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Interlodge Dominates SCYA Midwinters

It’s been a full weekend of intense competition in colder than usual San Diego temperatures as the Pac52s, TP52s and Beneteau 36.7’s kicked off their seasons with the 2019 SCYA Midwinters hosted by San Diego Yacht Club. Starting Friday, the two 52’ classes lined the SDYC docks and readied their boats for a flux of breezes in Coronado Roads, while the Beneteau fleet joined in for Saturday and Sunday. The scoresheet revealed consistent performances throughout the weekend. Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Interlodge VI took first with bullets in six of seven races.

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The 2019 Pac52 Class Season Kicks Off in San Diego

The Pac52 Class featuring Interlodge, Bad Pak and Invisible Hand were back on the race course Friday for the first of the three day SCYA Midwinters regatta. Austin and Gwen Fragomen's Interlodge was the star of the day, taking 1st in all three races. Racing continues Satuday and Sunday in San Diego.

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Announcing Manny Gomez as the New Pac52 Class Manager

The Pac52 Class is proud to welcome Manny Gomez as the new Class Manager of the Pac52 Class. Manny is an experienced racer having crewed for multiple Pac52s over the last few seasons, and will be a great addition to the Class.

Manny introducing himself: "I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen by the owners as the Pac 52 Class manager for 2019. I have raced on 52s since 2014, on Victor Wild’s TP52 BUD and then on his new build FOX. In 2018, I joined Manouch Moshayedi’s RIO for Yachting Cup and for Cal Race Week.

I am looking forward to working with everyone from the owners, media team, webmaster, yacht clubs and last but not least the sailors, to have fair and fun grand prix yacht racing on the West Coast. I want to thank Julie Servais, former class manager for all of her hard work the past 2 seasons. I look forward to building upon Julie’s legacy and welcoming more yachts and owners in 2019 and beyond."

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Rio Wins Pac52 Cup, Invisible Hand Takes Series Championship

A warm fall morning greeted the San Francisco Bay on Sunday, with light easterlies, balmy temps and glorious sunshine. The easterly provided crews a lengthy siesta for the final day of the 2018 PAC52 Cup, and the last race of the year for the 2018 PAC52 5 stop series. Entering in to the day RIO had claimed 4 bullets in the previous 5 races, with a total of 8 points, The Hand lay in 2nd with 12, BadPak had the only other bullet and a total of 15 with Interlodge holding 20 points, 5 of them SCP baggage due to owner driver rule and the one-point penalty assessed per race. (Brad Rodi stepped in for series for owners Gwen and Austin Fragomen).

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The Rio Continues To Roll

Saturday’s dawn broke over the San Francisco Bay Area with a tropical flare if you will, very reminiscent of the warmth and humidity one might experience in Rio, the iconic beach city of Brazil, from which Manouch Moshayedi’s Ferrari Orange 52’ has inherited her name. It is a tad bit complicated, but the chain of grand prix boats the Moshayedi has owned has born the name.

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Rio and BadPak Take Opening Day At 2018 Pac 52 Cup

An early season low pressure system moved in to Northern California on Friday, and with it brought unusually cool over cast skies for San Francisco in late September, which is normally the Bay Area belated hot spell. The southwestern flow bringing with it, a nice sea breeze which would build throughout the course of the day.

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Everyone Loves A Parade: Pac52 2018 RBBS Wrap Up

After Saturday’s chilly windy start and lengthy on the water marathon, crews welcomed the warm sun and lighter winds to start the Sunday Rolex Big Boat Series Finale Bay Tour. Well at least the warm sun part. Entering the day, Frank Slootman’s Invisible Hand had already secured the series class title with a 5-point advantage over 2nd place RIO, and didn’t have to sail. “We came to sail, so sail we will” said  a well-chilled Frank late on Saturday, and there the were at the Treasure Island start for the starting gun Sunday morning.

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Hell, Hath No Fury Like SF Bay in September

Saturday September 15 came in like a Lion and went out with a bang! With a strong residual ebb sucking out of the Bay, and winds ripping in in the 20-25 knot range at the start of play, the awe factor was pegged to the 11 mark on the Spinal Tap volume scale. Picking up where they left off the day before, the PAC 52’s moseyed over to the Alcatraz starting area for a 13.8 nm Course 7 breakfast. A big beat up to Point Diablo, a long run down to 21 just behind Alcatraz, back out the Gate again to Point Diablo and then finish off Treasure Island. Frank Slootman’s Invisible Hand gave the rest of the fleet a headstart with the their 2nd uncharacteristic OCS, but quickly jumped back in the game.

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