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    PAC52's Second Stop Of 2018 Series At California YC This Weekend!




    PAC 52’s Take Show To Marina Del Rey

    The second leg of the 2018 PAC 52 Series commences on Friday June 1st as the Grand Prix Yachts visit the California Yacht Club as part of the Cal Race Week. The yacht club founded in 1922 has a rich history in the West Coast Yachting scene including hosting Stars, 6 and 8 meters yachts.

    Championships. The club was also a key player in the 1932 and 1984 Olympic games. House hold names such as Peter Isler, JJ Fetter, Bill Peterson Rod Davis, Jim Kilroy, and Roy Disney are among the list of sailors to have called The California Yacht Club Home.



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    Joining the fleet for 3 days of tight course racing will be David Team and his recently acquired 52’ Vesper. Despite her 10 year vintage, Vesper is well known for her quality pedigree, especially in lighter air. Original built as a med boat for Quantum, she was later sold to Jim Swartz who had campaigned her internationally with great success. A Botin design and built by Longitude 0, she has been impeccably maintained and boasts all the latest systems. She put on a great showing earlier in the season at the San Diego Yacht Club where she turned heads finishing in the top 3 in 3 races with 9 boats competing before suffering some rigging issues.


    David Team brings with him a crew well attuned to the 52’s, his previous whip was Rebel Yell which competed throughout SoCal trading jabs with Victor Wild’ Buds on a regular basis. It was at the 2011 Big Boat Series, competing in IRC A where he witnessed Vesper’s power and speed. “I was amazed at the time of how she quickly separated herself from the fleet” David recalls. After sailing as guest with the Pac 52’s last season, David was sold and the hunt was on. Vesper provide a quality platform at a much-discounted price compared to a new boat, and there is no wait.

    Vesper now resides in Dana Point with RIO 52’ as her stable mate, enabling boat on boat training opportunities. David looks forward the Cal Sailing Week Competition and is keenly aware of the weather’s deposition… It can blow hard, or less hard….

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    Welcome To Muscle Beach

    Welcome To Muscle Beach: PAC 52’s Light Up The LA Strip




    Dateline Marina Del Rey California
    The waters off Venice Beach and the famed Muscle Beach just north of the Marina Del Rey harbor mouth never looked finer as they did today as the PAC52’s lined up for day one of the Cal Cup portion of the California Sailing Week hosted by the California Yacht Club.

    Sunny skies and temps in the 70’s, winds out of the WNW in the 10-12 knot range and generally flat seas greeted the fleet as the began the 2nd outing of the 2018 PAC Cup season. With the greater LA mountains range in the distance, and Santa Monica, Malibu and the Santa Barbara Mountains providing a spectacular backdrop, the 5 boat fleet got to business in the early afternoon.








    Just coming off a strong showing in San Diego, Frank Slootman’s Invisible Hand came in a bit of swagger, and last years season champions, Tom Holthus’s BadPak arrived with a desire to right the ship as it were, with determination to prove round one to be an aberration. New to the fleet, David Team’s Vesper, had shown solid speed and crew work earlier at the Midwinters in San Diego, Manouch Moshayedi’s RIO just looking for that finite piece to regather their steam while Austin Fragomen’s crew on Interlodge sought to do the boss man proud.

    On a somber note, Austin had suffered a medical issue which forced him to return back his NYC home on Thursday, per doctor’s orders, but the team remained and would sail under the recently added Alternate Skipper Rule, meaning that, an approved by class replacement skipper, can substitute for the owner, but the yacht will take a one-point penalty for each race not helmed my owner. Insert Pete Must as that person, and the team soldiers on.

    In race one, a tight battle to win the line, Interlodge gets the clearest air and the fleet accelerates up the 2 mile leg one of the 4 leg, double sausage course. After spreading out up the windward leg, Interlodge would round in 1st, followed closely by Vesper, BadPak , Rio then Invisible Hand. Still accessing the course, the fleet splits with Int, Rio & IH going left, BP & Vesper going right. The boats reconvene at the bottom in close fashion with a slight shuffle, and the boats all choose the right side for the next uphill leg. At the top Int has regained lead position followed in tight fashion by RIO, BP, Vesper and IH. The majority of boats go right with Vesper taking a left side flyer, and somewhere along the way, experience kite running rigging issues requiring a douse and gear inspection. They would finish under jib and main. Getting their 1st 2point bullet, Interlodge is followed in by BP, RIO and IH then Vesper.










