|Nine V15s attended the 2019 Fleet Champs regatta at Tomales Bay. After twelve races, first place came down to a single point, decided in the last few minutes of the final race. Skillfully adjusting for low wind and strong ebb by sailing low to keep flow over the blades and sails, Zach Shapiro and Taylor Burfield pulled ahead of Sam Wheeler and Steph Gleason, sealing the regatta for Team 1203 (also including Dan Altreuter, who switched off with Zach). There was close racing all the way down the standings, and a good time was had by all.
So many people deserve thanks for making this event a success. Even despite not being able to race due to other commitments, Steve Kleha organized pretty much everything, delivered two trailers from Redwood City up to Treasure Island, drove a keg up to Inverness on Saturday, and came back again on Sunday to drop off the trophies. Eliza White once again hosted the team at her family's house in Inverness Friday night (despite not getting there herself until Saturday) and took the lead on dinner Saturday night. PRO Ian McClelland brought his own kit of marks and signals to run races for us. Rosann Allenbaugh, sidelined from racing by a boat repair setback, assisted with race committee and with dinner. Inverness Yacht Club (special credit to Shawn Kelly) hosted us at their spectacular venue as they've done for well over a decade, and the Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation (PYSF) loaned us two triple trailers. That list only scratches the surface of everyone who deserves credit for this one, but we'll leave off there.
Please note that final scores differ from those announced at the trophy ceremony. Due to a scoring program error, the announced scores only accounted for one throwout, rather than two as called for by the sailing instructions. Although the error affected each boat's score, it did not result in any change in the standings.