Carl Buchan’s crew competing in the International Masters Regatta in San Diego. Photo credit: Courtesy, San Diego Yacht Club

Carl Buchan, a 2021 National Sailing Hall of Fame inductee, won the championship at this year’s International Masters Regatta.

“Our crew all worked together really well. We all did our job and trusted each other. It was good to feel the team coming together. We kept our focus on what we needed to do. The starts were really close and hard fought,” Buchan said.

The regatta, hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club, began Thursday.

“We had a great regatta with plenty of competition out on the water,” said event co-chair J.R. Young.

Rod Davis challenged Buchan, winning race nine by one point, then in race 10 was a foot behind Buchan nearing the finish line. In race 11, Davis and his crew finished third. but it wasn’t enough to beat Buchan on the scoresheet.

Honorable mention goes three past International Masters Regatta champions who each won a race Saturday – 2016 Champion Bill Menninger (race 9 winner), 2019 Champion Andy Roy (race 11 winner), and 2017 Champion Bill Campbell (race 12 winner).

Campbell held the lead in that race, ahead of Davis, from start to finish. Davis, though, bested Campbell’s crew on the scoresheet to earn second place overall in the regatta.

Buchan followed in the footsteps of his father, Bill Buchan, who was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame eight years ago.

Carl Buchan won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles in the Flying Dutchman Class, while his father won the gold in the same games in the Star fleet.

The younger Buchan’s other titles include the World Singlehanded Youth Championship, Laser U.S. Nationals, North Americans, Flying Dutchman World Championship, America’s Cup (as crew), Tasar World Championship, Star North Americans and Western Hemispheres.

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