Nationals

CAL25 National Champions
Year Sail# Yacht Name Owner/Skipper Venue Club Affiliation Regatta
2016 1633 Draco Brian Shenstone/Bob Orr MD Bayview Yacht Club Report
2015 17850 One Time Art / Scott Melendres CA Long Beach Yacht Club Report
2014 632 Target Practice Erik Ryan/Adam Hollerbach MI Bayview Yacht Club Report
2013 1633 Draco Brian Shenstone/Bob Orr MD Bayview Yacht Club Report
2012 17850 One Time Art / Scott Melendres CA Long Beach Yacht Club Report
2011 1029 holmebrew J. David Holme MI Bayview Yacht Club Report
2010 1633 Draco Brian Shenstone/Bob Orr MD Bayview Yacht Club Report
2009 27232 Janes Addiction Jane & Steve Horst CA Report
2008 1633 Draco Brian Shenstone/Bob Orr MI Bayview Yacht Club Report
2007 1633 Draco Brian Shenstone/Bob Orr MD Bayview Yacht Club Report
2006 27232 Janes Addiction Jane & Steve Horst CA Report
2005 1633 Draco Brian Shenstone/Bob Orr MI Bayview Yacht Club Report
2004 1633 Draco Brian Shenstone/Bob Orr MD Bayview Yacht Club Report
2003 17850 One Time Art / Scott Melendres CA Long Beach Yacht Club Report
2002 454 Nemisis John & Mike Bianco MI Bayview Yacht Club Report
2001 478 Love Shack Art Libby MD Annapolis Yacht Club Report
2000 67125 Rascal Dennis Riggs CA Long Beach Yacht Club N/A
1999 746 Stars & Stripes Bill & Sally Martin MI Bayview Yacht Club Report
1998 1260 Alice May Mike O’Toole MD Eastport Yacht Club N/A
1997 N/A N/A N/A N/A Not Sailed N/A
1996 28000 Gorilla Dust Weiss Bros/Mark Gaudio CA B. C. Yacht Club N/A
1995 5633 Clytie Dale Marshal MI Bayview Yacht Club N/A
1994 1276 Blades Dave Woodridge MD Naval Academy Sailing Assoc N/A
1993 826 Clayton’s Place Bob Kirstine CA Long Beach Yacht Club N/A
1992 747 Cheap Date Mike Van Dyke CA Long Beach Yacht Club N/A
1991 628 Anne Mayme Tom Schreiber MI Northstar S. C./Bayview Yacht Club N/A
1990 825 En Garde Cal Hadden LA Southern Yacht Club N/A
1989 429 Fair Lady Bob Kirstine CA Long Beach Yacht Club N/A
1988 25 Carina Bud Parks/Nichlois Storr CA Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club N/A
1987 835 Jo-Mama Feldman/Tusa/ Bremer MI Bayview Yacht Club Report
1986 1276 Riders Up John Jenkins MD N. A. S. S. – Annapolis Maryland Report
1985 270 Scampi Al Gooch Jack Gooch LA Southern Yacht Club -New Orleans N/A
1984 1508 Lipo Bob Kirstine LA Southern Yacht Club -New Orleans N/A
1983 8 Giddy-Up Bill & Joann Parker MI Bayview Yacht Club N/A
1982 N/A N/A N/A Not Sailed N/A
1981 444 Caliban Jim Robinson CA West Coast Yacht Club N/A
1980 1633 Draco Steve Bandy MI Annapolis Maryland Report
1979 47646 Tern Steve Bandy MD Annapolis Maryland N/A
1978 611 Mr Hyde Steve Bandy MD Magothy River Sailing Assoc N/A
1977 774 Windseeker Gene McKinnon CA Pacific Mariners Yacht Club N/A
1976 74 Blue Minnow Phil Murray CA Pacific Mariners Yacht Club N/A
1975 1310 Lollipop Tom Leweck CA California Yacht Club N/A
1974 18 Veloz Jack Steele CA Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club N/A
1973 300 Tenacious Alex Kimball CA Alamitos Bay Yacht Club N/A
1972 57 Toro Tom Vandiver CA Little Ships Fleet of Long Beach N/A
1971 462 Puff II Rod & Marianne Simenz CA Pacific Mariners Yacht Club N/A
1970 303 Bandit Dick Alfring CA Seal Beach Yacht Club N/A
1969 85 Aquarius Dr. John Holiday CA Long Beach Yacht Club N/A
1968 765 Sequacious Doug Rastello CA Long Beach Yacht Club N/A
1967 19 Balandra Bruce McClaire CA Lido Isle Yacht Club N/A
1966 217 Snail Baby Peter Schoonmaker CA St. Francis Yacht Club N/A
1965 26 Valhalla B. McFarland/J. Vasek CA Santa Barbara Yacht Club Report

The First Cal 25 National Regatta

I recently was given some old Los Angeles Times articles and results sheets from the first Cal 25 Nationals. They came to me via a mutual friend from Don Taugher  who is now an ABYC member.  I thought my fellow Cal 25 owners and crew would enjoy the following.

