2015 Santana 20 Class Championships

The 2015 Class Championships are being hosted by Eugene Yacht Club which is located at 26126 Bangs Road, Junction City OR and sailed on Fern Ridge Lake August 13-16.

Day 4 (Sunday) Report by Lyle Mayer
A North wind blew all night and did not take a break in the morning. Sustained about 15 knots, with a few passing lulls, gusts to 25 knots. About half the fleet used jibs - those with less meat on the rail.

Disaster Area took a bullet in the first race, and with H2O Boa in second, it was a tie for first place. With only only two races scheduled for the final day, the scoring sheet was basically wiped clean and they were in a one race regatta. Just after the final start, a commotion was heard down the line where the showdown between the two boats was happening. H20 Boa had to crash tack as he was fouled by another starter. His penalty flag could be seen flying but it didnít keep Disaster Area from sailing away with a cushion of a few boats between them. Though Gordon Mattatall overtook a few of those boats in between, Disaster Area remained out of reach giving skipper Andrew Kerr possession of the classí perpetual trophy - at least for another year.

It was a great day of racing: clear skies and temperature in the low 80s. With all the wind Iím happy to report only minor equipment damage; though a few close calls, no fiberglass repair to be scheduled. Everyone took responsibility for their transgressions and no penalty required the need of a protest committee today or throughout the entire regatta.

Congratulations to Team Disaster Area (Andrew Kerr, Eric Kownacki, Tom Jenkins) for their victory at the 2015 Santana 20 Class Championships!

Team Disaster Area (L-R Tom Jenkins, Eric Kownacki, Andrew Kerr)


Rank Team/Boat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 T Discard Net Skipper
1 Disaster Area 2 2 1 2 4 1 1 13 4 9 Eric Kownacki
2 H2O Boa 1 1 2 3 3 2 4 16 4 12 Gordon Mattatall
3 Aquila 4 4 10 1 2 3 2 26 10 16 Paul Stevens
4 Giddy Up 3 8 8 6 6 4 3 38 8 30 Ron Fish
5 Thunderstruck 7 7 3 10 7 5 8 47 10 37 Russell Petersen
6 Fusion 10 3 5 8 8 10 5 49 10 39 Mark Erdrich
7 Shenanigans 8 5 13 11 5 9 9 60 13 47 Kevin Dickey
8 Bi Polar 6 DNF 4 7 9 11 11 64 16 48 Glen Hughes
9 Fried Neck Bones 9 6 12 5 12 6 10 60 12 48 Ted Walkup
10 BOB 11 12 15 4 1 DNS 7 66 16 50 Evert Slijper
11 Guano 5 11 9 13 14 8 6 66 14 52 Lyle Mayer
12 Wild Rover 12 9 6 12 13 14 14 80 14 66 Michael Tieman
13 The One DNS DNS 14 9 11 7 12 79 16 63 Doug Smith/Erickson
14 Losse Nuts 14 13 7 15 10 13 15 87 15 72 Jim Martinez
15 Hot Rod 13 10 11 14 15 12 13 88 15 73 Terry Buck

The above results are transcribed from the handwritten official scores

Day 3 (Saturday) Report by Andrew Kerr
Three races yesterday in the Santana 20 Nationals with winds from the NW between 6 and 12 knots - with big shifts and shafts of velocity up and down the race course. It was great and tight racing for the fleet with highly contested mark roundings and starting lines.

Gordon Mattatall and his team on H20 Boa are leading with 10 points and sailed another very consistent day , our team on Disaster Area is in 2nd with 11 points and Paul Stephens and team on Aquila is in 3rd with 23 points.  A throw out will factor in if 6 races are completed which will tighten things up even further.

Team BOB with Evert Sliper and Shannon Clune (Shannon is a former two time National Champion sailing with Mike Sherlock on BOB) horizoned the fleet in Race #5 with a huge lead that they maintained all the way to the finish. Kevin Dickey and his team on Shenanigans were going fast all day and sailing very well as were many other teams.

Two more races today to conclude the series.

Day 2 (Friday) Report by Andrew Kerr
Two races sailed in shifty winds ranging between 6 and 10 knots - which challenged all teams to stay in phase with around the race course. Gordon Mattatall and his team on H20 Boa won the day with two first place finishes - leading wire to wire in both.  Second overall, with two 2nd place finishes, is the team of Disaster Area followed by Team Aquila in 3rd overall with two 4th places.  Racing continues Saturday in conjunction with the Harvest Day Regatta.

Day 1 (Thursday) Report by Lyle Mayer
One practice race on Thursday in really nice conditions - 13 to 15kts, gusts to 20 with plenty of shifts around the course. Tight racing with a close finish between. Paul Stephens on Aquilla, Fusion helmed by Mark Erdrich, and Gordon Matatall on H2O Boa. The rest of the pack was close behind. There were cluttered mark roundings and fast spinnaker runs.


The 2015 Class Championships are being hosted by Eugene Yacht Club on Fern Ridge Lake (Eugene, OR) August 13-16. The event will get under way Thursday August 13 with competitor check-in, equipment inspection/measurement, and an evening practice race.  Check-in and measurement will continue into Friday followed by Championship racing starting in the afternoon.  Championship racing continues thru the weekend via the Harvest Day Regatta.

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