29er Midwinter West Championship Is On — Day 1

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23 March 2012

2012 29er Midwinter West Championship

Article courtesy of Matt Pistay - Welcome to the 2012 29er Midwinters West hosted by the great Coronado yacht club of Coronado island California. Twenty-three teams have gathered from all over the country to compete in one of the west coast lagers events. 

Race One started under sunny skies with a nice 10 knot westerly on San Diegos south bay. With the start off and running, it was Zack Downing dominating the fleet all around the race course, ultimately taking the win of race one.

As Race Two got underway, the wind picked up a bit more to 12 knots and the skies cleared for the start. This time it was Quinn Wilson's turn to dominate the start, heading off to the middle left before tacking back to the right side of the course. Downing reached the weather mark in first with Patrick Snow. Followed closely behind, Snow, an ISAF Youth Worlds Qualifier Snow beat out Wilson, while Downing strived to take another win. These three teams extended their lead, Downing grabbing first, Snow second and Wilson in third.

After the race commity did a quick course lengthen, Race Three commenced. This was the closest start so far for the day with the boat end being very crouded. And their off!!! Half the fleet tacked out to hit the right side of the course while the other half went to the left side of the course. Snow started in the middle of the line being punched out, tacked and crossed the entire fleet on port to hit the right side, reaching the top mark in first with a nice 30 second lead. He extend his lead, then taking the win by a comfortable 1 minute margin. Followed behind Snow, was Downing taking second and Campbell D’Eliscu in third.

For the fourth and final race of the day, it was once again a very close start but thankfully no one was over early. Upwind, the fleet split with Downing leading at the top mark. Following closely, was Paris Henken putting down a great chase to catch the leader. Downing continued to hold and extend his lead to take the win. Clearly, Downing knows how to get a "good start and to keep extending their lead" (Buddy Melges had told them that). Henken and Snow finished second and third respectively.

After a long day of racing the Coronado Yacht Club provided a Burrito buffet on the front lawn. With Coach Willie McBride doing a little safety talk as the sailors eat their dinner. Coach Mcbride talked about how to be safe when sailing any kind of trapeze boat, by having the proper gear for the prevailing conditions.

Stay Tuned in for Day 2 at the 2012 29er Midwinters West!

TOP FIVE RESULTS (After four races)
1.) Zack Downing, 1-1-2-1 = 5
2.) Patrick Snow, 9-2-1-3 = 15
3.) Quinn Wilson, 2-3-4-6 = 15
4.) Campbell D'Eliscu, 7-6-3-4 = 20
5.) JP Barnes, 4-4-9-7 = 24 
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