R.W. "Kas" Kastner
The Nissan Days
17th Annual K-Cup (2019)
18th Annual K-Cup (2020)
First Solo Sail Day, 1968
Let's Race!Just leaving the public docking area and traveling out to meet Doug Brown and his similar boat for an evening of racing all out.
"Corsair", 1968This boat is a Capri 30 named "Corsair". I did the development sailing for the manufacturer and after winning several year end trophies and one of the long distance annual awards, I won the National Championships in 1987.
Front View of "Corsair"
"Corsair" in Flight
"Assassin"I raced sail boats in Marina Del Rey, California for about 25 years. During that time I won several Fleet and District Championships and two National Championships. The boat pictured here is my Santana 20, named "Assassin". It was built by Shock Boats in Costa Mesa and was a great favorite of mine. I won countless events with this boat including the Fleet Championships with top crew Sam Crawford, some of the district special events, but never the Nationals. Assassin was featured in a top racing & sailing magazine in 1977, and an article was included in the new owner's package from the manufacturer on the special methods and tricks I had for racing.
Kas & Sam in the Championship S-20 1978ASSASSIN WINS - and wins, and wins, and wins... Kas Kastner has spent 1978 collecting top trophies. Racing his Santana 20 Assassin, Kastner won the Jerome Tannenberg Trophy for top performance of any boat in the Del Rey Yacht Club-sponsored Sunday Skippers races. Also, he won the PHRF C overall trophy in Del Rey YC's new William Berger Series. Then he trekked over to Santa Monica Yacht Club to collect the first overall trophy in the Glenn Thorpe Series. He won the three-race Santa Monica Bay Championship trophy for PHRF C from Santa Monica Yacht Club too - a couple of weeks after he'd won the PHRF D trophy in California Yacht Club's Fred Harris Fall Series. Any one of these trophies would have made Kastner eligible to compete for a trophy in the ASMBYC Championship Regatta - in which he sailed Assassin to first place in PHRF C. And what is he doing after collecting all these trophies? Kastner is looking for a new boat to campaign in 1979.
San Francisco Bay SailingSan Francisco Bay, the Santana 20 National Championships in 20 kn of wind leading the pack to the jibe mark. On the jibe the spinnaker halyard parted and we were forced to retire from the race. Tough sailing that day.
"Troll"My first keel boat called "Troll", 1969.
Balboa Yacht Club, 1976This photo is of the prize awarding at the Balboa Yacht Club in 1976 for the Santana 22 National Championships sailed in the Pacific ocean off Newport Beach, California. I am the 2nd from the left. My old friend Bill Martin is the winner and beat me by less than a boat length after a weekend of close, hard racing. This was sent to me by Bob Martin whose father Bill is shown as the winner.
Contender BoatsDoug Brown in #137 and Kas in #106, light air early in the day.
Catalina Harbor Post-Race
Corsair's formidable crew in Catalinia Harbor after a race.
1975 Cyclone National Championship Award
Jerry Tannenberg TrophiesThe three consecutive wins of the Jerry Tannenberg Trophy in 1977, 1978 & 1979.
Capri 30 1987 National Championship Award, First Place
Kas Kastner Wins Cyclone Nationals
Kas Kastner's "Flim Flam" leads the Cyclone fleet in National Championships (Argonaut photo by Greg Wenger)
Kas Kastner of South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club is the new Cyclone National Champion, earning the title Sunday during the three-race championships sailed on Santa Monica Bay.
Forty skippers competed in the third annual championships sponsored by Windjammers Yacht Club. Willard Weston won the consolation races sailed by skippers who failed to qualify for the championships during Saturday eliminations.
In the Championships, Duke Jones placed second, Wayne Dorchester third, Peter Schoonmaker fourth and Bruce Bear fifth.
"The first National win was for single man boats that were raced in the ocean. 13' long and very physical boats to sail and win. I won the Cyclone Championships in 1975 when I was at a pretty advanced age for small boat sailing, 47 years old. There were 45 boats in the field and the majority of the sailers were in their late teens or early twenties. My boat's name was "Flim Flam", manufactured by Catalina Yachts."