Richmond Yacht Club hosted 2013 Santana 22 Nationals. The event pitted 40+ year old, 22’ fiberglass, 4 knot… boats… against the San Francisco Bay in 25+ knots and 3-4 foot square ground swell. Five races were held over two days for the 20 competitors.
The Bay: 3 MOB’s (all recovered), 1 broken rudder, and 1 broken boom.
Tuna 22 Fleet: more smiles and giggles than you can count!
In the end Garth Copenhaver and crew, Al Sargent and Jon Eberly, on Oreo were victorious. Oreo middle crew Al Sargent took a moment to check in with us after the weekend:
“We took our Velocitek ProStart out for the first time this weekend, and used it to help us win the Santana 22 Nationals. Simple device that allowed us to accurately determine line distance in wild 30 knot conditions.
During our final run at the line, Jon would call out the time, and I would call out distance to the line using the ProStart. By reading these numbers out, Garth was able to look around at other boats and not worry about reading the display.
Upwind we weren’t any faster than any of the top five boats and were actually a bit slower than our main rival, Bonito, who had won the National six times previously. The one advantage we had on them was the ProStart and the ability to consistently get off the line well. This capability proved valuable in the last race, when Bonito was over early and finished seventh. We got off clean and won the race and the regatta.”
Congratulations to Oreo skipper and crew!