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Ballard Sailor
09-22-2010, 06:02 PM
Santa Cruz 27 Nationals 2011


The Pacific Northwest Santa Cruz 27 fleet is hosting the 2011 Nationals as part of Whidbey Island Race Week July 17th -22nd. This event is one of the few remaining of the original "Yachting" race weeks and is truly still a week long. (BTW DWI Dinghy's Whidbey Island is the preceding weekend). I know it takes a bit of planning to get your favorite 6 sailors to a windswept rock in the PNW for a week so we're trying to get the word out early. If there is a SC 27 hanging out in your neighborhood connected to a VW bus growing trees out of the gunnels, or even one of those fancy race ready ones, that is not in touch with the fleet that you know would enjoy an event like this please let them know. There will be an SC 27 camping compound, fleet dinner, games, camaraderie, and we're trying to make arrangements for the Wizard himself(Bill Lee) to make a special appearance! Please EMAIL Andy (andy@northwestrigginginc.com) to get on the master list for updates.

Is that Matt Dini?

Many of you have noticed the growth of the Pacific Northwest SC27 fleet in recent years, specifically up in Anacortes, Washington and now their hosting a week long Nationals regatta in conjunction with WIRW. This is a great excuse to get that boat together, find some crew and head to Oak Harbor next summer. Take two weeks off and cruise the San Juan's as well! Come on out and try and knock Rob Schuyler off the Champions list (http://www.sc27.org/sc27class/sc27champions.htm), he's won Nationals 4 years straight!


Images from the SC27 National website (http://www.sc27.org/)

Find out more about WIRW HERE! (http://whidbeyislandraceweek.com/blog/)

Contact Andy (andy@northwestrigginginc.com) with any questions or ideas!

war dog
09-23-2010, 10:51 AM
Here are some shots from the year the SC 27 Nationals were on the Gorge..............one of the best regattas ever would love to do it again!!

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Edit...........I need a bit O help posting pictures!!

Oops I forgot (and you can’t read it in the thumbnails) photo credit to Sean Trew.

Ballard Sailor
09-23-2010, 11:16 AM
Nice shots! As far as I know you have to have the shots online somewhere to post in a thread (not be a thumbnail) Pressure Drop has an image host if you need one....

Ballard Sailor
09-26-2010, 08:16 AM


Joined:26-August 07
Posted Yesterday, 08:58 PM
all the linkys you need to get hooked up for SC27 Nationals in the NW!

Well, it'll certainly get you headed down the right path...


big thanks to the friendly and tech-savvy sailors at Pressure Drop!

09-26-2010, 06:53 PM
sure looks like matt to me

09-27-2010, 10:43 AM
Here's a lost boat in Ontario. Hull 120. Love to come out there for some fleet racing, quite the trip though. Any idea of how many boats you may get?

As an aside, anyone know any history on this hull. I've had it for 6 years and it is completely redone, deck recored hull stripped, it is very stiff. Maybe up for sale if anyone is interested, it would be worth the trip.


war dog
09-27-2010, 10:47 AM
the Yellow hulls are fast!!!

Angry Dolphin
09-28-2010, 09:50 AM
Why are all the SC 27's living in Seattle?

Ballard Sailor
09-28-2010, 06:30 PM
There's only 2 in Seattle, one on Bainbridge Island, one on Vashon Island, most are up in Anacortes/Bellingham area. Good summer San Juan boats that also race well year round, that and the trailer thing, I believe, is their selling points....

Angry Dolphin
09-29-2010, 02:05 PM
From the SC 27 website:


The first Santa Cruz 27 customer came to us in late 1973 with the following request:

"Quarter tonner racing is really catching on here in Santa Barbara. I want a quarter tonner that is like WITCHCRAFT and CHUTZPAH only smaller."
We worked up a preliminary design that was 25 feet long with 9 feet of beam and had all of the bumps in the IOR places. After much discussion, the customer further refined his goals.
"In this quarter ton racing, they seem to race until they find out who has the fastest boat and then the fleet falls apart. What I really want is to be first to the bar. But my budget is limited to that of the proposed quarter tonner."
We put on our thinking caps and reworked the concept. The new boat would have the same rig, same keel, same rudder, etc, but would be 27 feet long with 8 feet of beam so as to have about the same surface area and bill of materials.

Once we looked at the new boat, I decided I wanted one for myself and so did several employees. We even envisioned that we could sell a bunch of them. So the decision was made to build production tooling.

The first Santa Cruz 27 VANISHING POINT was a roaring success. Approximately 145 were built. They race one design in Santa Cruz and a Nationals is held every year.

One of the key events for which the Santa Cruz 27's were developed for was the Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara race. This is a 225 mile downwind ride that passes two of the roughest spots on the coast, Point Sur and Point Conception. Hence the boats were designed to be very strong and seaworthy with a small selfbailing cockpit, small hatch and suitable interior. I had some very wild and exciting rides on this course in a Santa Cruz 27.

How fast can you go in the middle of the night in 35 knots of wind and 15 foot breaking seas? Wear your safety harness and be sure to take your spinnaker down before mother nature does it for you.

Several Santa Cruz 27's have been sailed singlehanded to Hawaii. The boats have a masthead rig with long J and short boom. The masthead rig is very desirable for downwind sailing as it permits a very large spinnaker. There are no runners to contend with, or worse yet to fail to get up in time resulting in a rig loss.

About 6 years ago, one Santa Cruz 27 was fitted with a J boat style sprit. The owner was very happy. The results were very predictable. Super fast on reaches and a little less VMG down in moderate air.

The factory owned several 27's over the years for demo use and for the employees to sail on. These were

Jake and Arnold (Red)
Bumbleberry (Purple)
Redline * (White with red)
Oh No Mr. Bill (White with green)
* This boat was purchased by a gentleman who though he didn't disclose it, was a sales manager for Hobie. They dissected it in great detail before coming out with the Hobie 33. The Santa Cruz 27 is a much better boat and they should have come to the WIZARD in the first place for a design.
As history marched on, the molds and right to produce Santa Cruz 27's were sold after boat #141 and again after #145.

Santa Cruz 27 Specifications
Length 27 feet
Waterline 24
Beam 8
Draft 4.5
Headroom 4.1
Displacement 3300 lbs **
Dspl/length 90
I 32.7
J 10.9
P 28.2
E 8.7

Here is a key to ballast and boat numbers:
# 1 900 lb keel
# 2-23 1400 lb keel
# 24 + 1600 lb keel **

The change from 1400 to 1600 was accomplished by making the sump 2"
shallower and the top of the ballast 2" higher. They go upwind pretty
good too. The keel is fixed with a deep sump for bilgewater
accumulation. Many boats are dry sailed on trailers.

Vee berth forward
Pipe berths aft
Seats and counters amidships

Charlie Tuna
09-29-2010, 03:06 PM
Whatever happened to the SC to SB race?

Ballard Sailor
09-29-2010, 06:13 PM
Just found this Santa Cruz SC27 Video


good stuff.

Ballard Sailor
10-23-2010, 08:27 AM

Ballard Sailor
11-11-2010, 10:52 PM
So I got entry and crew, who has a boat for me to use?

Ballard Sailor
11-13-2010, 11:06 AM
No really.

Charlie Tuna
11-13-2010, 07:46 PM
There are plenty down here in the Bay Area not getting much use. I doubt anyone would notice if you borrowed one. Just put it back as you found it along with
a thank you note and a case of PBR.

Ballard Sailor
11-14-2010, 08:36 AM
you don't think they will notice the moss being gone and the small tree that was growing off the deck being missing?

Ballard Sailor
12-02-2010, 10:10 AM
Just got this from Alex, a bit of an Update.

That is right, Santa Cruz 27 Nationals will be held at Whidbey Island Race Week, in Beautiful Oak Harbor, Washington. Dates are July 17th-22nd
This event features 5 days of racing (monday-friday) including a practice/tune up on sunday the 17th.
We have the Oak Harbor Yacht Club reserved for a fleet dinner, and there is a great party and live music every night.
We have a very active fleet between Des Moines and Anacortes, and the Californians are coming up as well.
So, this is a must not miss event. If you have one of these special yachts in the marina, backyard, sticker bushes, etc. it is a great excuse to dust it off and show your stuff!
Check out http://whidbeyislandraceweek.com for the NOR and schedule of events.
Also check out http://nwsc27.com/ for pics and Northwest Contacts.
Any questions Contact Andy at Northwest Rigging
Andy@northwestrigging.com (360) 293-1154

Or Alex at Ballard Sails
206 706-5500


Ballard Sailor
12-23-2010, 09:26 AM
The NW SC 27 fleet is making a huge effort to get boats up the WIRW, check out their website! (http://nwsc27.com/home) I saw a couple of CHEAP SC27s for sale down in the bay area, a couple of good trailers as well!

Ballard Sailor
01-11-2011, 12:37 PM
Here (http://nwsc27.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/2011_sc27_NOR_finaldraft.10101639.pdf) is a link to the NOR and Registration form

01-12-2011, 10:02 AM
Grafix II is well on the way to being competitive. Fresh bottom, topside paint, bulkheads added so the boat doesn't flex like a pop can. Count one more for the 2011 season!

Ballard Sailor
01-12-2011, 04:47 PM
Grafix II, Huh?

01-13-2011, 08:00 AM
Yes Grafix II.

Ballard Sailor
01-13-2011, 09:20 AM
Grafix being the Soverell? What is Grafix II

01-13-2011, 12:48 PM
Grafix II is a SC27 from Spinnaker Sailing currently being resurrected. Hopefully it will be as competitive as Grafix I the S33, I'm guessing it will be... With Tom on the helm and prep work by CCM it should go right to the top of the fleet here in Anacortes, and be very competitive for NW champs and Nats.

Ballard Sailor
01-13-2011, 01:45 PM
Ahh, who's the owner? did the 33 sell?

01-13-2011, 08:19 PM
Same owner, Tom Gilbert. 33 not sold yet. This boat came along for a low low price in CA and he brought it up. Needed and still needs a lot of work. Its been sitting under a tent for a couple years now so is very dry. Unfortunately the cockpit was collapsing due to the fact there was nothing supporting it! There were no bulkheads under the cockpit and with the use and weight of people on it it sank and actually started ripping the glass apart in a couple corners. That was the first fix, and there have been plenty more. Hoping to get some topcoat on it in the next couple weeks.

Ballard Sailor
01-14-2011, 08:52 AM
right on, it's great to see these old boats getting new life - they all seem to need a bit of deck work but the hulls are usually OK. Fun to see the group developing up north.

01-14-2011, 05:46 PM
Biggest issue with the hulls is trailering. If not supported properly the bunks will delam or even punch through the hull. That happened to this boat. There was also some gelcoat failure where two laminates came together, on either side, running the full length of the boat, which had to be ground back to glass and re-faired. Lots of work but it is the best thing going for OD around here.

01-18-2011, 03:34 PM
Giant Slayer first to register.