Six Amazing Races Round Out Day Two At 29er Midwinters West
24 March 2012
The second day of the 29er Midwinters West Championship started under cloudy skies with very little wind, but the Coronado Yacht Club (CYC) Race Committee sent all the sailors out on time for a noon start.
The fleet was under postponement at high noon as they waited for a little more wind to show up and also a few more sailors to get to the race course. Around 12.30 the 23-strong fleet went into sequence for the first race of the day with a light 6-8 knot southwesterly.
The Race Committee did a very great job getting in an awesome 6 races on Saturday. Sailors sailed in very tricky conditions all day with 20-degree shifts being a regular occurrence. It was not an easy day on San Diego’s south bay, but for Quinn Wilson and his brother made it look like a cinch dominating almost every race.
But, it was the newer teams that joined the 29er fleet for their first every regatta that had an opportunity to get into the mix with some of the top 29er sailors in the country. These young sailors came in force to the Midwinters West Championship - six new teams in all traveling to Southern California gathering at the CYC for the best West Coast venue for beginner sailors.
Following the day's races, Howie Hamlin and Matt Pistay lead a debrief with a panel consisting of the top three participating teams. While the rest of the sailors sat around and ate hotdogs and burgers, they also asked questions about technique, where and how they decide how to set their boat up for each race/condition and also what is going through their minds before each race. It was a terrific opportunity for the top teams to reveal what they knew about the boat. This was especially good for those new sailors to the group.