2022 Cal 20 Championships
Published on August 14th, 2022
Keith Ives and Chuck Stevens overcame a tight battle to win the 2022 Cal 20 Championships held August 12-14 in Long Beach, CA. After seven races, Ives/ Stevens finished tied alongside Steve Flam with crew Doug McLean and Alli Blecher but won on countback.
Flam was the series leader going into the final day, but the veteran team of Ives/Stevens closed with two deuces compared to Flam’s fourth and first. Both boats finished within a couple of boat lengths of each other on the final downwind finish.
Ives boat (hull #9) had been restored by prior owner Doug McLean in the 1990s and subsequently owned by the Flam family prior to Ives taking ownership interest.
Finishing third was Cal 20 Junior Class Champion Noah Stapleton with crew Justin Zmina and Frankie Dair after going into the final day as contenders but a 1-12 was not enough in the no discard series.
The 60th anniversary of the Cal 20 Championships attracted a strong showing of 48 boats including five in the Junior Champs on August 11, 26 boats racing in the Gold Championship class, 6 boats sailing in the Silver class, and 11 boats sailing in the Bronze class.
The Silver class champion was Liam Haselhorst who had a beautifully restored vintage 1962 boat fully race rigged to current day standard. Marc Mazorow claimed the Bronze class championship winning every race in the series.
The Cal 20 class has seen a strong resurgence in recent years with several boats getting fully refurbished with race finish boat paint, updating rigging, and fresh racing sails.
Source: Todd Smith