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2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 3

'Johnny Heineken (r.) leads Joey Pasquali down a brisk Bay in Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race'    Rich Roberts

2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Early every day at Crissy Field hundreds of San Francisco's hardiest citizens and their dogs can be found running, biking or walking briskly along the wind-swept bay, where some may even be sailing later.

So the brave and upbeat sailors from around the world fit right in for the 13th annual 18' Skiff International Regatta hosted by the St. Francis YC. They race faster than the wind, not for money but the thrill of it all, with winning almost secondary.

Almost. Survival also comes into play.

A couple of 18s tested the waters -  Rich Roberts  


'It was a crazy, survival type of day,' said Johnny Heineken, a local lad who at 26 is a world kiteboarding legend and proved it again by sailing his hydrofoil to another victory in the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race, after six of the eight skiffs chose not to challenge the rugged combination of clashing wind and tide.

Howie Hamlin, the Long Beach, Calif. veteran who has won six of the 13 events, noted, 'Over the years we've missed maybe two races, but we've never blown off a Bridge to Bridge.'

That was the six boats' call. Earlier, the race committee abandoned any attempt to start the class's own fifth scheduled race, citing incoming winds of 25 to 30 knots with an overpowering outgoing ebb tide.

An 18' Skiff needs help -  Rich Roberts  


Heineken said, 'That might be the nastiest (Bridge to Bridge) I've ever sailed'---so nasty that he finished the traditional 5.3-nautical mile race from the Golden Gate to the San Francisco Bay Bridge around the corner of The City in 15 minutes---three minutes slower than the record he set last year.

The two 18s that started---David Liebenberg's Only 18 and John Gilmour's Flytac---didn't each reach the corner before breaking down.

'You gotta try,' Liebenberg said.

The 18s stayed on the beach -  Rich Roberts  


Concerning their own canceled race, ASCC skipper Brett Van Munster of Australia, who has won two of the skiffs' class races, said, 'We had to look at what's going to happen the rest of the regatta if we're busy fixing our boats.'

Graham Catley of New Zealand said, 'It's a safety issue. We had another drowning last year at Brisbane in similar conditions. A sailor was trapped underneath and couldn't get out.'

For the skiffs, the Bridge to Bridge Race will count as a DNF (did not finish) or a DNS (did not start) and their own abandoned race won't count at all. They hope to make it up by finishing the week with three races Friday and two Saturday.

The boats are launching off the beach bordering Crissy Field west of the host St. Francis Yacht Club. Admission is free. The schedule calls for a total of 10 races through Saturday, two per day starting at 1 p.m.

2014 18' Skiff International Regatta Standings:

 

Place

 

Boat

 

Skipper

 

Crew

 

Club

 

Race 1

 

Race 2

 

Race 3

 

Race 4

 

Total

 

1

 

CST

 

Howie Hamlin

 

Cameron McDonald/Matt McKinlay

 

Newport Harbor Yacht Club

 

3

 

5

 

4

 

2

 

14

 

2

 

ASCC

 

Brett Van Munster

 

Paul Montague/Harry Thurston

 

Australian 18 Footers

 

1

 

10/OCS

 

3

 

1

 

15

 

3

 

Events Clothing

 

Skip McCormack

 

Nick Catley/Josh McCormack

 

Auckland Sailing Club / SFYC

 

4

 

1

 

1

 

10/DNF

 

16

 

4

 

MaerskLine

 

Graham Catley

 

Tom Peet/Brad Collins

 

Auckland Sailing Club

 

2

 

2

 

2

 

10/DNF

 

16

 

5

 

Only 18

 

David Liebenberg

 

Dan Morris/John Grey

 

Richmond Yacht Club

 

7

 

6

 

5

 

4

 

22

 

6

 

WWW.FLYTAC.COM

 

John Gilmour

 

Cooper Dressler/Matt Van Rensselaer

 

Richmond Yacht Club

 

5

 

4

 

7

 

10/DNF

 

26

 

7

 

Yandoo

 

Press

 

Andrew Hay/James Beck

 

Double Bay 18'

 

10/DNC

 

10/DNC

 

6

 

3

 

29

 

8

 

Lightning

 

Chad Freitas

 

Dan Brandt/Corey Lynch

 

The Skiff Sailing Foundation

 

6

 

3

 

10/DNC

 

10/DNC

 

29

 

9

 

Sparkle Motion

 

