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    Talk Time with Karl Robrock...

    Finally got Karl on the line... He has a very bright outlook on things and has mixed emotions of what transpired.
    1st of all, he emphasizes, despite being on the edge, that's what Moores do well and those that sail them thrive on.

    They were sailing between really strong air on the outside on snotty seas on the inside when they got spanked. They rounded up with a poled out #3. Unable to recover from the roundup,

    Karl was considering taking the pole down when the mast folded.
    He still isn't sure why it folded like it did, but when it came down, the boat bore away, jibed, and the main part of mast tumbled to starboard and the seas pushed it aft.

    1st reaction was to get off the damn Deckvest 5D jacket that inflated during the ordeal. He never went in the drink and is not sure why it did what it did. Coincidently the inflatable man overboard buoy inflated itself in its bag earlier in the day when they were broadsided by a rogue wave coming off the shore. He took the vest of down below and put on his harness so he cold get some work done. Unable to get a signal on cell phone, he looked for handheld, but was convinced it washed overboard. Put the phone (20% battery showing) on charger cord and plugged into laptop. Karl goes see if he can get his Iridium Go to work. It needs to go through the app on the cell phone, which, for some reason is now dead.

    (Karl suspects saltwater on the usb connection shorted and drained the battery). He tries Gilles phone but it has no Iridium app. Damn.


    Gilles is still in cockpit driving. The top of mast is 10 feet in the water, so he goes back on deck and pulls it up on the starboard side and lashes it down,
    then goes back and tries the mounted VHF. He doesn't pull the DSC tab, as he isn't sure this is a real emergency. Nobody is hurt and they aren't sinking.
    He does get a clear signal on the VHF and contacts USCG to let them know their whereabouts and conditions. The USCG takes over with the comms at
    that point.


    Meanwhile the USCG has directed Azure and Junkyard Dog in Snafu's direction. Coasties request he fire off parachute flare.
    He does and boat in route get a bearing and head in his direction. Boat is making slow track toward Morro Bay and conditions are still crappy.
    When Junkyard Dog get near they are requested to shine a spotlight. Karl brings spotlight on deck, but internal battery is weak and it barely illuminates.
    Attempts to use headlamps, NOT bright enough to do any good. Brings out backup stern light which has a 2 mile range. Bingo!

    Karl now does a loopy dance on deck while trying to hold on to lamp and to boat in the nasty conditions until Coasties arrive...

    Coasties evaluate situation and at 1st suggest that they tow Snafu in, but after further assessment decide the Moore does not possess a large
    enough anchor spot for their large towing hawser. The suggestion of having the two swim over to the 47' Motor Life Boat in those conditions
    in the dark is less than appealing. They eventually decide to stand by till dawn and keep in contact with VHF during the night.

    The rest was covered in the original story, except Karl and Gilles delima. The two are skilled sailors and felt in the situation they were in, they could have quite possibly made it to shore unassisted. They had started 27 nm from Morro Bay and were 15 nm out when they were airlifted. Karl note that the USCG have the final say in these cases and they are the experts, so following commands is the right thing to do.
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    SoCal 300



    The fleet is off and running in the final leg of the California Offshore Race Week, the SoCal 300.
    Light winds at start off Santa Barbara but the lead boats are getting into pressure in the late afternoon
    and should enjoy decent winds on the southward portion of the race, leg 2 if you will. When they turn at the
    gate at bottom of course, things might get a bit sticky... Stay tuned...



    Course Tracker



    Wind at 16:30 June 1




    Wind at 00:00 June 2



    Wind at 12:00 June 2



    Wind at 00:00 June 3



    Wind at 12:00 June 3



    Wind at 00:00 June 4



    Wind at 12:00 June 4

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    Hand Job On The So Cal 300



    Frank Slootman's Pac 52 Invisible Hand is doing a number on the the fleet in the 2017
    SoCal 300...70 mile in and she has jumped out to a nice lead over boats 18 feet longer!
    Invisible Hand was purpose built to do offshore AND inshore, and this being her 1st offshore
    event, one imagines Frank and company are grinning ear to ear at this point! Still 180 nm to go to the finish,
    but leading in class, phrf and monohull line honors at this junction, is impressive!









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    Hand On Hand



    Tracker

    Overnight ocean match race between Frank Slootman's PAC 52' Invisible Hand and his old RP 63', now Steve Meheen's Aszhou
    wen on through the night with boats side by side, eating up over 120 nm in the process. The remain at front of pack but have relented
    much of their lead as they sail into lighter air as they near the finish in San Diego and boats further back still have pressure.

    The boats remain 1'st and 2nd in monohull line honors behind Mighty Merloe, H.L. Enloe's Orma 60.

    Other leaders are:

    Catapult, Joel Ronning's SC 70 in ORR A

    Horizon, John Shulte's SC 50 In ORR B and PHRF overall

    Timeshaver, Viggo Torbensen;s J-125 in ORR C

    Dorade, Matt Brooks S&S Yawl in ORR D

    Also of note, Zachary Andersons Shock 40 Velvet Hammer retire last night due to mechanical issues
    and are headed to Marina Del Rey, and Wai Wan Monk's Beneteau 1st 36', Sonrisa has also pulled out due to unknown reasons.
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    Rocking Rob and Karl blasting Big Sur

    Before the mast folded in "Grungy" conditions, Karl Robrock and Gilles Combrisson enjoyed
    some devine conditions on the Moore 24' Snafu, doing what Moore 24's do best...





    Two minutes of many, surfing the cult-ish Moore 24 in its natural habitat: perfect ocean conditions off the coast of Big Sur, CA during 2017 California Offshore Race Week's Coastal Cup segment, Monterey to Santa Barbara.
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    The pleasure was worth all the pain.......

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    Looks like a massive park up south of the San Clemente

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    A knock out drag out fight to the finish has emerged in the SoCal 300 as the lead boats sailed into extreme
    light air earlier today, allowing the rest of the fleet to catch up. What was once Invisible Hand's race to lose in the
    all departments (aside from the multihull line honors) has witnessed a shuffling of the deck and now James McDowells
    SC 70 Grand Illusion has just sailed over The Hand for a boat to boat lead with 22.nm to the finish. GI has sailed a straight line course
    for just under 3 hours in the nine plus knot range while all boats around her have been sailing angles for better speed but not achieving
    it.... It now comes down to 2nd and 3rd to finish between Frank Slootman's Pac 52 Invisible Hand and his old hand the RP 63, Steve Meeheens Aszhou.

    The other divisions are still very much in the air with leaders swapping places seemingly at every tracker update...



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    Earlier today, H.L.Enloes Orma 60 sailed through the light stuff to finish just after 1:00 PM




    Meanwhile further back up the track, Zachary Anderson's double rudder canter Shock 40 Velvet Hammer
    has made her way to Marina Del Rey after retiring late last night.

    Zachary's 1st mate and right hand man, Will Paxton reports:

    "Mechanical problems forced us to retire. Still having some teething problems. We were ripping.

    Only 7 miles behind the 70's when we dropped out. We had sustained boat speeds north of 15 for 2 hours.

    The vibration and banging just shook the boat apart. But that is why we are doing this. These are shake down cruises for longer races to come.

    Safe and sound in MDR. Already making repairs and preparing for LBRW."


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    Looks like GI is motoring thru the fleet literately. Hope they have enough fuel to get to SD.

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    That's one way to get line honors!

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