• A Nine Horse Grand Prix Mid-Winter Weekend At SDYC

    Kelly Holthus is all grins as he takes the wheel aboard PAC 52 BadPak during Saturday's racing
    in San Diego. Yeah, THAT IS Sir Ben Ainslie's he is racing....

    Nine 52's lines up this weekend for the SoCal Yachting Association's Midwinters along 6 Beneteau 36'.7s
    for 5 races over 2 days hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club. A low pressure system brought clouds and a 12-16 knot southerly with lumpy seas
    on Saturday with bright sun and flat seas and 8-13 knots of wind for Sunday. The fleet consisted of variety of PAC 52's, and TP 52's
    all racing under handicap as well as a line honor results just for the halibut.

    Images©Bob Betancourt except those that are not..

    For the record, the cooperation of these West Coast 52's is a jumpstart for a quickly developing class
    to gather and work out the kinks as well as showcase this grand prix class for its potential. For the
    3 Acapulco boats, Vincitore, Patches and Nimbus, it presents a chance for tuning up before the Mexican races
    and get some work in before they begin. For the The Pac 52's, BadPak, Rio, and Invisible Hand, an opportunity
    to prep for another full season in the Pac 52' Cup Circuit,
    (Fox is currently undergoing modifications in Mission Bay in preps for upcoming season)
    For Dale Williams's TP52' (nee BUD) and David Team's TP52' Vesper (he used to own Rebel Yell) it was a chance to see
    how the boats and crews were competitively and see if their boats can be altered to fit the PAC 52 rule.

    The racing was tight all weekend with 4 different boats taking line honor bullets, but only Gladiator/Land Rover BAR
    taking 2 of them. And then there was the carnage, to which no on seemed immune. Patches losing a jib halyard
    on day on then ripped main on day 2, Nimbus went through 2 jibs and a main, both Rio and BAR shrimped their kites,
    Invisible Hand had a forestay fitting part at the mast and was fortunate to have the jib up, which kept the mast up, during
    race one on Saturday. "We were lucky on that" Said owner Frank Slootman " But we got two great days of practice in
    on Thursday and Friday before it broke, so it wasn't a total loss. Vesper lost its D2 support in race 4 on Sunday after 3 great
    races Saturday where the corrected out with 3 bullets. Rio hit Nimbus (nee old Rio TP52) and did some stanchion damage and both
    RIO and BAR were over early in one race and manages to sail their way back to the top to finish 1st and 2nd.

    With Interlodge joining the fleet soon and another yet to be named Super Series boat coming out of the
    Great Lakes with America's Cup crew to utilize this west coast series alongside Gladiator/ Land Rover BAR,
    The fleet is growing rapidly. Not to mention that many of the 2-3 year old Super Series boats are on the market
    as their teams get the latest generation for the Med Circuit, the potential for additional grow looms for fence sitters
    to join in at a reduced cost!


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    This article was originally published in forum thread: 2018 PAC 52 / TP 52 Season Gets Rolling started by Photoboy View original post