Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week day 1

by Rich Roberts on 26 Jun 2011
Catalina 37s prepare to douse spinnakers leeward gate - Day 1 - Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week 2011 Rich Roberts © http://www.UnderTheSunPhotos.com
Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week. It was Long Beach, home of the notorious summer sea breeze that roars down the San Pedro Channel like an express train. So what was with the wimpy six to seven knots that greeted 150 boats in 15 classes for the first day of competition in Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week?
 
Deneen Demourkas didn't remember it that way, Michael Johnson towed his J/24 down from Seattle expecting something more than the wimpy six to seven knots he saw Friday, and Jeff Janov didn't want to talk about it.
 


Nevertheless, all three led their classes after the first two of seven races to be run over the weekend---Demourkas, with third and first places, shared first place in Farr 30s while Johnson of Seattle and Janov of Marina del Rey led the J/24 and Farr 40 fleets, respectively.  
 
Demourkas, from Santa Barbara, developed her big-boat skills in Long Beach competing against her husband John on Farr 40s and 30s named Groovederci, but she hadn't raced here in six years while hitting the European Tour, where she won two Tour de France classics in Farr 30s.
 
Other than the lack of breeze Friday, she said, 'I would have been happier if I didn't let my husband get me in the first race.'
 
John Demourkas (1-3) has a piece of the lead, as does Rhonda Tolar on Wild Thing (2-2). In fact, three of the seven boats are skippered by women, a growing trend in the sport.
 
'Six years ago I was the only one,' Deneen Demourkas said.
 
Johnson (1-3), despite sharing the J/24 lead with David Klatt's Jaded (2-2) from Ventura, said, 'We were hoping to have more wind---and more sun, too, actually. That's why we came down from Seattle.'
 
After winning the J/24 Western Regionals, he had hoped to use the event to prepare for the class worlds at Buenos Aries in November.
 
Then there was Janov, who on the same waters just last month blitzed the fleet with Dark Star in the Farr 40 North Americans when the wind blew so hard that one day's racing was momentarily moved inside the breakwater. Now, with a 2-1 record in sharply different conditions, he already has a firm three-point lead over Frederic Scheer's Far Niente (3-3).
 
The regatta's namesake, Dave Ullman, is his tactician for this event, which was no doubt a factor.
 
'It was a really shifty day,' Janov said. 'But I don't want to say anything. It's too early. Talk to me after Sunday.'
 
The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday isn't much better. Racing is scheduled to start at noon. The bigger boats are racing on two courses outside the breakwater, the smallest ones inside near the beach.

 
The latter include the largest class, the Open 5.70s, with 21 boats and the defending champion, Tracey Kenney on Hat Trick (1-3), tied for first place with Rich Festa on II havic (3-1). It could be a big year for the ladies.    
 
Two boats posted perfect 1-1 days: Tim Carters' Viper 640, Viral, and Code Blue, a local Schock 35 co-skippered by Bruce Bennett and Bob Marcus.

                  
Class leaders (after one of three days)
 
FARR 40 (11)---Dark Star, Jeff Janov, California YC, 2-1, 3 points.
 
PHRF-2 (7)—Amante (Choate 48), Richley family, Lido Isle YC, 2-1, 3.   
 
PHRF-3 ( 7)---Tie among Nemesis (Melges 30), Geoff Longenecker, 3-1; Mile High Klub (Flying Tiger 10m.), Phillip Infelise, Alamitos Bay YC, 1-3, and eXigent (Columbia 30), Taylor Grant, Newport Harbor YC, 2-2, 4.
 
PHRF-4 (16)---Rival (J/35), Dick Velthoen, Ventura YC, 3-1, 4.
 
FARR 30 (7)---Tie among Groovederci, Deneen Demourkas, Santa Barbara YC, 3-1; Groovederci, John Demourkas, SLBYC, 1-3, and Wild Thing, Rhonda Tolar, Bahia Corinthian YC, 2-2, 4.
 


J/120 (10)---Start racing Saturday.  
 
OPEN 5.70 (21)—Tie between II havic, Rich Festa, California YC, 3-1, and Hat Trick, Tracey Kenney, South Coast Corinthian YC, 1-3, 4.  
 
J/80 (5)---Avet, Curt Johnson, California YC, 1-2, 3.
 
CATALINA 37 (7)---Team ABYC, Chuck Clay, Alamitos Bay YC, 1-2, 3.
 
VIPER 640 (15)---Viral, Tim Carter, ABYC, 1-1, 2.
 
J/105 (9)---Triple Play, Dave Vieregg, San Diego YC, 2-1, 3.
 
RANDOM LEG PHRF (9)---Rebel Yell, David O. Team, Newport Harbor YC, 1.
 
