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National Championships

Olson 25 Class National Championships

 

Official Results

2005

The Nationals were hosted by Encinal Yacht Club and held in San Francisco Bay on September 10-11, 2005

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2001

The Nationals were held at the Richmond Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay and included Olson 30’s who were conducting their Nationals at the same venue. The racing took place August 24-26 and included 7 races on two separate race courses.

Friday’s races were held on the Berkeley Olympic Circle course that is known for fair winds and moderate tidal currents. The morning gave us a #1 jib race and showed that the boats were fairly evenly matched in the light conditions. No particular tactic seemed to work consistently. The old adage of going ‘right until it is wrong’ didn’t work; in other words there wasn’t any persistent shift working. The order of finish was largely determined by the start. Jens, Josh and Derik showed signs that they were fast and very assertive around the race course! The second and third races had much stronger winds and everyone was using #3’s and hiking out hard to keep the boat flat. The down wind legs were a little exciting as everyone had to jibe at least once in conditions which featured 20-25 knot gusts and very steep waves. Baleineau (Charlie) had a pretty wipeout as did a few others. However, none were as spectacular as the Olson 30’s! By the end of the day, Josh was leading with Jens, Derik, and Charlie in hot pursuit.

Saturday’s races were held slightly North of the Olympic Circle in an area known as South Hampton Shoal. This move was supposed to provide more moderate conditions, however the wind god wasn’t listening to the race organizers. The morning race was already in the 15-20 knot range and it increased throughout the day. The results of the first race showed again the importance of a good starting position and trying to minimize the number of tacks taken. Charlie didn’t hit the line on time but positioned the boat right at the committee boat and was able to tack first to go the favored right side of the course. Conversely, Jens sailed to the left side of the course until the port side layline. Both boats met at the mark with Charlie getting around first and covering Jens the rest of the way. Barking Dog (Jeffrey K.) was nipping at their heels and finished third. The fifth race was a long one with three laps around the course. Spinnaker sets and jibes were pretty hairy and featured many unusual sights. Someone reported a chute going up sideways, another had only one sheet… purely unsubstantiated rumors. Barking Dog had to drop out after the head of the #3 tore off! Derik and Charlie were duking it out the whole way with Jens getting into the mix. Unfortunately, the finish was marred by a collision between two boats forcing Jens to retire and Derik to seek redress for the sixth race. It is extremely difficult to ‘dive’ under a boat in these conditions without releasing both the main and jib and committing to it early. The sixth race was a shortened race since the conditions were pretty knarly. Only one boat was foolish enough to put up a chute and that was Baleineau because he thought that Jens was going to fly his! Generally the boats with the heavy crews do better, however two of the lighter weight crews started to move in the windy conditions. There may be some secrets in sail trim and steering that could be learned from Jens and Charlie. At the end of day 2, Charlie was in the lead followed by Josh, Jens and Derik separated by only a couple of points. We all enjoyed a nice meal Saturday and modeled our new navy blue National t-shirts (a shameless plug…we have a few left).

Sunday’s races were held on the same course as Saturday. Finally the wind stayed in ideal #3 conditions (15 knots) for the entire race. The competition was pretty intense since everyone had pretty much figured out where to go. Mark rounding discussions and tight starboard port crossing were the norm, but no lingering bad blood. Everyone had a great time, and returned to the club for the trophy presentation. Thanks to all who participated. Also would like to give special recognition to John Young who participated in his first nationals (with a little assist from Dave McMurtry) and sailed in from Benicia. If things work out, John said he would work with the Benicia YC and make it the site of the 2002 Nationals. Great to have you join us.

Last but not least, thanks to Josh and Anne for making it possible to have the Nationals at Richmond YC and making the Olson 30 connection. This was no small feat and coupled with a solid finish in the Nationals they should be proud. Looks like joining the Olson 30’s for the Nationals may happen again. They have approached us to join them at Santa Cruz YC in 2003. This would be especially interesting if they could get George Olson to join us for a dinner.

The final standings are posted below. We hope to get some of the pictures taken by Mariah’s Eyes scanned and posted on the Website. Look for Synchronicity’s pictures splitting a wave with her forestay!

 

Place

 

Boat Name

 

Skipper

 

#1

 

#2

 

3#

 

#4

 

#5

 

#6

 

#7

 

Total

 

1

 

Baleineau

Charlie

Brochard

6

1

2

1

1

1

1

13

 

2

 

Blood Money

 

Josh Grass

3

2

1

5

3

4

3

21

 

3

Hamburger

Haus

Jens

Jensen

1

3

3

2

9

2

2

22

 

4

Blazing

Saddles

Derik

Andersen

2

4

5

4

2

3.4Y

4

24.4

 

5

 

Synchronicity

 

Steve Smith

5

6

7

7

4

3

5

37

 

6

 

Barking Dog

 

Jeff Kroeber

4

5

4

3

9

9

9

43

 

7

 

Cayenne

 

John Young

7

9

6

6

5

5

7

45

 

8

 

Picante

 

Frank Chan

8

7

8

8

6

6

6

49

 

Y= Yacht Materially Prejudiced

 

2000 Were held at the Corinthian YC (Knox Area) September 9 and 10th. There were 5 races, 2 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. Saturday's racing included an early start, which sent us out to Bonita, around 23 and back to the finish. The afternoon race was fortunately a little shorter. Sunday's races sent us around the triangle of Knox, Yellow Bluff, and Harding. We used the start finish as a "gate" for all the Windward Leeward legs. This kept the boats close together for most of the racing, and really helped those who could establish the inside position at the leeward marks. Smooth mark roundings really paid off. The morning races were at the upper end of the number 1, and the afternoon we went with number 3's so we were able to use all our sails under a variety of conditions.

