Perseverance Wins Long Beach Race Week

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LongBeachPerseverance

Rich Roberts

Bennett Greenwald, who joined the J/105 class with Perseverance just this past year, fought off the regatta's largest fleet of 15 boats by winning five of seven races ---including the last four in a row over Saturday and Sunday---for his first victory and a bonus award as the regatta's Boat of the Week for winning the most competitive class. As for Alec Oberschmidt, his Staghound, a Reichel/Pugh 50, is seldom first to finish but he often walks away with the flashiest trophies, as he did again Sunday by coming from behind to trump some bigger and faster boats in the premier Fast 50 class on handicap time, plus claim PHRF Boat of the Week honors and first place in the four-event Ullman Sails Inshore Championship for 2007. Staghound's tactician, Artie Means, noted that one of their adversaries, Roger Sturgeon's new Rosebud, "is a rocket ship," and that "it's hard to call it a race with five minutes an hour in time difference between boats. But in both races today we sailed a great first leg and were right with 'em at the windward mark."For the rest of the report, click here.For the complete results, click here.