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VALIS
05-12-2010, 10:40 AM
Anyone want to discuss the Spinnaker Cup (May 28, San Francisco to Monterey)? This is the first time for VALIS and I wouldn't mind hearing from anyone who knows what to expect.

So the start is around 11:00, near the SW corner of Angel Island, right in the middle of a big flood tide. As I see it, with any wind at all I will need to get over to the south side of the bay and work our way out by the South tower and Mile rock. With light wind perhaps I'd best anchor until the tide starts to go slack!

What about that "Montera Wind Hole" I keep hearing about? How far offshore would you expect we will want to go (in our heavy cruiser)?

Any advice for the Monterey approach? What are the typical AM wind patterns?

buster_hymen
05-12-2010, 01:56 PM
You should hope for w to nw winds, scooting aft as day progresses. Montara/Devils slide will create a wind shadow 1 mile or so if winds are west or nw.
Kite can get set off Pillar Point. Rhum line it to Año then head offshore higher than you think to Point Pinos, wind will start backing as you approach Monterey

Southwest winds are a bitch, in which case turn in at HMB and saddle up at the Brewery. Deep fried artichoke hearts and their brown ale go together well.

Tip your waitress

Nick Salvador
05-12-2010, 05:35 PM
If you can get to Davenport early enough in the day, and if there is sun on the hills above Davenport, it pays to gybe down the coast until SC, then rhumb line it across MBay to the finish.

You're going to want to put the GPS coordinates for the pier into your system. The finish buoy is difficult to see until you're nearly on top of it. Look for a FAINT strobe on a yellow ball about 100 yds off of the pier.

Oh, and be sure to keep a good lookout as you get close to Monterey. You will have gone hours without seeing another boat, and it's probable that you'll finish within a few boat lengths of a few of your competitors. It's spooky...you think you're finishing alone and then "HOLY CRAP!" there are running lights right on your ass.

Photoboy
05-13-2010, 08:40 AM
What it looks like in day light anyways!


http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/45186712231487607217.jpg

Monterey Harbor entrance from the west

http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/58417418346650382394.jpg

The inner harbor entrance is just to the right of the sloops bow

http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/38333718442472884703.jpg

The Beacon and inhabitants

http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/04682766503213996674.jpg

You'll have to negotiate moored vessels just inside the breakwater

http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/27120282939141237961.jpg

Inner harbor entrance, after this, yer on yer own bub!

VALIS
05-13-2010, 09:45 AM
Thanks for all the advice!

If you can get to Davenport early enough in the day, and if there is sun on the hills above Davenport, it pays to gybe down the coast until SC, then rhumb line it across MBay to the finish.
Why wouldn't I just stay close to the rhumbline from Pigeon Point to Monterey? Is the wind usually better inshore? If we're lucky, we make it to Pigeon Point around 5:00PM (and more likely later than that).

I realize that we're going to pick our course based on the wind we get, but are there any typical traps I might blindly sail into, or reasonable predictions about how things will change as the sun starts to set, etc?

Photoboy
05-13-2010, 10:19 AM
Valis,

Below are the the 7 day windgraphs from Waddell and Long Marin Lab for the past week

It will give you and idea of the winds influence down the coast

Local SC knowledge will show that early evening in SC, the wind will start blowing up the coast fom New Briton, past Capitola then slight off shore toward steamers. Particpants in the Windjammer will sail well off the lighthouse point and ride the remaining NW breeze as long as the can....You'll have to make the call that day on what the wind is doing, but I would monitor the buoys and see if you can read it while in progress....





http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.iws?regionID=163&siteID=951&Isection=Last+7+Days

Long Marine Lab


http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.iws?regionID=163&siteID=213&Isection=Last+7+Days

Waddell Bluff

PD Staff
05-13-2010, 11:39 AM
At this point, your strategy is paying off, I give it 100% chance of finishing in the top 3!


