sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : The California Cup - Day 3
The California Cup - Day 3

'Skipper Alex Roepers steers the boat while trimmers Morgan Trubovich, foreground, and Skip Baxter, midde, join tactician Terry Hutchinson in keeping a close eye on what's ahead. Plenty won two races on Friday and holds a one-point lead over Nightshift.'    Sarah Proctor

After another action-packed day on Santa Monica Bay, the California Cup for Farr 40 class is too close to call. Three boats will enter the fourth and final day in contention for the overall victory and it figures to be a battle royale among Plenty, Nightshift and Flash Gordon 6.

'In typical fashion for this class it all comes down to the last day,' Farr 40 manager Geoff Stagg said. 'It's really up for grabs and it's going to be all on. It really is amazing how closely contested every Farr 40 regatta is.'

Plenty, the New York entry skippered by Alex Roepers, made a big move on Friday - winning two of three races to surge from third place to first in the overall standings. Back-to-back bullets to begin the day pushed Plenty past Flash Gordon 6 and Nightshift and the team survived a sixth in Race nine to maintain the low score of 29 points.

'We had two fantastic races in which we basically got everything right,' Roepers said of the two wins. 'We got great starts and went left on both upwind legs, which proved the right choice. We had very good upwind speed and did a good job of tacking on the shifts.'

Principal race officer Peter Reggio intends to complete two races on Saturday and Plenty holds a one point lead over Nightshift and a seven point advantage on Flash Gordon 6. Plenty is coming off capturing the Rolex North American Championship and leads the 2014 International Circuit after two events.

'We're happy with where we are, going into the last day with a good chance to win it,' Roepers said. 'Now we have to go out tomorrow and just focus on what we do well. At this stage of the game, it's all about execution.'

If Plenty winds up capturing the California Cup the crew will know it was due largely to a dramatic comeback in Race nine. Arriving at the first windward mark on port tack, Plenty could not find an opening and was forced to duck several boats. After finally tacking, tactician Terry Hutchison realized the boat would not make the mark and bailed out. When all was said and done, Plenty had fallen from second to 13th in the fleet.

However, the team was undeterred by the setback and proceeded to pick off four boats on the downwind run and another three on the second upwind leg. By the finish, a 13th had turned into a sixth and those seven points could prove decisive in the end.

'It's all about what Terry calls mental toughness. When something goes wrong, you have to keep your head down and continue sailing hard,' Roepers said. 'We have a good competitive spirit within the team and our guys fought hard to rebound from that little disaster. There is no doubt the placements we picked up over the final three legs of the last race were critical.'

Skipper Kevin McNeil and his team on Nightshift earned Boat of the Day again on Thursday. - Farr 40 California Cup -  Sara Proctor  


Skipper Kevin McNeil and his team on Nightshift led the 15-boat fleet upon conclusion of racing on Wednesday and Thursday. However, the Annapolis entry had some issues on Friday - finishing ninth in Race seven and fifth in Race eight before rebounding with a second in Race nine to remain right on the tail of Plenty.

'Now we have a real boat race on our hands,' McNeil said. 'We had some bad breaks today, but I believe we can still win the regatta. We've got the speed and the crew work. We're looking forward to a good battle tomorrow. The most important thing is to get good starts.

Tactician Andy Horton said Nightshift got a poor start in Race seven and got flushed out to the left, which wound up being the wrong side of the course. Nightshift was leading the second race when it picked up a huge clump of weed the crew had difficulty clearing.

'It doesn't feel like a good day because the potential was there to be 15 points better than we were. We actually sailed well as a team, but had some misfortune,' Horton said. 'We just have to put this day behind and take a positive outlook into tomorrow. Our goal at any of these regattas is to be able to win going into the last day. We have put ourselves in position to do just that, which means we have the boat speed and crew work to get it done.'

Flojito y Coopernado, the Mexican entry co-owned by Julian Fernandez and Bernardo Minkow, sailed extremely well on Friday - winning Race nine after taking third in Race eight. -  Sarah Proctor  


Flojito y Cooperando, the Mexican entry co-owned by Julian Fernandez and Bernardo Minkow, sailed splendidly and led from start to finish in winning Race nine. Fernandez, who serves as helmsman, said a poor start prompted tactician Jorge Murrieta to choose the right side of the course and it paid off big-time.

'We went hard right and made huge gains. We managed to cross the whole fleet on the first tack,' Fernandez said. 'We maintained the lead on the run, extended on the second upwind leg and wound up winning by a fairly comfortable margin.'

It was the best day of the regatta for Flojito, which placed third in Race eight. The Mexican boat actually has six single-digit finishes, but a pair of 11ths and a 12th have proved costly to the total score.

'All these mistakes add up and you finally learn from them. It seems like every day we've had one terrible race,' Fernandez said. 'We did a fantastic job in the last two races today so we are very happy. It gives us something to build on.'

Skipper Michael Shlens and his all-amateur crew on Blade 2 won Race 5 on Thursday. - Farr 40 California Cup -  Sara Proctor  


Blade 2, skippered by Michael Shlens of King Harbor Yacht Club, holds a commanding 32-point lead in the Corinthian standings. Category 1 sailor Greg Tawaststjerna is calling tactics on Blade 2, which only has one professional aboard. Shlens, a first-year Farr 40 owner, has steered his boat to eighth or better in seven of eight races for a score of 62 points.

The California Cup continues on Friday and concludes on Saturday. For information, please visit website.


by Tink Chambers


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=123561

3:16 AM Sat 21 Jun 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World

The first annual WetaFresh is a big success by Tim Wieringa, Muskegon, MI














Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,






























Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay








Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race sets off August 10th
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship headed for San Diego
WPA Championships - Kids race divisions offered
New Clever Pig launched by US Sailing
America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014   
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader   
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3   
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing   
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe fourth at mid-point of 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT