Author Topic: Pacific Coast Championship Proposed - Park City Sailing Association Fall 2014  (Read 21082 times)

Travis Gregory

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Re: Pacific Coast Championship Proposed - Park City Sailing Association Fall 2014
« Reply #30 on: September 23, 2014, 03:05:15 AM »

Congratulations to Chris Chambers and Team Black Sheep, 2014 PCC Champions.  Chris and team bested a 9 boat fleet in a test of patience Saturday with 1 race and no wind (the thermal was a no-show).  Followed by a rainy but thankfully windy day Sunday with 5 races.

Mark Allen and Team Junta took second and Phil Kanegsburg and Team U-Decide took third.

Many thanks to Jay (Madison), Phil (U-Decide), Mike (U-Hoo), Marty (Redline), and Chris (Black Gazelle) for making the trip!   We enjoyed hosting you guys and hope you will consider coming out again. 

Full results at the PCSA site here:  http://www.sailpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2014-09-22_Fall_Regatta_RESULTS_v1.pdf
 

A few early photos of the winners and hopefully more sailing action photos coming soon at their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ParkCitySailing
 

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Re: Pacific Coast Championship Proposed - Park City Sailing Association Fall 2014
« Reply #31 on: September 24, 2014, 04:01:14 AM »
Thanks Mark and Travis for hosting this event.  It was great. 

I think the turnout numbers were evidence of a formula for future success of this event (in my opinion).  The venue was somewhat centrally located and near one of the larger active fleets.  This allowed local boats to turn out and also boats scattered around the western US (which is the point of a PCC event) to make it to the venue in a single days drive.  The event was put on the calendar well in advance so people could plan for it.

NAs will be on the east coast next year, so I think we should be thinking about a venue for PCCs next year sooner rather than later and follow a similar formula for next year.  This will be the major regatta for most boats on the west coast next season.

Getting to race in new places with new faces is one of the best aspects of U20 racing.

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Re: Pacific Coast Championship Proposed - Park City Sailing Association Fall 2014
« Reply #32 on: September 24, 2014, 04:30:55 PM »
Thanks Travis for the post and A BIG thank you to everyone who came to this event, and Brian and Larry Tyrrell for their great efforts to keep us pointed in the right direction!!!  It was great to see everyone again and put more faces with names - there are more and more fast boats in our fleet!!!  It is alot of fun to race with you all - especially without alot of the red-flag drama - no black flags either.  Although the 3 min starts with a whistle and no flags will keep you on your toes!

Even though the wind was a bit fluky on day one, when it did come in, it was pretty reliable and consistent.  The shifts were there and not too radical - which was fun.  So, in my opinion, I think there is good promise for the venue for us in the future.  Like Jay said, it is a good central location and the RC was good at the course work and the PRO did a great job.  How about the other OR, CO, WA and CA boats - would you consider this a reasonable drive?  The park has a great campsite if we ever looked at a 3 day regatta.

Thanks again everyone for a great time!
Chris/Brian/Larry


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Re: Pacific Coast Championship Proposed - Park City Sailing Association Fall 2014
« Reply #33 on: September 24, 2014, 04:50:26 PM »
I know the Utah fleet would love to host again but we are also happy to reciprocate the driving.

The Park City group does this regatta every fall around the same time.  We could could plan 3 days for next time with some advanced notice and requests.


We also talked about Medford Oregon or a California location.

Anyone want to throw out a proposal so we can mark calendars? 

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Re: Pacific Coast Championship Proposed - Park City Sailing Association Fall 2014
« Reply #34 on: September 30, 2014, 08:17:02 PM »
Since we briefly mentioned Park City as a centrally located venue for the west coast boats, I thought a few more notes might be helpful to those who would consider this as a potential destination.
 
From our quick raise of hands, Oregon had the boat who travelled the furthest at 14 hours.  It was 12 for me and I think it would be about the same for the Seattle boats, and only about 10 hours for Brian Tyrrell (the brains on our boat).  Colorado was about 8 hrs and it looks like San Fran and San Diego are about 12 hrs also.  So, leaving after work on Thursday and arriving back home around mid-day Monday is pretty do-able for me and likely most others. Finally for us, it also helps that my crew, Brians brother Larry Tyrrell, lives only about 10 minutes from the lake.
 
Jordanelle Reservoir is a great state park - Lots of space for vehicles, camping and two ramp launches - the north ramp was very wide.  We ended up at the south launch where the small boats launch and it worked just fine for us, but could get crowded with the lasers, cats and Optis that all use this ramp.  Once in, there is plenty of dock space.  The park entrance fee was covered in the registration but you had to arrange/pay for the slips separately, (which probably should have been included in the registration too to make it simple for the traveling boats).  We had a well attended dinner on Friday night and a really fun Commodore's Ball in town on Saturday night - good food/live music/drinks ect.
 
Day 1.  We had wind from the east - what little there was.  There is an arm of the reservoir extending east that has enough fetch for some good thermal potential.  However, when we woke up on Saturday am and saw the hot air balloons taking off over Park City - it was not a good sign.  Racing started at 11 after a quick skippers meeting.  There was a cat fleet, Elliots, Optis and Lasers out with us.  Optis had their own course.  Jay on the committee boat did a great job, using whistles for the 3 minute starting sequence and a white board for the course - no flags except the over early (which we did not have any).  For the first race, the wind shifted to the left during the starting sequence, being very light air, it was all about the start, we port tacked the fleet, and keeping the weight low and forward in the boat, keeping the boat moving in the lulls was critical. Jay Harland on Madison was super fast and had a great race, he was on our tail the whole race - seeming to always be in the right spot at the right time.  After race on the wind gave out completely and we had a darn nice afternoon with the chase boat handing out plenty of Mark Allen's Uinta beer, but the wind never filled in until 5ish when we were onshore and deep into the coolers.
 
Day 2.  Forecast called for showers and east breeze.  At 930-10 there was a light south breeze over the dam with the line of showers - so the 1030 start was on. In the first race Marty May smoked off a nice bullet, followed by Mark Allen and Travis Gregory, but was a DFL for us....(Donít ask me I was driving!) We got that over with and the wind settled in over the dam.  The next 3 hours produced steady rain and steady rain with breeze (about 7-9) and we were able to get in 4 more races.  The starts were a bit tricky since we had only minutes between races, a line intentionally skewed to favor the pin and that whole whistle/3 min start sequence.  The rain made it harder to sail in for the driver - the light wind and constant rain kept your telltales stuck to your sails.  So unless you had some type of shroud telltales - it was tough.  The pressure was pretty consistent across the course, with a little righty up near the weather mark and not too gusty - so it seemed like the best play was to watch the compass and stay in phase.  The wind backed on the last race some, so the right was not so favored towards the end of the day. The boys on Junita brought their A game as usual and were fast - and both Phil Kanegsberg and Brady Lofthouse were often within a half a boat length at the finish.  Good tight racing for sure!!
 
I think we should consider keeping this venue as a top spot for our fall regatta.  Fewer motor boats, lots of lodging and camping and reliable wind.  Thanks again to everyone for the good time!