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    Nice job on the first to finish, We saw the Martin touch the bottom on both sides of the channel going across Suisun Bay, The second time seemed to do some damage as we never saw their spinnaker again the rest of the race.

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    This years Ditch was a complete reversal from last year. Powered up all the way from start to finish. Not the white knuckle rides we go do the Ditch for, but finishing a little after 5 makes up for not having blast off conditions. We had a clean jibe set start the pin and headed off for current alongside Rufless. After going North of The Brothers, Rufless went back inside while we stayed out for current and pressure which paid off. By Vallejo we had passed the big boats that started before us, with the exception of Twisted, the Farr 40. But the Martin has also found their booster and were charging hard from behind. The Martin caught us and passed us near Benicia, but a weird transition just past the Benicia YC allowed us to carry the kite longer, and with a quick switch to the Code 0, allowed us to regain the lead, now also ahead of the Farr 40 which dropped their kite early and were now just jib reaching. A few miles into Suisun Bay the wind squared back, and we switched back to our A2. Conditions got a bit fresher in this section of the course, but not to the traditional 20+s. The Martin put in another charge as they are able to get up on a plane earlier, but they seemed to be struggling a bit on their gybes and they went over hard in one of them. We were on our own now. That section of the course is still unnerving as the shallows tend to creep up on you, and we accidentally left our prepared charts at home before the race (no room for a chartplotter on JetStream). We entered the river with a couple tris around us. It was nice to race the river with no real racing traffic around us. With the moderate conditions we were focusing on sailing our angles and nailing every gybe. We prepared for the possible sail changes around 19, it was nice having time to think about what to do and not just being in survival mode through this section. We carried the kite past 19 and downshifted to our code0 which allowed us to get up to the hump. Down the hump we were still in control having built a nice gap between ourselves and the Farr and Rufless. Wind got a bit lighter for us in this narrow part of the course. It was important to stay on the leeward side of the course to avoid the wind shadows from the shore, but with our gybe angles it is not always possible. Dodge a few of the usual delta power maniacs, avoided all contact with the San Joaquin Sherifs, and managed to hold off the Farr40 which put a charging run in the lighter conditions with its ability to square back the pole and its tall mast to get some better air above the tree lines. First mono to finish was a good result for us, and after suffering past midnight last year, it was great to be tied up and put away by 5:30.

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    A Magical Time Aboard Music


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    A Ditch RUn Virgin, Shana Bagley stepped into a near perfect, hassle free voyage this weekend when
    she and hubby Marke Howe accepted a ride in the "Cursing Division" aboard Phil DeGaa's Hunter 37.5
    Music

    Keeping in mind the two have been hard core racers for some time, and became a thing during the 2014 Pac Cup race on
    Marks Farr 36 War Pony, cruising is more of an afterthought than a primary interest. But the temptation was too great to
    pass up. Besides, the logistics were just WAY to simple.

    Just walk down the dock, hop on board, party all the way up the river, party some more when you arrive, then hop on the magic
    bus that brings your right back to your doorstep...



    Along with Phil and his wife Nora, the two shared laughs and adult beverages with Rocky Holloway, Phil Krasner,
    and Sue Alexander, all competent racers who were there, not tor race, but to cruise in a fast manner. Conditions were near perfect
    with the wind cooperating the entire way, warm temps, no drama, no stress and they did not even have to fire up the iron spinnaker
    the entire way!





    Mandatory rum shots required at every bridge they sailed under!


    Music likes to spend it's summer in the Delta, so the one way ride meant no beating back to the Bay the following
    day. A nice meal at the club, some adult beverages and then a comfy ride back to RYC later.
    No stress.
    No mess.
    What a concept....


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    That sounds entirely WAY to easy.

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    Mandatory rum shots required at every bridge they sailed under!

    That is what, 6 shots in the Carquinez Strait alone?

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    Other Winners



    Karl Robrock gets Ironman Award for kicking some tail in the Coastal Cup then hitching Snafu up and driving back to Bay Area to compete in the Ditch Run.
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    Gordie Nash and Arcadia won Heavy +2 division




    Brendan Busch and Get Happy take the E-27 division




    Travis Vetter won the BAMA Multi Texel with Inter The Dragon




    Erik Manzel's Wyliecat Mach Schnell Took Div Light+2




    Marrakesh
    claimed Div Heavy +1 honors



    David Gruver and John Collins wond Heavy +3 with O-25 Sketch




    Amy Wells and David Wilhite sailed Wingit to the Multi +2 title

    Not pictured:Peter Stonebergs Shadow X, in the Prosail 40 division, John Speck's Lucky Mud in the Cruising Division
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    Sounds like a good time was had on Music. Good on you guys. Many ways to have fun on a boat.

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    No DeathSpear love? Is that because the Warriors won?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeathSpear View Post
    No DeathSpear love? Is that because the Warriors won?
    The what?

    Oh... Deathspear was the 1st to finish, monohull... finishing at 17:14:14 some 21 minutes ahead of the Evil Clown Boat, despite no Deathspear type winds.
    Still awaiting the selfies from onboard....
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    It aint really the Ditch unless there is pain endured somewhere n the process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Runs_with_sissors View Post
    It aint really the Ditch unless there is pain endured somewhere n the process.
    I did drop part of my trailer coming down Altamont, recovered most of it. So trust me, there was some pain. Honestly, this race always seems to deliver an extra dose of pain but we always come back.... the ones that come to mind from the last decade on various boats include:
    - bottom encounters
    - getting pulled over by the Sheriff (on the water) as we are leading the race
    - two aborted deliveries because of horrendous conditions
    - loosing someone over (recovered), almost sinking a boat and running into the marshes, and then having the boat/trailer detach from the van in the middle of 580 (this one all in one race)
    - ghosting through the night surrounded by (likely drunk) powerboaters, just to be 10 feet shy of the finish line before time expired
    - two weeks trying to get the keel to come up, so I don't have to deal with horrendous deliveries

    Its good thing sailors have short memories or we would stop racing....

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