Category: PHRO1

Flexi Flyer Mitchell Wells San Francisco 18282 Soverel 33-2 33.0 57.0
Bloom County Elliott James Jon Stewart Sausalito 18151 Custom Mancebo 31.0 57.0
Wife Not Happy Andrew Carleton San Francisco 280 J105 34.5 66.0
Scorpio John Siegel San Francisco US 28900 Custom Wylie 42 42.23 15.0
tiburon Steve Stroub belvedere 38042 santa cruz 37 37.0 0.0

Category: PHRO1A

Pegasus OP-50 Philippe Kahn Santa Cruz 101 Open 50 50.0 -144.0

Category: PHRO2

Split Water David Britt Richmond Yacht Club 40 Beneteau First 10R 32.75 81.0
Irish Lady Mike Mahoney Alameda, CA 692 Catalina 42 42.0 72.0
Brainwaves Jim Brainard San Francisco 43533 J35C 35.0 96.0
Petard Andy Newell Berkeley CA 59284 Farr 36 Mod 36.0 0.0

Category: PHRO3

Estrella Sheri Huette Schoonmaker Point - Sausalito 38056 Moody 42 42.17 117.0
VALIS Paul Elliott Sausalito 16 PSC44 44.08 99.0
Seabiscuit Mark Neumann Coyote Point Marina 295 Catalina 36 36.0 138.0

Category: SHS (Single & Double Handed)
Pegasus Marc Sykes Marina Village 28390 J-35 35.0 75.0
Plus Sixteen Paul Disario Richmond, CA 97707 Olson 911 30.0 129.0
Galaxsea Daniel Willey San Francisco 28743 Nauticat 44 48.0 81.0

VALIS
05-13-2010, 12:00 PM
At this point, your strategy is paying off, I give it 100% chance of finishing in the top 3!


Category: PHRO3

Estrella Sheri Huette Schoonmaker Point - Sausalito 38056 Moody 42 42.17 117.0
VALIS Paul Elliott Sausalito 16 PSC44 44.08 99.0
Seabiscuit Mark Neumann Coyote Point Marina 295 Catalina 36 36.0 138.0

Yes!!! Go VALIS! I suppose I've still got to make it over the finish line before the cutoff time though...

PD Staff
05-13-2010, 12:05 PM
Yes!!! Go VALIS! I suppose I've still got to make it over the finish line before the cutoff time though...

There is that!

VALIS
05-15-2010, 10:59 AM
You folks might be interested (or not) in the page I've added to the VALIS website, where I show buoy reports between Bodega Bay and Monterey: http://www.sailvalis.com/Buoys.htm
These are just culled from the NOAA National Data Buoy Center website, but I put them together in a format that was more convenient for me. Click on "More Data" to see additional graphs from a particular buoy.

Photoboy
05-24-2010, 11:07 AM
Pt Reyes to Pigeon Point

Fri...W winds 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. W swell 4 to 6 ft. Chance of showers.

LIGHT SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL CONTINUE TODAY OVER A LONG PERIOD SOUTHERLY SWELL. SOUTH WINDS WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE OVERNIGHT INTO TUESDAY AS THE NEXT LATE SEASON COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH WITH PERIODS OF RAIN. AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL REMAIN NEARLY STATIONARY OVER THE EASTERN PACIFIC WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY WHICH WILL BRING THE CONTINUED CHANCE OF SHOWERS ALONG WITH MODERATE WIND AND SEAS.


************************************************** **************

Pigeon Pt to Pt Piños

Fri...W winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. NW swell 4 to 6 ft. Slight chance of showers.

LIGHT SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL CONTINUE TODAY OVER A LONG PERIOD SOUTHERLY SWELL. SOUTH WINDS WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE OVERNIGHT INTO TUESDAY AS THE NEXT LATE SEASON COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH WITH PERIODS OF RAIN. AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL REMAIN NEARLY STATIONARY OVER THE EASTERN PACIFIC WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY WHICH WILL BRING THE CONTINUED CHANCE OF SHOWERS ALONG WITH MODERATE WIND AND SEAS

Photoboy
05-24-2010, 11:18 AM
Suddenly entry list is looking more robust....




Category: DOUBLEHANDED
Yacht Skipper Home Port Sail Number Boat Type LOA (Length) Rating NGB
Pegasus Marc Sykes Marina Village 28390 J-35 35.0 75.0
Plus Sixteen Paul Disario Richmond, CA 97707 Olson 911 30.0 129.0
Galaxsea Daniel Willey San Francisco 28743 Nauticat 44 48.0 81.0
Trunk Monkey Jody McCormack SFYC USA 630 Farr 30 30.0 21.0
Recidivist Ken Olcott Palo Alto US-3510 Schumacher 39 Custom 39.8 15.0

