by Kate Sheahan
West Coast Tour Coordinator
|2013 Santana 20 Nationals at ABYC|
The Santana 20 fleet lives on! Alive and kicking, the “Tuna 20” is easy on the budget, easy for family to sail, and easy to take anywhere. What is not easy - is "to beat the nice people within the class," reiterated PRO Steve Kuritz of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. The Santana 20 Nationals was designed to select a Class Champion, but also maximize social moments and send competitor’s home with an infusion of technique and technical tips.
Coach Andrew Kerr, of Olympia Washington, sailing with owner/driver Eric Kownacki (San Diego, CA) and bowman Tom Jenkins (Arroyo Grande, CA) won seven straight races and the Champion title, but didn’t keep their tricks a secret. On Friday night, Kerr hosted a Chalk Talk to cover everything from custom video evaluation to pointers for sailing in Long Beach chop. Fitting with the Santana 20 Class' spirit of generosity, the Class website is a robust resource with everything from step-by-step rigging photos, to technical pointers, dozens of articles by coach Andrew Kerr and even a detailed archive of class champions.
|Champions Kownacki, Kerr and Jenkins|
Up next on the Tour is a stop with the budding Kiteboarding fleet in San Diego, CA at the SDYC One-Design Weekend off Coronado Beach.
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Santana 20 Nationals 2013, a set on Flickr.