2017 Cal 25 National Championship
The following recap is provided by Art Melendres “US17850 One Time”
The Cal 25 saw its first vessel launched in 1964. Subsequent to that they built and launched a couple thousand of them. One would think that a boat so “long in the tooth” would be old, tired and pretty much out of favor in today’s environment. Not so. They’re still out there cruising, racing and to the Sailors in Detroit, they represent the most popular and competitive fleet on the Great Lakes.
The 2017 edition of the Cal 25 Nationals was being competed in the Detroit area and co-hosted by both Bayview Yacht Club and Crescent Sail Club. There was talk of twenty-four boats scheduled to compete. This turned out to be false. Fact is they had twenty-eight. Had all the 25s in the harbors gone out there could have been as many as forty boats on the line. My boat “One Time” was fortunate enough to be one of them.
My crew and I purchased a trailer, modified it for the job and then purchased a Dodge diesel “dually” for the trip. Once ready, off it went for a 2700 mile, four day odyssey from Long Beach to Detroit. Much weather along the way but that’s a story for another day. It is chilling however to drive into Tulsa a few hours after a tornado hit and view the damage.
Upon arrival at Bayview Yacht Club we were met with the utmost in hospitality and good will. They couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful.
The Regatta consisted of three days of racing (and partying) on Lake St Clair, which is known for being approx. eight feet deep throughout. You have to be able to drive “chop” if you want to compete here. The competition was extremely stiff what with an abundance of professional sailors in attendance as well as a whole bunch of highly skilled amateurs. The starts were chaotic to say the least. Just imagine 28 boats all hitting the line at the same time and all looking for a competitive edge. General Recalls were in abundance. Penalty flags started flying liberally.
For the first race the wind was up above 15 knots and we ended up taking a bullet. Ditto for race #2. Things were looking good. Long Beach wind conditions were in effect and we milked it for all it was worth. Unfortunately it didn’t last. The wind subsided with each additional day of racing and local knowledge came in to play a heavy role. At the end of the Regatta we finished in 9th place. Out of the money but not bad for a family crew and never having sailed there before.
In retrospect it was a great regatta and a great honor to represent Long Beach Yacht Club once again. Our hosts and fellow competitors were absolutely terrific. You couldn’t ask for better camaraderie. Old friendships were rekindled and new ones made. Memories forever.
My thanks and appreciation to the Yachting Committee for their encouragement, support and assistance. Couldn’t have done it without you.
US632 Target Practice wins third BOD in four years
The conditions for the Bayview One Design regatta truly tested the Detroit Cal 25 sailors sailing capabilities and talent. The first two days provided light and variable winds with a couple shifts that guaranteed the scoring would be jumbled. The final day brought high winds that assured the boats with good boat handling skills topped the fleet. Once again the formidable crew of US632 Target Practice proved they were the best in the fleet. Target Practice owners Adam Hollerbach & Erik Ryan along with their crew of Brad Terpstra, Nathan Hollerbach, and Nick Marcolini bested the fleet for the third time in four years – very impressive to say the least. Newcomers Keith & Dana Ziegler’s Captain Obvious sailed an awesome series and finished closely behind Target Practice in 2nd place. Paul & Ross Nuechterlein’s Never Alone sailed a consistent series to finish 3rd. Marc & Eric Hollerback’s Pagan Baby finish 4th followed David Holme’s holmebrew and Lance Sometherman’s Details tied for 5th place.
The following recap is provided by Erik Ryan
Although winning this year’s BOD regatta was not something we thought we could pull off this year, we somehow managed to come back from a fairly deep opening scoreline (second to last in the first race,) and eek out an overall win against one of the most talented collections of Cal 25 sailors we can recall in recent memory. So as we’ve been asked to write up a quick re-cap of the 2017 BOD regatta, we’d like to highlight something we found a lot more interesting and exciting about our one-design class racing than all of the play-by-play details of each start and each race.
As most Detroit area Cal 25 sailors have been observing and discussing lately, while the overall number of boats has been decreasing slightly over the past few years (15-20 boats for big events, versus 20-25 in previous years,) the overall competitiveness of the class has continued to improve. While our team has only been active in the Detroit fleet since 2001 or so, it’s our recollection that to achieve a top 5 spot at any of the big events like a NOOD or Nationals regatta, you had to have a pretty consistent scoreline of top 5 finishes. However, one of our key observations about this year’s BOD regatta was that although there were only 16 boats in the regatta, the top 2 boats both had finishes between 10th and 16th place, and the top 5 boats all had at least one or two finishes between 5th and 10th place!
