2019 Lido Fleet 2 Invitational

2019 Lido Fleet 2 Invitational

The Lido Fleet 2 Invitational was held on March 23.  Bright skies and winds from 5 to 13 knots greeted the 6 Lidos, 2 C15s and 2 Snipes.  Butch Michel, President of the Lido Class Association stepped up to serve as PRO assisted by SCCYC Commodore (and Lido racer) Jen Kitchen all under the watchful eye of “Oliver the Great”.  Gary Magnuson and Tom Estlow ran the mark-set and rescue boat.  With seven windward-leeward courses to choose from and changing courses between fleets, the racers really needed to pay attention to the flags and consult their course charts!

In the Lido A fleet, past class champion Stu Robertson and Suzy won the day with strong competition from Steve Vincent and Gig Barbes.    Charles and Joanna Smith got off to a great start winning race 1 and were well ahead in race 2, but failed to recognize that the RC had changed courses on them so they sailed past the finish line rather than finishing.  Oh those pesky flags!  In the end, Stu won 3 races, Steve won 2 and the Smiths won 1.  Stu took the day by 1 point. 

The Lido B fleet looked to be in Paul and Ian Button’s hand when after rounding the windward mark in race 4 they lost their mast to a loose turnbuckle pin.  The rescue boat towed them home and that opened the door for Michael McKinsey who had a great race 6 to just edge the Buttons for first place by 1 point.

The C15 fleet was also close with Vince Paternoster and Jim Ach narrowly defeating Jay Gross and John Richardson.  Jay and John were hampered by not being able to get out on the trapeze due to an equipment issue when the breeze built, but both boats won races which was great to see.

In the Snipe fleet, two classic wooden Snipes made it to the line.  Bert Tietje and Robert Garlipp won the day with Todd Fanady and his son Justin being a bit disadvantaged when the breeze picked up due to their total crew weight of about 60 pounds. Well done!

The post-race festivities at SCCYC were great.  Hospitality chef Karmen Estlow prepared enough crab dip, pulled-pork sandwiches, salad, brownies and cookies to feed an army and the SCCYC bar was well stocked and well utilized.

1st through 3rd in both Lido fleets were awarded terrific sailcloth bags provided by Ullman Sails.  The 1st place C15 received two Naos Yachts blankets, and the 1st place Snipe was awarded sailing gloves provided by Tucker Strasser (RTS Woodworking) and APS gift certificates.  All boats received a can of Sailkote from our McLube sponsor. 

Then there was the real competition of the day.  THE RAFFLE!  Each participant was awarded a single raffle ticket.  When their number was drawn, they were able to select from the extraordinary selection of ‘goodies’ provided by our sponsors Ullman Sails, McLube, Sailing Supply, Doublewave, NAOS Yachts, Quantum Sails, RTS Woodworking, Gresham Marine and APS.

Let’s see more boats on the line next year when (we hope) the regatta will be held out of our new Yacht Club facility currently under construction in Marina del Rey.

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