Sailors and spectators at San Diego Yacht Club were greeted by a fleet of Pac52’s and TP52’s med tied at the front dock from early last week through the weekend. Racing was held on Saturday and Sunday with five races completed. Nine boats sailed in the ’52 Class in a range of conditions from bumpy and windy on Saturday to smoother water, sunny skies and more moderate breeze on Sunday. The racing was tight as many lead changes occurred and finishes came down to a matter of seconds. Winning the regatta was Tony Langley’s team of Land Rover/BAR Gladiator, with Langley on the helm and Sir Ben Ainslie calling tactics. The team from Great Britain is challenging for the Americas Cup, and is using the Pac52 class and also the TP52 SuperSeries as training grounds for their team.
While the racing on the water was intense, the social scene at the dock brought the sailors together for great parties and a sense of camaraderie. Local legend Dennis Conner paid the fleet a visit on Sunday morning, visiting the teams on the dock and catching up with old friends. Mr. Conner, four time winner of the Americas Cup commented that this was the nicest looking fleet he has ever seen at San Diego Yacht Club, both for the caliber of the boats themselves and also the sailors racing the yachts.Read article
Team Interlodge Owner Austin Fragomen of New York Yacht Club has confirmed that Interlodge will join the Pac52 Class in 2018. The Yacht, newly named “Interlodge VI”, is the former Bronosec TP52 which was designed by Botin Partners and was built by King Marine in 2015. Interlodge VI is the same hull design as the Pac52 “Fox”. Interlodge will join Fox, Invisible Hand, BadPak, Rio and Gladiator/Land Rover BAR for the Pac52 Class 2018 season.
Austin Fragomen started sailing while growing up in Illinois and then after school moved to New York and began sailing J/24s, Swan 42s and then TP52s in the 52 Super Series. Austin has sailed on the West Coast but never with one of his own yachts and he is looking forward to racing with the Pac52 Class because of it’s “convenient location” in California. Austin’s wife, Gwen Fragomen, regularly sails with the team and the yacht’s captain is Kris Matthews who has been with Team Interlodge for 10 years.
The first Pac52 Class regatta for Team Intelodge will be Yachting Cup at San Diego Yacht Club in May.Read article
On February 10 & 11 the Pac52 Class will meet TP52’s from the West Coast of the USA and Mexico on the starting line at SCYA Midwinters at SDYC. As of publishing time, seven teams were entered with a handful more reporting their intent to compete.
The regatta will showcase a meeting of 52’s, both new and old, and will feature dual scoring awarding trophies for both line honors and ORR handicap.
52’ Midwinters is a collaboration between the Acapulco TP52 fleet, the Pac52 Class and the various West Coast US based 52’s. Conceived of late last year, this serves as a pre-season warm up event for the Pac52 Class as well as a feeder regatta for the Puerto Vallarta Race. Two days of racing in the San Diego sunshine should bring camaraderie and competition to the waters off the coast of San Diego.Read article
As the morning dock off time closed in on Sundays Bay Tour Finale, the previous evening's festivities at the St Francis still lingered in the minds and souls of the multitude of Kiwi sailors participating in the inaugural PAC52 Cup. The countries All Blacks rugby team was on the video screen in a match vs Argentina on Saturday Night, and if there is one thing the Kiwis love more than sailing, it's rugby. And beer. Mix the three together, and you have a happy lot that can party on all night yet rise to the occasion the following day.Read article
On the 2nd Day off the inaugural PAC52 Cup, the SF Bay turned down the volume a couple notches with a short AP display before play resumed, with winds ramping up in the low teens under brilliant sun and pleasant temps.
With the starting line moved to the west of Alcatraz, and the weather mark just east of the Golden Gate, the RC would fire off 3 course two’s with 1.7nm legs, that would test the teams in 4 lap heats, all encompassing the downhill Hollywood finishes.Read article
Opening day on San Francisco Bay for the inaugural Pac52 Cup hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club held back nothing, as boisterous conditions welcomed the fleet of six boats and crews from all points of the globe in spectacular fashion. From the initial gun fired off Treasure Island, winds funneled through the Golden Gate and down the racecourse with reckless abandon.
“It doesn’t get any better than this”, gleamed both Frank Slootman and Manouch Moshayedi, owners Invisible Hand and Rio, post race, while reliving the day. “We saw winds in the 30 knot range, and had downwind speeds at 25 knots, with really close sailing” Slootman added.Read article
Team Gladiator Project Manager, Tom Wilson, has confirmed that Gladiator will join the Pac52 Class this Fall and for 2018. Gladiator is owned by Tony Langley of Royal Thames Yacht Club. The Yacht is designed by Judel Vrolijk and was built by Persico in 2015. Gladiator will join Fox, Invisible Hand, BadPak, Rio and Beau Geste at Pac52 Cup this Fall in San Francisco and for the 2018 season. For more information about Gladiator and the Pac52 Class please view our website at www.pac52class.com.Read article
Post Race Interview with Gavin Brady of the Invisible Hand Pac52. Invisible Hand is currently standing 1st in Class and 1st in ORR Overall in the 2017 Transpac Race.Read article