Transpac 52 takes North Sails Race Week
The fortunes of light, shifty winds carried both men to come-from-behind victories on the last day of the 18th North Sails Race Week Sunday, when the competition lived up to its billing even if the weather conditions didn't.
Demetriades' sky blue Transpac 52, Yassou, outsailed the heavy hitters in PHRF 1 class for the biggest boats, which earned him PHRF Boat of the Week recognition.
Carruthers, the two-time defending J/105 champion sailing Incorrigible, said going in, "If you see me on the podium again it'll be because I got lucky." But he earned the overall Boat of the Week trophy by winning the most competitive class---which also was the largest with 29 boats---by two points.
Other notable winners included Brack Duker's Revolution in the celebrity studded Farr 40 fleet, with Dave Ullman as tactician; Ventura's Dave Klatt, who claimed a berth in the J/24 Worlds by winning these Western Regionals with no finish worse than second, and Argyle Campbell, who swapped wins with fellow Newport Harbor Yacht Club campaigner Bruce Ayres to win the Melges 24s by one point.
A record total of 171 boats sailed in 13 classes on three courses. Forecasts were for stronger winds the last two days, but especially on Sunday a lingering marine layer may have discouraged the customary sea breeze. While 18 knots were expected, the wind hovered between 6 and 9 all afternoon.
Demetriades and Carruthers had no complaints. There were oddities in both men's series tallies. Carruthers won all five of his races last year. This year he didn't win a race (4-7-4-2-5), but his was the only boat without a double-digit finish.
"It was a totally different game this year," said Carruthers, who owns the J/World sailing school in San Diego. "This class is so tough now that this morning when I was tied for third I was thinking I'd be happy to hold onto that." After his third consecutive NSRW win, he said, "This one was the best."
Yassou's finishes were 3-5-4-2-1. Crew member Tom Pollack said, "We sailed a straight flush."
Pollack, along with Jared Morford, was one of two crew members injured during Long Beach Race Week a week earlier when Yassou lost two spinnakers and wrote off the weekend as a loss.
Demetriades, 39, said, " Yassou means hello or goodbye in Greek. Last week we said goodbye when we had to leave the race course. This week we said hello, here we are again, and goodbye when we went past everyone in the last race."
Demetriades, CEO and founder of the Los Angeles software company Seebeyond, drives his own boat but was surrounded by a crew of 15---"There's a lot to do," he said---that included designer Bruce Nelson calling tactics and veteran Mike Howard, who finished the Volvo Ocean Race with runner-up Assa Abloy three weeks earlier. "We had a lot of power in the light air," Demetriades said.
The San Diego Yacht Club's designated three-boat team of John Wylie's 1D35 winner, Tabasco; Ross Ritto's ILC 40, High 5, and Warren and Saskia Gross's Beneteau 40.7, Silhouette, won the Yacht Club Trophy.
Allan Rosenberg's Olson 30, Intense, dominated PHRF 5 with a 3-1-1-2-1 series and collected the Lydia Kent Family Trophy for the third consecutive year. His six-person crew included sons Ron and Darren and daughter-in-law Heather.
PHRF 1 (9)---Yassou (Transpac 52), Jim Demetriades, Los Angeles YC, 3-5-4-2-1, 15 points.
PHRF 2 (11)---Cita (Schock 40), Cita Litt, Newport Harbor YC, 1-2-1-4-2, 10.
PHRF 3 (8)---Pendragon II (Davidson 33), David Gray, South Shore YC, 1-2-2-2-1, 8.
PHRF 4 (12)---Defiance (B-32), Scott Taylor, Cabrillo Beach YC, 1-4-3-1-1.5, 10.5.
PHRF 5 (14)---Intense, Allan Rosenberg, Alamitos Bay YC, 3-1-1-2-2, 8.
FARR 40 (14/Pacific Coast championship)---Revolution, Brack Duker, California YC, 2-3-1-3-5, 14.
1D35 (9)---Tabasco, John Wylie, San Diego YC, 2-4-2-1-2-6, 17.
J/120 (16/North American championship)---Indigo, Scott Birnberg, Long Beach YC, 2-3-1-7-5-3, 21.
MELGES 24 (14)---Rock N' Roll, Argyle Campbell, Newport Harbor YC, 3-1-1-1-2, 8.
SCHOCK 35 (10/Pacific Coast championship)---Whiplash, Ray Godwin, Long Beach YC, 2-7-1-2-1-1, 14.
J/105 (29)---Incorrigible, Tom Carruthers, San Diego YC, 4-7-4-2-5, 22.
J/24 (10/Western Regionals)---Jaded, Deke Klatt, Ventura YC, 1-2-1-1-2, 7.
SANTANA 20 (12)---Altitude Sickness, Infelise/Bell/Infelise, Alamitos Bay YC, 2-2-1-4-3, 12.