Back to back weekends in Clipper Cove that had good wind! The first weekend was a NorCal so basically practice. Simon crewed for Henry and won almost every race. The forecast was too windy for the second day (for this class of boat... expecting 30+ knts.) The SoCal kids came up the following weekend for the annual Golden Bear Regatta hosted by UC Berkeley Sailing Team. Condition-wise we got a little of everything from snail race to gusty carnage.
These pics are from first day at BAYS #2 in Feb 2018. I don't have any pics from second day because it was too windy and crazy to pull out camera. Spent that day rescuing. This day was nice racing with multiple fleets.
Henry and Simon raced a lot of regattas in 2017. These two bookended the summer.
Opti Heavy Weather
Epic ending to the 2017 Opti Heavy Weather Regatta out of the St. Francis Yacht Club on the San Francisco Cityfront. It came down to the last race but Henry managed to fend off his buddy / S. Americans roommate Ryan for the title, gifting me the best 50th birthday / fathers day present ever. More awesome than that, though, was commuting over via our RIB from Alameda to StFYC with Henry, Ryan, and Ben... who were all three leading the regatta at some point(s) during the regatta. You bet they are keeping score out there! Intensely competitive when racing but on the commute they were just good friends having a great time. Very mature attitudes about competition.
29'er Nationals and World Championships
Both Nationals and then World Championships were held by the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club on the end of The Peninsula, Long Beach, CA. This was the largest gathering of 29'ers in the western hemisphere ever!
Simon and Henry were coached by Skiff Squad. Their first coach of the 3-week odyssey was Sterling who used to be the owner of our boat, as was his sister Olympian Paris Henken (who came by to visit the boys and ol' #510 w/ the grey hull. Eventually they were coached by David who is a world class 49'er sailor and practices up in our neck of the woods.
Our team -- light as they were -- sailed very well. Alamitos Bay YC puts on great regattas and that place couldn't be friendlier. We got the bonus of being background extras in episode of Criminal Minds, swimming in the local 50m and Alamitos Bay, and kayaking across to Ballast Point for growler refills.
Here's the second, much LARGER gallery. Most of race pics are from 29'er Nationals.
Epic ending to the 2017 Opti Heavy Weather Regatta out of the St. Francis Yacht Club on the San Francisco Yacht Club. It came down to the last race but Henry managed to fend off his good friend / South Americans roommate for the title, give dad the best 50th birthday / fathers day present ever.
Simon and Michael Lively racing C420's on the San Francisco Cityfront.
Henry's NSFW Capsize at "Lucky Cove" - Nov 2016
Light and tricky wind day in SF Bay so we had to race over in "Lucky Cove" off south coast of Sausalito. You can't see the puffs coming down quickly from the overhead ridge and they can sneak up on you.
Hoel beats Henry to the mark with the "lift of the day" at Lucky Cove on a very desperate-for-wind day. Sometimes the puff catches you by surprise, as evidence here. There is a cliff just behind me where I am videoing and the puffs come over with very little warning.
Towing in EYC kids BAYS#1 - Nov 2016
I gave the Encinal kids a tow in and this is what it looks like from RIB. That's Marco in front.
Opti timelapse at NOLA midwinters
Nearly 300 opti's set out from Souther Yacht Club on Lake Pontchartrain, NOLA.
Timelapse of 260 optimist sailboats heading out to the race course from Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans.
Video tour of Opti hardware at NOLA midwinters
Here's a video of the tantalizing hardware from NOLA Midwinters / Spring Team Qualifiers. Henry didn't win hardware but he did win an invitation to join the US National Team and opportunity to represent Team USA at South American Championships in Paraguay.
A video tour of the hardware for the fleet winners at Opti Midwinters Championships in New Orleans over Thanksgiving, 2016.
Racing 29'ers at RYC - Dec 2016
Fun regatta at Richmond YC (probably the best place to sail out of in the Bay Area.) Multiple fleets including a lot of skiffs.