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    2018 OYRA Half Moon Bay Race: A Rare Two Way Down Hill Affair




    OYRA: One Way to Half Moon Bay

    Leading up to the race, we started to see the dream forecast appear about 4 days ahead. A weather front that would flip the wind ~180° on Saturday night and make it a down wind run both days, and like Fight Club, you don't talk about Fight Club.

    The Morning of the race the forecast was holding, with a slight easing of pressure on Saturday, and us crossing our fingers that this SW would show up.

    Twist Race Report:
    We had an OK start with an 18 year old light #1 recently brought back to life by the "Gonzo" crew at Marchal Sailmakers who warned us not to sneeze at the sail, it might be the end of it.





    We were seeing 9 to 11 knots from the start, got about half way to R8 when Mark had a puzzled look on his face, "did you here that?"

    We looked around, didn't see anything strange, all the sails were still working in 11 or so knots, about 30 seconds later the FDU looked up to see an L to L separation on the only original seam left at the top of the #1.

    We did a quick switch to the #3 and worked our way to SF Buoy, which we were the only fleet to that mark, all others were making the left on R2.



    it was a very nice kite ride down to HMB with very little drama over the 5+ hours.

    Post Race:
    About 5pm we started to see the wind shift W then SW at the dock. Could it be true? Only time would tell.

    Met up with peeps at HMBYC for some drinks, tried to get into HMB brewing Co, but the 1.5 hour wait was out of the question, seemed like most of the valley wanted to escape the heat on Sat.

    Post Dinner we picked up some suds / wine, and set in for a marathon session of Cards Against Humanity, the wind did drop but the direction was still holding SW.




    Sunday:
    Woke to a fresh 16-20 knots of SW, with a building seaway. Scrambled off to Ketch Joanne's for some breakfast, bought some fresh salmon @ $15 a pound at the dock, then moseyed back to the boat.



    Headed out to G3 for the right turn to home on a beam reach to G1, then Broad Reach to get some distance on Point Montara, we were seeing solid 18 to 22 knots.
    Decided to hoist the small kite as the forecast was 24 knots about 1/2 back, and way more in the bay. We had a great run with some nice surfing speeds to 13 knots to about Fort Funston where we put in our first jibe in 20 knots of wind.



    Got slightly lifted along the way, but not much surfing due to the wave angel on the beam, we were headed to the Cliff House, time for another jibe roughly pointing to Bonita Light House, after that we saw steady pressure and a massive lift to the North Tower.

    We put in another jibe in building breeze, got settled in for the E-ticket ride to StFYC @ 30 knots sustained, 13 to 15+ knots of boat speeds in that area.




    Put in our last jibe in a lull "22knots or so" for a run to Alcatraz where we wanted to douse the kite on the leeward side, but the best laid plans don't hold up in 30+ knots trying to run deep on a asymmetrical to clear The Rock. Had a massive roundup, with a quick recovery "probably made some tourist photos happy", decided to A-Frame drop the kite, which turn into a F$#K frame, but we got it down, chicken jibe'd home to south beach.

    We were back in just over 3 hours, just amazing...

    This was one of the best sailing weekends this year!!!

    Words by Rich Hudnutt
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    That IS a rare run.

    Have had it just the opposite before, still better than mowing the grass!

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    32 mile race from San Francisco Bay to Half Moon Bay on a J/109 "Junkyard Dog".
    A great start and leading the fleet to the first mark but a small error before the race starts costs us a few places.
    What course & division we raced is open to interpretation and merely depends on one's perspective!
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