Astra Race Results (March)

Astra was sailed by SDIC Ship 1542 for this race.  If not for the torn head sail they would have finished in the top of the fleet.  Next month the crew will be from Ship 550 from Long Beach.

There is one race course but there are three different races taking part.  Astra is eligible for two of these races. Here are the official race results for these two races:

South Bay Family Sailing Series (SBFSS) San Diego Sail and Power Squadron
Saturday, March 18, 2017 was a fine day for a sail.  It appears our “winter” is over.  Rain was not predicted.  Sun was out, blue skies covered the heavens and there was a light wind out of the west.  The wind velocity varied between 8 and 12 knots so it favored the smaller boats.  We had a record number of boats out-10 Boats!  Thanks to Mike in ATSA II, as he brought over three boats from his boating club; MAKAI, FRANCES, and BLOWN AWAY joined us.  WELCOME.  We are not sure how we are going to add them to the South Bay Sailing Series however we will decide in the weeks to come.

This race was a pursuit raceGroup C started at noon.  Group B started at 12:04 and Group A started at 12:08.  This made the starting line less congested and is designed for all the boats to finish around the same time.  The first group was off at the noon horn and the other groups followed.  By the second mark the fleet was strung out along the course.  Ralph in Ciao Bella was single handing and was first to the second mark.  The San Diego South Bay was a bit congested as there were three other races going on at the same time. All went well and there were no complaints from the captains and we received one “thank you” from one boat participating in the other regattas.

Across the finish line first was Marilee 13:48:35 followed by Bon Temps 13:50:28, Atsa II 13:55:00, BBBoat 13:58:25, Sea Story 14:01:28, Astra 14:02:25 and Ciao Bella 14:04:25.  During the whole two hour race the boats were spread out over the 8.1 nm race and at the finish line they were within a 15 minute period.

Putting all the numbers into the “Mike Collins Family Handicap System” the final handicapped finish ranking was FIRST-ATSA II, SECOND-Bon Temps, THIRD-Merilee, FOURTH-Bibbity Bobbity Boat, FIFTH-Sea Story, SIXTH-Ciao Bella, SEVENTH-Astra.

Astra with the Sea Scouts did fine considering all the things that went wrong.  However, Mike taught the Scouts to be creative and showed them all the things you can get done with DUCT TAPE.

Congratulations to all sailors.

We hope to see you all out next month:  Saturday, April 15, 2017


This race was a pursuit race with different starting times and so I adjusted the results with actual times on the course for each boat. Five boats that belong to members of the Power Squadron competed.

The results are as follows:

First across the line was Marilee, a Beneteau 473, with an adjusted time of 1 hr. 40 min. 35 sec. 10 points to the winner!

Second across the line was Bon Temps, a Beneteau 361, with an adjusted time of 1hr. 46 min. 28 sec. 8 points to Bon Temps.

Third across the line was Astra, an Italian custom boat with an adjusted time of 1 hr. 54 min. 25 sec.  6 points to them.

Fourth across the line was Sea Story, a Pearson 39, with an adjusted time of 2 hr. 1 min. 28 sec. 4 points to Sea Story.

Fifth across the line was Ciao Bella, a Catalina 34, with an adjusted time of 2 hr. 4 min. 25 sec. 2 points for Ciao Bella.

Next race will be held on Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Point Standings are as follows:

Bon Temps 26
Marilee 20
Astra 12
Sea Story 4
Ciao Bella 2

Race Points are awarded:
10 Points – 1st overall
8 Points – 2nd overall
6 Points – 3rd overall
4 Points – 4th overall
2 Points – 5th overall
1 Point – 6th overall and below
0 Points – non participant



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