2013 29er Midwinters Taking Shape on West Coast USA

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24 March 2013

Article courtesy of Matt Pistay - Thirty 29er teams from across North America have descended upon beautiful Coronado yacht club to compete in the 2013 midwinter regatta.  This event is known for warm weather, good wind and awesome racing out in San Diego’s south bay. With teams traveling from Canada and the east coast of the US there will surely be great competition at this top west coast event.

The midwinter’s west regatta in known for getting all those new young sailors started in the 29er fleet with many of the sailor’s life long 29er sailors.  Some of the top teams look at this event as a warm up for either their European or US summer campaigns.

With day one underway the, forecast did not look good for the day to come.  But once all the sailors got out in the bay, a nice sea breeze filled in to around 8-10 knots from the northeast.  As the first race got underway there was a small shift to the left that had favored the left side of the course.  With Duncan Williford and Matt Moleours leading the first race and able to hold off Quinn and Dane Wilson for the win. Wilson finishing second and Campbell D’Eliscu and Conner Kelter finishing third in the first race of the event.

With the wind building a little there was a huge left shift at the start of race 2 making starting at the pin very challenging. Many of the boat that were planning to start at the pin got flushed out and had to gybe around and head out on port ducking the entire fleet, but it was Duncan Williford and Matt Mollerus that made it to the top mark in the lead and was able to hang onto the lead into the finish. But putting the pressure on was Max Brill and Zach Malcolm finishing a close second with Patrick Snow and Strom Brown taking third.

As race 3 got underway the wind had decided to shift again, this time to the right. Making the start line more even and a little more difficult to find a good, clean spot on the line to start.  At the gun it was Quinn and Dane Wilson that decided to take an early lead to the top mark hit a few good shifts up the course along the way to take the win. Finishing second was Nic Muller and Kai Friesecke and taking third was Duncan Williford and Matt Mollerus.

The final race for the day was sailed in about 10-12 knots of breeze that had settled in very nice.  As the wind on the right side of the course had filled in nicely and the pin end of the line very favored. It was Duncan williford and Matt Mollerus that lead the fleet to the right side of the course. But on their heels was Quinn and Dane Wilson fight for the number one spot. But in the end Williford and Mollerus were able to hold them off for the win with the Wilson brother taking second and Muller/ Friesecke taking third.

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