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King Harbor put on a good show with the 2014 King Harbor Race Week! Boats in six different classes competed for some spectacular handmade trophies by Julie Coll. Of course our very own Martin fleet was represented with six boats.
Three local boats were facing off with three boats from Marina del Rey that sailed south to brave the Southern Ocean. Racing on day one started off on time and was graced with idyllic sailing conditions and impeccable race committee work. The breeze slowly built over the course of the day to peak at about 12 knots and allowed the completion of four races total. Racing was extremely tight with two boats tied for first and the third Martin only three points behind. Everything was set up for a good show down during day two.
Unfortunately, the wind gods did not look favorably on the event for that day. After an on-shore postponement due to the strong breeze race committee decided – to the amazement of most who had already cracked open a beer – to give it a try as winds slightly subsided and a significantly diminished fleet headed out to the starting area in an attempt to get some racing in. However, the race committee was handicapped by a rather petit anchor which could not face off with the rigors of the waves and valiant efforts to try and prevent the race course from drifting towards shore were futile. As the breeze continued to build to more than 20 knots with even greater gusts all racing was abandoned for the day. Mike George on All In was deprived of the opportunity to bring his known ability to peak on the final day of racing and had to concede first place to Duncan Cameron on Dean, who after identical finishes won the tie breaker with the better last race finish. Similarly, Steve Moses on Wombat was disappointed he could not bring his heavy air skills to bear to improve his standing and finished in third place.
Hospitality at the club with free Mount Gay rum shots, which quite frankly should have been served for courage before heading out on day two, rounded out the off the water events. A big thank you to the race committee for their great work on day one and their unrelenting efforts to get some racing in on day two and to King Harbor Yacht Club for a great event!
…and don’t forget to bring the BIG anchor next time!