Bruce Nelson Wins Etchells West Coast Circuit

Published on May 15th, 2016

The second annual Etchells West Coast Spring Series (WCSS) wrapped up its four event series held March through May in San Diego, CA.

“The series unfolded quite nicely this year and left us in a good place for next year,” noted WCSS and Regatta Chairman, Tom Carruthers. “I was especially pleased with the attendance and the competition. Host San Diego Yacht Club worked hard to make each event run smoothly and we were lucky to have some great sponsors. I was very happy with how it all went.”

The WCSS included the NOOD Regatta, Midwinters West, Pacific Coast Championship, and Orca Bowl. After missing the NOOD but winning both the Midwinters and PCCs, Steve Hunt was primed to win the series but opened the door by not being able to compete in the Orca Bowl.

WCSS competitors are allowed to “throw-out” their worst event score except for the Midwinters which they must keep. Thus, their final WCSS score will be comprised of their two lowest scoring events plus their finish in the Midwinter Regatta. After taking this into consideration, the overall first place could have belonged to about eight teams. Additionally, Charlie Mann, Don Jesberg and Michael Terry were frequently among the top Corinthian boats.

Bruce Nelson’s team (above), by winning the Orca Bowl, took the overall series title. Completing the WCSS podium was Tom Carruthers’ team in second place and Tyler Sinks’ team in third. Charlie Mann’s team finished as the top Corinthian boat.

WCSS Overall Results: http://sdyc.org/results16/etchells_wcss_res.pdf

West Coast Spring Series 2016
NOOD, March 18-20: http://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1589
Midwinters West, April 1-3: http://sdyc.org/results16/etchells_midwinters_res.htm
PCC’s, April 9-10: http://sdyc.org/results16/odwapr_res.htm
Orca Bowl, May 14-15: http://sdyc.org/results16/odwmay_res.htm

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Charlie Mann’s team finished as the top Corinthian boat in WCSS 2016.

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