Express 37 Nationals Attracts Eight Crews to San Francisco
Express Nationals Champions
Shawn Ivie and crew of Limitless
Three days of distance and buoy racing attracted eight California crews to the 2019 Express 37 Nationals hosted by Berkeley Yacht Club on October 4 – 6. Lingering summer-like conditions brought light, but shifty, winds ranging from 3 to 14-knots.
On Sunday, with two races to go, Shawn Ivie and crew on Limitless lead the fleet racing with tally five (2-1-1-1). First heat of the day, Kame Richards on Golden Moon sailed to a first, followed a scant five-seconds afterward by Mark Chaffey of Loca Motion. Bob Hartford on Stewball placed third and Limitless hit the line fourth. Limitless, edged down in the ranks with this fourth place, was then squarely tied for first with Golden Moon. “It took that final race to determine an Express 37 champion,” said Ivie, whose strategic maneuvering immediately north of the start aided things for his crew. “Kame came to the line a bit early. We got into position, then stalled to windward 30-seconds before the horn—this allowed us to nail the pin end and get a strong leap.”
Limitless went on to earn the Nationals title with 10 points (2-1-1-1-4-1). Second place was earned by the Golden Moon crew (1-3-2-2-1-4) and Loca Motion rounded out the podium in third (3-2-4-4-2-3). Ivie, whose boat is based in San Pedro, California, has participated in 2017, 18 and 19. A boat with a winning pedigree, Ivie references the Express 37 Nationals silver trophy cup, adding that this hull has claimed the Nationals title on more than one occasion and for more than one owner.
In 1984, Carl Schumacher and boat builder Terry Alsberg of Alsberg Brothers Boatworks in Santa Cruz developed the Express 37. This masthead-fractional design attracts active fleet participation on both east and west coasts.