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Successful, fun-loving Fiesta Cup Regatta at Santa Barbara Yacht Club

by J/Boats 26 Jul 2020 07:19 PDT 18-19 July 2020
2020 Fiesta Cup Regatta © SBYC

In the face of every obstacle known to man, the Santa Barbara YC hosted their 14th annual Fiesta Cup Regatta off the beautiful harbor of Santa Barbara, California from July 18th to 19th.

The fleet was greeted by nice sailing conditions and a total of seven races were held for the one-design J/70 and J/111 classes.

The eight-boat J/70 class was fiercely contested by the two protagonists, and well-known, racing teams in Santa Barbara. Past J/24 North American Champion Pat Toole and his team on 3 Big Dogs had their hands full taking on Scott Deardorff/ Jon Ziskind/ Gus Duncan's Cake. Over the course of seven races, these two teams won all seven races and accounted for six 2nds!

In the end, it was Toole's 3 Big Dogs that took the regatta by two points over the Cake team. Third was the Monkey House gang, led by Paul Castleberg and Lauren Amery. Fourth was Thomas Tunberg's Namaste and fifth John McCaffery's Magic Carpet Ride.

The J/111 Class was a three-way duel between very experienced offshore teams. The surprise winner was not what the Ladbroke's Betting Parlour in London was betting on- Bernie Girod's Rock & Roll. Instead, it was Mike Drammer and Shaun Hughes' Titanium that rode their fast horse to the head of the class with a 1-3-1-1 tally for six points total. Incredibly, the next two spots were determined on a tie-breaker at nine points each! With a 2-1-3-3 tally, it was Kenny Kieding's Argo 3 that took the silver over Bernie Girod's Rock & Roll that had a 3-2-2-2.

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