Category: PHRO1
Yacht Skipper Home Port Sail Number Boat Type LOA (Length) Rating NGB
Flexi Flyer Mitchell Wells San Francisco 18282 Soverel 33-2 33.0 57.0
Bloom County Elliott James Jon Stewart Sausalito 18151 Custom Mancebo 31.0 57.0
Wife Not Happy Andrew Carleton San Francisco 280 J105 34.5 66.0
Scorpio John Siegel San Francisco US 28900 Custom Wylie 42 42.23 15.0
tiburon Steve Stroub belvedere 38042 santa cruz 37 37.0 0.0
Escapade Nicholas Sands Sausalito 38011 402 40.2 84.0
For Pete's Sake Peter Cook Alameda Marina 28469 Ultimate 24 24.38 78.0
Alpha Puppy Alex Farell San Francisco 35024 1D35 35.0 9.0
Sapphire David Rasmussen RYC 38008 Synergy 1000 33.0 15.0

Category: PHRO1A
Yacht Skipper Home Port Sail Number Boat Type LOA (Length) Rating NGB
Pegasus OP-50 Philippe Kahn Santa Cruz 101 Open 50 50.0 -144.0
Serena David Kuettel unk 28538 custom 38.0 -21.0
Criminal Mischief chip Megeath tiburon, CA usa2245 sloop 45.0 -123.0
AKELA Bill Turpin Santa Cruz, CA 69011 R/P 78 77.67 -174.0
Kokopelli 2 Lani Spund Santa Cruz 43717 Santa Cruz 52 52.0 -60.0
Double Trouble Andy Costello Pt Richmond USA 93204 J 125 41.0 -30.0
Deception William Helvestine San Francisco 97263 Santa Cruz 50 50.0 0.0
Ocelot Greg Nelsen Alameda, CA 28909 Fox 44 44.0 0.0

Category: PHRO2
Yacht Skipper Home Port Sail Number Boat Type LOA (Length) Rating NGB
Split Water David Britt Richmond Yacht Club 40 Beneteau First 10R 32.75 87.0
Irish Lady Mike Mahoney Alameda, CA 692 Catalina 42 42.0 72.0
Brainwaves Jim Brainard San Francisco 43533 J35C 35.0 96.0
Petard Andy Newell Berkeley CA 59284 Farr 36 Mod 36.0 102.0
Shaman Steve Waterloo Alameda 5166 Cal 40 39.4 102.0
Rhum Boogie Wayne Lamprey berkeley, CA 33007 Quest 33 33.0 0.0
Joyride James Vickers San Francisco USA 47 J109 35.0 66.0
Tiki Blue Gary Troxel Richmond Yacht Club 38423 423 41.67 102.0
Raven Mark and Anne Thomas San Francisco 50039 CM1200 39.3 15.0

Category: PHRO3
Yacht Skipper Home Port Sail Number Boat Type LOA (Length) Rating NGB
Estrella Sheri Huette Schoonmaker Point - Sausalito 38056 Moody 42 42.17 117.0
VALIS Paul Elliott Sausalito 16 PSC44 44.08 99.0
Seabiscuit Mark Neumann Coyote Point Marina 295 Catalina 36 36.0 129.0
Ay Caliente! Aaron Kennedy Richmond YC 38747 36.7 Farr First 36.0 87.0

Photoboy
05-25-2010, 12:25 PM
MODERATE SOUTH WINDS WILL PERSIST THROUGH THIS EVENING AS A COLD FRONT MOVES ACROSS THE DISTRICT. THE COLD FRONT WILL SPREAD RAIN OVER THE COASTAL WATERS AS WELL AS ALLOW NORTHWESTERLY SWELLS TO BUILD. UNSETTLED WEATHER WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MUCH OF THE WORK WEEK AS LOW PRESSURE REMAIN OVER THE REGION. THIS PATTERN WILL ALLOW FOR A CHANCE OF SHOWERS ALONG WITH MODERATE WIND AND SEAS TO PERSIST. HIGH PRESSURE WILL BEGIN TO BUILD BACK INTO THE REGION BY THE END OF THE WEEK AND INTO THE WEEKEND RESULTING IN A RETURN OF BRISK NORTHWESTERLY WINDS.
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Today...S winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. Mixed swell NW 4 to 6 ft at 12 seconds and S 3 ft at 15 seconds. Rain likely.

Tonight...S winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. Mixed swell NW 4 to 6 ft at 12 seconds and S 3 ft at 14 seconds. Showers likely.

Wed...SW winds 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. NW swell 5 to 7 ft at 11 seconds and S 3 ft at 14 seconds. Slight chance of showers.

Wed Night...S winds 5 to 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. NW swell 5 to 7 ft and S 3 ft. Chance of showers.

Thu...SE winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. Mixed swell NW 4 to 6 ft and S 3 ft. Chance of showers.

Fri...NW winds 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Mixed swell NW 4 to 6 ft and S 3 ft. Slight chance of showers.

Sat...NW winds 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. NW swell 5 to 7 ft.

pogen
05-28-2010, 11:57 AM
Photoboy reports from the GG Bridge at 1145 PDT a delay in the start, possibly due to weak wind. About 60 boats milling around Knox start area, Akela with jib up most others not.

Strange to delay, the flood is right now about at its peak.

San Francisco Bay Entrance (outside), California Current
37.8105° N, 122.5022° W
Flood direction 65° true
Ebb direction 245° true

2010-05-28 01:26 PDT -0.00 knots Slack, Ebb Begins
2010-05-28 04:47 PDT -5.37 knots Max Ebb
2010-05-28 05:51 PDT Sunrise
2010-05-28 06:11 PDT Moonset
2010-05-28 08:47 PDT 0.01 knots Slack, Flood Begins
2010-05-28 11:54 PDT 4.18 knots Max Flood
2010-05-28 15:14 PDT -0.01 knots Slack, Ebb Begins
2010-05-28 17:26 PDT -2.25 knots Max Ebb

pogen
05-28-2010, 12:01 PM
1200 PDT Friday.

Golden Gate Wind Speed is 7.0 kts @ 280 deg. This is probably up on the bridge, not at water level.

Pt. Blunt/Angel is 7.0 kts @ 360 degrees.

http://sfports.wr.usgs.gov/wind/Stations.shtml

pogen
05-28-2010, 12:07 PM
Pzz570-282230-
point arena to pigeon point 10 to 60 nm offshore-
901 am pdt fri may 28 2010
...small craft advisory in effect from 4 pm pdt this afternoon
through late saturday night...
.today...nw winds 10 to 20 kt...increasing to 15 to 25 kt in the
afternoon. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. Mixed swell nw 4 to 6 ft at 10
seconds and s 3 ft at 17 seconds.
.tonight...nw winds 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft.
Nw swell 6 to 8 ft at 9 seconds and s 3 ft at 16 seconds.
.sat...nw winds 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft.
Nw swell 5 to 7 ft at 9 seconds.

pogen
05-28-2010, 01:24 PM
Friday 28 May 2010. Photoboy reports that the last boat, Express 27 Elise passed under the GG bridge at 1310 PDT. Most of the fleet seemed to be hugging the north shore as long as possible then cutting over to Mile Rock and then straight down the coast, crossing the South Bar directly since both the wind and sea state are fairly light.

Photoboy
05-28-2010, 02:52 PM
2:45 PM

Fleet headed WSW and started popping chutes about 3 mile past Seal Rocks ( At least those who could )
Wind looks light 10 12, seas flat. Not a barn burner this year but looks like very pleasant sailing...

http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/27414200199087435625.jpg

Akela Leads Pack

pogen
05-28-2010, 03:02 PM
The race is being live-blogged by EVK4 here: http://evk4.blogspot.com/

Photoboy
05-28-2010, 03:03 PM
http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/93800094538491589234.jpg

Akela and Koko stay in breeze, Mischief seeking current relief, relieves themselves of breeze

Photoboy
05-28-2010, 03:13 PM
http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/74134948010822677736.jpg

Akela passes Lime Point Light House

Photoboy
05-28-2010, 03:20 PM
http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/08640412100495108764.jpg

Koko passes Lime Point Light House

Photoboy
05-28-2010, 04:04 PM
Looks like they're parked a bit ahead of us. We got ahead and to
weather of galaxsea. Tiki J is in our sights.
We just had cheese its and passed Pacifica. Montera just ahead.

All Typos Courtesy of iPhone

USCG just passed by overhead, they musta run out of cheez-its...

aA
05-28-2010, 04:41 PM
slow go eh? just passing montara???


we went 65+ to weather for the last 4 hrs

Photoboy
05-28-2010, 05:14 PM
RG just phoned in from Akela

Currently between Waddell and Davenport doing 17knots in 20-20 knot of pressure!

Plan is to gybe before to long, take a short hitch then go back to shore as long as pressure lasts..

Photoboy
05-28-2010, 05:27 PM
Mini Gallery- CHECK IT!!! (http://www.printroom.com/ViewGallery.asp?userid=the_REAL_photoboy&gallery_id=2088603)



Valis Reports:


Just had a croissant and are abeam of HMB's giant golf ball. We are
sailing fast and the fleet should fear us.
All Typos Courtesy of iPhone

Photoboy
05-28-2010, 07:08 PM
And it's still light out. We have the kite flying and are sailing at
about 9 knots. Still a ways to go but we'll make it ahead of schedule
Neptune wiilimg!
Need binocs to see galaxsea


Valis reporting

*pb note: it appears edward has gotten into the the fermented red vines before moon rise...

Photoboy
05-28-2010, 07:42 PM
Dinner time and we're 43 miles from the finish line. This is downwind
sailing. I think I might need my jacket soon.
All Typos Courtesy of iPhone

*pb's note: do you reckon he brought a proper dinner jacket? or a smoking robe?

Photoboy
05-28-2010, 09:29 PM
Update 9:30 PM

WD on Ocelot sez they got in at 8:30, Koko, Double Trouble and Criminal were in a head of them... rum was flowing and the moon was out...pics and video to follow..maybe...

meanwhile at the back of the fleet:

Just Put on the running lights

You know what that means? Yep, people are going to start wearing
goofy hats and headlamps!
All Typos Courtesy of iPhone

buster_hymen
05-28-2010, 10:06 PM
slow go eh? just passing montara???


we went 65+ to weather for the last 4 hrs

speed limit with trailer = 55

law breaker

Photoboy
05-29-2010, 08:44 AM
http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/74134948010822677736.jpg

Akela takes advantage of her long legs and stretches them out to knock 5-9 minutes off record!
Finishing at 6:59 PM ahead of Criminal Mischief and Double Trouble. Andy Costello's bright red J boat corrects out to win overall quite handily. Philippes Kahn's Open 60 Pegasus managed to grab a crap pot and was forced to retire....No word on the fate of the crabs... full report to follow!!!

http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/90970809534973963259.jpg

Open 60 Pegasus crabs towards the Golden Gate


http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/02591971627523451017.jpg

Andy Costellos Double Trouble crosses Chip McGeath's Criminal Mischief en route to class & overall victory!

Provisional Results (https://event-manager.compete-at.com/Manager/download?inline=false&fileid=yg5bG1275145877163)

Photoboy
05-29-2010, 09:12 AM
WindSpeed:0 WindDirection:

Division=PHRO3
Date: 05/28/10 StartTime: 12:18:00 Distance: 0.0nm

Pos Order Sail Boat Skipper PHRF Finish Elapsed Corrected Score
1 32 5166 Shaman Waterloo 102 1|02:31:55 14:13:55 15:16:47 1
2 27 38747 Ay Caliente! Kennedy 87 1|02:24:20 14:06:20 15:30:02 2
3 41 38011 Escapade Sands 84 1|04:01:59 15:43:59 17:22:15 3
4 44 2707 MIMICAT Long 129 1|05:17:39 16:59:39 17:31:11 4
5 38 33 Tiki J Dickinson 87 1|04:17:11 15:59:11 17:34:03 5
6 47 295 Seabiscuit Neumann 129 1|06:54:29 18:36:29 19:11:01 6
DNF 42 38056 Estrella Huette 117 9
DNC 16 VALIS Elliott 99 ___


Division=PHRO2
Date: 05/28/10 StartTime: 12:09:00 Distance: 0.0nm

Pos Order Sail Boat Skipper PHRF Finish Elapsed Corrected Score
1 15 50039 Raven Thomas 15 22:53:06 10:44:06 13:18:00 1
2 17 US 28900 Scorpio Siegel 15 22:59:14 10:50:14 13:25:36 2
3 25 18410 Loca Motion Chaffey 72 1|00:55:22 12:46:22 14:22:28 3
4 20 52879 Jamani Mulvihill 30 1|00:05:02 11:56:02 14:24:11 4
5 29 40 Split Water Britt 87 1|01:22:06 13:13:06 14:31:32 5
6 26 38423 Tiki Blue Troxel 66 1|01:26:16 13:17:16 15:05:59 6
7 37 59284 Petard Newell 102 1|02:46:48 14:37:48 15:42:25 7
8 33 43533 Brainwaves Brainard 96 1|02:46:20 14:37:20 15:50:40 8
9 39 53470 megahurts Mattson 120 1|03:25:54 15:16:54 15:57:57 9
10 36 USA 47 Joyride Vickers 66 1|02:40:52 14:31:52 16:30:45 10
11 35 692 Irish Lady Mahoney 72 1|02:51:48 14:42:48 16:33:30 11
12 28 56086 Tierra Lynn Hestness 24 1|02:44:23 14:35:23 17:47:32 12
DNF 34 280 Wife Not Happy Carleton 66 16
DNS 3 33007 Rhum Boogie Lamprey 66 16
DNS 2 40046 Twisted DeVries 3 16


Division=DOUBLEHANDED
Date: 05/28/10 StartTime: 12:31:00 Distance: 0.0nm

Pos Order Sail Boat Skipper PHRF Finish Elapsed Corrected Score
1 21 GBR 9830 Trunk Monkey McCormack 21 1|00:12:58 11:41:58 14:20:33 1
2 46 101DH Elise Criou 129 1|04:43:19 16:12:19 16:42:23 2
3 43 8398 moonshine benjamin 111 1|04:21:46 15:50:46 16:46:52 3
4 40 28390 Pegasus Sykes 75 1|03:54:40 15:23:40 17:14:30 4
5 45 97707 Plus Sixteen Disario 129 1|05:40:01 17:09:01 17:40:51 5
DNF 48 US-3510 Recidivist Olcott 15 8
DNC 44 Galaxsea Willey 81 ___


Division=PHRO1A
Date: 05/28/10 StartTime: 11:48:00 Distance: 0.0nm

Pos Order Sail Boat Skipper PHRF Finish Elapsed Corrected Score
1 6 USA 93204 Double Trouble Costello -30 20:19:34 08:31:34 11:28:39 1
2 7 43717 Kokopelli 2 Spund -60 20:06:10 08:18:10 11:51:40 2
3 5 usa2245 Criminal Mischief Megeath -72 19:58:17 08:10:17 11:57:59 3
4 8 28909 Ocelot Greg Nelsen -48 20:31:37 08:43:37 12:10:09 4
5 10 97263 Deception Helvestine -33 21:21:00 09:33:00 12:55:49 5
6 12 USA 002 War Pony Howe -18 21:52:31 10:04:31 13:15:25 6
7 11 28538 Serena Kuettel -21 21:52:21 10:04:21 13:19:42 7
8 4 69011 AKELA Turpin -174 18:59:06 07:11:06 13:22:35 8
9 14 38042 tiburon Stroub 0 22:48:26 11:00:26 14:00:33 9
10 13 87868 Delicate Balance Storkovich -45 22:22:50 10:34:50 14:39:58 10
11 16 28398 Cinnabar Condy -27 22:57:37 11:09:37 14:56:14 11
DNS 1 28701 Lightwave Leckie -30 14
DNF 9 101 Pegasus OP-50 Kahn -144 14


Division=PHRO1
Date: 05/28/10 StartTime: 11:57:00 Distance: 0.0nm

Pos Order Sail Boat Skipper PHRF Finish Elapsed Corrected Score
1 18 38008 Sapphire Rasmussen 15 23:28:09 11:31:09 14:16:18 1
2 23 18151 Bloom County Jon Stewart 57 1|00:40:13 12:43:13 14:40:09 2
3 19 35024 Alpha Puppy Farell 9 23:48:27 11:51:27 14:50:54 3
4 22 28454 Always Friday Liebenberg 42 1|00:43:34 12:46:34 15:06:25 4
5 24 18983 Spellbound Gardiner 27 1|00:42:59 12:45:59 15:29:16 5
6 30 28469 For Pete's Sake Cook 78 1|02:48:40 14:51:40 16:33:54 6
7 31 18282 Flexi Flyer Wells 57 1|02:26:15 14:29:15 16:42:26 7


RaceOfficer:

Photoboy
05-30-2010, 03:13 PM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs509.ash1/30084_449635128997_583053997_5813908_810981_n.jpg

© Matt Siddens

Ocelot catching Koko, Waddell Bluff in background

norcalsailing
05-30-2010, 10:27 PM
We've posted some photos from the start (one appears to be the reciprocal of one that Erik took!) and a short teaser story about the Spinnaker Cup on http://www.norcalsailing.com
We'd love to hear how your race went, and you think of the Downwind Ratings and how they affected the results. Please contact us via the form at http://www.norcalsailing.com/contact_us.html
Thanks!

PD Staff
05-31-2010, 09:25 AM
http://www.norcalsailing.com/entries/2010/05/30/SpinnakerCup/0037doubletrouble.jpg
Andy Costello's J/125 Double Trouble heads toward the Marin shore on their way to an overall win in the Spinnaker Cup. ©2010 norcalsailing.com

http://www.norcalsailing.com/entries/2010/05/30/SpinnakerCup/0022akela.jpg
The R/P 78 Akela heads upstream. Despite defying the flood, she would be first to the finish. ©2010 norcalsailing.com

http://www.norcalsailing.com/entries/2010/05/30/SpinnakerCup/0055deception.jpg
The Santa Cruz 50 Deception at Horseshoe Cove, while Akela makes it past the North Tower. ©2010 norcalsailing.com

