sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : 50th Cal 20 Class Championship at Alamitos Bay YC

50th Cal 20 Class Championship at Alamitos Bay YC

'Cal 20 Champiosnhips 2011'    Rich Roberts ©    Click Here to view large photo

The Cal 20 Class Championship 2011 is set to take place from the 12th August to the 14th August in Long Beach at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.

In these days of onrushing technology, one-design boats seem to come and go as fast as turning the pages of a sailing magazine. An exception is the Cal 20, which will celebrate its golden anniversary with its 50th annual Class Championship at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14. Online entry is $125 until July 31, when it jumps to $175.

There will be a three-race qualifying series on Friday, Aug. 12, followed by two days of competition with seven races over Saturday and Sunday. A Junior Championship, possibly featuring a third generation of Cal 20 sailors, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20.

Organizers are hustling to attract an appropriate entry list of 50 boats, including a 'Bronze' fleet of recreational Cal 20 owners of stock boats who just want to join the fun on their own laid-back terms. The Bronze entry fee is $50.

Chuck Clay, an ABYC member who won the 2009 title at King Harbor in Redondo Beach and is president of the Cal 20 Class Association, said, 'That's geared more for the guys who go out on weekends with their friends or family but don't really race. They'll have their own class and a modified race schedule, with only two races Saturday and one Sunday. We just want them there as part of the event.'

Among champions over the last three decades is 1984 winner John Kostecki, whose later successes include an Olympic silver medal in 1988 and victories in the Volvo Ocean Race on Illbruck in 2002 and the America's Cup with BMW Oracle in 2010.

Kostecki, preparing to defend the AC in his hometown of San Francisco in 2013, is not likely to appear---he's into multihulls these days---but recent headliners on deck include five-time winner Mark Gaudio and defending champion Jib Kelly.

Competitors from out of town may bring their boats or charter from local owners. Such interest has been expressed from as far north as Vancouver, B.C. and as far west as Hawaii.

Jon Thompson, fleet captain of Fleet 8 in Tacoma, Wash., e-mailed Clay: 'I am looking to crew in the class championship. I have been racing for about 40 years, mostly in one-design … [and] have been racing Cal 20s for about a year and would like to experience the next level.'

Cal 20 Champiosnhips 2011 -  Rich Roberts?nid=85895 ©   Click Here to view large photo

A quick history from Cal 20 archives: 'The California 20 was designed by C. William Lapworth in 1960 and went into production in 1961. It quickly became the most popular of the Cal line of fiberglass sailboats; 1,945 were built. Most of the production occurred throughout the 60s when the Jensen Marine factory in Costa Mesa, Calif. was turning out as many as one boat a day.

'For the 20-foot length, she is one of the most practical boats imaginable. … A lot of people wanted an active, simple, inexpensive one-design class boat that wasn't going to be outdated by the next measurement rule change.

'Today the Cal 20 enjoys popularity throughout North America as both a competitive and fun one-design racer and a stable and forgiving day sailor. The beauty of the Cal 20 is its simplicity. It can be raced with just two people in lighter air and three people in moderate to heavier winds. Even today the resale value of a good, clean Cal 20 is approximately what the same boat might have cost new 30 years ago.'

As a matter of fact … 'I've had my boat for probably 30 years,' Clay said. 'It cost $4,000.' It might cost more now. 'It all depends on how the bottom is and if it's been fairly competitive,' Clay said.

In recent years some owners have spent up to $15,000 on performance modifications, especially streamlining the lead keel, slicking up the hull and running control lines below deck. Nowadays the class by-laws dictate measurements, including keel and rudder profiles.

'Back in the early 90s we had a lot of people in the class that were trying different things,' Clay said. 'Usually just before the class championship somebody would do something crazy and we'd have to deal with it, [but] it's been pretty tame [recently]. We reeled it in and in the last five to eight years it's been really quiet … no fancy stuff. People have just gone out and enjoyed the boat and gone racing.

'The bottom needs to be in good shape and rudders can be at minimum measurement. If somebody has a big fat keel they can thin it out a bit.'

Most of all, Clay said, 'It needs to look like a Cal 20. Years ago I asked if I could take the windows out of the boat … just to go for a different look. I asked [world class designer] Alan Andrews [of Long Beach] to do an analysis if it would alter the integrity of the boat by basically making it stiffer. He said it would make no difference whatsoever, so I went ahead and did it … and one of the members protested and I had to put the windows back in.'

Cal 20 website




by Rich Roberts

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=85895

8:21 PM Wed 13 Jul 2011 GMT






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


News - USA and the World









Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,






















2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five   
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers   
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate   


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 NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT