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Long Beach Race Week - Dark Star dominates

by Rich Roberts on 29 Jun 2013
2013 Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week -Dark Star (r.) was one of these 3 Farr 40s restarting after OCS but recovered to win both Friday races Rich Roberts / photo boat captain Mike Learned .
Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week 2013 - Unlike other sailing venues, Not often is it said about Long Beach that if you don't like the weather, just wait a little while.

It just doesn't make any difference to Dark Star, Jeff Janov's Farr 40 from the California Yacht Club that has dominated Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week and the West Coast branch of the high-flying international class overall in recent years.


From out of Friday's early afternoon fog that opened the curtain on the weekend came some impressive performances in the West Coast's largest keelboat regatta for 156 boats on three race courses, but Dark Star's effort was something else.

In a fluky southwest breeze of about 7 knots, Dark Star was one of three among seven starters that jumped the line prematurely---it's called an OCS (on course side) these days---and had to circle back to restart as the others went on their way, into the thin layer of fog that blanketed the water.

Spotting the competition nearly a minute, the Dark Star team with the event sponsor Dave Ullman himself calling tactics---with owner Janov at the helm, as class rules require---proceeded to pick off its rivals, one by one, through the first of two laps around the mile-long windward-leeward course before breaking into the lead.

'It was a gift,' Janov said, with typical humility. 'We were very lucky. The lead boats got into a complicated situation.'


That would be Jeff Shew/Bill Durant's Viva la Vida and Mick Shlens' Far Niente that collided at the leeward gate while running 1-2. Far Niente dropped out with its bowsprit bent out of shape, and by the time Viva la Vida got going again Dark Star was gone---another successful team effort.

'We are a team,' Janov said. 'We all take the blame for an OCS.'


And equal credit for a win.
By then the fog was thinning and the wind was building to 15 knots---conditions that Farr 40s love and usually find in the regatta co-hosted by the adjacent LBYC and Alamitos Bay Yacht Clubs. Dark Star won the second race handily, with five more remaining without throwouts the next two days.

But Dark Star wasn't unique. Leaders in six of the other 14 classes racing on standard courses also won both of their races, while the Newport Harbor YC team led by veteran Bruce Ayres and defending champion ABYC with Chuck Clay driving have separated themselves from the other eight chartered Catalina 37s at 1-2 and 3-1, respectively.

It's also noteworthy that there were three umpire boats on the Catalina 37s' course, just as they are for the Congressional Cup and other match racing events. The idea is to call fouls and perform penalty turns immediately and do away with late-night protest hearings that take the fun out of sailboat racing.

The umps made two calls in the two races … but there were still protest hearings for other classes early Friday night, while the C/37 sailors enjoyed the party.

Among the titles at stake: the Open 5.70 North American championship, Catalina 37 national championship, Olson 30 national championship, Farr 40 West Coast championship and Viper 640 Pan-American championship qualifier. Also, the regatta is part of the Southern California High Point Series for the J/80, J/105, J/109 and J/120 classes.


Class leaders (after 2 of 7 races; no discards)
CATALINA 37 (10 boats)---Team Ayres Satariano, Newport Harbor YC, 1-2, 3 points.
FARR 40 (7)---Dark Star, Jeff Janov, California YC, 1-1, 2.
J/109 (7)---Electra, Thomas Brott, Santa Barbara YC, 1-1, 2.
J/105 (7)---Current Obsession, Gary Mozer, Long Beach YC, 1-1, 2.
J/70 (8)---Perseverance, Bennet Greenwald, San Diego YC, 1-1, 2.
J/80 (6)---Avet, Curt Johnson, California YC, 1-1, 2.
OLSON 30 (8)---Blue Star, Larry Spencer, Pacific Corinthian YC, 1-1, 2.
OPEN 5.70 (12)---Mor Shenanigans, Tracey Kenney, South Coast Corinthian YC, 1-3, 4.
PHRF-1 (4)---Derivative (J/125), Mark Surber, Coronado YC, 2-1, 3.
PHRF-2 (9)---Soozal (King 40), Daniel Woolery, Dana Point YC, 1-1, 2.
PHRF-3 (7)---Flyingfiche (1D35), Chris Wacker/Bob Zellmer, Long Beach YC, 2-3, 5.
PHRF-4 (11)---Rival (J/35), Dick Velthoen/David Boatner, Ventura YC, 1-1, 2.
VIPER 640 (25)---Hot Mess, Kevin Taugher, Alamitos Bay YC, 2-1, 3.
RANDOM LEG 1 (8)---Rock & Roll (Farr 400), Bernard Girod, Santa Barbara YC, 1.
RANDOM LEG 2 (7)---Gator, Thomas Wheatley, ABYC, 1.
RANDOM LEG 3 (6)---Traveler (Express 37), Jack Mayer, Del Rey YC, 1.

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