2007 Chico Classic
The 2007 Chico Classic was a blast, with better wind and turnout than we've seen in several years. A total of 19 boats raced in light air on Saturday morning and moderate air on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. The regatta was topped off with the presentation of some awsome trophies made by our new member Jason Smith. Congratulations to Mike Peavy and Jody Chritopherson who took first place in Division 1, and Dan Nicholson who won Division 2.
Year End Meeting
MHRA held its year-end meeting in Auburn California on November 11, 2006. Among the items decided was the tentative schedule of events for 2007:
This schedule is largely unchanged from 2006. The major differences are the loss of the Delta Flyer at Rio Vista, and the addition of the Go For The Gold Regatta at Scott's Flat. The Fullmoon Regatta has been moved up a month to the traditional Rio Vista date. This schedule leaves us with a sizable hole between mid-august and mid-october. If anybody knows of a good regatta that we can piggy-back on in that timeframe, or is willing to organize an event under the MHRA banner, please contact the Commodore (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sailor of the Year: Mike Peavy
A kinder, gentler Bodega
Despite very light air on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, Bodega Bay delivered good single to double trap conditions during the actual racing. The swells were light, the sky was grey and the air was cold and in places heavy with the smell of sea-lion excrement.
Big thanks to Tim for putting the event together and Jim for bringing the firewood.
Alter Cup Area G Eliminations
The Alter Cup Area G Eliminations are being put on by Mike Egan and the Santa Cruz Yacht Club on November 4th and 5th this year. While this isn't an MHRA points event, it is a great venue and one of our few oportunities to sail with the local Hobie guys.
Please note that your boat will need to be in one-design class legal configuration (i.e. no modification factors allowed).
Triumphant Return of the Fullmoon Regatta
The Fullmoon Regatta returned to Washoe Lake after four years at Tahoe and one year in Limbo. This was definately a "rebuilding year", with only six boats competing.
The dreaded "Washoe Zephyr" blew itself out on Friday, leaving behind light winds and cool temperatures (below freezing at dawn) on Saturday and Sunday. Gary and the Elkins clan put on a wonderfull BBQ dinner on Saturday night, featuring slow-cooked brisket and tri-tip. Hope to see more of you next year!
Rio Vista Outsmarts Us
On Saturday, the forcast for Rio Vista called for winds of 15-25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. That held through the skipper's meeting but quickly backed off. By the time the boats left the beach, conditions were about perfect and by the time the first race started the wind was very light. We got three races in on Saturday.
On Sunday the forecast was the same, and the winds were setting against a strong ebb tide making for some nasty chop. Racing was called at 11:00 AM. Just after most of us got our boats on the trailers and ready to go home, the wind backed off again to a perfect 15 mph. The three skippers who were smart enough to wait the wind out made sure to rub it in! Jody took some nice photos.
The 2006 Fullmoon Regatta will be held on September 16 - 17. A flyer will be sent out shortly on the MHRA email list. Hope to see you all there!
For the second year in a row the wind gods were kind to us at Eagle Lake. The wind varied greatly in strength and direction resulting in tricky but very fun racing. The RC got five races in on Saturday for insurance, and then two more on Sunday.
The Firecracker Regatta was held at Klamath Lake, and hosted by the Klamath Yacht Club. 12 multihulls battled it out in light to moderate conditions. Dan Nicholson and Cindi Buskey won on a Prindle 16, with Larry Cox taking second and Mike Peavy and Jody Christopherson taking third. The full results will be posted when they're available.
This was the second year that the Commodore's regatta at Huntington Lake was an MHRA event. There were 11 boats in the open fleet, as well as Hobie 16 and a Hobie 20 fleet. Winds were slightly lighter then usual on Saturday, and almost insufficient for racing on Sunday, an almost unheard of condition at Huntington in June.
The Taipan F16s sailed by Eric Poulsen and Paul Kilkenny were tough competition, and came close to taking line honors from some well-sailed A-cats.
MHRA's 2006 season kicked off with the Chico Classic, held at Black Butte Lake on May 6th and 7th. The wind was very light on Saturday, with only one race held. The wind picked up just enough on Sunday to get in four more races. Racing was especially tight in Division 2, with only four points separating the first place boat from the fourth place boat!
Andy Cominos helped out on the chase boat, and took lovely photos, some of which are included below (click on thumbnail for full-size picture).