Here are the results:

1/ Baleineau Charlie Brochard 1-1-2-1-2

2/ Three Ring Circus Dave McMurtry 3-2-1-2-1

3/ Synchronicity Jim Johnson/Steve Smith 2-3-3-3-3

4/ Blood Money Josh Grass 4-4-4-4-4

5/ Red Stripe Bill Vanderslice 5-5-5-5-5

Mariah's Eyes was out taking pictures of us coming under the Gate. We used her photos as trophies.

We had a small turnout despite establishing the date early, early mailing, e-mailing and phone calls! 

 

1999 Nationals were held at the San Francisco NOOD Regatta at the St Francis YC on Sept. 4-5. Conditions were excellent with winds ranging from 15 - 25 knots and a moderate ebb tide. Bill Riley, (Pearl) a former fleet champion who has been absent the last few years commanded Day 1 with two solid bullets. However, Charlie Brouchard (Balineau) came back strong on Day 2 with two bullets of his own to win the regatta and hand Pearl a second. Charlie is one of the newest members of the fleet, but has raced on San Francisco Bay for many years. Defending Nationals Champ Dave McMurtry (Three Ring Circus) self destructed with a dead last in the first race, but somewhat redeemed himself with a third and two seconds to finish third overall.

There were several virtual photo finishes in great close one design racing. The shore side activities hosted by the St Francis and Sailing World were

also excellent. Results:

1 - Balineau, Charlie Brouchard (6)

2 - Pearl, Bill Riley (9)

3- Three Ring Circus, Dave McMurtry (14)

4 - Hamburger Haus, Jens Jensen (14)

5 - Osprey, Ike Cooper (21)

6 - Red Stripe, Pete Peters (22)

7 - Picante, Frank Chan (26)

 

We have 1999 Nationals T-shirts available for sale. They are a new design, by Suzanne Walsh from Balineau's crew.

1999 - Olson 25 Nationals tshirts White with Olson 25 boat graphic in two colors.

1998 - Olson 25 Nationals tshirts Teal with line drawing of Olson 25, Some old design shirts still available.

Cost: $12 each, two for $20.

Please specify size preference.

Send orders with check made payable to "Olson 25 Class Association" to Dave McMurtry, 141 Ardmore Way, Benicia, CA 94510. All orders will be processed and mailed within two days.

 

1998 Nationals on Sept. 26-27, hosted by San Francisco YC:

Light air regatta between Southhampton Shoals and the Berkeley Circle. Four races (Fifth race cancelled due to no wind).

First: Dave McMurtry, Three Ring Circus

Second: Jefferey Krober, Barking Dog

Third: Charlie Brochard, Balineau

Fourth: Mario Wijtman, Dreamer

Fifth: Ike Cooper, Osprey

Sixth: Pete Peters, Red Stripe

Seventh: Frank Chan/Terry Heil, Picante

 

1997, Sept. 27 and 28th,  Tiburon Yacht Club

 

PLACE 

Boat Name

1st 

Race

2nd 

Race

3rd 

Race

4th 

Race

5th 

Race

Final Points

1st

American Standard

3

4

4

3

.75

14.75

2nd

Barking Dog

2

3

5

2

3

15

3rd

Moonchild

5

.75

2

6

4

17.75

4th

3 Ring Circus

.75

2

6

5

5

18.75

5th

Hamburger Haus

4

12

3

.75

2

21.75

6th

Picante

6

7

9

4

6

32

7th

Honey's Money

8

5

.75

7

12

32.75

8th

Osprey

7

6

7

11

7

38

9th

Vivace

10

8

8

11

11

48

10th

Red Stripe

9

9

10

11

12

51

 

1996: Nationals not Held

1995: Corinthian Yacht Club  (9 boats)
    1. Passing Wind
    2. Alchemy
    3. 3 Ring Circus

1994: ??? help

1993: St. Francis Yacht Club NOOD Regatta   (14 boats)
    1. Pearl
    2. Kismet
    3. E-Ticket

1992: Huntington lake (6 boats)
    1. Pearl
    2. Vivace
    3. Divine Wind

1991:St. Francis Yacht Club NOOD Regatta   (17 boats)
    1. Pearl
    2. E-Ticket
    3. Vivace

1990:Richmond Yacht Club (13 boats)
    1. By Design
    2. Pearl
    3. Vivace

1989:Huntington Lake   (11 boats)
    1. Fast Freddie
    2. Pearl
    3. Dog Lips

1988:Monterey   (14 boats)
    1. Pearl
    2. Valkyrie
    3. Witching Hour

1987:Berkeley  (14 boats)
    1. Pearl
    2. Honey's Money
    3. Make My Day

1986:Berkeley   (1 boats)
    1. Red Stripe
    2. Alchemy
    3. Pearl

1985:Santa Cruz   (12 boats)
    1. Red Stripe
    2. Divine Wind
    3. Alzora

 

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