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    Published on 05-17-2018 11:03 AM
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    It's just over week away, the 3rd running of the California Offshore Race Week, with the start of the
    1st leg, the Spinnaker Cup, an 88 nm sprint from San Francisco to Monterey departing May 26. Then boats
    will embark on Monday May 28th for the 204nm gear busting Big Sur Tour aka Coastal Cup that takes the fleet
    to Santa Barbara YC where they will relax for a short stay before gearing up for 245nm SoCal 300 which will lead them
    through the Channel Islands and down to San Diego, beginning on Thursday May 31.

    Being that the CORW is comprised of 3 offshore legs with an evening beer can tossed in at SBYC, the majority of the entrants will
    participate in just one or two of the legs. See entry list HERE! But there are
    10 boats this year that have signed up for all 3 legs:

    We managed to get ahold of a few of the owners to get some perspective on their programs, their thoughts on the week,(that last 8 days) and
    how they will manage the event. We start with Paul McDowell and the new to West Coast program of Mills 68 Prospector, :

    PD: Please give us a bit of details on Prospector, ...
    Published on 05-13-2018 09:16 PM
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    Velvet Hammer Blastin down the Golden Gate Strait

    It's not often that the weather wonks get it so wrong, but the forecast for Saturday May 12th was a big exception.

    The mainstream news casts insisted on gale force offshore wind Friday night in to Saturday then transitioning into a slight southerly flow
    with fog beginning to work its way into the area late in afternoon. From previous similar forecasts crews mya have expect a light spinnaker
    run out the gate from the start before riding the ebb through a transition zone, switching to headsails, up to Duxbury Reef, a reach or possibly run
    to the Entrance Buoy followed by a runs back into the gate.

    However, conditions had changed in the early morning hours, and a strong south westerly had already started working its way up the coast and the
    starting area off the Golden Gate Yacht Club was already seeing winds into the 20 knot range for the 10:00 start of the 31.8 nm trip. As sailmaker John Amen, who was sailing
    aboard Warren Holybee's Morgan 382 Eliana as a practice for the Pacific Cup, pointed out "Things got snotty really quickly". Mal de ...
    Published on 05-12-2018 05:04 PM
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    Images churning on computer... a fistfull of selects... Oh, and it was nuking...

    Published on 05-11-2018 09:29 AM
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    Plenty grabs early lead at Farr 40 North American Championship, but newcomer entry from Australia shows superb form on Day 1

    Ray Roberts traveled from Sydney, Australia to southern California to compete in the 71st annual Newport to Ensenada International Race held late last month. Roberts recently bought a 1986 vintage Frers-designed 50-footer named Airwaves and was thrilled to skipper the old IOR warhorse to fourth place in PHRF B class.

    Members of the Airwaves crew convinced Roberts to stay in the United States a while longer in order ...
    Published on 05-07-2018 04:21 PM
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    May 7th, 2018

    The final day of the 2018 PAC52 Season Opener brought yet another sun splashed afternoon on the South Course of the Coronado Roads sailing area. The sea state had increased slightly overnight yet the unstable air mass that plagued the prior day had given way to a more predictable NW wind with far fewer holes and much less shifty conditions. Another positive, the kelp patches that plagued the area the last two days had lessened substantially.

    An ominous beginning for team RIO, as they entered the start on port and got ...
    Published on 05-06-2018 08:04 AM
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    Nothing says Happy Cinco d'Mayo like close knit racing on the Coronado Roads area off San Diego Bay on 5 PAC52's under glorious sun with the local Mexican fisherman interrupting the vhf signal with some fine mariachi music and repeated chorus's of "aye-aye-aye-ayes"

    The marine layer had returned to the area overnight and breeze began early in the am from the northwest, blessing the course with 12-15 knots by the 1st gun. The PAC52's would share the course with a number of other ...
    Published on 05-05-2018 06:20 AM
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    San Diego
    May 4 2017

    The 2018 PAC 52 Class Series opened today at the Yachting Cup Hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club. 3 races were held offshore just south of Point Loma under brilliant sun and very manageable seas. With swell that stayed in the 3-4’ foot range and wind swell in the 1-2 foot range, conditions were much more what you would expect in May compared to the gear busting conditions ...
    Published on 05-01-2018 04:24 PM
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    Saturday's Great Vallejo Race to Mare Island Strait went off in brisk, cool breeze from the Berkeley Circle,
    165 boats entered in the annual YRA Party Circuit Opener if you will, headed upriver and down wind to the Vallejo Yacht Club.

