Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 2018 Ronstan shock blocks Leaderboard

Long Beach Yacht Club Campbell Cup Regatta - Overall

by Betsy (Crowfoot) Senescu 21 Oct 03:11 PDT 19-20 October 2019

Light conditions persisted, as did the frontrunners in Farr 40 and WC 70 divisions, on Day Two of the Long Beach Yacht Club Campbell Cup Regatta.

Joel Ronning's WC 70 Catapult added two more bullets to the scoreboard, finishing ahead of competitors with a solid 2-1-1-1-1 score to win the Campbell Cup perpetual trophy. Meanwhile, Mick and Marlene Shlens defended their championship title aboard Blade II over a half-dozen Farr 40 competitors, battling through lead changes at both windward marks and downwind gates.

Ten teams turned out to race in this year's Campbell Cup, which was originally organized in 2006 by LBYC member Mike Campbell. Campbell successfully campaigned two 70-raters: Victoria, designed by Alan Andrews, and the Kernan 70 Peligroso; and created the fall regatta to spotlight big boat racing. When Campbell passed away two years later, the event was renamed as a tribute to his accomplishments in and support of sailing. His wife Victoria was on-hand Sunday at the prize-giving to carry on the Campbell legacy.

Conditions were mild for the two-day regatta with idyllic temperatures and southwesterly breeze topping just eight knots today.

"It would have been a good day for golf," said Ronning, whose Minneapolis-based crew of Catapult have more than a just weekend in California to brag about, having won the regatta in a near sweep.

"But it was a great day of sailing," Ronning conceded, and one of the reasons Long Beach is one of his favorite venues to sail. A veteran and second-place finisher in Transpac 2017, Ronning admitted he prefers sailing around the cans to blue-water racing and hopes to encourage other WC 70 owners to come out and play. He says he'll return to the west coast next year for the Hot Rum Series and Yachting Cup, and will definitely be a boat to watch on the circuit in 2020.

While the WC 70s ran a 1.5nm course off Sunset Beach, the Farr 40s windward-leewards were 1.25nm, twice around.

Marlene Shlens, co-owner of Blade II, gave credit for their win to, "our outstanding crew, and a great tactician who was really on his game," referring to Peter 'Pedro' Isler. "The boats were very competitive and positions changed a lot," Ms. Shlens said. She noted a port/starboard situation at the start of Race Two which mandated a 360-degree penalty turn, during which her foot got tangled in a sheet. Despite the bumble, which saw Blade II dip to fourth around the windward mark, the team fought back to a second-place finish: giving them a solid seven-point lead over second-place Dark Star. Foil finished third.

Although the Farr 40 fleet is roughly two decades old, that pedigree is what makes the boat so enjoyable to race, said Blade II's Tony Rey. "The boats are all a little older - but in good shape - and have varying levels of newer or older equipment and sail inventory." At any moment, he noted, "any of us could be the fastest boat out there," with the optimal suite for the conditions. "If you're in the right corner of the racecourse and set up well; right in the sweet spot of your jib or spinnaker, you can be the fastest boat, regardless of equipment. It's more about sailing skill, and that's what makes it a high -level racing."

Long Beach Yacht Club was lauded by competitors for "running great events, with a fantastic Race Committee." Keen hospitality was extolled too, as sailors were hosted to morning breakfast and post-race beer, and beefy hors d'oeuvre buffets post-race. Race Chair was Cheri Busch, with John Busch as PRO, assisted by Race Director Jess Gerry.

Full results available here.

Related Articles

California Dreamin' at Long Beach overall
Shane Young wins final regatta, Christopher Weis wins the series Shane Young had trouble getting his motor running - his Catalina 37 being towed to the racecourse by the mark-set boat, but once out there, he and his LBYC crew won six out of seven matches to finish the two-day regatta with a 12 - 2 record. Posted on 4 Nov
California Dreamin' in Long Beach day 1
Dair & Young debut in 1st and 2nd California Dreamin'; indeed! Greg Dair, a former Alamitos Bay Yacht Club coach, competing in his first California Dreamin' Series event, won six of the day's seven matches to debut in first place. Posted on 3 Nov
2019 Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup day 1
Long Beach Yacht Club comes back for a rematch The 2019 Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup began today (Friday) at the San Diego Yacht Club, and it seems to be picking up right where it left off last year in 2018. Posted on 26 Oct
Long Beach Yacht Club Campbell Cup Regatta day 1
Catapult and Blade II lead The Long Beach Yacht Club Campbell Cup Regatta got off to a late start today, but there was no holding back on the fun and spirited competition, in the 14th running of this treasured event. Posted on 20 Oct
Linda Elias Memorial Women's OD Challenge overall
Blecher's CalYC & Team wins 28th Annual LEMWOD Yesterday's three bullets made all the difference for California Yacht Club's Allie Blecher, who won the 2019 Linda Elias Memorial Women's One Design Challenge by a mere two points. Posted on 15 Oct
Linda Elias Memorial Women's OD Challenge day 1
Allie Blecher Leads CYC Team to the top of the leaderboard Three bullets and a fourth in the day's fourth race scored seven points and secured Allie Blecher's California Yacht Club team a day one first-place ranking at the two-day Linda Elias Memorial Women's One Design Challenge. Posted on 13 Oct
2019 Farr 40 World Championship
Vince Brun and Drew Freides win at Long Beach YC While some may claim beginners luck, the first place team, Far Niente, of the 2019 Farr 40 World Championship earned their win with an amazing team and by going back to the fundamentals. Posted on 8 Oct
Firefighters smoke rivals in LBYC's Heroes Regatt
Long Beach Firefighters smoked the competition in a series of four races Long Beach Firefighters smoked the competition in a series of four races at the Long Beach Yacht Club Heroes Regatta. Roughly two-dozen first responders teamed up with coaches and club members Posted on 22 Sep
Durant wins US Sailing Match Racing Qualifier
Durant and crew have officially got their groove back. Given that Durant is a four-time Congressional Cup Skipper and a two-time California Dreamin' Series winner, and following yesterday's sweep, the top-placed finish today was not a surprise. Posted on 12 Aug
LBYC US Sailing Match Racing Qualifier day 1
Dustin Durant gets his match racing band back together Dustin Durant got his match racing band back together, returning to the water after a 3-year hiatus. And in match after match, scored win after win. Posted on 11 Aug
Festival of Sails 2020 GIF - FOOTERSOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 BottomGul 2019 GAMMA Footer