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The Merit 25 Faster Faster! and the Moore 24 Sparrowhawk battled for the shotgun in the Sadie Hawkins Race. ©2012 norcalsailing.com
Sadie Hawkins Race
February 26, 2012
The eight female skippers in Island YC's Sadie Hawkins Race battled each other as they wove through an obstacle course of:
The Oakland-Alameda Estuary was a busy place on Saturday.
All of the sailors had plenty of wind, with gusts to 17 knots, and it was blowing straight down the Estuary, making for a perfect windward/leeward race course. The Island YC race committee gave both divisions (Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker) two-lap courses, with the non-spin course somewhat shorter.
A couple of factors accounted for the low turn-out this year. A lot of the skippers in the Santana 22 fleet are women, and they were busy finishing up Encinal YC's Jack Frost series, out on the Bay north of Treasure Island. The blustery wind overnight and in the morning deterred a couple of would-be skippers, one of whom just hopped on another boat.
Sylvia Seaberg, skipper of the Moore 24 Sparrowhawk, commented on the breezy conditions, "Everybody's a little wind-blown. It was windy out there, but it was fun!"
It was a fast race, and the competitors had their boats put away in plenty of time for the Chowder Challenge and awards back at IYC's clubhouse in the Alameda Marina.
Prizes for second place were bottles of red wine, and the two first place finishers got bottles of Princesa Brut Nature. When Deb Fehr accepted hers, someone joked, "She's a princess and a brute!"
For complete results, see www.iyc.org/racing.html.