    Winds in the mid teen's to near 20 in spots with just enough south to let the kites out, at least in the North Bay, before a more NW influence
    with lighterm shiftier breeze in San Pablo Bay. While the ebb was forming along the edges for the early boats anyways, a thread of flood remained
    and those paying close ...
    Published on 05-01-2018 08:51 AM
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    2018 PAC52 Season Gets Underway at SDYC’s Yachting Cup.
    San Diego, California
    April 30, 2018

    The 2nd season of the PAC52 Class will commence on Friday May 4th off the coast of San Diego, with 3 days of racing to begin the 5 event championship series. Joining with the “Core Four”, 2017 Season Champion Tom Holthus’s BADPAK, Manouch Moshayedi’s RIO, Victor Wild’s FOX and Frank Slootman’s Invisible Hand for this regatta will be Austin & Gwen Frogmen’s Newport R.I. based Interlodge.

    The 5 regatta PAC52 Season will work its way north through the spring with stops in Marina Del Rey for Cal Race Week, June 1-3, and Long Beach Race Week June 22-24. After a short mid-summer break the action will shift north to San Francisco for the Big Boat Series Sept 13-16 and the finale PAC52 Cup Sept 28-30.

    Changes ...
    Published on 04-30-2018 01:46 PM
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    The annual YRA Party Circuit Opener, aka the Great Vallejo Race is in the rear view, with just memories
    left to consume. A quick race in both directions and a full moon to light the way across the raft up.

    Still collection testimonies and interviews... Please stand bye....

    Published on 04-25-2018 03:01 PM
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    The latest renditions of grand plans for the Alameda Marina have been released:

    From what we can gather, all the marina facilities will be shipped west towards Grand Avenue.
    A new hoist to be installed to the west of the existing marina offices.

    Maritime businesses will mostly be compressed into the building which previously held DOER Submersibles
    with a few additional floating shops in that vicinity.

    The old storage area to the east and buildings will be demolished to become residential with a ...
    Published on 04-24-2018 02:02 PM
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    Hawaii's annual Lipton Cup regatta took place this weekend off of Kaneohe, O'ahu and included four teams representing different yacht clubs around the state. Sailed in an ocean course outside the Bay to allow for longer leg lengths, the teams were met with brilliant conditions; a 1-2 meter ...
    Published on 04-23-2018 03:31 PM
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    2018 OYRA Full Crewed Lightship : One Lump Or Two?

    Adrenalin above and Hano Ho Below

    Saturdays annual kick off to the ORA offshore season, began as scheduled, with 1st gun off the GGYC at 9:30 as scheduled. With 60 boats in 6 division eager to get on the ebb escalator, enjoying light winds and wall to wall sunshine. The RC got two divisions headed out before the wind took a siesta. The lucky early fleets had just enough wind to climb up towards the center span before the breeze ...
    Published on 04-17-2018 10:28 AM
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    An even 100 shorthanded crews signed for the Single Handed Sailing Society's
    "Round The Rocks" race on Saturday. A 19.3 nm jaunt from the Berkeley Circle, up and over
    "The Rock" Alcatraz, and up to Harding Rock and then north the Bothers, leaving all to starboard,
    then back south leaving Red Rock to port and finishing in the Potrero Reach at the RYC Race Platform.

    Conditions were as expected, light to medium at start with winds in the ...
    Published on 04-10-2018 06:47 PM
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    The Kaneohe Yacht Club played host to 22 teams of International 14's over the past 4 days
    for the 2018 Pacific Rims. Conditions varied from light and rainy to semi sunny with 15 -20 knot over 4 days of racing.