    Race two commences shortly thereafter with a slight uptick in pressure, and fleet evenly split up the course for leg one. At the top, Int is 1st to round with BP, IH, Ves, and RIO nipping at her heels. The order of the 1st 3 would remain the same at lower mark with boats splitting at bottom Int &Rio going left, Ves & IH going right and BP up the middle. Interlodge would lead another tight weather mark rounding with another slight shifting in the procession, all boats going right. As they hit the finish line, Int would get yet another 2 point bullet, IH in 2nd and Vesper taking 3rd.

    The wind increased to 12-15knots with a shift to the left for day’s finale, and yet another flawless start. (There have been zero recalls this season) All boats not named Vesper go left. At the top, Invisible Hand has taken the lead, with BP, Int, Vesper and Rio in pursuit. All boats not named Vesper go right and the afternoon kite flying weather could not be better. A little too good on Interlodge actually as their backup chute has head issues, but crew has the replacement up before the damaged one can part, and absolute amazing feat to observe. At the lower mark The Hand has held her lead with BP, RIO and Vesper next, and Int in the unfamiliar sweep position. The tight racing would continue up the last weather leg, with the Hand still in command and Vesper now in 2nd followed by BP, Rio and Int. The finish would be a clear victory for Invisible Hand with Vesper getting a 2 point deuce, and an incredibly tight trio of BP, INT & RIO squeezing through the gate with nearly an inch to spare, BP gets 3rd by a nose, RIO taking 4th and Interlodge gets a hard fought 6point 5th.

    Racing continues today with 3 races scheduled!

    RESULTS
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    The New Kids On The Block Win Day 2 June 2 2018



    PAC52 Class Cal Cup: The New Kids On The Block Win Day 2
    June 2 2018
    Marina Del Rey, CA


    Day 2 of the California Race Week hosted by the California YC, saw a bustle of activity as a 51 additional boats in 9 classes joined the PAC 52 Class on Santa Monica Bay on Saturday. With wall to wall sunshine and slightly lighter westerlies blanketing the course, racing began in earnest with a 12:35 start on the 6.6 nm double sausage course 5.

    Seas were flat and winds in 6-8 knot range, with an even start, new comer David Team’s Vesper taking the far right side for leg one and arrive at weather mark just ahead of Manouch Moshayedi’s RIO, then Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Interlodge, Frank Slootman’s Invisible Hand and Tom Holthus’s BadPak.











    Vesper’s reputation as a light air assassin was reinforced as the boat continued to control her own destiny through the race, making the right calls while the fleet shuffled in her wake. At the bottom gate IH had moved into second with Int keeping 3rd position with BP in 4th and RIO dropping to 5th. Leg 3 would witness the fleet spreading out across the upwind beat, but when they regathered at the windward mark, only BP and Int had swapped positions, with Interlodge filing a protest against Badpak for a mark rounding infraction ( which they would later win). It was on the final downwind leg, when it was clear that Vesper would claim their 1st bullet, in the regatta and as a bonafide PAC52 member, and magically, they guided down the last stretch by a pod of white sided dolphins!









    Race 5 began on strike of 14:00 in very similar conditions and same course. A very tight start with all boats hitting the line simultaneously, with IH and RIO choosing far right, INT center and BP and Vesper going left. Interlodge’s middle of the road approach yielded the lead at the top with RIO right behind, then Ves, IH and BP. Interlodge would retain their advantage through the next 3 legs, with Vesper and Invisible Hand taking 2nd and 3rd respectively down to the finish. It’s probably a good time to note that with owner/driver Austin Fragomen out with an excused absence, rookie 52 driver Pete Must took over the helmsman role as alternate driver, completely new to the boat, the program and the fleet.








    Race 6 saw pressure actually drop to the 5-7 knot rang, and the course shortened slightly to a 6nm total double sausage, with a dead even start, all boats hitting the line in unison. BP and IH would engage in a tacking duel on the right side, to be joined by Vesper 1/3rd of way up the course. Interlodge, with Morgan Larson working tactics would make the right moves and find just the right line on the left and run the table from 1st weather mark to finish with Vesper and Badpak swapping places around the marks, with BadPak taking 2nd and Vesper 3rd to end the day.




    Vesper now stands atop the leaderboard, sharing 1st with Frank Slootman’s Invisible Hand at 16 Points each, Interlodge in 3rd with 19 points, BadPak in 4th with 22 points and RIO 3points further aft in 5th.

    2 additional races are scheduled for Sunday to determine regatta winner.
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    Looks more fun than the ditch run this year!

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    A Grand Finale on Santa Monica Bay




    The build up generated by 6 extremely tight races in the previous 2 days was palatable as crew finished their preparations for Sunday 2 race California Cup finale on Sunday. If impendent roundings, flawless crew work, brilliant sunshine with clear blue seas is your thing, you have come to the right place!

