Astra Race Results (May)

Astra was sailed by Ship 753 from Chula Vista for this race. Next month the crew will be from Troop 260.

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
What a race it was!!!!  We hope you can all come out next month June 17, Saturday.  Read it all and let us know what you would do.  See you all on the water.

South Bay Family Sailing Series (SBFSS) May 20, 2017 Results (7.85 NM)

Saturday, May 20, 2017 was an excellent day for sailing.  Clear blue skies, temperatures were predicted to be in the 90’s inland and the 80’s at the beach.  The moon was setting in the west with low tide at 1145 so the tide would be coming in during the whole race.  Wind started out at about 11 knots, however by the end of the race there were gusts up to 23 knots.  Our group was the only race in the entire Saan Diego South Bay.  What a fine day.

This was one of the most unusual races in the seven year history of the race Family Sailing Series.

Five boats were circling the starting line for the noon horn.  Across the line first was Ciao Bella followed closely by Marilee, Astra, Bibbity Bobbity Boat and following about two minutes behind the others was Bon Temps.

Everyone was bunched up sailing to the first mark (“C”).  The only problem was “C” was not there.  This buoy was originally maintained by the US Navy, however, more recently it became labeled with the initials “CCYC”-Coronado Cays Yacht Club.  Bon Temps was out sailing on the prior Monday and it was there, but it was not there on Saturday?!???!!!!  What to do?

All boats continued following Marilee and Astra toward a buoy that was near-a white buoy marking the shoal area in the middle of Crown Cove.

Astra wrote:

Interesting day today with that Mark C!!!

For your write up here is what happened . . . .

Astra was leading Marilee approaching Mark C but could not make the mark due to what looked like shallow water from the spit of land.  Astra would have had to cut in front of Marilee in order to avoid the spit of land.  Marilee was going to let Astra cut in front; instead Astra did a 360 to avoid the spit of land and allow Marilee to proceed in front.  I think you know the rest of the story!!

Marilee went up on the shoal while the other boats continued on the course to the next buoy.

Everyone was wondering who was driving Marilee?

Each and every boat was over powered in the rising wind, but all had a great time.  Marilee finally floated off the shoal and completed the race.

Times across the finish line were:  Astra, 13:30:30, Bon Temps 13:31:37, BBBoat 13:51:38, Ciao Bella 14:00:06 and Marilee 14:18:07.

All the sailors were upset.  The secret and unlisted phone number of the Race Committee began to ring off the hook.  Some said that Marilee purposely tried to lead the fleet onto the sand bar.  Others said Glenn, the one who sends out the race course was trying to scuttle the whole fleet.  Glenn said he was just copying the course from Ralph the former Race Course Chairman, so it was Ralph who was trying to scuttle the whole fleet .  Still others complained the race was unfair because someone took the buoy away and the race should not be recorded.  And, still others said it was not fair that Marilee was delayed during the race because their handicap would be changed for the next race to their advantage. Marilee countered this criticism saying it was not gentlemanly for boats not to retire from the race and help them off the sand bar. (This paragraph is a joke)

No matter what the complaints were, considering all things the race committee put the results into the Mike Collins Family Handicap System.  The results are as follows:

Boat Finish Secs/NM Prior Benchmark Corrected Points Cumulative
13:30:30 692 652 617 657 0.75 13.75
13:31:37 700 647 617 671 2.0 11.75
13:51:38 853 772 617 698 3.0 18.0
14:00:06 918 788 617 748 4.0 18.0
14:18:07 1056 617 617 1056 4.0 10.5

We hope to see everyone out next month:
Saturday, June 17, 2017


The San Diego Sail and Power Squadron’s fifth race of the year, in conjunction with the South Bay Family Sailing Series was held on May 20th, 2017. Of the five boats in the race, four were power squadron boats eligible for points in the San Diego Power Squadron Sail Fleet series.

The results are as follows:

First across the line was Astra, an Italian custom boat with a time of 1 hr. 30min. 30 sec. 10 points to the winner!

Finishing in second place was Bon Temps, a Beneteau 361, with a time of 1 hr. 31 min. 37 sec. 8 points to Bon Temps.

Third place went to Ciao Bella, a Catalina 34, with a time of 2 hrs. 0 min. 06 sec.  6 points to Ciao Bella.

Fourth across the line was Marilee, a Beneteau 473, with a time of 2 hrs. 18 min. 07 sec. 4 points to Marilee.

Next race will be held on Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Point Standings are as follows:



Bon Temps




Ciao Bella


Sea Story


Thank you for participating and hope more boats will come out for the next race.


San Diego Sail Fleet Coordinator


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