Please select your home edition
Edition
Protector 728x90

Dave's Dust Up Grade 5 Match Race at Long Beach YC

by Rick Roberts on 27 Nov 2013
Jane Hoffner and her tactician Merry Cheers and Dave Hood and his tactician Randy Smith test their “dial up” skills during the 2013 Dave’s Dust Up. Rick Roberts ©
Last Saturday, Long Beach Yacht Club held Dave’s Dust Up, a one-day ISAF Grade 5 sailboat match race. Designed as a tune up for West Coast match racers, it is also intended as an introduction to match racing for experienced fleet racers wanting to break into match racing. Teams competed on the Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s Catalina 37s and benefited from the pre-regatta chalk talk with ISAF Chief Umpire Kirk Brown as well as the on-the-water tips and practice.

Inspiration and namesake of the regatta LBYC Fleet Captain Dave Hood won the regatta posting five wins for the day’s racing action and hopes other West Coast sailors will take advantage of these match race opportunities.

'This was a great opportunity to work on your big boat match racing,' said Hood. 'It was also a good tune up for the race committee and our new umpires.'

Looking to increase the pool of skilled and certified ISAF umpires and judges a series of umpiring and judges seminars have been held at LBYC this year, organized by Hood, Brown and US Sailing Judge Randy Smith.

Jane Hoffner (Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club) regularly races on these big boats in LBYC’s Wet Wednesday fleet race series and brought her crew with her Saturday to learn as much as she could about match race tactics and rules.

'For us, this was great,' said Hoffner. 'We got practical instruction from the chief judge and then input after each race. Even Randy Smith [Dave Hood’s tactician] gave us advice between races.'

The day started with a skippers meeting that morphed into Chief Umpire Brown’s match race chalk talk. The teams then took to the water for an hour or so of practice starts before beginning the races.

'This was a fabulous experience,' Hoffner said, 'giving us all of these starts. It was kinda scary after listening to the chalk talk but it all came together during the starts.'

LBYC plans on holding another Grade 5 match race tune up in the early spring (date to be announced). Skippers wanting to break into match racing or maybe just improve their match race skills while adding a point or two to your ISAF ranking should contact Rick Roberts at raceoffice@lbyc.org or (562) 493-5173.
RS Sailing 660x82North Technology - Southern SparsMariners Museum 660x82

Related Articles

Kiwi America's Cup domination - What can Oracle Team USA do about it?
Emirates Team New Zealand have won the first four races in the 35th America's Cup Match. Emirates Team New Zealand have won the first four races in the 35th America's Cup Match. There has been the odd close moment, but the Kiwis have undoubtedly been faster on every point of sail, simply sailing away from Oracle Team USA.
Posted on 19 Jun
Balboa Yacht Club Team wins 2017 U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship
Sunday marked the conclusion of a successful and fun five day event at the Fort Worth Boat Club Sunday marked the conclusion of a successful and fun five day event at the Fort Worth Boat Club, host to the 2017 U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup. This US Sailing Championship was exceptionally special for David Wood (Corona del Mar, Calif.) and his Southern California based team comprised of Max Brennan, Catherine Reynolds (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Jeffery Petersen
Posted on 19 Jun
Delapierre takes it to the wire at Croatia Match Cup
With incredible boat handling throughout the regatta this team have taken the M32 in their stride with impressive form. Topping the qualifying session, Delapierre chose to sail locals Croatia Match Race Team. This decision looked like a bad move as the Croatians dominated the prestart and led off the line and took the win to a roar of applause from Croatians watching from the race village.
Posted on 30 May
A few rays – no water, no way?
Sunscreen that won’t wash off with spray or capsize … if only! Sunscreen that won’t wash off with spray or capsize … if only! Let’s go back a bit. Water is repelled by the skin. Thankfully so, or we would be in trouble when it rains, or when we swim or take a bath.
Posted on 15 May
Newport Beach to host World's Best Junior Match Racers
51st annual Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Regatta will be held July 17-22. 51st annual Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Regatta will be held July 17-22. Friday, May 12 is the deadline for Requests for Invitation to compete.
Posted on 10 May
Gladwell's Line - For whom will the America's Cup bell first toll?
One of the truisms of the America's Cup is that it is largely a time management exercise With Practice Session 4 just concluded, in Bermuda some very clear trends emerging - and particularly so when the results of the Practice Sessions 1,3 and 4 are combined and considered, in the context of a win-loss record/percentage. The number of races sailed by each team also tells us something about their current emphasis.
Posted on 1 May
A Few Rays - When you think of sunscreen as a filter....
If a sunscreen is a filter of UV rays, how much is enough? If a sunscreen is a filter of UV rays, how much is enough? Where the skin is exposed and a sunscreen is working for you, it is filtering UV rays. Some of those rays always get through. The percentage of the high energy UVB rays (said to cause sunburn) that get through to cells in the skin can be determined by the claimed SPF of the product you are using.
Posted on 25 Apr
Australia’s Harry Price steals the show at Miami Match Cup
Price had series of losses at the end of qualifying series, but kept his calm when it mattered to sweep knockout stages At times today the young Australian looked to be struggling. After leading the qualifying session during the first two regatta days, today Price had a series of losses at the end of the qualifying series, but kept his calm when it mattered to sweep through the knockout stages and clinch the title. It was American Nevin Snow that Price took in the final
Posted on 14 Apr
Congressional Cup - From black flag to Crimson Blazer
Ian Williams (GBR) and his team GAC Pindar triumphed in the 53rd Congressional Cup, beating Johnie Berntsson (SWE) In a series of matches that were as mercurial as the weather, Ian Williams (GBR) and his team GAC Pindar triumphed in the 53rd Congressional Cup, beating Johnie Berntsson (SWE) in a fifth and final winner-take-all match.
Posted on 3 Apr
Berntsson and Williams on the brink at Congressional Cup
Today’s Congressional Cup racing proved that making good choices can make, or break, you. 'Choices are the hinges of destiny,' goes the famous quote by Edwin Markham, and today’s Congressional Cup racing proved that making good choices can make, or break, you.
Posted on 2 Apr