    With scores from the previous two days so close, it was still anybody’s regatta to win. Despite winning 4 races, Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Interlodge entered the day with 19 points, trailing both Frank Slootman’s Invisible Hand and David Team’s Vesper by 3 points, (see Class’s Alt Drive Rule*) Just off the pace, Tom Holthus’s BadPak, was sitting in 4th with 22 points after a DSQ in race 4, still very much in the running. Even Manouch Moshayedi’s RIO was very much in contention for a podium spot, needing just a bit more consistency to hold onto the early leads they earned on the early legs.


    PAC52 Class Bylaws Rule 2.0.1
    Helmsman Penalty:
    A yacht shall receive a 1 point penalty in a race if her Alternate Helmsman drives for any of the following:

    -During the start sequence at any time after the preparatory signal
    -During the 1st windward leg of the race
    -During any mark rounding
    -For a duration of more than 10 minutes total driving time in a single race

    Sunday’s course conditions were more sporty than the previous two days, the westerly already at 10-12 knots at the top of course and a bumpier sea surface, much of it due to, especially at bottom of course, to a concentration of pleasure boat wakes rolling through. Rio would get a slight jump at the start and she and the Hand would take the right side to windward and Interlodge taking far left with BadPak and Vesper a bit further inside. As they rounded the weather mark, Interlodge would round just ahead of Vesper, RIO, IH and BP with the fleet all taking right side initially. The trailing boats would gybe off 1st only to reunite for the final approach to the gate, Interlodge maintaining their lead followed closely by Vesper, IH, and BP all on port. BP would gybe onto starboard just before the gate forcing IH into an unexpected gybe, at which point RIO slipped through unscathed.










    The following weather mark rounding would be one of the closest of the entire regatta, with the Hand leading Rio and BP in from the right, Interlodge would emerge just ahead of Vesper from left, both crossing just ahead of the right-side boats, and all turning within 30 second of each other. Interlodge would keep to the right side on downhill slide with Vesper, coming back just above the finish, INT sailing in clearly, but Vesper intertwined with the Hand and BP for the last 100-yard dash. The hand would show some of her downhill prowess and power past for a much needed 2nd and BP taking 3rd in a bang-bang finish.


    Interlodges 5th bullet of the regatta now had them in striking distance of taking the Cal Cup Trophy, but they needed another one and help to make it happen. Invisible Hand’s consistency despite losing their navigator Jamie Gale to a family emergency on Friday, still had them in the driver's seat, and Vesper was lurking like a great white to pounce ant any sign of weakness. The PAC52 class bylaws include a tiebreaker rule that will be decided by the winner of the final race of the regatta. A lot at stake riding on the final race with Interlodge, Vesper and Invisible Hand all knotted up at 20 points each. Not only did each of them need a perfect race, but now BadPak and RIO both had roles as potential spoilers…













    Final Race: Course 5 Wind 245 degrees 12 -15 knots

    The final gun fires and nerves seem frayed, Interlodge takes the pin end with the Hand, Rio and Vesper just aft, bit BadPaK crosses the line on port nearly hooking the committee boat’s anchor line in the process. BadPak would stay to right with the others going offshore. At the 1st weather mark, Interlodge rounds 5 seconds ahead of Vesper, BP and Rio next and the Hand in unfamiliar territory of 5th. With no clear lane for passing, the Hand’s downhill speed would serve them no good following the pack down the right side so they gybe to the left on a flyer in hopes of regaining position. At the bottom mark, Interlodge maintains their lead with Vesper and BadPak between them and the Hand.










    BP and Rio head for the beach with Int and Vesper taking the middle of the road and the Hand looking for opportunity on the outside on leg 3. When they arrive at the final weather mark, Interlodge has maintained the lead with BP leading a tight pack of Vesper, RIO and then the Hand. The 4 front boats would keep their order down the right side forcing the Hand to go left again in search of clear air and a passing lane. As they near the finish Interlodge would take their 6th bullet, 39 seconds ahead of 2nd place BadPak, with Vesper in 3rd 9 seconds later, and Rio 4 second after and the Hand 7 second after them.


