Tuesday, 15 March 2011

California Dreamin' Match Race Series: Nevin Snow Wins in San Diego

Dustin Durant gains entry to the Ficker Cup

At an average of 8 knots, the breeze made of nice racing. Image copyright Summer Greene.

by SailRaceWin, with thanks to Rick and Rich Roberts for information

Local sailor Nevin Snow won the California Dreaming' Match Race Series, in San Diego, held 12-13 March.

Pre-start pushing. Image copyright Summer Greene.

The only double penalty over the weekend was earned by Durant (gray kite) on this port enter into the leeward mark vs Bennett (red kite). Image copyright Summer Greene.

Undefeated in the round robin, while his closest rivals, Bennett and Durant, both had two loses, he was equally as convincing in the semi-finals (2-0 over John Horsch) and Finals (2-0 over Shawn Bennett). Durant had defeated Bennett in their round robin match, so lay second after the round robin.

Snow (2) vs Durant (5) in the last match of the round robin, which was the weekend's most exciting race. Image copyright Summer Greene.

However, the San Diego YC's event unner-up was Shawn Bennett, had imposed in exactly the same manner as Nevin Snow at his own home club, St Francis YC, two weekends earlier. Bennett dropped matches to Snow and Durant in the round robin at San Diego YC, before going on to a 2-0 semi-final win over Dustin Durant, and a 2-0 loss to Nevin Snow in the final.

Nevin Snow, SDYC's youngest skipper, and crew went undefeated all weekend. Image copyright Summer Greene.

John Markee (1) vs. Bruce Stone (4) dialed up in the pre-start. Image copyright Summer Greene.

Dustin Durant won the petit-final 2-1 over John Horsch, to take third overall.

Bennett (red kite) leads Lancaster (blue kite) to the finish. Image copyright Summer Greene.

Results from San Diego YC

1 Nevin Snow
2 Shawn Bennett
3 Dustin Durant
4 John Horsch
5 Bruce Stone
6 Dillon Lancaster
7 Joe Markee
8 David Storrs

Combining the three weekends' results, for selection for the Ficker Cup match racing from this Thursday, Shawn Bennett, by winning the first weekend, not competing at Long Beach YC, but then finishing second at San Diego YC, came out on top. However, it turns out that he has a prior commitment, and is unable to compete in the Ficker Cup from this Thursday. Next choice, John Horsch, was already entered in the Ficker Cup (as with the first and second skippers from the Long Beach YC weekend's match racing), so Dustin Durant has been offered, and accepted, the invitation to compete at the Ficker Cup for entry to the Congressional Cup.

San Diego Maritime Museum's tall ship, the Californian, enters the race area. Image copyright Summer Greene.

San Diego YC