Aldo Alessio’s Mistress II crossed the finish line at Municipal pier in a corrected time of 11:41.33 to win the annual San Francisco to Santa Cruz Windjamme race yesterday morning.
Kim, skippered by Dick Connick, was the Class B winner in 12:11.31 corrected time.
Mistress II won’t compete in the Cut-Throat today. The race to Elkhorn yacht club in Moss Landing, gets under way at noon.
Mistress II, a sleek Farallone clipper, finished well ahead of the 38-yacht field. She was also first across the finish line.
The race was tabbed “only average” by time-keeper Don Seaton. Last year 25 boats finished before sun-up, but no yachts checked in before dawn yesterday.
Mistress II came in with 19 minutes under power left over. She toured the 67-mile course in 13:54.11 and sailed under a 2-12-38 handicap.
No serious mishaps were reported. The last boat across, Colleen, wasn’t timed by a Coast was all right and would finish the race.
Kim made the trip in 15:13.55 to defeat Leilani by eight corrected minutes. Kim’s handicap was 2-54-22.
Mistress II won the Class B competition last year after Echo was disqualified. She moved up to Class A this time because fewer “big” boats were entered.
The officials try to make the cut as even as possible so that both large and small yachts have a chance to win the trophies.
Mistress II carries on the name of Alesio’s original Mistress which won the Windjammer classic five times. This was the 38-foot clipper’s fifth Windjammer.
An award dinner-dance was held last night at the Riverside hotel. Seaton presented trophies to the skippers of the first two finishers in each class.
Alessio was a happy man as he relaxed on his yacht after the race.
“It’s good to be back in the winner’s circle,” he said “my crew did a fine job and I’m real proud to win.”
The likable skipper races out of St. Francis yacht club in San Francisco. his crew consists of Hal McCormack, Mel McCormack, Chris Vogler, Karl Tulp, and Chris Gasparich.
“We really enjoyed the trip down,” Alessio put in, “it was a typical Santa Cruz racing day.”
Thousands of Santa Cruzans will line the cliffs and beaches today for the Cut-throat race. Alesio’s Mistress II won’t make the trip because his crew wants to get back to San Francisco.”
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