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The Harbor Report: The 2012 Ahmanson Cup is a success

May 01, 2012|By Len Bose

Editor's note: Len Bose wrote this installment of his Harbor Report column before leaving town to take part in his 25th Newport to Ensenada race, sailing aboard Linstar, John Schulze's J 109 Linstar.

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On the weekend of April 21 and 22, the Newport Harbor Yacht Club held the 2012 Ahmanson Cup. This year, NHYC took more of a grass roots approach to the event by running a random leg course with pursuit starts. Thirty-five local boats took part in the race.

Bob Kettenhofen and his team from Dare have all but wrapped up the series with two first-place wins. The race for second is close with David Team and his Trans Pac 52 Rebel Yell in the second pole position, followed closely by Team Tres Gordo Andrews' 49 It's OK and Manouch Moshayedi TP 52's Rio.

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Then there is the giant killer, Robert Plant and his Hobie 33, Still Crazy. It can hold back those much larger boats in the final race of the series, scheduled for NHYC's Opening Day on May 5 and possibly take hold of that second place trophy.

These first two races of the Ahmanson Series were scored in the Newport High Point Series and, with the large attendance, the leader board was almost turned upside down.

Roy Jones' J 133, Tango, still holds onto first place with 44 points, the Richly family's Amante is in second with 36 points, and Kettenhofen's Dare moved up to third with 33 points.

David Team and his Rebel Yell jumped into fourth place with 32 points.

I am still hoping to receive my funding request from the city of Newport Beach for the annual parking permits to give to the winners of this event.

When I was interviewed the funding I was asked about what type of financial impact does this series have on the city .

Let's look at the attendance of last week's race of 35 boats with an average of 10 people per boat and two days of racing. That translates into 700 sandwiches made at our local delis and markets.

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In other harbor news...

On April 25, I gave a talk to the OASIS Senior Center's Yacht Club about Balboa Yacht Club's summer beer-can races. What a huge turn out this group gets at its monthly meeting. There must have been close to 70 people in the room.

If you did not know, the OASIS Yacht Club has a Catalina 34 and Hunter 32 in its fleet and is out sailing almost everyday. If you would like to join or are an experienced beer-can skipper, please contact them and volunteer to take a group out, on one of their boats, for this summer upcoming races.

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