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Finn Masters North American Championships at San Diego Yacht Club

by Casey Allocco 23 Sep 2018 22:37 PDT 21-23 September 2018
Finn Masters North American Championships at San Diego © Jeff Johnson

It's been a Finn filled weekend at the San Diego Yacht Club with two back to back Finn regattas: the Finn Pacific Coast Championships (Sept. 15-16) and the Finn Masters North American Championships (Sept. 21-23). This weekend, the Finn Masters North American Championship hosted 29 Master Finn sailors (age 40 and over) eager to compete on the beautiful Coronado Roads situated just south of Point Loma which juts out into the blue Pacific Ocean.

What else can you expect from a September day in San Diego but mild temps and clear, sunny skies? This weekend was that! With a cool breeze ranging from 8-12kts, sailors from all over the country raved of the amazing conditions in SDYC's tucked away home of Point Loma, California.

The top Master was Darrell Peck/Child's Play, grinding through four of the eight races in first place. His worst race and discard was a seventh. Behind Peck were two amazing sailors, SDYC's Commodore Michael Dorgan/Finnster in second and second overall from last week's Pacific Coast Championship was Rob Coutts/Priscilla in third.

Peck came out from Oregon for the weekend after participating in a handful of Finn regattas in August, making for good practice. "I felt like I had great speed and great confidence. I borrowed a newer mast and sail for this event, so it was a great combination and I only had two bad luck races that I was able to come back from."

While he might have made his success look effortless to his peers, Peck did experience some equipment problems on the course when his tiller universal was damaged in Sunday's races. Thankfully, the Race Committee tossed Darrell some duct tape, he mended his broken piece and stayed competitive.

The real excitement grew in the battle for second with Dorgan and Coutts. The two were tied at the end of Saturday (day two out of three). Despite Coutts bullet in the final race, Dorgan's consistent 3-2 for the day put him two points ahead of Coutts for the regatta. "I had to have a great start and sail fast upwind to compete against Rob's speed downwind. I tried to sail a conservative race and stay next to him the whole time. In addition to a great race neck and neck with Rob, it was an honor to finish next to Darrell Peck," explained Commodore Dorgan.

A unique twist to this particular Finn Masters North American Regatta was that Commodore Dorgan decided to invite 'junior' (age 40 and under) Finn sailors to participate. "It was absolutely fantastic to have the juniors on the course. The more youth you can have involved in the fleet, the more it is going to help it grow. The US Finn Class mentions in their mission to promote Finn sailing to the youth, so we did exactly that by having them sail with us today. Plus, they help us older guys pull the boats up the ramp!"

Each day of racing ended with evenings filled with delicious food, great music and good camaraderie. On Friday, the sailors enjoyed music by SDYC Junior Director John Fretwell's band Stylus Overhang. Saturday, they relaxed with good beer by one of the sponsors, Ketch Grill and Tap, around a bonfire, and Sunday, concluded with a wonderful awards ceremony.

Commodore Dorgan ended the weekend with a comment on the fleet and the Masters. "It's gives me great satisfaction to see all these guys sailing and having fun and using their boats. The most important thing for a Master is to be active, sailing, competing, and to be out in the fresh air enjoying God's gift: the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Next for the Finn fleet is the San Diego Olympic Classes Regatta (SDOCR) on October 6-7, 2018. This will be the third and final regatta of the Finn Trifecta happening this fall at San Diego Yacht Club.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoSkipperBoat NameR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
122Darrell Peck (GM)Child's Play1‑712121412
28Mike Dorgan (GM)Finnster32‑147613224
39Rob Coutts (GGM)Priscilla41‑64466126
4817Jeff Solum (GM)81773815‑105332
547Robert Kinney (GGM)AK4710596234‑1839
62Gregg Morton (GM)Pickle Dish583‑9748843
7117Michael Mark (GM)Sherideath8132835‑15746
840Charles Rudinsky (L)USA 4069‑165987953
911Scott Griffiths (GM)Hemorrhoid96710129‑13659
1061Lee Hope (GM)Keep it Flat141041211‑1721770
1159John Reiter (GM)Mach Five‑16111513151210581
1274Henry Sprague (L)Dennis Challenge24538‑ 30 dnfDNCDNC82
13303Joe Chinburg (M)Fire Escape‑22151911107171190
1418James Buley (GM)Star Lord15141114141114‑1993
1555Jim Hecht (GM)Low Budget‑191210171314121694
1627Paul Miachika (GGM)Take it Easy 12171215191816‑24109
17172Andreas Siggelkow (GM)17211‑23131620191915113
18100Randy Benton (GGM)No Name1719202117‑ 30 dns914117
1994Gary Mitchell (GM)Dusty231618‑ 30 dnc16152112121
2052Pierce Hasler (M)Mavesa1322212223‑241810129
211066Glenn Selvin (GGM)Dazed & Confused2020‑251824162213133
2223Jim Hunter (GGM)Damnifino18‑27242021201125139
2360Mark Tegio (GM)Overloaded‑2524172325132020142
2488James Bland (GGM)Audacious2118‑282618212521150
25801Eric Stiverson (X)Finnally242127192223‑ 30 dncDNC166
2678Tim Fleming (M)Storm Breaker27252225‑28252622172
27688Hamish Nicol (GM)Oranjeboot262623‑2727222723174
28613George Baird (M)Rock Lobster‑2928292426262427184
29275Steve Slaughter (L)275282926‑ 30 dncDNCDNC2326192
1281William Alexander (U40)Unsinkable II‑3112221211
2161Eric Anderson (U40)N=1‑4221113313
3111David Alexander (U40)Gun Walleye1‑ 5 ocs33334118
476John Alexander (U40)Panda Express23‑44442423

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