Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

Cal 20 Class Championship – Kevin Ives leads the fleet

by Rich Roberts on 13 Aug 2011
Keith Ives leads the fleet - Cal 20 Class Championship 2011 Rich Roberts © http://www.UnderTheSunPhotos.com
Cal 20 Class Championship hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, CA is being held between 11 and 14 August 2011.

Keith Ives won two of his three races Friday to lead the qualification round followed by a flock of former class champions in the next several places.

Did he feel the heat?

Ives laughed and said, 'Once you get out in front it's easy.'


Ives, sailing with Chuck Stevens as crew, is seeking his first Cal 20 title, while the gang behind him won't really apply the heat until the racing gets totally serious with seven races over Saturday and Sunday. All Friday accomplished was to separate 43 boats into Gold and Silver fleets that will return to the windward-leeward race course in the outer harbor behind the breakwater, along with enough Bronze competitors expected to top the magic level of 50 entries for the golden anniversary event.

The past winners closest behind Ives Friday - Mark Golison, Jib Kelly, Chuck Clay and Mark Gaudio - have free passes into the regatta and didn't really need to be out there Friday. Another, Chris Raab, wasn't racing but planned to when it counts.

It may not be as easy to get out in front now, but Ives and Stevens made it look that way from the git-go Friday with a 40-second victory.

'We just did a lot of rig tuning,' Ives said.

For the weekend the low key Bronze fleet will join in the fun with two races Saturday and one Sunday.

The boats were divided into four groups for Friday's qualifying, rotating match-ups so everyone would race against everybody else. The top 25, including all past winners, will go into the Gold contest, the others into the Silver.

Most of the racers would settle for Friday's conditions - five knots of wind from the south building to seven for the second and then 12 as the breeze shifted right to the southwest for the third go-round.

Golison, with wife Jennifer as crew, was pleased with his 2-3-3 string of finishes because, he said, 'The last time we'd sailed a Cal 20 was two years ago.'

He won in 2003 and 2004 in the same boat that wasn't exactly the same boat he's sailing this weekend.

'We were a two-time winner for the ugliest boat,' Golison said. 'That's why we named it Bandini Mountain.'

The boat has received an upgrade since then, including replacing the 10-year-old rigging for this event.

'It felt really good today,' Golison said. 'We were sailing a little light with just Jennifer and me, but we'll have Chris Collins with us [Saturday and Sunday].'

'Just gotta get the kinks out,' he said.

Chuck Clay, the class president who put the regatta together, finally had a chance to enjoy it with a 6-1-2 day. He and Kelly finished tied for third, two points behind Ives.

'Conditions were really interesting,' Clay said. 'It was saying 'go right' but we came back real good in one race going left. It was a great Long Beach day.'

A quick history
The California 20 was designed by C. William Lapworth in 1960 and went into production in 1961. It quickly became the most popular of the Cal line of fiberglass sailboats; 1,945 were built. Most of the production occurred throughout the 60s when the Jensen Marine factory in Costa Mesa, Calif. was turning out as many as one boat a day.

A lot of people wanted an active, simple, inexpensive one-design class boat that wasn't going to be outdated by the next measurement rule change. Today the Cal 20 enjoys popularity throughout North America as both a competitive and fun one-design racer and a stable and forgiving day sailer. The beauty of the Cal 20 is its simplicity. It can be raced with just two people in lighter air and three people in moderate to heavier winds. Even today the resale value of a good, clean Cal 20 is approximately what the same boat might have cost new 30 years ago.

In recent years some owners have spent up to $15,000 on performance modifications, especially streamlining the lead keel, slicking up the hull and running control lines below deck. Nowadays the class by-laws dictate measurements, including keel and rudder profiles.
Full results




The Cal 20 rooting section - Cal 20 Class Championship 2011 © Rich Roberts  http://www.UnderTheSunPhotos.com
The Cal 20 rooting section - Cal 20 Class Championship 2011 © Rich Roberts
Cal 20 Class Association website
NaiadSchaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Extreme Sailing Series – Oman braced for final day epic with Alinghi
The Swiss team had an outstanding day posting six outright wins but Morgan and his Oman Air crew were never far behind. The Swiss team had an outstanding day posting six outright wins in seven races but Morgan Larson and his Oman Air crew were never far behind, finishing every single race on the podium with five second places and two thirds.
Posted today at 6:42 pm
British entries on podium as Clipper Race returns after 11 months
UK entries triumphed to take all three podium places in the toughest edition yet of the longest ocean race on the planet Thousands of spectators lined the River Thames and packed St Katharine Docks to welcome home over 250 crew, representing 44 different nationalities, many of whom have been at sea for eleven months racing between six continents in the only challenge of its kind for amateur sailors.
Posted today at 4:48 pm
CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race - Start video from Boatsontv
Geoff Waller of Boatsontv was on the water to capture the start of the CYCA land Rover Gold Coast Race Geoff Waller of Boatsontv was on the water to capture the start of the CYCA land Rover Gold Coast Race, which is used as a feeder for the race fleets to the popular Queensland winter regattas such as Hamilton Island Race Week. He also talks with Scallywag skipper David Witt a few days before the start of the winter classic.
Posted today at 12:17 pm
South Australians early casualties of Land Rover Sydney GC Yacht Race
The two entries representing South Australia in the 2016 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race became early casualties The two entries representing South Australia in the 2016 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race became early casualties after both sustained bow damage in separate incidents, joining a NSW yacht that was involved in one of those incidents, all three within the first half hour of the race.
Posted today at 9:20 am
LMAX Exchange wins the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race
LMAX Exchange was confirmed last night as winner of Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. LMAX Exchange, skippered by Frenchman Olivier Cardin, was confirmed last night as winner of the tenth edition of the world’s longest ocean race, the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race.
Posted today at 9:03 am
CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race - Images of supermaxi Scallywag
Sydney photographer Michael Chittenden filed this gallery of images from the start. The supermaxi Scallywag made her ocean racing debut in the CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race which got underway on Sydney harbour on Saturday afternoon. After a tight start the David Witt skippered supermaxi settled into her work and began the chase with her long standing rival, Wild Oats XI.
Posted today at 7:19 am
Edgartown Race Week - Final
It was a rainy and dreary start to the day out here on Marth’s Vineyard. The racing started at 11:00. It was a rainy and dreary start to the day out here on Marth’s Vineyard. By 11:00, it became a blustery and rainy day. The racing started at 11:00 and I haven’t sailed in that much rain in a while.
Posted today at 6:20 am
Nic Douglass - On the dock and on board with the 'fat bottomed girl'
Nic Douglass, caught up with the crew of the supermaxi, Comanche, after she had completed her latest mission Adventures of a Sailor Girl, Nic Douglass, caught up with the crew of the supermaxi, Comanche, after she had completed her latest mission and had chopped 27.5hrs off the trans-Atlantic Race Record for a manually powered monohull. The last time I was waiting for Comanche to arrive after achieving a goal that they had set out to achieve was a very different scene
Posted today at 5:25 am
CYCA Land Rover Gold Coast Race - Replay coverage of the start
Replay coverage of the CYCA Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Race start Replay coverage of the CYCA Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Race start. The fleet got away to a clean start this afternoon in Sydney. The supermaxi, Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) led the 177 strong fleet through Sydney Heads, with ScallywagHK, the former Ragamuffin 100 in second place. Commentary bought to you by Bob Killick and Warwick Rooklyn.
Posted today at 4:33 am
SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi apply the pressure in Hamburg
Morgan Larson’s dominant Omani team who go into the clubhouse in first place at the half way stage of the Act. 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ - A sunny day on the River Elbe coupled with a lively breeze saw SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi challenge Oman Air for honours on the second day of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Hamburg, but it’s Morgan Larson’s dominant Omani team who go into the clubhouse in first place at the half way stage of the Act.
Posted today at 2:55 am