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posted Aug 22, 2015, 8:29 AM by sfformula18   [ updated Aug 24, 2015, 5:27 PM ]
Photo: Dafna Brown

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Seven teams of F18s met in SB on Aug 15-16 to race in the Wine and Roses Charity Regatta, which raised thousands of dollars for the Make a Wish Foundation. Santa Barbara is one of the best locations to bring the F18 fleets from California together, and this year we had competing teams from the all three California F18 fleets: San Diego, Long Beach, and San Francisco. 

For cat sailors it's rarely about the "results" in the end. It's more about the moments on the water, the close crosses and tight finishes, and the camaraderie and fun off the water. Three boats from the SF F18 fleet raced, and enjoyed sailing in the idyllic Santa Barbara conditions. This charity regatta is the only time the city of Santa Barbara lets RVs camp in the parking lot right on the ocean. After sailing, racers rinsed off and sat in camp chairs and solved the world's problems with a cold drink and sandy feet.

The SF F18 bright spot was the awesome performance from Mattheus and Marcus  Leitner, a father/son team who showed that after only a year of sailing on the F18, they cannot only get around the course--they can beat boats! 

The well organized race committee got in 7 races over two days. Day one of racing gave the fleet a full range of conditions with the wind building and giving the cat sailors champagne double trapped conditions for the last few races. The course was very one-sided so competitors had less opportunities to pass using tactics and had to get ahead the old fashioned way--raw speed. Day 2 of racing was a bit more frustrating with less wind and lumpy seas. But sailors were still smiling--any day on the water is a good one. 

Scott Miller and Alberto Serrano from MBYC dominated the fleet taking bullets on almost every race. But Dan DeLave and Eileen Haubl from ABYC fought hard, won a race, and took 2nd place overall. Travis Vetter and his crew from MBYC grabbed the third spot on the podium.