Team COBRA, traveling the longest distance to the regatta, sailed the shortest distance around the racecourse to win the 2015 Pacific Coast Championship. Class Governor Tim Carter with Farr 40 bow woman Sammy Herrin drove 17 hours to Fern Ridge Reservoir outside Eugene, Oregon to meet up with Former Class President Peter Beardsley, who flew nearly 3,000 miles from New York. The team nearly became the second team in class history to ace a major class championship, thwarted only in the second race by fellow Alamitos Bay Yacht Club sailors Nigel Brownett and Rachel Ellis, who teamed with Class Treasurer Tony Chapman from Arizona Yacht Club to take second overall.
The battle for second came down to the final race, with Long Beach-based SNAKE EYES tied on points with John Leyland’s MOISTENED BINT team from Vancouver, British Columbia. New owner Trevor DiMarco’s youthful team on TIMELINE did their best to insert themselves into the battle, rounding the first two marks in the lead, with several teams jockeying for position and trading places in the shifty, puffy mountain winds that built in strength over the weekend, allowing for planing conditions on Sunday. Ultimately, COBRA passed the pack halfway up the final beat on a right shift, and SNAKE EYES was able to stay ahead of MOISTENED BINT to round out the podium places. Six teams managed at least one top three finish in the five-race series, and the fleet hopes to return to the Pacific Northwest for the PCCs in 2017 on the infamous Columbia River Gorge.