BENETEAU 36.7 (7)---Bella Vita, Marty Burke, King Harbor YC, 2-2, 4.
 
J/24 (12)---Tie between Hot Pursuit, Michael L. Johnson, Seattle YC, 1-3, and Jaded, David Klatt, Ventura YC, 2-2, 4.   
 
SCHOCK 35 (7)---Code Blue, Bruce Bennett, Seal Beach YC/Bob Marcus, ABYC, 1-1, 2.




Long Beach Race Week website

Musto 2016 660x82 3X-Yachts AUS X4 - 660 - 1Zhik ZKG 660x82

Related Articles

Ullman Sails names new VP and General Manager
Kelly Buchan has been appointed the new Vice President and General Manager of Ullman Sails International, Inc Kelly Buchan has been appointed the new Vice President and General Manager of Ullman Sails International, Inc., the license management office of the Ullman Sails group based in Newport Beach, CA, effective January 1, 2013.
Posted on 30 Jan 2013
Ultimate Sails joins the Ullman Sails family
Ullman Sails is excited to announce that Andrew Turner has joined our international group of sailmakers Ullman Sails is excited to announce that Andrew Turner has joined our international group of sailmakers as Ullman Sails Brisbane. Andrew joins the group with 20 years of sailmaking experience behind him, including nearly ten years as one of Australia’s leading independent sailmakers and designers, Ultimate Sails.
Posted on 16 Feb 2012
18ft Skiffs - Rag and Famish a chance at Giltinan Championship
The members of the Rag & Famish Hotel 18ft Skiff team have family members who are part of 18 Footers history. The three members of the Rag & Famish Hotel 18ft Skiff team all have family members who are part of 18 Footers history. Their three year old Rag & Famish Hotel boat was brought up to current specification only six months ago when class builder Van Munster Boats added a new deck to the existing hull.
Posted on 25 Jan 2012
QLD Beneteau Cup racing cancelled in blustery Moreton Bay conditions
Blustery conditions of 25 gusting 30k greeted the fleet in the second day of the Ensign Yachts Queensland Beneteau Cup. The sky was clear, but the wind and swell were in as the a blustery west-south-west blowing 25 knots gusting to 30 greeted the fleet in the second day of the Ensign Yachts Queensland Beneteau Cup. The race committee, after going out on the course to review the sea and wind conditions, made the prudent decision to postpone the first of the two scheduled windward/leeward races.
Posted on 2 Oct 2011
Airlie Beach winner fully powered by Ullman Sails
In preparation for this season of racing, Peter Berry worked closely with Ullman Sails Sunshine Coast In preparation for this season of racing, Peter Berry worked closely with Ullman Sails Sunshine Coast focusing on boat optimization for rating in the multihull OMR rating rule. Peter races with Ullman Sails GP Race sails, including a upwind sails built with GPL carbon, a new Red Line Racing A3 and an A5/Screecher.
Posted on 15 Sep 2011
FT10 'Likatiger' excels in Brisbane to Gladstone
David Turton and the crew onboard 'Likatiger' proved their prowess in the 2011 Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. David Turton and the crew onboard 'Likatiger' proved their offshore racing prowess on their way to finishing first in their PHRF division and fifth overall in PHRF in the 2011 Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.
Posted on 14 May 2011
Hot Vindaloo wins division in Bay to Bay 2011
Congratulations to owner Julian Griffiths and his team on 'Hot Vindaloo' – a Pescott Firefly 8.5 Grand Prix catamaran Congratulations to owner Julian Griffiths and his team on 'Hot Vindaloo' – a Pescott Firefly 8.5 Grand Prix catamaran – who claimed top division honors in the 31st Bay to Bay Race 2011 in Queensland, Australia.
Posted on 12 May 2011
SAP 505 World Championship video
SAP 505 World Championship - races 3 and 4 finally got underway. Video. SAP 505 World Championship 2011. Perfect sailing conditions as Races 3 and 4 finally got underway. The racing proved to be a test of performance, of swift and tactical maneouvres.
Posted on 31 Mar 2011
SAP 505 World Championship 2011 images by Christophe Favreau
SAP 505 World Championship 2011 images by Christophe Favreau SAP 505 World Championship 2011 day 1 images of the first two races at Hamilton Island by photographer Christophe Favreau
Posted on 27 Mar 2011
Congressional Cup day 3 - Four way fight
Congressional Cup, Long Beach (California) is being sailed from March 22nd to 26th. Congressional Cup, Long Beach (California) is being sailed from March 22nd to 26th. If Bruni, the defending champion, stays alone on top, he'll have the privilege of choosing which of the other three he meets in the semifinals.
Posted on 25 Mar 2011