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Regatta: North American
Championship
Regatta
Date: August 1-5, 2004
Location: Pinecrest, CA
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Results
(My apologies... Names Corrected 8/26/04)

Senior Fleet Results
41-boat fleet 8 races one throw out

      The red number is your throwout    
      The blue number is the tie breaker    
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8   Total Place
Art Lange 11783 1 13 5 5 2 1 13 6 13 33 1
Richard Bergsund 11859 8 1 18 1 4 2 17 2 18 35 2
Dave Vickland 11768 10 36 4 4 1 3 12 4 36 38 3
Aad Rommelse 11453 3 6 1 6 9 9 7 7 9 39 4
Gordie Nash 11500 5 2 19 8 17 6 1 1 19 40 5
George Morris 10454 7 4 26 7 5 15 3 9 26 50 6
Paul Tara 11827 11 16 20 2 22 4 10 3 22 66 7
John Pacholski 11815 14 15 2 18 3 11 6 17 18 68 8
Buzz Blackett 11856 6 14 11 15 10 21 4 10 21 70 9
Bruce Bradfute 11746 16 7 31 22 6 14 2 8 31 75 10
Mike Quinn 11857 2 8 28 13 15 7 18 14 28 77 11
John Liebenberg 11657 9 12 6 21 11 5 19 20 21 82 12
Vickie Gillmore 4714 17 10 7 14 8 17 9 21 21 82 13
Chris Straub 11760 12 3 15 10 26 12 20 13 26 85 14
Greg Morrill 11770 4 9 23 3 25 19 16 15 25 89 15
Bob Hrubes 11391 18 23 13 9 7 18 32 12 32 100 16
Steve Lowry 10944 26 5 3 24 19 16 28 16 28 109 17
Don Hebard 10945 33 21 8 19 13 20 8 22 33 111 18
Ray Torok 11711 25 17 17 20 18 13 24 5 25 114 19
John Copeland 11532 21 19 16 12 29 23 5 19 29 115 20
Bruce Heckman 11874 23 22 30 17 12 10 27 11 30 122 21
Art Lewis 11458 27 11 9 11 36 8 21 36 36 123 22
Richard Daunt 11801 36 18 14 26 14 22 15 24 36 133 23
Stacy Mettier 11651 24 29 22 23 16 25 11 23 29 144 24
Jim Haire 11880 13 24 10 27 36 28 14 30 36 146 25
David Cookson 11661 19 20 27 16 24 29 36 18 36 153 26
Paul Zander 5958 15 25 24 29 23 24 25 26 29 162 27
Vern Tucker 11792 20 30 33 25 20 31 31 27 33 184 28
John Dykmans 11691 22 27 32 28 30 30 23 31 32 191 29
Pete Blasberg 11401 28 36 29 36 21 27 26 25 36 192 30
Dennis McDowell 11752 29 36 12 36 28 36 22 36 36 199 31
Curtis Willemssen 11759 32 28 21 30 31 33 29 32 33 203 32
Debbie Daunt 11507 30 31 34 31 27 26 30 28 34 203 33
Larry Burton 11629 31 26 25 32 32 32 33 29 33 207 34
John Gillmore 11647 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 252 35
 

Junior Fleet Results (14 and under)
9 boat fleet 8 races one throw out

      The red number is your throwout    
      The blue number is the tie breaker    
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8   Total Place
Max Fraser 11820 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 3 9 1
Allen Sterling 11159 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 3 15 2
David Liebenberg 1657 3 3 7 2 2 6 1 1 7 18 3
Pierce Burton 10731 5 6 3 6 4 4 5 5 6 32 4
Allison Heckman 10798 6 7 4 8 5 3 6 7 8 38 5
Garrett Torok 2835 4 4 5 4 7 10 10 4 10 38 6
David Blackett 11761 8 5 8 7 6 5 7 6 8 44 7
Camille Barry 10253 10 9 6 5 8 7 4 8 10 47 8
James Daunt 11081 7 8 9 9 9 8 8 10 10 58 9

NA's Wrap-Up

El Toro NA’S held at Pinecrest Lake Aug 1st thru 5th, 50 boats with representatives from three states.  Atypical mountain lake conditions with all the locals saying “never seen winds like this before”.. Winds 5 to 15 in the puffs, T-shirt weather all week.  Format had each fleet sail two races a day, with the seniors and juniors trading which fleet goes first so that everyone had a chance to navigate in the front of the pack.  One race each day in the standard windward leeward courses, followed by a “Traditional Pinecrest Course” using the local marks with their names not numbers and each local course has it’s own name.  Windward marks named “Beach, Tower, or Tunnel, and leeward marks now known to all the Toro sailors as “Cove”, “Stump”, and “North Shore”.  Winds blew down the main section of lake and down the Tower section of course giving a double weather leg going two different directions, keeping sailors working hard for each shift.

