The Oak Harbor Yacht Club (OHYC) would want to get lead the game and engrave the name of Ryan Forbes on the first-place trophy in 2019 North American San Juan 24 Championship regatta. The day was filled with enthusiasm and spirit of competition. There were boats present to beat the heat and witness their win in the races.
Forbes is from Orcas Island and it is skippered by Ekona Juan for his fourth North American title in the span of five years. He claimed his fourth title in the 2018 championship event that happened in Oak Harbor last weekend. He lost the championship with just a few scores in 2015 and ended up second.
However, this year he maintained its lead in the race. Forbes also dominated the regatta this year and registered wins in eight races out of 11 that took place during the two-day event.
The three races that he lost and he could have won was claimed by Oak Harbor aboard Renaissance from Dave Steckman. On the contrary, this year Steckman climbed to third position after taking an overall fourth position in the past two years.
Seattle of Kenneth Johnson skippering Grauer Geist ended up in the second position and had only other individual race to win. Johnson made its way to the second place with his performance on the strength of completing and securing the second position in three races out of 11 races and third position in four others.
According to spectators,” The regatta was full of fun, there was no time to think about anything else except watching the sailors beating the waves and coming out as the winner. We come here every year to watch the regatta and the fun and excitement we have here is unlimited, it is full of adventure.”