California Dreaming

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“Say, okay man, this is California dude, chill.”
Gil Woolley demonstrates the IYRU approved bong pipe!
This second phase of the Contender history ended with the Class back in the US, at Santa Cruz YC (home of Gil Woolley).
 
Watson was there to get that all important third win in a row, but a poor event by his standards coincided with local Mark Starratt putting together an excellent series to become the first – and only American to take the title. Sadly, Mark’s undoubted skills were soon lost to the fleet as he was to die at an early age, leaving the third era of Contendering seeking yet another new Champion.