Senior fleet had no one sailor dominating the group, with the winner being decided between the top three boats on the last beat of 8 races.  Art Lange came out ahead of local Pinecrest Sailor Richard Bergsund by only 2 points follow by Dave Vickland only 3 more points behind.. With 38 seniors in the last race it was a worthy battle.  Junior winner Max Fraser set the pace by winning the first 6 races and then let Allen Sterling from Hawaii and David Liebenberg fight it out for second.  Max went up the mountain a week early to practice with the local fleet, and it paid off, as he was very comfortable with whatever the lake dealt out.  All the Toro sailors agreed that Pinecrest should be added to our rotation of Nationals locations with great weather, camping & cabins and an active local fleet.

-Fred Paxton


Proposed Changes to NA Rules
Both changes passed by mail-in vote of General Membership (8/04)

The following changes  have been proposed to the rules of NA’s. We are presenting this for a vote to the general membership by MAIL IN ballot. The outcome of which to be decided and take effect before NA’s in August 2004. 

Please read over the proposal and voice your opinion with the ballot included in the May Shovel Bulletin or you can down load the ballot above. Return your ballot  with your 2004 membership form and dues, no later than June 15, 2004. Only 2004 paid member’s votes will count.

 Please note that the age ranges for Juniors and Intermediates were printed wrong in the May Shovel Bulletin. They have been corrected here.
 

Below are NA rule changes I would like to have voted on this year for the 2004 El Toro North Americans. Having rejoined the El Toro Association in 1989 and attended all but three North Americans since then, I would like to propose two changes in how we run our class championship: 

Change #1   The Silver Fleet

When the class had 50 or 60 seniors showing up for the NA’s having two fleets might have had some logic.  The reality is that our fleet, like many other classes, is not growing anymore and splitting the fleet into two groups with separate starts and trophies does not make as much sense anymore.  In the 2002 NA’s, at Huntington Lake, the fleets were less than 20 boats each. I feel this is a tradition whose time is up for now. 

The quality of the sailors we have in our fleet is improving and many, who would be in the silver fleet by splitting the fleet after the first day of racing, would still do well in some of the races. An argument I have heard at the various NA’s is that there would be more winners and trophies and chances for more sailors to do well. My response is to remind them that this is our annual championship regatta and that there are lots of local races to chase trophies.  Very few fleets split the sailors with qualifying races anymore, unless they get over a 100 boats in attendance (Lightings, and Optimist Prams).  El Toro’s are getting 40 boats on a good year and making two 20 boat fleets is hard to justify, except for tradition. After all it is a championship race.

When we promote our fleet it’s a little embarrassing to see our NA Championship determined by 18 or less sailors, especially when we are growing and attracting new and old sailors.  So my proposal is to only have a Silver fleet if we have over 65 seniors sign up and any less than that they all race together.

 Text of proposed NA rule change #1:

The North American Championship Regatta shall be broken into two fleets, Gold & Silver, ranked by 3 pre-qualifying races, only if there are more than 65 boats registered in the Senior Division. If 65 or less boats are registered there will be only one fleet.
(This eliminates splitting into two fleets if the fleet is small, as we did in the past.)
 

 Change #2  The Intermediate Fleet

Before the advent of some more “sexy” boats (Lasers, etc.) there was a fair amount of El Toro sailors in the 15-18 year old range.  Not anymore, in Hawaii (NA’s 2003) this year there were four intermediates and at Huntington (NA’s 2002) two or three. We are not attracting that age group… and I can not blame them, who wants to go race against 3 or 4 boats or even 7 or 8 in a championship event.  I like to think that the El Toro is a great boat, lots of good sailors, excellent tight racing, and people I like to visit with at the end of the day. Given that lets invite that age group to sail with the seniors. There is not that many classes that separate out the sailors by age anymore.  Who knows they might stay with the class or come back to us later on?  The El Toro Senior Fleet can always use some new sailors, and the lure of racing in the Senior Fleet may bring back some sailors we have lost. 

So my next proposal for a rule change for sailing in the 2004 NA’s would be to eliminate the Intermediate Fleet and turn them into seniors.  I thought maybe some exceptions like more than 20 sailors in that age group, but changed my mind, lets see if we can keep a few racing with us. How about this for a voting proposal.?  Nothing would be lost since there are no intermediate sailors in the El Toro group now, lets retire that fleet. And see if we can tempt a few of our young sailors to stay with the El Toro.

 Text of proposed NA rule change #2:

The North American Championship Regatta shall be broken into two age groups: Juniors, age 14 and under as of the first day of racing. Seniors, age 15 and up.
(This eliminates the previously used Intermediate age group, age
15-18)
 

 Thanks for your consideration for both proposals, I believe they will help our fleet grow and besides who wants to sweat out the Monday qualifiers when we could just go racing..??

-Fred Paxton (11649)