November 2020 Race Team News | Modern Sailing

November 2020 Race Team News

The fall racing season is under way!

Every race is a surprise with varying weather, currents, courses, and competitors. Our teams faced several challenges in the first two races this season, but every race is an opportunity to learn and hone skills, tactics, and teamwork.

With these race reports, find out how MSC's season is going so far. 

CYC Fall Series - October 31 Race Report

On Halloween, MSC's Catalina 320 Phoenix was crewed by Anne T., Michael M., Ken M. and coach Cpt. Kira Maixner. The race began with very light winds and an awkward start. At the start line, Phoenix stalled and was passed by the entire regatta, but the team quickly rallied and gained ground over some of their competitors.

Rounding the second mark at the first downwind leg was a tense moment for Team Phoenix, as nearly two dozen boats clumped together at the mark with only a few feet of space between them. Fighting a strong current, the yachts wrangled for an advantageous position while doing their best to avoid collision. A large wake from a passing ship tossed Phoenix towards the mark, but they managed to miss it by about an inch. 

Meanwhile, the wind began to pick up, enabling Phoenix to plough through and leave several yachts in her wake. In spite of course changes during the race that lead to some confusion, the team stayed on the correct course. With the challenge of rounding the marks behind them and winds gusting to over 20 knots, the crew enjoyed an exhilarating sail down the final leg to a respectable fifth place finish.

CYC Fall Series - November 14 Race Report

Racers Jim S., Michael M., Ken M. and coach Cpt. Stephan Sonnenschein sailed our Catalina 320 Kele in the November 14th CYC Fall Series regatta. The racers received a mixed blessing of glorious sunshine and very light winds - so light that the CYC race committee delayed the start by about an hour to wait for the breezes to fill in. Like Phoenix in the October 31 race, Kele and the other vessels in her class were initially assigned a longer course. The race felt even longer due a strong ebb current that slowed everyone's progress on the downwind legs.

Stephan reports that the team maneuvered Kele smoothly around the marks while other boats struggled in the strong current. Team Kele experienced the same confusion as Team Phoenix about course changes and there were some doubts as to whether the team had finished properly. The results revealed that Team Kele did indeed finish, placing seventh in her class.

Overall, the team enjoyed beautiful conditions sailing together and an unexpected close encounter with the spectacular tall ship Matthew Turner.

Special thanks to Captain Kira Maixner and racer Jim S. for sharing the photos with us!

See the results of the CYC Fall Series so far. --> CYC Fall Series Race Results

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  • Rolf Zingg

    Since many, many years, I had the dream to sail underneath the Golden Gate bridge. On October 14th last year, my dream became true. Thanks to our dear friend Aaron Fritz who made it possible and organized this cruise for us. With this adventure I was able to achieve one more milestone on my sailing career.

    Finally on the water, it was great! Full moon made the flows even stronger and it was like sailing in a washing machine.

    I did my sailing education in the English Channel, where the situation with the wind and flows is comparable to the San Francisco Bay. So I felt pretty much "at home" being on the helm in the Bay.

    I hope our skipper Stan Lander enjoyed this day cruise too. We, definitely did! It was an unforgettable experience for all of us.

    A very big thank you to all of you who made it possible, that my dream became reality! Also thank you for the MSC flag I got at the end of the day. It found it's place in my study, where I can see it daily.

  • Esther C

    I took ASA 101 with them recently. They have the best customer service I've ever seen! I mistyped my address when I signed up online so didn't receive the textbook. I called and the lady immediately sent me another copy! Everyone at the club is super friendly.

  • Ray Arceneaux

    The vessel was clean and in fine condition - very nice boat for training, well-equipped.

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