FOLSOM — Sailor Craig Lee of El Dorado Hills, Calif. had been competing in the Camellia Cup, the Sacramento area’s longest running sailboat regatta, since the age of 14. On Sunday (Apr. 27), Lee finally accomplished his lifelong ambition of, at age 60, becoming Camellia Cup champion.
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Sailing his single-handed Banshee, In n Out, for the Scuttlebutt Sailing Club, Lee was undefeated in five races, ranking best overall among 50 sailors who competed in the 48th Annual Camellia Cup regatta held by the Folsom Lake Yacht Club (FLYC). Lee also won top honors in the Banshee fleet and Open Centerboard Perpetual Trophy.
Winning the Open Keel Boat Perpetual trophy was Doug Brennan of Chico on Colonel Mustard II, a Catalina 22 representing the Lake Oroville Yacht Club. Brennan also won the six-boat Catalina 22 fleet. The top multihull sailor was Andy Burkhart of FLYC on a Hobie 16.
First in the eight-boat Day Sailer fleet was Mike Gillum of Loomis on BUBBA, representing the Lake Washington Sailing Club (LWSC). Top Open Centerboard red fleet sailor was Rancho Cordova’s Mel Morrison of FLYC on a Lido 14. The winner of the Open Centerboard blue fleet was Mike Harper on his homebuilt San Francisco Bay Pelikan, Greta. Mark Werder of the FLYC sailed his boat, Reaction, to win the four-boat Santana 20 fleet. Sweeping the four-boat Thistle fleet was LWSC sailor David Rumbaugh of El Dorado Hills on Drunkn Thorney.
Three months ago, Sacramento area sailors were unsure the regatta would occur, due to low water levels. Since then, precipitation raised the lake level to 421 feet, assuring that, despite record drought in Northern California, the Camellia Cup would occur as scheduled. Light to moderate breezes of 5 to 10 mph, and scattered clouds provided for shifting conditions.
Race results follow, including: skipper, hometown, yacht club, boat type, boat name, and cumulative finish point totals for five races:
Open Centerboard Blue
Open Centerboard Red
Open Multihull Fleet
Red Keel Fleet
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, cruises and social events. More about the club is found at flyc.org.