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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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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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