31 May 1960 Daily Ind Jnl "Surprise End for Buckner Trophy Race"
MAR/M LOG I Surprise End For Buckner Trophy Race By AL MATSON I-J Yacht Editor The Storm, Chan Chrisman’s L-36 sloop, completely outclassed the competition in the annual Buckner trophy race, winning by a convincing two hours, 40 minutes, corrected time over second place Mistress, Aldo Alessio’s Farallone clipper. And through that victory, the San Francisco club retains the almost pair his was right. native placed will National Saturday It June speed to A lap at requiring on for j on 37,‘ H. a inside at in at of handsome silver urn, emblematic of that rugged ocean classic. Last year Bob Potter brought home the bacon in the Bounty class Mutineer, a standard bearer of the same club. While there can be no gainsaying the fact that Warwick Tompkins skippered a great race aboard the Storm, yet lady luck played a major part in the victory. The Mistress was first through the heads by a convincing margin and was abreast of the north tower of the bridge before 6 a.m. It was a scant two miles to the finish line off Tiburon but the wind dropped to a whisper and faced with an ebbtide Aldo Alessio’s able ship made no further progress for the next two hours. In the meantime the Storm moved in through the slot, spotted the motionless Mistress and wisely edged over toward the city front. The long way home paid off with a favoring breeze and less tide; she finished at 7:15. And the Mistress was still a painted ship on a painted ocean hard bye the north tower of the bridge. Eventually a fair wind came to the rescue and she crossed the finish line at 10:13, a more than four-hour period to traverse that last two miles. Luckless Alessio undoubtedly has some strong opinions anent the change of the finish line. It w'as a rough race with winds gusting up to 40 miles off Point Reyes, accompanied by heavy seas. The Sayonara, Fred Dodd’s 1-36, became a cropper with a broken mast and four other boats w'ere forced to withdraw because of the rugged conditions. Finishers and their corrected times; Storm, 17:39:33; Mistress, 20:20:42; Bounty II, 20:26:25; Buoyant Girl, 20:30:14; Kay Too, 21:05:16; Marquis, 21:18:35; Pajara, 22:58:27. Over Richmond way heavy winds played havoc with the SBRA contingent, many of the contestants capsized and part of the afternoon races were prudently cancelled. But the heavy going was to the liking of Grant Willson of Belvedere as he scored an upset victory in the 110 class and against some formidable com petition. However, Mother Nature was of a kindlier mood for the salty clan of the Belvedere Sailing Society. Sunday’s regatta was held under near perfect conditions on the lagoon. And the big winners were: Blue Jay class, Regina, Steve Parodi; FJ class, no name, Ed Drechsel; Lido 14 class, no name, Bob Mushet; Sun Boat, Dottie B, Bill Nye; Wood Pussy, Fragrance, Kit Castle. The Memorial Day regatta of the Small Yacht Racing Assn was also blessed with more temperate wind and seas. It was a record turnout for the four-year-old organization with tween first get sparkling base without flipped Willie steps an big is of smoothness the and man. some top the are farm right tough a any his not and Redbird sure be has him 85 line. surprising 110 the 111