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2019 International Masters Regatta at San Diego Yacht Club - Day 2

by Casey Allocco 19 Oct 2019 18:19 PDT 18-20 October 2019
2019 International Masters Regatta - Day 2 © Mark Albertazzi

It was moving day at the 2019 International Masters Regatta and the skippers are getting more comfortable making their homes on the scoresheet and moving in on their competitors. After the second day of the regatta, there have been some major position shifts in the results.

After today's (Saturday) races, Andy Roy is still in first with 27 points, with Chuck Sinks moving up to second with 29 points, and Tad Lacey holding on to third with 37 points.

The master skippers and crew were greeted with light winds and glassy water as they headed down to South San Diego Bay this morning. After a short AP to wait for the breezes to fill, teams were soon sailing in 10-13 knots. Similar to yesterday, the South Bay course was blessed with clear skies and temperatures in the high 60s.

The first race of the day was dominated by Mary Brigden-Snow. Snow held her position until the last leg of the race when Roy was able to pull ahead into first, leaving the all-female team narrowly in second. Brigden-Snow kept her momentum going all day, finding herself at the top of the fleet in several races. The team finished at the top again in race seven with a third and in race eight with a second. Today's results currently pull them up to 8th overall.

"We had a little more time to get ourselves sorted out today. We got our starts going, my crew is amazing and it was fun seeing us get a little momentum. As JJ [Fetter] says 'keep her rumbling' so I'll be staying focused on the rumbling while my crew keeps doing a great job. Hopefully we can keep on doing some of that tomorrow," expressed Brigden-Snow.

Sinks and his crew moved around the score sheet quite a bit as well. The team finished the first day of the regatta in fourth place tied with Gary Jobson. In race six, Sinks battled it out with Scott Mason and Roy to take the first-place finish. He climbed his way to the top of the fleet by the end of the day but not without more competition from Jobson. In the final race of the day, Jobson took the lead around the first weather mark. Sinks caught up and rounded the leeward mark first while Jobson got caught on the outside, spinning to make it through gate. Sinks was able to keep a solid lead on the rest of the fleet, taking his second bullet of the regatta.

"We had pretty good starts today in both races that we won, which gave us a lot of space to do what we wanted to do. The team did a phenomenal job as usual. We're happy to be where we are with three more races left. We're all having a good time and we're all still talking to each other, so, so far so good," said Sinks in high spirits.

Scott Harris also came ready to play today, especially in race seven when he was leading the fleet by about a minute. With Harris' strong, unbeatable gain, the real race was for second place. Bill Peterson, who was standing mid-fleet yesterday, made an impressive comeback, fighting against Brigden-Snow in the second to last race to take second place. Peterson was able to improve his position by a few places to fourth place.

The day ended with a high-note for many, especially for the San Diego Yacht Club's home-teams. To celebrate wins and join in on friendly camaraderie, skippers, crews and their families are invited to the International Masters Regatta traditional Saturday night banquet. Each skipper will be welcomed to the stage where they can recap their successes and roast their fellow sailors and crew. Tomorrow, eleven boats will get back on the water for the final day and three races of the regatta.

Full results available here.

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