Please select your home edition
Edition
Newport Boat Show 728x90

51st Cal 20 Class Championship day 1

by Rick Roberts on 18 Aug 2012
Dustin Durant (white cap) and crew Phil Toth show their talent by finishing second in the Elimination Series with this being Durant’s first day in a Cal 20. - 51st Cal 20 Class Championsh?ip Rick Roberts ©
Friday was the first day of the 51st Cal 20 Class Championship hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club.

A three race round robin decided which of the 24 boats would race in the Championship Series and which would race in the Consolation Series, beginning Saturday and concluding Sunday.


Stuart (Stu) Robertson, ABYC, topped the fleet by posting a first-place finish in all three races on a warm day that saw only 8-10 knots of breeze.

Some said his performance squarely put the target on his back for the start of tomorrow’s Championship racing action. With a competitive fleet made up of past class champions and local Cal 20 up-and-comers one asks what set him apart in today’s races. 'The difference is my crew, Paul Anctil and Mark Ryan,' Robertson said. 'Paul continued to tune the rig throughout each race and Mark gave me a perspective and info on the course and where the other boats were. All of that information was the difference.'

A last-minute entry into the regatta was LBYC match racer Dustin Durant. Durant never finished worse than third on the day and showed great promise for the series. The amazing thing is that he has had very little experience on Cal 20s… very little. 'Today was my first time in a Cal 20,' Durant confesses with a smile.

'On the way out to the race course we watched the other boats and duplicated their technique,' Durant said. 'You know, these sail a lot like a Naples Sabot. It’s amazing how similar the two boats are.'

He credits his crew, Phil Toth, with their outstanding performance today but will have Shane Young (a regular match racing crew member) with him tomorrow. Looking to repeat last year’s win, Keith Ives made the cut with a fourth overall in today’s standings but looks to dial it up a bit tomorrow. 'We just need to get off the start line better,' Ives said. 'We were conservative today, but we won’t be tomorrow. We’ve got to be a little more aggressive and have a new target to go after… Stu.'

Tomorrows racing action begins at 12 noon with four races scheduled for both the Championship and Consolation Series and two races scheduled for the Bronze Series. The Bronze Series fleet is made up of boats that want to compete as part of the overall Cal 20 Class Championship regatta but do not contend for the Class Championship. They have four races scheduled over Saturday and Sunday.

Championship Series alignment and Elimination Series Results:

Championship Series
1. Stuart Robertson, ABYC, 1-1-1, 3 points in Elimination Series
2. Dustin Durant, LBYC, 1-3-2-, 6
3. Mark & Bruce Golison, ABYC, 4-2-1, 7
4. Keith Ives, ABYC, 4-2-3, 9
5. Chuck Clay, ABYC. 5-1-5, 11
6. Mike Van Dyke, ABYC/LBYC, 3-6.5-2, 11.5
7. Eric Conn, ABYC, 2-8-4, 14
8. Mike Wood, LBYC/ABYC, 2-6.5-5.5, 14
9. Jeff Ives, ABYC/TPYC, 6-4-5.5, 15.5
10. Mike Burch, CBYC, 8-6-3, 17
11. Freddie Stevens, ABYC, 5-5-8, 18
12. Stan Gibbs, ABYC, 6-4-9, 19
13. Hiroshi Namikawa, CBYC, 3-9-7, 19
14. Steven George, ABYC, 7-7-8, 22
15. John Merchant, ABYC, 9-8-6, 23

Consolation Series
1. Dennis Palmieri, KHYC, 10-11-4, 25
2. Cathy Black-Smith, ABYC, 11-5-10, 26
3. Doug Grant, CBYC, 8-10-9, 27
4. Craig Stenberg, LBYC, 10-12-7, 29
5. David Hansen, ABYC, 9-10-11, 30
6. Chuck Bricker/Mark Kranz, KHYC, 12-9-10, 31
7. Daniel Gilboa, ABYC, 7-3-OCS/25, 36
8. Matthew Rustigian, Lake Arrowhead YC, DNC/25-DNC/25-DNC/25, 75
9. Brian Lindquist, KHYC, DNC/25-DNC/25-DNC/25, 75

Event information available here
Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Vendée Globe – Yann Eliès and his team relaunch 60-ft IMOCA in Lorient
Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses. Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses organised at the Finistère Ocean Racing Centre in Port-la-Forêt (Brittany). He will also take part in the Azimut Trophy. Yann Eliès tells us about the work that has been done and what lies ahead in the final part of his preparation.
Posted on 26 Aug
Vendée Globe – A long trip between France and Iceland for Heerema
After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. Thanks to this voyage from France to Iceland and back, the Dutch skipper is finding out more about No Way Back, the new generation IMOCA on which he will line up on 6th November
Posted on 26 Aug
Phoenix returns and Cayard is back for the TP52 World Championships
Richard Cohen will compete at the championships in Mahón, Menorca, with Phoenix, which will be skippered by Paul Cayard. The carefully assembled team includes a core group of sailors who have many years of experience in the class, but Cayard cautions that their initial objective is to learn and improve together in line with their long term goal, to be competitive on the 2017 52 Super Series.
Posted on 26 Aug
Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted on 25 Aug
Best pictures of the first 4 Acts of the Extreme Sailing Series™
An influx of fresh talent have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40. An influx of fresh talent, new venues and a revised race format have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40 by a smaller, faster catamaran: the flying GC32.
Posted on 25 Aug
Return to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series™
Joining the fleet as the season heads into its second half is Gazprom Team Russia, led by WMRT champion, Phil Robertson. With one week to go, the fleet returns to St Petersburg for the fifth Act of the season, presented by SAP, 35 of the world’s best sailors are getting their heads in the game and preparing for the one of the trickiest venues of the season so far.
Posted on 25 Aug
Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug