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    That Andy Schwenk guy gets around!
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    Moore 24 Banditos crew for the day, Andy Schwenk gives us some insight on the day with John Kernot (Pic above)


    "For the amount of good natured repartee and even some serious hassling I have heard mono hullers give multi hullers at the YC bar over the years I think it is very cordial of the BAMA to invite the lead bellied crowd to their annual circumnavigation of the Farallones. Now in it's 40th year the DH Farallones Race has a reputation of being 58 miles of some of the best ocean sailing on the West Coast. Now in it's 40th edition the sleepy blue Pacific whale pasture served up a gorgeous treat for the 63 vessels brave enough to challenge the required minimum equipment list. Speedy boats , the multis of course, started first in a building ebb in practically no breeze. It was a challenge to hide out for a few moments off the city front without the iron genny before nosing into the current and being swept towards the Golden Gate."


    "The starts were separated by a few moments to avoid congestion and a few boats struggled to restart but about an hour later all fleets were underway and the breeze began to fill. Sunglasses and light foulies were the apparel of the day and a large right shift favored the vessels that started West early and were gradually lifted to the layline. Either a large crew mate or a large keel was required to hold onto a genoa, most of these shorthanded crews were eventually require to make the headsail change as the breeze built to a surprisingly solid 20 or so. The sea was fairly flat and even if you forgot to dog the front hatch there was hardly enough in the bilge at the end of the day to fill a sturdy 2 gallon bucket with lanyard, let alone two."

    "The fleet was all mixed up due to the light air at the start and as the fleet converged on the island everybody was dueling to the line limiting closest approach.
    Soon sheets were eased, a toast was raised, and the sprint home was underway. Commercial shipping, flogging spinnakers, a real live Sunfish (mola mola) with a body weight of 500-2,000 lbs that dorsal fin can grab your attention when sailing a small boat offshore. Many yachts were blown South of that Golden span on the way home and reset white, or black or even some old school Kevlar sails to find their way home. If you ever wanted to see a leg that favored an A kite over an S kite this was it. Maybe some of the One design classes will begin to consider this option for ocean races. A few sailors opted to sail high early and then make a run for the bridge in a building flood and it gave concern to those approaching from a more Southerly direction as they saw kites begin to blossom along Pt. Bonita like tulips after a spring rain. Photos showed it got lively under the bridge but the South Tower demon mostly took the day off and I'm pretty certain everyone got home safe and mostly before dark."

    "In the end those pesky Moore 24's took all the space on the podium. It is interesting to note the variety of vessels in this fleet, conditions from drifting to full on planning and somehow the PHRF formula results in close deltas in the results."

    "Come on out next year, the water is warm!"
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    Mola-Mola can be tasty if properly prepared.

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    Dragging a 1,500 lb Mola round the Farallones would be slow though.

    Especially with a Moore.

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    Could be interesting if you are at the right trolling speed though!

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    The Bandito's Big Day

    2019 40th Doublehanded Farallones /April 2, 2019




    Ocean racing is a completely different experience than Bay racing. There are far fewer heart pounding moments like starts, mark rounding and spirited discussions with other boats. There are far less boat on boat shenanigans, but there is lots of strategy and boatspeed discussions - and a lot of other discussions about who knows what before remembering you are supposed to be racing and preparing for the next change that the weather or race course will throw at you. That said, even on a 50+ mile race the Moore's were never very far apart. We sailed three abreast bow for bow on starboard tack for at least 3 hours each one of us having moments of ‘we’re going great’ to moments of ‘what the hell just happened’ as the other guy legs out on you.

    The race was started in 0-3 knots easterly in a very early quiet ebb. The Moore's were the 8th start and we got a little puff in our sequence that got us drifting a little faster than the previous starts, quickly putting us amongst some of the bigger boats. This helped set us up for the overall corrected time results. The northwesterly filled in from....of course, the south, and all the fleets were fully powered up an hour after the first gun. Snafu led the charge out past Bonita. The 6 boat Moore fleet largely stuck together early working our way west and north beyond Bonita, the big question as always was when to commit for the island on starboard. Then came the 3 hour long drag race to the island. The breeze lifted significantly leaving us free to ease the jib slightly and sail fast. The headsail change was always coming and inevitably arrived with the breeze hitting 12 -15 knots.

    The island could be seen from 20 miles away- at 6ish knots it is a long layline. We got there around 2.30-3pm in about 20 knots with slightly eased sheets. The island was spectacular, crystal clear with relatively calm seas. As per usual, there was only time enough to steel a few glances at her. Banditos led by just a few boat lengths from Snafu with Mooretician just behind in 3rd.. The first 5 Moores rounded within 10 mins of each other- marvelous racing after around 6 hours on the track.




    On the far side of the island chutes were popped on starboard before a quick gybe back to port to see if we could lay the bridge as it was always going to be a tight headstay reach. Now was when you really missed a having 800+ lbs of crew camped on the rail to get the boat rolling. It was obvious we weren’t going to lay the bridge as Pacifica was mostly in our sights. So about half way in to the bridge, kites came down. The wind strength popped up a little a bit and the wave angle squared and we actually got in a few nice surfs.





    Positions stayed as they were at the island but we had lost sight of Mooretician, which is never a good thing in the ocean. We were joking that Mooretician had gone north early from the island and was roaring down the course to our north....naah couldn’t be. Sure enough their kite appeared at Bonita seemly abeam of us as we popped the kite again just outside of Mile Rock. Mooretician & Snafu converged incredibly close to each other at the bridge after having sailed completely different courses on the way in. They were close behind us as we all gybed onto starboard to make the finish line within a few minutes of each other.



    Big thanks to BAMA for continuing to make this incredible experience possible for us all.

    - John Kernot, Banditos
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