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A Chamber of Commerce Finish For LBRW

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.

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Taking Their Lumps In Long Beach

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.

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Rio and Invisible Hand Draw 1st Blood In Long Beach

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.

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Peet Must : A PAC52 Cinderella Story

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.

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52nd California Cup – The Big Boats Are Back!

After a hiatus last year, the California Cup competition came storming back with five new Pac52 Class speedsters on the starting line for this 52nd edition. Run over three days, concurrent with the Cal Race Week weekend, the eight-race series offered conditions ranging from 7 to 12 knots of wind, relatively flat seas on the ocean course off Venice Pier, and occasional sunshine dispelling the early morning June gloom.

The boats hail from far afield – San Diego YC, Newport Harbor YC, St. Francis YC, and even New York YC, and their fifteen-person crews came from across the U.S. and ‘down under’, as well. These racers are remarkable in many respects, featuring bold color schemes ranging from Manouch Moshayedi’s Lamborghini orange Rio, to Frank Slootman’s Mercedes silver Invisible Hand, to Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s shiny, all black Interlodge VI. Not to be outdone, one of the newest boats on the block, just built last year, Tom Holthus’ Bad Pak sports a bright blue hull. Most fun is David Team’s 007-themed Vesper, displaying swirling turquoise graphics on her hull and sails, capped off by the sail number – 52007.

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A Grand Finale on Santa Monica Bay

The build up generated by 6 extremely tight races in the previous 2 days was palatable as crew finished their preparations for Sunday 2 race California Cup finale on Sunday. If impendent roundings, flawless crew work, brilliant sunshine with clear blue seas is your thing, you have come to the right place! 

With scores from the previous two days so close, it was still anybody’s regatta to win. Despite having winning 3 races, Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Interlodge entered the day with 19 points, trailing both Frank Slootman’s Invisible Hand and David Team’s Vesper by 3 points, (see Class’s Alt Drive Rule*) Just off the pace, Tom Holthus’s BadPak, was sitting in 4th with 22 points after a DSQ in race 4, still very much in the running. Even Manouch Moshayedi’s RIO was very much in contention for a podium spot, needing just a bit more consistency to hold onto the early leads they earned on the early legs.

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Pac52 Class Cal Cup: The New Kids On The Block Win Day 2

Day 2 of the California Race Week  hosted by the California YC, saw a bustle of activity as a 51 additional boats in 9 classes joined the PAC 52 Class on Santa Monica Bay on Saturday. With wall to wall sunshine and slightly lighter westerlies blanketing the course, racing began in earnest with a 12:35 start on the 6.6 nm  double sausage course 5.

Seas were flat and winds in 6-8 knot range, with an even start, new comer David Team’s Vesper taking the far right side for leg one and arrive at weather mark just ahead of Manouch Moshayedi’s RIO, then Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Interlodge,  Frank Slootman’s Invisible Hand and  Tom Holthus’s BadPak.

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Welcome To Muscle Beach: PAC 52’s Light Up The LA Strip

The waters off Venice Beach and the famed Muscle Beach just north of the Marina Del Rey harbor mouth never looked finer as they did today as the PAC52’s lined up for day one of the Cal Cup portion of the California Sailing Week hosted by the California Yacht Club.

Sunny skies and temps in the 70’s, winds out of the WNW in the 10-12 knot range and generally flat seas greeted the fleet as the began the 2nd outing of the 2018 PAC Cup season. With the greater LA mountains range in the distance, and Santa Monica, Malibu and the Santa Barbara Mountains providing a spectacular backdrop, the 5 boat fleet got to business in the early afternoon.

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