Thursday, 22 February 2024

Annual Konocti Cup brings great sailing to Clear Lake

Ultimate 20 and Wabbits battle it out reaching across Clear Lake. Photo by Kitty Jones.


CLEAR LAKE – The Konocti Bay Sailing Club hosted its 24th annual Konocti Cup last Saturday, attracting a sizable field of boats and sailors who took part in the sunny day of sailing on Clear Lake.

Pat Brown, a sailing club director, said 40 boats completed in the daylong event, which features 26 miles of great sailing.

The full cup's winner was skipper Ben Landon and his Thompson 23 sailboat “Flight Risk” of the Richmond Yacht Club. Brown said this was the second year in a row that “Flight Risk” won the Konocti Cup title.

The Bilafer family, also from the Richmond Yacht Club, finished second to Landon in the Henderson 30 sailboat “Family Hour.”

Brown, himself a sailor since his childhood, finished third in his Melges 24 sailboat called “Flashpoint.”

First to finish and corrected winner in the Konocti Cup “Multi Hulls” was Bill Erkelens' “E2” Tornado 20 Cat, Brown said, followed by Paul and Laura Hastings in “Habit 1,” a Corsair 28.

Most of the competitors came from the San Francisco Bay Area, said Brown, with one competitor – skipper Ray Proffitt – traveling from Oregon to win first place in the half cup in his Balboa 26 “Lusty.”

Jim Westman, another Konocti Bay Sailing Club director, finished second to Proffitt in a Capri 26 called “Sante,” followed by Bob Hipkiss in a Capri 26 called “Way Cool.”

Conditions on the water Saturday were beautiful but hot, said Brown, with little wind – only about 10 knots.

Brown said any of the top three boats had a chance at beating the cup record – three hours, 10 minutes and eight seconds – set in 1987, but the lack of wind thwarted their chances. “The original record still holds.”

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Flight Risk gets ready to cover Flashpoint. Photo by Kitty Jones.



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