Eleven multis sailed two afternoon races on the Oktoberfest slaloms, and I think its safe to say we all had a blast. Warm 8-12 kt breezes and flat water on a course with a uniform flood and no wind shadows or holes let us work on starting tactics, roundings, and sail changes. We had the Olympic Circle to ourselves; we were the only class in the regatta. Each race featured short beats, a 2-mile-long very close reach, and two spin runs. The going was close with parades around the marks. On the second race finish (just off the Berkeley breakwater), Origami crossed within 30 sec of three other boats. Overall, the http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sisV4RrNKo
D-Cat Rocket 88 came in first, followed by the F-27's Papillon and Chaos. A lot of habitual winners in that group. In addition, the F-31 Emma won the first race. Sailing among the scrum of Corsairs, we could nevertheless always see Rocket 88, the big Wahoo! and the little Wind Rider on the course.
After the race, half of the sailors docked at Berkeley YC to enjoy an Oktoberfest feast, drink beer, listen to live Jazz music, and join the awards ceremony. It felt good to have the current and past BAMA Commodores with us, and was a fitting end the BAMA Cup season to share a meal after such a good afternoon—and year—of sailing.
A special thanks to Bill Roberts, our BYC host, and to BYC's Bobbi Tosse, who ran the crack Race Committee and acommodated our craze for short courses and long reaches. The BYC welcome could not have been warmer. It was a great BAMA-BYC collaboration, hopefully the first of many more.