View Full Version : Express 27 Nationals 2010: Variety is the spice of life!

Estimating Prophet
09-14-2010, 09:56 PM



Saturday's beat out the Gate was challenging with next to none current relief

Sixteen local Express 27’s participated in the Encinal Yacht Club hosted 2010 National
Championships held September 10-12 on San Francisco Bay.

With a large flood tide and very little wind, the first start on Friday off the North end of
Treasure Island was postponed. As the breeze filled, the course was set and into sequence
the fleet went. A double windward-leeward would be the course for all but two races
(the last race Friday and the long distance race). The left appeared to pay and by the first
mark the leaders were separated from the bottom half of the fleet with Witchy Woman, El
Raton and Motorcycle Irene showing the way. By race two, changing headsails was the
call as the breeze stiffened. In race two and three, Witchy Woman, Motorcycle Irene, and
Get Happy took the top three spots with convincing starts and great layline calls under
the heavy flood.




Once the kites were set, life got a whole lot user friendly, and winds just inside the Gate to
the Bay Bridge were very rewarding

Saturday morning looked very similar to Friday, with everyone putting up their number
one’s for a race from TI to Bonita with the finish off of the EYC dock in the estuary.
While the left appeared to pay early in the beat to Angel for some relief, those that took
an early hitch for the island found themselves breaking around Pt Blunt first. Then a long
slog up to the Marin headlands and out around the gate where the breeze freshened for
a minute and then subsided, making the task of getting under the gate a very slow one.
Many short tacks in and out from the Northern shore in fading pressure allowed some
position changes and compression from behind. At Bonita, the lead changed three or four
times over and it was Motorcycle Irene who would slip around the buoy first and shoot
away. Once back inside the bay the breeze turned on and boats went straight down the
middle taking advantage of the flood that had dogged them the whole way out. As the
estuary approached, compression once again happened but Motorcycle Irene was just
able to cross in front of Get Happy at the line.



The drag race continues though the Central Bay and into the Estuary

On Sunday morning there was fog and breeze from the get go and #3’s and #4’s were
seen. The flood still strong and the racecourse back on the North end of T.I. it was set to
be a barn burner of an ending to the regatta. Race one and two saw Witchy Woman and
Motorcycle Irene battling it out in an almost match race style, with Get Happy and El
Raton hot on their heels and in both races Witchy Woman would get the gun. In the final
race the lead would change several times between Witchy Woman and Motorcycle Irene,
and in a bizarre turn of events, Witchy Woman was DSQ’d for what we believe was a too
close Port/Starboard cross on the last beat.

Had it not been for the DSQ, Witchy Woman and Motorcycle Irene would most
likely have gone to tie-break for the championship but Motorcycle Irene who sailed
a very consistent and purposeful regatta is the 2010 Express 27 National Champions.
Congratulations to Will Paxton and his crew for a great regatta and congratulations to the
Encinal Yacht Club for superb regatta management.

Final results: http://www.encinal.org/pageResource/racing/2010/docs/2010_e27_Nationals_Final.htm