    Interlodge would hold on to win their 1st PAC52 regatta, despite absorbing 6 points in penalties for alternate helmsman, one Pete Must, who before this event had never crewed on the boat before, and never driven a 52 before. David Team’s crew on Vesper would take the tiebreaker and the 2nd place overall regatta finish in their 1st PAC 52 event. Invisible Hand would have to settle for 3rd, yet still remain in 1st for overall season title. With 3 more events pending, including Long Beach Race Week in just over two weeks’ time, there is plenty of time to shuffle the cards again…

    Quotable Quotes:


    “It’s a lot of fun, and it’s pretty challenging and amazing getting these boats around a 7-8 mile course and you have boats overlapped at the finish, it has a lot to say about the class and what these boats are all about”
    Chris Larson
    Tactician: Vesper


    “Were having a great time here on the West Coast, the hospitality of these yacht clubs has been fantastic! It really good to be part of the group!”

    Kris Matthews
    Boat Captain: Interlodge

    RESULTS

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    Sounds like some pretty good racing.

    Hope they can get more boats to join sooner rather than later!

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    Great work by Interlodge sailing with a rookie driver!

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    What a great recap of the event, thanks.

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    Rio and Invisible Hand Draw 1st Blood In Long Beach




    Southern California’s centerpiece regatta, The Ullman Sails Long Beach Race began the 1st full Summer Day of 2018 in ideal summer like pattern. The fog that persisted during the prior couple days burned back by midday, leaving behind ideal warm, sunny conditions over a bed of flat warm blue sea. Joining the annual celebration this year for their second straight year, the PAC52 class, wrapping up the SoCal Portion of their 5 stop West Coast Grand Prix Tour.


    The same contingent which enjoyed very tight racing just a few weeks prior at the California Yacht Clubs Cal Sail Week up the coast a piece, were in attendance. Local boats, David Team’s Vesper and Manouch Moshayedi’s Rio, along with Tom Holthus’s San Diego based BadPak, Frank Slootman’s San Francisco based Invisible Hand and all the way from the Jersey area, Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Interlodge. Interlodge’s owner was back at the helm after last regatta’s health issues and all were glad to see him.











    With two races on the schedule, the racing got underway at 13:00 hours with building WSW winds in the 3-5 knot range at the bottom of the course. Vesper got off to another great light wind jump and was lead boat in tight formation at the weather mark, which was already seeing the famed long Beach winds begin to build. In hot pursuit, Invisible Hand and Rio with Interlodge then BadPak just behind. Invisible Hand’s downwind performance kick into gear on the 1st jaunt to the leeward gates but an uncharacteristic lengthy take down allowed RIO an opening which she gladly took. RIO would chose the left gate and head back up on the right side, which was seeing a favorable right hand shift. The 3 others would follow RIO to the right.


    At the weather mark, RIO would maintain a minimal advantage over Vesper and a gaining Invisible Hand, then Interlodge and BadPak. The charge down the course saw most boat gybing early and getting back to the left. Excitement ensued at the finish as RIO charged past Invisible Hand with a nice cushion, which in turn lead Invisible Hand to focus on Vesper, pulling off a starboard right away move sending Vesper off course and slowing them down. Interlodge would cross 36 seconds later with BadPak slightly behind.












    Race 2 would begin in brisker conditions, 12-13 knots and another 10 degree shift to the right. The committee boat side heavily favored and all boats not named BadPak cleared the anchor rode and quickly flopped onto port. In the brisker conditions. BadPak would soon join the fleet on the right side.


    At the weather mark, a very tight bunching would see Invisible Hand just in front of Vesper who had snuck in again from below the layline, with Interlodge and RIO nipping at her heels. BadPak’s luck again was on the bad side as she stalled luffing attempting to get over the weather mark, creating residual issues with the following set. All bot would quickly gybe to get back to the left. Invisible Hand would use her down wind afterburners to put some boat lengths between her and the fleet by the bottom gate, Vesper 15 seconds behind followed by RIO Interlodge and BadPak. Vesper would again take a lower layline course up to the final weather mark, but come in behind Invisible Hand, which was really starting to enjoy the building winds.










    The 3 other boats, led by Interlodge would round a good ways back, but in a tight group that had RIO the BadPak close behind. Invisible Hand would not be caught despite Vesper valiant efforts, the Silver Steed enjoying a 17 second delta for the bullet. Yet back up the track the 3 remaining boats were locked in a dead heat, all charging towards the finish fully powered. And as they crossed the line in a photo finish, RIO would just surged ahead of Interlodge for a 1 second edge and a 4 second edge over BadPak.

    The day would end with a bullet apiece for Invisible Hand and RIO

    Scores for regatta thus far
    IH 4
    RIO 5
    Vesper 5
    Interlodge 7
    BadPak 10

    3 Races are scheduled for Saturday and 2 on Sunday
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    Recap of racing day #1 at Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week for the Pac52 Class!
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