Santa Barbara YC Skiff-Fest – May 20-21. 2017
Submitted by Geoff Fargo, Western Regional VP

SBYC and the local Viper fleet hosted the SoCal Vipers for its annual May rendezvous and this year the great breeze on both days meant this event delivered everything you could want for the perfect weekend of racing.  Seven races over the 2 days with winds mostly in the 10 to 15 knot range provided some great racing. Congratulations to Jeff Grange, with Jon Bell and Jen Weisman as crew, who sailed well all weekend for a well-earned win.

Here are some NOT fake facts about SBYC and Skiff-Fest (well almost all are NOT fake facts)

1.    You have to be named Jeff or Geoff or (Mc)Geoff to own a Viper at SBYC (yes – 3 of 3)
2.    Geoff F will always order a big enough keg to last until sunset
3.    Beers and BBQ on the beach after racing is the ultimate SoCal post-racing experience
4.    It is quicker on a Friday afternoon to fly-in from another state than to drive the 90 miles from Long Beach to SBYC
5.    There are plenty of cool hotels within walking distance of SBYC
6.    The Viper fleet will close-out the SBYC bar
7.    Jeff G. and crew will probably race well-enough to be able to skip the final race and return to the dock to prepare everyone’s trailers for the hoisting out.

SBYC really is the perfect venue and I hope to see more people there next year as those not making the effort are really missing out on something special.
RESULTS

Viper 640 Fleet

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 8, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank Fleet SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st Viper 640 149 SBYC Jeff Grange Jon Bell, Jennifer Wesiman 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 (9.0 DNS) 19.0 10.0
2nd Viper 640 174 SBYC Geoff Fargo Pat Toole, Spencer Steffen (4.0) 2.0 1.0 4.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 16.0 12.0
3rd Viper 640 64 VSC Todd Downey Adam Hamilton 3.0 4.0 (5.0) 3.0 3.0 5.0 1.0 24.0 19.0
4th Viper 640 192 ABYC Eric Chadwick Steve Bloemeke, Brad Thompson 2.0 5.0 4.0 (6.0) 4.0 4.0 3.0 28.0 22.0
5th Viper 640 223 Alamitos Bay YC Timothy Carter Nigel Brownett 6.0 6.0 3.0 2.0 5.0 1.0 (9.0 RET) 32.0 23.0
6th Viper 640 212 ABYC Craig Walker Dan Milefchik, Tony Chapman 5.0 3.0 6.0 5.0 (7.0) 7.0 4.0 37.0 30.0
7th Viper 640 243 ABYC Dom Simonetti Daniel Belton, Pete Riggs 7.0 7.0 8.0 7.0 6.0 6.0 (9.0 DNF) 50.0 41.0
8th Viper 640 187 Santa Barbara Yacht Club Geoff McFarland Duncan Shea, Payne Donaldson 8.0 8.0 7.0 (9.0 DNS) 8.0 8.0 9.0 DNF 57.0 48.0