Dan Roberts

 

James Clappier/Patrick Lewis

 

Richmond Yacht Club

 

10/DNF

 

7

 

8

 

10/DNF

 

35




 Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Results:

 

PLACE

 

SAIL /         

 

JERSEY #

 

FIRST

 

NAME

 

LAST                   

 

NAME

 

CLASS

 

START    

 

TIME

 

FINISH TIME

 

ELAPSED TIME

1

69

Johnny

Heineken

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

17:50:01

0:15:01

2

32

Joey

Pasquali

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

17:50:38

0:15:38

3

1

Chip

Wasson

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

17:50:44

0:15:44

4

64

Seth

Besse

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

17:51:15

0:16:15

5

66

Stefanus

Viljoen

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

17:51:38

0:16:38

6

49

Moraya

Iacono

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

17:54:23

0:19:23

7

451

Xavier

Ferlet

Formula Windsurf

17:35:00

17:40:00

0:22:27

8

38

Nicolai

Sutter Sponholtz

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

17:57:42

0:22:42

9

Shadow

Peter

Stoneberg

Formula 40

17:35:00

17:40:00

0:22:54

10

54

Chris

Brown

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

18:00:10

0:25:10

11

6

Eugenia

Gueorguieva

Formula Kite

17:35:00

18:00:36

0:25:36

12

42

Ariel

Poler

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

18:00:52

0:25:52

13

67

Haydn

Fischer

Formula Kite

17:35:00

18:01:16

0:26:16

14

26

Johnny

Gomes

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

18:01:41

0:26:41

15

47

Amil

Kabil

Formula Kite

17:35:00

18:03:46

0:28:46

16

30

Anthony

Locke

Formula Kite

17:35:00

18:03:59

0:28:59

17

L9

Weyman

Lundquist

Formula Windsurf

17:35:00

18:04:33

0:29:33

18

51

Eric

Geleynse

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

18:04:34

0:29:34

19

13

Stephan

Zimmermann

Formula Kite

17:35:00

18:04:43

0:29:43

20

57

Marcelo

Segura

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

18:04:57

0:29:57

21

46

Nick

Levi

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

18:05:07

0:30:07

22

37

Sebastian

Sutter Sponholtz

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

18:05:54

0:30:54

23

7

Daniela

Moroz

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

18:06:00

0:31:00

24

8

Thomas

Gore

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

18:06:06

0:31:06

25

a

Soheil

Zahedi

Formula Windsurf

17:35:00

18:06:10

0:31:10

26

 

Josh

 

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

18:06:46

0:31:46

27

33

Chris

Brent

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

18:07:20

0:32:20

28

Z

Jean

Rathle

Formula Windsurf

17:35:00

18:07:23

0:32:23

29

111

Jesper

Vesterstroem

Formula Windsurf

17:35:00

18:08:07

0:33:07

30

2

Erin

Loscocco

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

18:09:00

0:34:00

31

3068

Mike

Smith

Formula Windsurf

17:35:00

18:22:00

0:47:00

32

34

Geoff

Headington

Hydrofoil Kite

17:35:00

18:25:31

0:50:31

 

17

Justin

Scott

Formula Windsurf

17:35:00

DNF

 

 

56

Maxim

Sokolov

Formula Kite

17:35:00

DNF

 

 

ASCC

Brett

Van Munster

18 Skiff

17:35:00

DNF

 

 

CST

Howie

Hamlin

18 Skiff

17:35:00

DNF

 

 

Events Clothing

Skip

McCormack

18 Skiff

17:35:00

DNF

 

 

Lightning

Chad

Freitas

18 Skiff

17:35:00

DNF

 

 

MaerskLine

Graham

Catley

18 Skiff

17:35:00

DNF

 

 

Sparkle Motion

Dan

Roberts

18 Skiff

17:35:00

DNF

 

 

FLYTAC.COM

John

Gilmour

18 Skiff

17:35:00

DNF

 

 

Only 18

David

Liebenberg

18 Skiff

17:35:00

DNF

 

 

53

James

Shanahan

Formula Kite

17:35:00

DNF

 

 

3

Steve

Gibson

Formula Kite

17:35:00

DNF

 

 

882

Al

Mirel

Formula Windsurf

17:35:00

DNF

 

 

SmartRecruiters

Jerome

Ternynck

Extreme 40

DNS

 

 


by Rich Roberts


  

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