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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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Pac52’s Take The Show To Marina Del Rey

The second leg of the 2018 PAC 52 Series commences on Friday June 1st as the Grand Prix Yachts visit the California Yacht Club as part of the Cal Race Week. The Yacht Club founded in 1922 has a rich history in the West Coast Yachting scene including hosting Star, 6 and 8 Meter Championships. The Club was also a key player in the 1932 and 1984 Olympic games. Household names such as Peter Isler, J.J. Fetter, Bill Peterson, Rod Davis, Jim Kilroy, and Roy Disney are among the list of sailors to have called the California Yacht Club Home.

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Pac52’s 2018 Yachting Cup Finale

The final day of the 2018 PAC52 Season Opener brought yet another sun splashed afternoon on the South Course of the Coronado Roads sailing area. The sea state had increased slightly overnight yet the unstable air mass that plagued the prior day had given way to a more predictable NW wind with far fewer holes and much less shifty conditions. Another positive, the kelp patches that plagued the area the last two days had lessened substantially.

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Yachting Cup Day 2 “All Fiesta-No Siesta”

Nothing says Happy Cinco d’Mayo like close knit racing on the Coronado Roads area off San Diego Bay on 5 PAC52’s under glorious sun with the local Mexican fisherman interrupting the vhf signal with some fine mariachi music and a chorus of “aye-ayeaye-ayes”.

The marine layer had returned to the area overnight and breeze began early in the am from the northwest, blessing the course with 12-15 knots by the 1st gun. The PAC52’s would share the course with a number of other fleets today, notably the low raters of Division A and J-120’s.

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The Weather Gods Smile On Pac52 Opening Day

The 2018 PAC 52 Class Series opened today at the Yachting Cup hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club. 3 races were held offshore just south of Point Loma under brilliant sun and very manageable
seas. With swell that stayed in the 3-4’ foot range and wind swell in the 1-2 foot range, conditions were much more what you would expect in May compared to the gear busting conditions in 2017.
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2018 PAC52 Season Gets Underway at SDYC’s Yachting Cup

The 2nd season of the PAC52 Class will commence on Friday May 4th off the coast of San Diego, with 3 days of racing to begin the 5 event championship series. Joining with the “Core Four”, 2017 Season Champion Tom Holthus’s BADPAK, Manouch Moshayedi’s RIO, Victor Wild’s FOX and Frank Slootman’s Invisible Hand for this regatta will be Austin & Gwen Frogmen’s Newport R.I. based Interlodge.

The 5 regatta PAC52 Season will work its way north through the spring with stops in Marina Del Rey for Cal Race Week, June 1-3, and Long Beach Race Week June 22-24. After a short mid-summer break the action will shift north to San Francisco for the Big Boat Series Sept 13-16 and the finale PAC52 Cup Sept 28-30.

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Nine Boats Compete in 52 Class at SCYA Midwinters

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. 

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Interlodge joins the Pac52 Class!

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.

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