Friday, September 9, 2011

Blowing Dogs Off Chains At Rolex Big Boat in San Francisco - Day 2

It was another day of wild winds on San Francisco Bay for the 2011 Rolex Big Boat Series sailors who pushed their skills and physical fitness to the limit as they tore around the race course.
Double Trouble Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
“It was a 20-25 knot day today, gusting close to 30,” said Andy Costello crewing on the J/125 Double Trouble, which leads IRC C class and is the only team with a perfect score line after four races, two of which were held today.“We were hitting (boat speeds) in the 17 and 18s off the breeze, but we were fully under control.”

That wasn’t the case for many of the class’s other 40 foot sport boats who either wiped out or struggled not to.

“They feel the boat, and their response is quicker,” said Costello of his crew of seasoned dinghy sailors including mainsail trimmer Trevor Baylis  an Aussie 18, International 14 and 505 class World Champion,  Matt Noble, an International 14 World Champion and tactician Will Baylis, an Olympic silver medalist.
Eight Ball and Barking Mad Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
While Scott Easom’s Eight Ball leads after six races (three of those held today) in the Farr 30 class, he says he is “clawing” to hang on to his lead and potentially be named class world champion at the end of this event.
Barking Mad Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
“Barking Mad, (skippered by seasoned Farr 40 champion, Jim Richardson of Boston) and the two Groovederci entries (skippered by Deneen Demourkas and John Demourkas of Santa Barbara) are very, very good. It’s them and us,” said Easom.

"We’re local but there’s not anything we know they don’t know. Boat speed is king. We’re watching them carefully, and they are teaching us a lot. We were leading by more yesterday, so we’ll try to stay close tomorrow and not make the big mistake. With 11 races scheduled and no throw outs, we’ll be a little cautious on the start line and around marks.”

Barking Mad is now only one point behind him, while Deneen Demourkas, who won two races today, is four points behind.
Groovederci Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
The mayhem on the Farr 30 course that started in 30 knot gusts yesterday continued today when Deneen Demourkas broached just after her downwind finish that won her the second race.

“We came screaming in and went just under her, missing her by 10 feet,” said Easom. “The runs are where the stuff sorts out. The wind is so high it eliminates some teams. I feel sorry for them, that they come all the way to San Francisco to get their drawers blown off.”
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Upsets today included Brad Copper’s (Pt. Richmond, Calif.) TNT overtaking Swiftsure II in IRC B; Kame Richards’ Golden Moon knocking off Bartz Schneider’s (Crystal Bay, Nev.) Expeditious in Express 37 class; and Jim Swartz’s (Park City, Utah) Vesper edging out Ashley Wolfe’s (Calgary, AB, CAN) Mayhem in IRC A.
Standard Deviation Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Maintaining their leads from yesterday were Double Trouble, skippered by Andy Costello (Pt. Richmond, Calif.) in IRC C; Dayenu, skippered by Donald Payan (Hillsborough, Calif.) in IRC D; Blackhawk, skippered by Scooter Simmons (Belvedere, Calif.) in J/105; and Chance, skippered by Barry Lewis (Atherton, Calif.) in J/120.

RESULTS – Day 2

IRC A (IRC - 8 Boats)
1. Vesper, TP 52 52, Jim Swartz , Park City, UT, USA - 1, 3, 2, 1, ; 7
2. Mayhem, TP 52 52, Ashley Wolfe , Calgary, AB, CAN - 2, 1, 3, 2, ; 8
3. PowerPlay, TP 52 52, Peter Cunningham , George Town, Grand Cayman, CAY - 3, 2, 1, 3, ; 9

IRC B (IRC - 9 Boats)
1. TNT, Custom Tripp 43 43, Brad Copper , Pt. Richmond, CA, USA - 1, 2, 1, 1, ; 5
2. Swiftsure ll, Sloop 54, Sy Kleinman , Saratoga, CA, USA - 2, 1, 5, 2, ; 10
3. BustinLoose, Sydney 38 38'6, Jeff Pulford , Salinas, Ca, USA - 3, 4, 2, 4, ; 13

IRC C (IRC - 8 Boats)
1. Double Trouble, J 125 41, Andy Costello , Pt Richmond, CA, USA - 1, 1, 1, 1, ; 4
2. Resolute, J 125 41, Tim Fuller , Murrieta, CA, USA - 4, 3, 2, 2, ; 11
3. Timeshaver, J 125 41, Viggo Torbensen , Laguna Beach, CA, USA - 3, 2, 4, 5, ; 14

IRC D (IRC - 8 Boats)
1. Dayenu, J 120 40, Donald Payan , Hillsborough, CA, USA - 1, 1, 2, 1, ; 5
2. Mirthmaker, Archambault A35 35, Douglas Holm / Kirk Denebeim , Corte Madera, CA, USA - 2, 2, 1, 2, ; 7
3. Tupelo Honey, Elan 40 40, Gerard Sheridan , San Francisco, CA, USA - 3, 4, 3, 3, ; 13

J 105 (One Design - 21 Boats)
1. Blackhawk, J 105 34.5, Scooter Simmons , Belvedere, CA, USA - 4, 1, 2, 1, ; 8
2. Jam Session, J 105 34.5, Adam Spiegel , San Francisco, CA, USA - 6, 5, 4, 4, ; 19
3. Risk, J 105 34.5, Jason Woodley / Scott Whitney , Tiburon, CA, USA - 7, 3, 8, 2, ; 20

J 120 (One Design - 7 Boats)
1. Chance, J 120 40, Barry Lewis , Atherton, CA, USA - 3, 1, 2, 1, ; 7
2. Mr. Magoo, J 120 40, Stephen Madeira , Menlo Park, CA, USA - 2, 2, 3, 3, ; 10
3. Desdemona, J 120 40, John S. Wimer , Half Moon Bay, CA, USA - 1, 3, 4, 4, ; 12

Express 37 (One Design - 9 Boats)
1. Golden Moon, Express 37 37, Kame Richards , Alameda, CA, USA - 1, 2, 1, 1, ; 5
2. Expeditious, Express 37 37, Bartz Schneider , Crystal Bay, NV, USA - 2, 1, 3, 3, ; 9
3. Blade Runner, Express 37 37, Michael Shlens , Palos Verdes Est., CA, USA - 4, 3, 4, 2, ; 13

Farr 30 (One Design - 12 Boats)
1. Eight Ball, Farr 30 30, Scott Easom , San Rafael, CA, USA - 2, 4, 1, 5, 2, 3, ; 17
2. Barking Mad, Farr 30 30, James Richardson , Boston, MA, USA - 3, 1, 5, 3, 4, 2, ; 18
3. Groovederci, Farr 30 30, Deneen Demourkas , Santa Barbara, CA, USA - 7, 8, 2, 2, 1, 1, ; 21

Lulu Roseman

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