• Getting In Tune: The Pac 52's Readying For SF Bay Rumble

    It was and intense but complete afternoon of drills, sets douses and gear checks this weekend for
    Frank Slootman's PAC 52 Invisible Hand as the crew worked through the paces ahead of next week's
    Big Boat Series hosted by the StFYC

    Hard to believe that just 1 year ago, Victor Wild's FOX was the sole representative for the BBS,
    Arguably the West Coast Premier Regatta.

    This year, she finds herself in good company with 4 siblings in the stable for the Big Boat Series,
    Invisible Hand, Tom Holthus's Bad Pak, Manouch Moshayedi's RIO and Karl Kwock's Beau Geste filling out a bracket
    of evenly matched 52's on the line for some high energy action, putting "Grand Prix" back in to the BBS lexicon
    for the 1st time in some time.

    Joining the fun a couple weeks later for the Inaugural PAC 52 Cup, Tony Langley's Gladiator,
    putting 6 boats on the line for what is most certain to be a sight to behold as they march across SF Bay
    in the glorious fall weather.

    Gavin Brady, the godfather of the PAC 52' movement will be on board Karl Kwock's Beau Geste for the
    races coming up, but was a key player in getting Invisible Hand up to snuff for the Transpac and Long Beach Race Week,
    And will be the lead man for the entire 2018 program. Gavin, who has been around the 52's since the inception, brings a wealth
    of knowledge as well as key players, mostly Kiwis, that have been there and done that on the 52's over the recent past.

    To quote crewmember Rueben Gabriel: "The talent and ability to coach is just amazing, there is no detail that goes unnoticed, and the learning curve
    took a huge jump when Gavin came onboard"

    During the 5 hour or so Sunday session, the crew went through fast repetitions of skills needing honing with little time on the rail taking in the scenery.
    Thoughtful discourse would follow and adjustments made with crew input adding to the discussion. Even a purposeful roundup to allow the driver and crew
    to feel where the edge was and how the new rudder would react. The newly installed line drop spool tested and careful instruction on how to wind it properly.

    Owner Frank Slootman is more than giddy with the recent progress, and recognizes that grand prix racers need some grand prix crew: " It's a level well above the
    club racing boats we have sailed in the past, and being competitive really demands some experienced members. But the great thing is these boats are so evenly matched,
    any team can win any given race"

    With all eyes on the PAC 52 class in the Big Boat Series, the opportunity to shine in the spotlight is afoot. The class is growing and any prospective owners that wish
    to join in should look into it deeper. With boats like Vesper and Spookie on the market at deep discount prices, it's an inexpensive option. But the offshore package option
    on a new vessel, would pay dividends for years. Gavin notes that the offshore 52s have been doing very well in major events, and with [I}Invisible Hand[/I] and Bad Pak
    going 1-2 in the Transpac, it's hard not to be impressed. He adds that all the pieces from Cookson's are still in place and boat building personnel are ready to rumble.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: A New 52' West Coast Movement Gets Rolling started by Photoboy View original post