Yachting Cup

The third and final day of the 2017 Yachting Cup concluded on Sunday, May 7 with a change of course due to atypical San Diego weather. Race Committee decided early to change all courses from the ocean to inside the San Diego Bay where waters were much calmer. All of the boats that sailed in Saturday's Near Roads course sailed in the South Bay and all the boats that sailed in the Middle and Far Roads courses sailed in the North Bay. All of the fleets sailed course 1 which was 7.28nm except the Pac52s and the Division AA boats. These bigger boats sailed course 2 which totaled 10.53nm. After an hour delay, the first races started at 12:30pm in a steady drizzle with wind speeds reaching 14+ knots in certain parts of the course. Race Committee on the South Bay course was able to complete two races, but the North Bay course was not as lucky. Shortly after 2:00pm when Race Committee on the North Bay started the second race, a line of squalls came in with heavy rain and wind, forcing Race Committee to abandon the second race in the North Bay. Though all the sailors can confirm that conditions were insane for San Diego, that didn't stop Rick Goebel and his crew on Sanity from winning the J/105 fleet and the overall regatta. In addition to winning every race this weekend, Goebel was also named the Yachting Cup Overall winner in 2014. "We really had a great regatta, especially in the heavy air. We go up to the Big Boat Series every three or four years so we are really set up for heavy air and we have a great heavy air crew. Only two of the crew members have changed since we last won Yachting Cup, so we are basically the same group. This year was really tough, but to win it this year was fantastic." Chuck Driscoll’s Juice placed second, and Ed Sanford’s Creative third in the 12-boat fleet. Complete results posted at http://yachtingcup.com/results, and photos from all three days of the event are located at http://yachtingcup.com/media/image-gallery.

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