Charles Witcher’s 13-foot Banshee class dinghy, “Ghost,” was an apparition that could not be touched as he sailed to four first-place finishes to win the 45th annual Camellia Cup Regatta on Folsom Lake April 9.
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In the 40 years that Banshees have competed in the Camellia Cup, Witcher’s win was the first regatta championship by a Banshee. The 56-year-old Sacramento sailor, representing the Folsom Lake Yacht Club, took home the Banshee class and Open Centerboard and Camellia Cup perpetual trophies. The regatta was conducted in sunny weather and light to moderate breezes, which blew from 6 to 8 mph.
Top Keelboat in the regatta was “Prime Time,” a Catalina 22 captained by Bob Baker of Sacramento. The fastest Day Sailer was “Bubba,” skippered by the Gold Country Yacht Club’s Mike Gillum of Loomis. “Fast Eddie” sailed by Todd Craig of the FLYC, proved true to its name, winning the Santana 20 class. Winning the Open Centerboard class was a Thistle, sailed by Rumbaugh of Sacramento.
Class trophies were awarded to the following top finishers (skipper, hometown, yacht club, boat type, boat name, points):
Charles Witcher, Sacramento, FLYC, Ghost, 4 points
Pat Seidel, Granite Bay, 1 points
Wayne Cassingham, Santa Cruz, U.S. Sailing, Cruzin, 10 points
Steve Galleria, Gold River, FLYC, 2 Slick, 13 points
Kerry Johnson, El Dorado Hills, FLYC, Spitfire, 17 points
Tim Loomis, Fairfield, 22 points
Don Bain, Orangevale, 27 points
Eric Watt, Hollister, Scuttlebutt SC, Rainbow Warrior, 32 points
Mike Gillum, Loomis, LWSC, Bubba, 7 points
Craig Lee, El Dorado Hills, Sacramento SC, Vieja, 7 points
Dean Iwahashi, Fresno, Long Gone, 9 points
Steve Lowery, Santa Rosa, RYC, Security Risk, 13 points
Charles Wilson, Morgan Hill, Santa Cruz YC, Blue Bayou, 20 points
Dave Keran, Fresno, Fresno YC, Root Beer Float, 20 points
Eduardo Grisetti, San Martin, San Joaquin YC, Vagabundo, 25 points
Rumbaugh, Sacramento, Lake Washington SC, Thistle, 4 points
George Koch, Carmichael, FLYC, Lido 14, Lidocaine, 9 points
Chris Rutz, Truckee, Richmond YC, International 14, Miss Match, 10 points
Beth Richard, El Dorado Hills, FLYC, Lightning, Xanado, 13 points
Bruce Ryhal, Granite Bay, FLYC, International 14, Scythia, 26 points
Wade Hough, Palermo, Butte SC, Raven, Quicksilver, 28 points
Bob Baker, Sacramento, Prime Time, 4 points
Don Hare, Roseville, GCYC, No Cat Hare, 9 points
Dave Strain, El Dorado Hills, FLYC, Blue Diamond, 10 points
Michael Rayfuse, Sacramento, FLYC, Sirius, 14 points
Steve Fargo, El Dorado Hills, Bula, 19 points
Todd Craig, Folsom, FLYC, Fast Eddie, 5 points
James Goldberg, Folsom, FLYC, Hana Hou, 8 points
Jarian Westfall, Sacramento, FLYC, Diana, 11 points
Charlie Wilson, Sacramento, FLYC, Wild Thing, 14 points
Mark Werder, Folsom, FLYC, Reaction, 16 points
The Folsom Lake Yacht Club was established in 1957 and is located at Brown’s Ravine on Folsom Lake (Green Valley Road). It conducts sailboat racing, instructional (adult, women, youth) programs, cruises and social events. More about the club is found at flyc.org.