Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Floaters

Yacht Clubs of Long Beach Charity Regatta for The Children's Clinic

by Rich Roberts on 26 Sep 2011
The 25th Charity Regatta was a day for kids on Ray Godwin’s Farr 40 Temptress - Charity Regatta for The Children’s Clinic 2011 Rich Roberts © http://www.UnderTheSunPhotos.com
Yacht Clubs of Long Beach Charity Regatta, which benefits The Children's Clinic, was hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club on Sunday, 25th September 2011.

Ray Godwin, Bruce Golison and the Flams, names that are a familiar part of the fabric of the sport of sailing in the city, were the big winners when the Yacht Clubs of Long Beach Charity Regatta for The Children's Clinic (TCC) celebrated its silver anniversary Sunday.

Godwin's Temptress from Long Beach YC edged another local Farr 40, Steve Murphy's JoAnn, from Seal Beach YC, to win the PHRF class while Golison, Alamitos Bay YC, with Dina Corsi as crew, swept the three Lido 14 dinghy races and father Barney and son Steve Flam on Rigor Mortis from ABYC outsailed nine other Cal 20s in the largest class to collect a perpetual prize.

Temptress also won the Family Trophy for the eighth year with four of Godwin's grandchildren and tactician Scott Munch's young son and daughter on board.

The skippers have dealt well for years with Long Beach's well-known sea breeze, but this time they were tested by a light and shifty southerly that tested their broader skills. The frustrating zephyr cramped by a heavy and misty overcast held fast until mid-afternoon---no whitecaps, no heavy hiking.


The Flams didn't win a race (2-4-2) but Barney's key advice to Steve drawn from 86 years on earth was offered on the final leg of the first race: 'Be sure we're going to the right finish line.'

Steve explained afterward, 'We got a bit of a lucky break when Chris Raab went to the wrong line, or he would have won the event.'


Both trailed runaway leader Mike Van Dyke's Maniacal in a fleet scattered across the inner harbor searching for the fastest route to the finish. Raab, a world-class veteran in small boats, especially Lasers, was headed for a strong finish but crossed the line on the wrong side of the committee boat. Van Dyke had already crossed the proper line set on the other side of the boat opposite the start line.

'He didn't see Mike finishing because Mike was so far ahead,' Steve Flam said.

Raab's subsequent ninth place---he beat one boat---cost him seven points and overall victory, so even a third and first in the last two races couldn't save him. Meantime, the Flams held off Stan Gibbs, with sons Riley and Sawyer as crew, by one point, eight to nine, with Raab third at 13.

'That's racing,' Steve Flam said with a shrug.


Meanwhile, inside on Alamitos Bay, Golison, a formidable Etchells class campaigner, was making it look easy in the Lido 14 fleet until he threw caution to what little wind there was and jumped the start in the third and last race. He immediately returned to restart and had taken the lead before the end of the first or two laps.

'A couple of guys pushed us over [the line],' Golison said. 'It was kind of fun working it out … trying hard and coming back.'

He spoke for the spirit of the event. Over a quarter-century the Long Beach Charity Regatta for The Children's Clinic has raised more than half a million dollars for the six non-profit 501c (3) licensed community health clinics serving low income, uninsured and underinsured children and their families in the greater Long Beach area.

The winners

Alamitos Bay YC


Lido 14-A (3 boats)---Bruce Golison/Dina Corsi, Alamitos Bay YC, 1-1-1, 3 points.

Lido 14-B (5)---Bruce Wasson, 1-1-1, 3.

Laser (4)---Ross Nemeroff, Seal Beach YC, 1-1-1, 3.

Laser Radial (2)---Steve Kosloski, ABYC, 1-1-1, 3.

Sabot Senior (2)—Mary Riddick, ABYC, 1-1-1, 3; Sabot A (1)---R.J. Ivory, ABYC, 1-1-1, 3; Sabot B (2)---Lauren Thompson, ABYC, 1-1-1, 3; Sabot C2 (2)---Ryan Schack, ABYC, 1-1-1, 3; Sabot C3 (8)---Axel Stordahl, ABYC, 1-2-2, 4.

Optimist (4)—Cameron Feves, Cabrillo Beach YC, 2-1-1, 4.
Complete results

Long Beach YC

CAL 20 (10)---Rigor Mortis, Barney Flam/Steve Flam, 2-4-2, 8.
Complete results

Seal Beach YC

PHRF---Temptress (Farr 40), Ray Godwin, Long Beach YC, 2-1, 3 (won tiebreaker with JoAnn, Steve Murphy, Seal Beach YC, 1-2).
Complete results

All entry fees and proceeds from related events, such as a swap meet in July and a golf tournament in August, go to TCC. By actual count to date, 23,443 children and adults to age 95, marking more than 70,000 visits to TCC for high quality health care Services.

Participating clubs are Alamitos Bay YC, Cerritos Bahia YC, Little Ships Fleet, Long Beach YC, Navy Yacht Club, Seal Beach YC, Shoreline YC, Long Beach Singles YC and Blue Gavel District 10.

Supporting benefactors are Murphy Industrial Coatings, the Van Dyke Family and the International Order of the Blue Gavel Humanitarian Foundation. Sponsors are Alegra Print & Managing, CEBA Inc. Pensions Consultants, Screen Gems Silk Screening, a tribute to Howard Tait and Michael and Susan Christmas. All about The Childrens Clinic



Alamitos Bay Yacht Club website

Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearZhik Dinghy 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Day 2 images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two
Posted on 27 Sep
Panerai Classic Yachts - Images from Régates Royales - Final day
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the Final Day - there ws no racing due to the obvious lack of wind - but the images are still excellent.
Posted on 27 Sep
Team France Jeune selects its group for Red Bull Youth America's Cup
Franck Cammas and Jacques Cathelineau reveal the group of 14 youngsters who will now train together to prepare From 5 to 9 September, the city of Toulon played host to the second phase of the selection process launched by the Filière d’Excellence Team France (TF Excellence Network). After five days of events, Franck Cammas and Jacques Cathelineau (the French Sailing Federation’s Technical Director) reveal the group of 14 youngsters who will now train together to prepare
Posted on 27 Sep
French-flagged sailing team to make Extreme Sailing Series debut
30-year old Kiwi Adam Minoprio will lead the team, and he is looking forward to the challenge. Arriving fresh from victory on their GC32 in Sotogrande (Spain), the team of experienced foilers is expected to get competitive quickly on Lisbon’s stadium racetrack.
Posted on 27 Sep
Groupama Nouvelle-Caledonie Race - Top Kiwi racer takes line honours
TeamVodafoneSailing/Frank Racing has taken line honours in the 650nm Groupama Nouvelle-Caledonie Race. The New Zealand ORMA60 trimaran TeamVodafoneSailing/Frank Racing has taken line honours in the 650nm Groupama Nouvelle-Calendonie Race. She crossed the finish line at 10.33.12 on Tuesday morning, local time.
Posted on 27 Sep
Trifecta of Trophies for Dennis Williams and his Victory '83 Team
Nine 12 Metre teams made it a long weekend in Newport as they competed in their North American Championship Nine 12 Metre teams made it a long weekend in Newport as they competed in their North American Championship, hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club from Friday through Sunday (September 23-25). Sailing on sloops best known as the America’s Cup boats during that event’s so-called “Golden Era” (1958-1987), the teams competed in three divisions – Grand Prix, Modern and Traditional
Posted on 27 Sep
Extreme Sailing Series - Lisbon joins the race to restore ocean health
Extreme Sailing Series™ organiser OC Sport is proud to announce that they have joined the race to restore ocean health Extreme Sailing Series™ organiser OC Sport is proud to announce that they have joined the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas programme.
Posted on 27 Sep
Previewing the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds with Paul Cayard
Sail-World talked with Paul Cayard before the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds to learn more about this high-profile regatta. When it comes to sailing on San Francisco Bay, Paul Cayard has traded tacks with some of the world’s best, including Dennis Conner, Tom Blackaller and John Kostecki. From September 27 to October 1, Cayard will join forces with owner Carlo Alberini aboard the Italian-flagged Calvi Network at the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds. I caught up with Cayard to learn more about this high-profile regatta.
Posted on 26 Sep
Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Day 1 images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day one Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day one
Posted on 26 Sep
Melges 32 World Championship – Previewing the podium
13 teams from five countries are primed to descend on the sailing capital of the United States, Newport, Rhode Island. Thirteen teams from five countries are primed to descend on the sailing capital of the United States, Newport, Rhode Island for the eighth edition, hosted by Sail Newport, launching out of the Newport Shipyard.
Posted on 26 Sep