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13th Boxing Day Race - Light weather thriller at Alamitos Bay

'Alamitos Bay Yacht Club’s 13th annual Boxing Day Race'    Rich Roberts

The Alamitos Bay Yacht Club’ Boxing Day Race 2012 came to a dramatic finish as the tandem of Stu Robertson and Adam Elsharhawy gathered enough wind to steer their Lido 14 past Chris Raab and Kenny Dair on their Cal 20 in the final stretches of Saturday’s race.

While other sailors looked into the rainy skies and hugged their chests to ward off chilly temps in the upper 40s Saturday morning Chris Raab was asked if he still planned to sail in the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's 13th annual Boxing Day Race starting a couple of hours later.

With a look of are-you-kidding, he responded, 'I love sailing. I want to get in as much of it as I can until I can't do it anymore.'

No doubt about it, and at age 54 is still building national and international success on his resume on a variety of boats, even in events such as this meant more for fun than glory.

As it was, Raab and his crew, Kenny Dair, almost pulled off their third consecutive win in the pursuit type event on Alamitos Bay before another veteran, Stu Robertson with crew Adam Elsharhawy, overtook them in their Lido 14 in the final drift to the finish line.

Although it was Robertson's first victory in the event, he has made winning a habit in Lido 14s over a couple of decades, although this time he had to overcome a rival's prank at the start after crossing well ahead of the other Lidos.

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club’s 13th annual Boxing Day Race -  Rich Roberts  


'I heard someone yell, 'Over early,' ' Robertson said, so he circled back to restart behind the others.

As he crossed the line again he realized that the call had not come from Principal Race Officer Mark Townsend but from another Lido 14. Then he and Elsharhawy started to dig their way back in the light northeasterly breeze.

There were 50 boats from past winner Steven Hopkins' lone, eight-foot Naples Sabot to Chris Mewes' fully crewed J/109 whose spinnaker sometimes blanketed rivals in his wind shadow.

It's a pursuit race with an inverted start schedule, meaning that the faster you rate the farther back in the pack you start. Hopkins Sabots led off at 1 p.m. followed by the largest boats nearly an hour later. The finish was signaled at 3 o'clock, and Hopkins led until near the end before Raab caught him---and then Robertson caught Raab.

For a low-key event, it was a thriller. When the two-hour time limit arrives, the finishing places are determined by boats' positions at the next mark. Raab's problem was arriving at the next mark a couple of minutes too soon, with Robertson gaining steadily. Raab couldn't afford to kill time by slowing down before the mark or Robertson would have overtaken him, so he had to round it normally and hope for the best.

Robertson passed Raab about halfway down the last leg toward ABYC and finished about four lengths in front.

Robertson praised his Elsharhawy, his regular crew whom he listed as skipper on his entry form.

'He deserves it,' Robertson said. 'His work was outstanding.'

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club’s 13th annual Boxing Day Race -  Rich Roberts  


Hopkins finished third, ahead of Deke Klatt's spinnakered Pyramid 660 from Ventura and Patty Nash's Cal 20 with Vann Wilson as crew. It was Nash's first race as skipper on the boat.

Top finishers

1. Stu Robertson/Adam Elsharhawy (Lido 14), Alamitos Bay YC; 2. Chris Raab/Kenny Dair (Cal 20), ABYC; 3. Steven Hopkins (Naples Sabot), ABYC; 4. Deke Klatt/Taylor Lewis/Ian Baldwin (Pyramid 660), Ventura YC; 5. Patty Nash/Vann Wilson (Cal 20), ABYC; 6. John Gresham/Camillia Duchess of Cornwall (Etchells), ABYC; 7. Brad Bergeron (Mercury), Seal Beach YC; 8. Chris Mewes (J/109), Navy Yacht Club Long Beach; 9. Joel Buffa/Kyle Blair (Thistle), Bahia Corinthian/Long Beach YCs; 10. Eric Conn/Stacy Conn (Mercury), ABYC.

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club 2012


by Rich Roberts

  

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