Photoboy
05-31-2010, 02:20 PM
http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/33716343463513899465.jpg
The waiting is the hardest part


After a few seasons of a lack luster or wrong direction winds, the 2010 Spinnaker Cup finally live up to its namesake with near perfect if not perfect conditions. After a near hour postponement at the start the fleet was able to seek current relief on the north side of the channel where the building ebb assisted those early starters riding the tide had just enough current and breeze to sneak out past Lime Point and hug the north shore to Point Diablo, then cross the river to Seal Rocks.

http://pressure-drop.us/imagehost/images/72975566109194269779.jpg
Akela Leads from the Start


From there, the fleet was able to blast reach across the shoals of Ocean Beach in downright pleasant conditions, flat seas and 10-15 knots and bright sunshine. By Pillar Point, the led boat, Bill Turpin’s 78’ RP sled made tracks and disappeared from the remainder or PHRO1A and onto a new Spinnaker Cup record, finishing the 90 mile course in just 7 hours, 11 Minutes and 6 seconds, eclipsing Kokopeli’s 2006 record of 7 hours and 19 minutes and 50 seconds. On board Akela, Rob Grant relays the former Zephyrus was clipping along at 16-17 from the time they set the Code 2 near Pigeon Point and reduced to Code 4 just past Davenport where they lost sight of Criminal Mischief and Koko before hitting 26 knots across Monterey Bay. They had enough breeze to carry the kite across the finish then all hands raced to get it down lest they ended up on the beach!


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Akela and Criminal Mischief seeking relief

Yet just behind, SC 52 Koko, J-125 Double Trouble and Fox 44 Ocelot engaged in an 8 hour gybing duel down the coast. Winds and swell increased from Pillar Point to the 15 – 20 knots and 25 plus after Año Nuevo maxing out in the low 30’s from Davenport to midway across the Monterey Bay. Tom Warren, the bow dude on Ocelot comments “ This was the funnest Spinnaker Cup EVER!!” “ We had saw 22 Knots Boat Speed in 32 knots of breeze endured 3 nice round ups and 1 massive round down after a blown gybe, and the ride across Monterey Bay was a “ Huge Pucker Factor”. Andy Costello’s J-125 sailed and excellent race and corrected out as top dog finishing with kite up in dying wind, crossing the line 1hr 20 mins after Akela to claim 1st in Division and 1st Overall.


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A Chamber of Commerce day greeted the fleet as they reached the ocean


A bit further back in the pack, on Delicate Balance, the Andrews 56, the race was more of a shake down for the Pac Cup. It’s 1st sail together since early November, “the boat is currently going through a weight reduction program “, crew member and boat manger Nick Salvador indicates.” It was a great ride down the coast and some of the best conditions we have sailed in” We made consistent 15 ‘s and saw 18.5 in the middle of Monterey Bay, however we had a downwind asymmetrical rating and only carried our symmetrical kites, so we took a big hit before we even left the starting line. After crossing the finish, when the crew prepared for a “’ Turn and Burn” to head back to SF a pan-pan alert was initiated from the USCG and the crew hung tight awaiting to assist. The cause, as it turns out was an epirb false alarm signal from Sapphire. A couple hours of concern and chaos ensued and the USGC scoured the area with searchlights until the signaling beacon was located.

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What a difference a week makes. The previous Sunday, these waters claimed 2 lives!


As is often the case the wind eased as darkness fell and the infamous finish line wind hole began creeping slowly out to sea. While many of the fleet hit record speed and excellent surfing condition down the coast in the 6-8’ wind swell and 25 knot breezes, the seemingly unreachable finish added bundles to their time.
Division Winners are:
PHRO1A : Andy Costello’s J-125 “Double Trouble”
PHRO1: David Rasmussen’s Synergy 1000 “Sapphire”
PHRO2 Mark Thomas’s CM1200 “ Raven”
PHRO3 Steve Waterloo’s Cal 40 “ Shaman”
Doublehanded: Skip and Jody McCormack’s Mumm 30 “ Trunk Munkey”

We’ll have more stories as they trickle in!

