w/ (throw out)

Place

Sail #

Skipper/Crew

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

1

2001

BENNY SCHWEGLER

Alamitos Bay YC

1

3

3

1

1

(6)

1

10

MARK ELLIOTT

Long Beach, CA

2

3006

BARRETT SPROUT

California YC

(3)

2

1

2

3

3

2

13

RANDY SPROUT

Marina DelRey, CA

3

3644

STEVE CORNWELL

2

6

4

(8)

2

1

6

21

JAN CORNWELL

Boulder, CO

4

303

JOSEPH O’REILLY

Alamitos Bay YC

6

5

2

4

(7)

7

5

29

BOB ANDERSON

Long Beach, CA

5

3038

WALT PRUE

Pacific Mariners YC

7

(10)

10

3

5

2

4

31

JERRY WILLS

Los Angeles, CA

6

1016

KAREN KUBLISKI

Corinthial Sail Club

4

(11)

6

6

4

4

10

34

TOM FORGUE

Dallas, TX

7

2244

VINCENT PATERNOSTER

California YC

5

8

5

(13)

6

5

7

36

Wayne Lewis

Marina DelRey, CA

DNF

8

3044

HORST WEILER

Lake Mission Viejo

8

4

9

7

9

(10)

3

40

GRAHAM NEWMAN

YC, CA

9

1666

MIKE SHEA

Alamitos Bay YC

9

7

7

(10)

8

8

8

47

ROBERT SPIELER

Long Beach, CA

10

2609

DAN GILBOA

Alamitos Bay YC

11

1

8

5

(13)

13

13

51

SERENA GILBOA

Long Beach, CA

DNS

DNS

DNS

11

3744

TERENCE GALLAGHER

California YC

(12)

9

11

9

10

9

9

57

MATT MURPHY

Marina DelRey, CA

12

3538

MATTHEW BEATTIE

Lake Mission Viejo

10

(13)

13

13

13

13

13

75

SKYLER LEIR

YC, CA

DNF

DNS

DNS

DNS

DNS

DNS

“B” FLEET

RACE #

Points w/(throw out)

Place

Sail #

Skipper/Crew

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

1

2798

DICK BARBARA

1

2

3

1

(4)

2

1

10

SAM BARBARA

Medford, OR

2

3639

ROD SIMENZ

Balboa YC

(4)

4

1

2

1

3

3

14

STEVE GONSOWSKI

Lake Mission Viejo

3

2218

TRENT WATKINS

2

5

(6)

4

5

1

2

19

MICHAEL PETERSON

San Francisco, CA

4

3557

SHEILA REED

3

1

2

(7)

3

6

5

20

DENNIS MARTINELLI

Phoenix, AZ

DNF

5

2698

E.J. NOLAN

(5)

3

5

3

2

4

4

21

MONICA NOLAN

Phoenix, AZ

6

3305

BO RAJKOVSKI

6

6

4

(7)

6

5

6

33

PIOTREK ANDRZEJEWSKI

Phoenix, AZ

DNS

Â

SYD CORP SERIES/Qualification Races — JUNE 30, 2000

C-15 North American Championships 2 Throw Outs

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach, CA

RACE

Tot Pts. w/

Place

Sail #

Competitor

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

(Throwouts)

1

2001

BENNY SCHWEGLER

Alamitos Bay YC

(19)

(4)

1

1

1

4

1

8

MARK ELLIOT

Long Beach, CA

DNS

2

3006

BARRETT SPROUT

California YC

2

(8)

(5)

4

2

1

2

11

RANDY SPROUT

Marina DelRey, CA

3

3644

STEVE CORNWELL

1

(10)

2

3

(5)

3

3

12

JAN CORNWELL

Boulder, CO

4

303

JOSEPH O’REILLY

Alamitos Bay YC

3

1

(15)

(8)

6

2

4

16

BOB ANDERSON

Long Beach, CA

5

3038

WALT PRUE

Pacific Mariners YC

(19)

(6)

3

2

3

5

5

18

JERRY WILLS

Los Angeles, CA

DNS

6

3044

HORST WEILER

Lake Mission Viejo

5

2

(14)

7

(8)

6

6

26

GRAHAM NEWMAN

YC, LA, CA

7

3538

MATTHEW BEATTIE

Lake Mission Viejo

6

5

6

6

4

(7)

(14)

27

SKYLER LEIR

YC, LA, CA

8

1016

KAREN KUBLISKI

Corinthian Sail Club

4

7

(10)

(11)

7

8

7

33

TOM FORGUE

Dallas, TX

9

1666

MIKE SHEA

Alamitos Bay YC

7

(11)

7

5

(9)

9

9

37

ROBERT SPIELER

Long Beach, CA

10

2244

VINCENT PATERNOSTER

California YC

8

(12)

4

10

10

(14)

11

43

WAYNE LEWIS

Marina DelRey, CA

11

3744

TERENCE GALLAGHER

California YC

(11)

9

8

(12)

11

10

8

46

MATT MURPHY

Marina DelRey, CA

12

2609

DAN GILBOA

Alamitos Bay YC

9

3

9

9

(19)

(19)

19

49

SERENA

Long Beach, CA

DNF

DNS

DNS

13

2798

DICK BARBARA

12

(15)

11

(19)

12

13

12

60

SAM BARBARA

Medford, OR

DNS

14

2218

TRENT WATKINS

13

(14)

12

(14)

13

12

13

63

MICHAEL PETERSON

San Francisco, CA

15

2698

E.J. NOLAN

15

(17)

(16)

15

15

11

10

66

MONICA NOLAN

Phoenix, AZ

16

3639

ROD SIMENZ

Balboa YC

10

13

13

13

(19)

(19)

19

68

STEVE GONSOWSKI

Lake Mission Viejo

DNF

DNS

DNS

17

3557

SHEILA REED

14

16

(19)

16

14

(19)

19

79

DENNIS MARTINELLI

Phoenix, AZ

DNS

DNS

DNS

18

3305

BO RAJKOVSKI

(19)

(19)

19

19

19

19

19

95

PIOTREK ANDRZEJEWSKI

Phoenix, AZ

DNS

DNS

DNS

DNS

DNS

DNS

DNS