    The RC managed to squeeze in 9 races on the 1st 3 days and concluded the regatta with the Hawaiian State Championship ...
    Published on 04-09-2018 03:29 PM
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    Moore 24 White Trash Coorects Out To Win 2018 DHLS

    Forecasts for the week leading up the 2018 Doublehanded Lightship Race looked bleak, with a monumental amount of rain starting 36 hours prior to the start and maxing out just about the time of the start with strong winds from south thrown in for entertainment value. But as luck would have it, the peak of the late season inundation passed through the Bay Area in the wee hours, leaving just a thick, moisture ladened marine layer, and a massive outflow ...
    Published on 03-26-2018 02:22 PM
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    2018 Double Handed Farallones

    55 shorthanded teams departed the calm waters of San Francisco Bay early Saturday morning and headed out into the turbulent waters of the Gulf of the Farallones for the 1st ocean race of the 2018 season. March had been particularly stormy, after a benign February, and the forecast for the weekend, left the door open for another batch of atmospheric instability.
    Indeed, just as thing were getting underway for the 08:30 start, a weak, yet very cold pulse of moisture and associated breeze greeted the fleet before dispersing to the west. A generous supply of ebb, assisted with recent runoff made the exit a swift one, with a majority of the fleet past Bonita within an hours’ time.

    From there the fleet dispersed, some choose the southerly route, anticipating a forecasted southerly shift in wind that would lift them towards the islands, others stayed in or near the channel, riding the ebb for all it was worth, while a few others opted for a right side exodus, perhaps anticipating a northerly shift in wind.

    The forecast of 8-9 foot seas with 8-9 second period, thankfully never developed, and the wind remained in a very manageable 15-20 knot realm with plenty of sunshine for all. The multihulls were the 1st to reach the islands with Rafi Yahalom and Marco McGee on the Corsair 31’ Looking Good crossing just ahead of Randy Miller and Colin Dunphy aboard Randy’ Open 8.5 Mama Tried as the clock slipped past the 13:00 mark. Looking good took wide path around the Island while Mama Tried took the inside route and passed them in the process. “ We got our kite up in short order and it looked like they had some issues which gave us a nice cushion. We both had taken a southern hitch on the way out which paid off, but theirs came later than ours and put them just ahead as we reached the Island, Randy explains.

    The two tris would lead the parade of multis back to the Gate, in conditions near ideal for parades, 15-20 dead astern with a following sea. Mama Tried, sailing her 1st NorCal offshore event would hold off Looking Good and finish with an elapsed time of 07:34:05, with an 8 minute and 38 second delta. It was Mama Tried 1st bullet under new ownership, but podium position is nothing new to Randy, who has enjoyed a number of great races on his Marstrom 32’ in recent years. That boat suffered structural failure in the Big Boat Series in 2016. “We bought her for less than it was going to cost to rebuild the Marstrom, and so far, she has lived up to her expectations. The Open 8.5 meter is quite popular in New Zealand, but they have not caught on here yet” Randy adds.

    Mama Tried was brought to the US by Pete Melvin, who raced and cruised her while working for ETNZ a few years back, then sailed he in SoCal for a few years before selling her to the Burd brothers, who won the Race to Alaska last year on her. Randy won that race the previous year on the Marstom, and has not ruled out returning for another run, but for now will focus on short handed distance races locally.

    In the monohull sector, it was all about ultralights with waterline and big kites. And this time, lighter was righter. Rufus Sjoberg and Dylan Benjamin sailed a near flawless race, riding the ebb for all it was worth straight out the shipping channel. “Got the escalator ride out and swell was very manageable” Rufus said. His Melges 32’ Rufless does not like big sea state on the nose and the boats just aren’t upwind machines, but once they set the kite, the tables turn dramatically. Rufless rounded the island well behind California Condor, but managed to keep pace on the ride back in. “There wasn’t a lot of opportunity to surf, but we were plenty powered up and could sail deeper than the other asymmetrical’s, and when we got near Bonita and saw Condor just ahead, It was like No Way” Rufus explains… If Condor had one bad move, it might have been going to far south towards China Beach and seemed to flounder for a while in bad current and lighter air. It was enough for Rufless to gain some ground, and finish ...
    Published on 03-24-2018 12:26 PM
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    Published on 03-10-2018 02:48 PM
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    On a day more apt for sturgeon fishing than sailboat racing, millpond conditions on the Bezerkely Flats
    had more milling than sailing for Saturday's Buoy Racing. Hopes the wind ...