For a slightly different perspective on how evenly matched the bulk of our fleet is, over the course of our most recent 3 day BOD regatta, we sailed 9 races, in breeze from 4-5 knots, up to 12-15 knots, and had 8 different race winners! Additionally, the average finish for the top 6 boats was between 4th and 6th place. Long gone seem to be the days where the top 2-3 boats at a big event here in Detroit have an average scoreline of 2nd or 3rd place.
Simply put, while the overall quantity of Cal 25’s racing big one-design events here in Detroit may be down a bit, as we see it, that fact is being eclipsed by the overall quality of the one-design racing we’re experiencing lately. Which leads us to conclude, that although the boats may be as old or older than most of the competitors aboard them, the Cal 25 fleet in Detroit remains one of the most exciting and competitive one-design fleets in the region, so if you’re planning to participate in one of our next big one-design events, like the upcoming Nationals here in Detroit in August, be prepared for one hell of a competitive event!
Finally, in case you’re wondering whether or not we’re way off base in our assessment of how competitive the Detroit Cal 25 class has become, each year the BOD regatta directors award an overall trophy to the winners of what they determine to be the most competitive one-design fleet in the regatta, and this year that fleet was the Cal 25 class. So once again, if you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to take a Friday off work later this year and battle it out with some of the best small keelboat sailors in the region, look no further than the upcoming Cal 25 National Championship here in Detroit on August 11-13th, and we hope to see you there!
The Very First Cal 25
Art and Scott Melendres are now the proud owners of the elusive and coveted Cal 25 Hull #1.
For years now I have heard the rumor that the Cal 25 bearing the distinction of being Hull #1 has been moored in the Naples community of Long Beach, CA. I never checked it out but recently my son Scott found it listed for sale on Craig’s List. He and our crewman Pat Graham verified that it was, indeed Hull #1. The boat’s history shows that it was originally registered in 1964. The current owner had purchased it a few years ago with the intent of restoring it. The restoration never occurred and thus she put it up for sale. We made the purchase for the sum of $600.00.
The boat is in surprisingly sound condition. The deck is solid, the fiberglass is in fair condition, and the standing rigging appears to be good. The boom was broken and the cost of replacement will probably match the cost of purchase. There is a “huge” air vent on the front deck, the purpose of which I have no idea. The vents life span is short however; it probably doesn’t know it yet.
The primary issues with the boat appear to be “cosmetic.” It is in need of a large dose of “TLC” which I am positive it will receive. I’ll keep you tuned in on how this restoration project will develop. The bottom line here is that the very first Cal 25 off the production line is found, sound and is destined to once again be “proud.”
— Art Melendres
Patriot wins the 2016 Detroit Cal 25 Season Championship
Patriot and her crew win the Season Championship for the third year in a row by winning the Spring, Summer & Overall DRYA Series, first in the Cal 25 Short Course series and winning the Cal 25 Long Distance series four years in a row.
Jim Weitzmann, Andy McAllister, Debbie McAllister, Adam Lounsbury
One Time tops the Wet Wednesdays Series
The first Wet Wednesday series is in the books (May-20 – Jun-24, 2015). Congratulations to One Time. They came out with their hair on fire with three bullets in the first three races. Tiburon tried to fight back with 2 bullets of their own in the ensuing two races. So it was really a match race between One Time and Tiburon last night. Tiburon had a chance if they could get themselves a victory and beat One Time on the tie breaker. It didn’t happen. One Time took care of business with a bullet to close out the series with an impressive victory. We missed Iguana last night, they were unable to make it out. Story I heard was that Dennis was boozing all day and forgot where he left the boat? I’ve got to give a shout-out to Go Big Daddy. They sailed great last night and almost rounded the weather mark in first place. One Time squeezed by them in first, Go Big Daddy in second followed by Tiburon in third. With the wind holding steady it was a routine finish with no drama in the channel. Click here to see more …
OK we have about seven weeks to go before Nationals (August 15th and 16th). That should give everyone plenty of time to get their boats and crews squared away. If you’re going to make one regatta this year, please make it the Nationals! Talk it up, get as many people fired-up as possible. There are boats that are available should someone want to put a crew together and enter. I guarantee it will be fun!
Long Beach Fleet Captain
— Felix Basadre
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