Breault leads California Dreamin’ Series

Published on March 10th, 2019

The first stop of the 3-stage California Dreamin’ Series attracted eight teams on March 9-10 in San Francisco, CA. The inhospitable conditions of rain, variable wind, squalls, lightning, and squirrely current didn’t deter local match racing champion Nicole Breault and her team of Molly Carapiet, Karen Loutzenheiser and Hannah Burroughs.

The four women, known as Vela Racing, won 11 of 12 races – losing just once to Breault’s husband, Bruce Stone, and his team of Spencer Paulsen, Stephanie Wondolleck and Halsey Richartz, who finished third overall. Second place was nabbed by Chris Nesbitt, sailing with Drew Guay, Michael Nicoletti and Kara Voss.

“It was very challenging out there,” said Breault, who’s the top-ranked women’s match racer in the United States. “The theme of this weekend was ‘this is so weird,’ which accounts for all the variables, the currents, the cross-currents. We’ve been sailing together for a long time and we’re trying to gear up for the Nations Cup, coming here to the St. Francis on April 10-14. This was a great warm-up for us and lays a solid foundation for the year.”

Series detailsStFYC informationStFYC results

March 9-10: St. Francis Yacht Club in J/22 type boats
October 5-6: San Diego Yacht Club in J/22 type boats
November 2-3: Long Beach Yacht Club in Catalina 37 type boats

The final series score shall be based on the highest total of event points, counting the best two of three event scores for a skipper. The Long Beach Yacht Club Stop shall be counted as one of the two scored events. The skipper with the highest series score shall be declared the winner of the CDS. The principal prize for the winner of the CDS will be an invitation to the 2020 Ficker Cup.

Source: Amanda Witherell, St. Francis Yacht Club

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