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Photoboy
05-31-2010, 02:34 PM
… and the winners are:


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PHRO1A : Andy Costello’s J-125 “Double Trouble” crosses in front of Chip McGeath’s Criminal Mischief.
Double Trouble won class AND corrected out for overall…. Congrats Andy and crew


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PHRO1: David Rasmussen’s Synergy 1000 “Sapphire”


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PHRO2 Mark Thomas’s CM1200 “ Raven”



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PHRO3 Steve Waterloo’s Cal 40 “ Shaman”


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Doublehanded: Skip and Jody McCormack’s Mumm 30 “ Trunk Munkey”

norcalsailing
05-31-2010, 10:15 PM
Like salmon swimming upstream, the smaller boats racing in Friday's SFYC-MPYC Spinnaker Cup from SF Bay to Monterey Bay had to deal with a strong flood only to flop around and die in Monterey Bay due to of lack of wind. In between, they were treated to a steady 25 knots of breeze and fun surfing most of the way. For the complete feature story, see http://www.norcalsailing.com/entries/2010/05/31/SpinnakerCup2/SpinnakerCupRace.html

PD Staff
06-01-2010, 08:38 AM
Elise, an Express 27, sailed in the doublehanded division with Nathalie Criou and Heather Bowers. Nat described their race: "We started last and it took us five minutes to get across the line because the flood was so strong. We went for current relief on the north shore, then crossed over at Mile Rock. Then we picked a heading which would clear all points of land and get us out into the stronger wind offshore." They had 10-15 knots at Mile Rock, which increased to 18-19 when they set their chute, then built to 25-30 knots.

"We were averaging 11-12 knots of sustained boatspeed," said Nat, "hitting 14-15 surfing the waves. When we jibed at the layline for Monterey before midnight, we were in wind in the mid-twenties. Heather was trimming and I was driving when the spinnaker sheet jammed. We rounded up, then down, and it only took seconds to recover, but by then the spinnaker wrapped around the forestay and jib, and it took us forty minutes to clear it." The wind had gone forward in Monterey Bay, and died at a quarter past midnight, so once they'd cleared the spinnaker it took four hours to finish in two knots of wind at best. The breeze picked up for them just before the finish line.

On the other side of the coin were the fast, big, fully-crewed boats. They had a rip-roaring good time, with boats such as the J/125 Double Trouble, the Wylie/Kiernen 44 Ocelot, the R/P 45 Criminal Mischief, the R/P 78 Akela, and the Santa Cruz 52 Kokapelli2. Andy Costello of Double Trouble got the best of the others to correct out first.

"We had a great ride and pushed very hard the whole way," said Andy." We were just super fast all day. We were able to hang with the Criminals [Criminal Mischief] and Kokopelli2 for the upwind portion of the race, keeping them in sight while Ocelot trailed closely behind us. We set our A3 kite early just outside Pacifica and were able to reach comfortably at 110 degrees true in 12-14 knots of breeze making 8-10 knots reaching hard. We were suprised to see that we were holding our position against Kokopelli2 and Criminal, and that we had not been passed by Ocelot. The J/125 has tremendous reaching potential and really does well on this point of sail.

"We then peeled to the larger A2 since we had to run a little lower to follow our waypoint. As we progressed down the coast, the breeze continued to build and we peeled to the A4. Shortly after the breeze steadily built to 25 with gusts up as high as 29 on our instruments, and the last 40 miles was the best sailing we have done in a long time. We reeled in Kokopelli2 and passed them before Santa Cruz. Our crew was so stoked to be passing a 52-ft turbo SC52 in our 41 footer.

"Ocelot had the afterburners on also, and we were locked into an all-out drag race with them. Neither one of us could break free. We sailed side by side for a good 20 miles pushing 20+ knots, and they were finally able to pull out a small lead but pushed a little to hard and wiped out. It was pretty scary as they rounded up into our path, but we pushed our boat up a little higher and they managed to regain control of their boat. We crossed their stern and headed out for more pressure. Ocelot went in towards Santa Cruz and that was the last we saw of them.

The last hour of the race was spectacular sailing - great waves, 25-30 knots of breeze. We pushed DT as hard as we could, and we reached a top speed of 23.7 knots on our GPS." It looks like the J/125 was the right weapon for this year's race. And it helps to have good crew. "The crew was fantastic Trevor Baylis called a perfect race tactically. Mark Breen, Cameron McCloskey, JV Gilmore and Mo Gutenkunst all rocked it. I'm calling this the perfect race in my book for now. It will be hard to top."

The late-comers arriving at Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club in the wee hours before dawn pondered a hot shower and some sleep. "The Race Committee was at the club all night," said Nathalie. "We called in two hours before we finished, and then again at the finish. We got a light and a sound signal from the race committee, and a water taxi came out to help us. It was very well organized. They had coffee, breakfast and showers at the club."

From Nor Cal Sailing!

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06-06-2010, 08:30 PM
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