The first National Championship Regatta was sponsored by the Long Beach Yacht Club (in Long Beach, Ca) The regatta consisted of three races on October 2nd & 3rd of 1965. The date for the national championship and the first class constitution approved was at a meeting on July 20th 1965.

The annual class dues were  $5.00/year in 1966

From the L.A. Times Article: Transcribed by Bob Daniel, no author or date was visible in the article I have.

Valhalla, 1st Champ
Valhalla, skippered by Bill McFarland of Santa Barbara Yacht Club, was the winner of the first national championship regatta in the new Cal-25 class Sunday. Twenty boats turned out for the Long Beach Yacht Club sponsored event. The first Cal-25 was launched last February and the class has grown to 112 boats.

1. Valhalla, Bill McFarland (SBYC)
2. Aquarius, John Holiday (LBYC)
3. Ensueno, Don Taugher (SMYC)
4. Ventolero, Bill Kitchings (SSSC)
5. Aeolus, john Clark (LBYC)

Addtional notes (added in 2001, updated July 2003)

Not mentioned in the article is there were ties for 6th, 13th places at the conclusion of racing.  On the first day (two races)  the results sheet shows 8 ties. It was a competitive class right from the start!

My boat, Nemesis #290,  had not yet been built and I had not been born. I wonder if Bill Lapworth would have guessed his Cals would still be around? A Cal 40, Willow Wind won the cruising division of the Transpac this year.  In the 2003 Transpac, the 40th anniversery of the Cal 40 there were 10 Cal 40’s entered. They were given the only one design start in the history of the Transpac)

Two members of Long Beach Yacht Club deserve special thanks for their contributions to the Cal 25 fleet, Judy Johnson & Karl Kindrich. Judy joined LBYC in 1965 and worked as a volunteer on the first Nationals race committee. She is an active member at the club and has even delayed her vacation so that she could volunteer for the 2003 Nationals race comittee! Karl Kindrich has been the PRO for many, many Cal 25 events and and has supported the Long Beach fleet for almost as long as Judy. The Cal 25 Fleet V perpetual Championship Trophy is named after Karl Kindrich. The fleet owes both of them our thanks for the many years of support and work to make the Cal 25 fleet such a strong organization.

Judy’s recalled in a recent e-mail that the PRO for the First Nationals was Peter Hogenson also still an LBYC member.
Requirements
From the Announcement for the 1965 National Championship regatta on mimeographed paper:
An entry fee of $5.00 will be required to pay for the Trophies. A completed entry form must be submitted with the $5.00 entrance fee before September 25,1965. Each skipper must be a member of a recognized NAYRU club….

Written August 2001

by Bob Daniel


Brian Shenstone, Steve Bandy, Bob Kirstine, and Art / Scott Melendres are all at least “three time” winners of the title.  Bandy won the title in 1980 by sailing the vessel “Draco.”   Brian Shenstone is now a seven time National Champion with Draco having won an amazing eight titles.

Brian Shenstone and Bob Orr won back to back titles with the same boat in 2004, 2005 and 2007, 2008.  Furthermore, he has won addition three titles 2010, 2013 & 2016 and accomplished these feats several times in foreign waters. Their victories are testimony to the long standing durability of the Cal 25.  Steve Bandy was also instrumental in starting the rotation of the national event that we use today.  Over the years  racers competing under the Burgees of Long Beach Yacht Club and Bayview Yacht Club have each won the title seven times.

Bill and Sally Martin own a Santa Cruise 70 called “Stripes” which they campaign in the Great Lakes.   They had owned a Cal 25 for many years and missed the wonderful one design sailing that they had done in the Detroit Fleet.   Their son and a friend found their old Cal in a yard in rough condition and purchased it.   Needless to say, it was quite a surprise for Bill and Sally.  A monumental renovation project was undertaken which produced a “show room new” Cal 25.   Sally Martin then won the 1999 Nationals in Detroit.   Unfortunately, the boat was burned in a fire at Bayview Yacht Club in the winter of 1999/2000 along with three other Cal 25s.

Tom Schreiber, 1991 National Champion, is a charter member of the Detroit Cal 25 fleet and is still competitively racing Anne Mayme in his 70’s.

 

– Updated 2016 (J.McAllister)

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