The St. Francis Yacht Club’s Rolex Big Boat Series (September 12-16, 2018) is widely considered to be the Left Coast’s most competitive regatta—a reputation that’s burnished each September by San Francisco Bay’s usually plentiful breeze, the StFYC’s world-class racecourse management and an always-impressive entry list.
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The PAC 52 Class wrapped up the SoCal portion of the 2018 West Coast Grand Prix Tour on Sunday in spectacular fashion. The heavy overcast and potato patch conditions of the prior day were erased with a broad brush of sweet California sunshine, intermixed with a warm mid-range southerly breeze served on a manageable aqua substrate, with a dash of pending regatta victors to be determined.
The racing in the first 5 races had resulted in 4 bullets on 4 different boats, a testament to the level play of the boats when one critical leg can make or break a boats placement. At the start of play on this glorious Sunday, Frank Slootman’s Invisible Hand (9) held a narrow 1 point advantage over David Team’s Vesper (10) and 5 points over Austin Fragomen’s Interlodge (14). Just off the pace, Manouch Moshayedi’s Rio (20) and Tom Holthus’s BadPak (22) both awaited a change in fortunes and upgrade in standings after few disappointing races left them with burning desire to turn the worm.
Day 2 at the 2018 Long Beach Race Week put a little mustard on the race track with winds ramping up over night as a low pressure system rolled in from the south, bringing a thick high stratus, winds in the mid teens and to near 20knots and a rambunctious sea state guaranteed to give your backside bruises and neck and back a wonderful workout.
By the time the 1st gun sounded and the crews set off on their 1st uphill leg, it was certain that today was not going to be like Friday’s mellow presentation. Interlodge would take an early lead to the right side then extend their lead to the top. Crews all lamented that port tack was considerably less painful than starboard and that was a big deciding factor in routing. At the 1st weather mark, Interlodge would lead Vesper by a few boat lengths, followed closely by BadPak, Invisible Hand and RIO. The fleet would spread across the course before rejoining at the gate then returning back in the right side. Interlodge would maintain lead position with Vesper in second, but a hiccup on their set cost the Green Machine precious seconds, an opportunity that The Hand was glad to use to their advantage. Vesper would recover fast enough to quelch that opportunity a continue their position down the course.
Southern California’s centerpiece regatta, The Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week 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 Club’s Cal Race 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.
34 year old Peet Must from Tom’s River New Jersey never suspected he would be a last minute driver in the PAC 52 Fleet much less win the regatta. But that is exactly what occurred during Leg 2 of the PAC52 Class West Coast Tour.
Peet currently works at oldest operating nuclear plant in the country as licensed senior engineer operator, the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Facility at Barnegat Bay in New Jersey Barnegat Bay.http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?8364-A-Grand-Finale-on-Santa-Monica-Bay
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