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2014 International Masters Regatta

Augie Diaz wins with help from Chuck Skewes and Charlie Jenkins from Ullman Sails

Fri, 31st Oct 2014
By Chuck Skewes

2014 International Masters Regatta Augie Diaz wins with help from Chuck Skewes and Charlie Jenkins from Ullman Sails

The International Masters Regatta was started 30 years ago by Don Trask to find a way to get his father to race against the best of his generation.  It was held for years in San Francisco Bay by St Francis Yacht Club and has always been a premier event brining sailors from all over the world.  The who’s who of sailing have and do attend this event.


The International Masters Regatta was started 30 years ago by Don Trask to find a way to get his father to race against the best of his generation.  It was held for years in San Francisco Bay by St Francis Yacht Club and has always been a premier event brining sailors from all over the world.  The who’s who of sailing have and do attend this event.

A few years back the torch was passed to San Diego Yacht Club to host the event.  Jeff Brown the local J-boat dealer took over organizing the volunteers, over 60 in all to make this event streamlined and professional.  Jeff and his mass of volunteers was very successful.

With names like Diaz, Isler, Sylvestry, Campbell, Smith, Jobson, Trask, and the likes competing just this year it makes for a legendary event.

The event was held in J 105 with identical sails and a round robin format where the competitors changed boats each race.  The San Diego Yacht Club anchored a long padded dock to accomplish this task with even numbered boats docking on one side and odd on the other.  The boat exchanged were quick and flawless.

The racing was scheduled for 4 races a day over 3 days.  This would allow all teams to sail each of the 12 boats.

San Diego bay with some of the largest tides of the year and a Santa Anna condition dealt a shifty race course making the competitors pay a large penalty for each mistake.  At the end of the first day Augie Diaz with crew Chuck Driscoll, Sandy Vissman, Sue Dijkman, and Chuck Skewes and Charlie Jenkins from Ullman Sails San Diego was in front by a slim 4 points.

The second day would see a turn around with team Diaz being dealt 2 OCS’s it brought up team Fisher from the U.K. and team Jobson up to the top with 4 points separating the top 3 boats.

Saturday night brought out the comradery in the legends of sailing with a series of roast and crew introductions.  In the background as each skipper introduced their crew and brought up past stories of their peers, a slide show would have great photos and embarrassing photos of the speaker.

The last day brought more of the same weather and conditions.  Team Jobson took the first race with Fisher having a bad race and team Diaz placing third.  The next race team Diaz took the win with both Jobson and Fisher falling back putting team Diaz back into the lead.  The next two races team Diaz could sail conservative and in the end taking the championship.

All competitors had a great time and all are clamoring to be invited back.  This event is truly a great part of our sport.

Results: http://www.sdyc.org/results14/masters_res.htm



This article was posted on Fri, 31st Oct 2014