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
The Pac52 Class is pleased to announce our Official Class Schedule for the 2018 Season. This comes following two Owners meetings and an e-mail poll among the owners which gathered a consensus.
Along with agreeing on the schedule, the Owners have also elected to alter next years racing format to include short ‘Coastal Races’ in addition to the Windward/Leeward Buoy Racing. The Coastal Races will be featured during the regattas, with one day of each regatta set aside for this race. The Coastal Race will have a heavier weighted score and will be counted as part of each Regatta.Read article
Tom Holthus and Frank Slootman are fresh off a battle for supremecy in the latest Pac52 Class event at Long Beach Race Week, where Bad Pak pulled out a one point win over Invisible Hand. The Pac52 Class is in their inaugural racing season on the west coast racing in events from San Diego to San Francisco throughout 2017, with some non-class offshore racing in between.Read article
Three regattas in to the inaugural season and the Pac 52's have seen three different winners. The latest event in the 5 regatta itinerary, Long Beach Race Week, which saw greater pressure on and off the course, and glorious sun and excellent sea conditions. As the season has progressed, the crews and boats have gone through a rapid learning curve, with some crew and gear changes, some lucky breaks and some very unlucky ones.
The Pac 52's were in a 4 boat dog fight by race end on Friday which continued into Saturday Morning. Manouch Mosheyedi had enlisted the talents of Chris Larson to call the shots on Rio and was well in the hunt until some unfortunate structural issues developed in bow involving the jib lead ring and they were once again force to pull out of competition.
With just 3 boats on the course, it came down to a shootout between Bad Pak and Invisible Hand, which was all tied up 10-10 after 6 races with one race to go. Something had to give...Read article
Frank Slootman's Pac 52 Invisible Hand has completed a trifecta in the 1st offshore event in the boat's debut season, the SoCal 300. Monohull Line Honors, 1st in ORR Overall and 1st in ORR Div A! Pressure-drop.us caught up with Frank after completing the 245nm dash from Santa Barbara to San Diego, the last leg of the 2017 California Offshore Race Week.Read article
With a unanimous vote, the Pac52 Class members have established the Box Rule governing the configuration parameters of the Yachts. The numbers can be found on Page 4 of the Class Rules which are now onto Version 6.0. Another minor change in the Class Rules is a provision for reduced membership fees for teams only competing in a few races of a season.
The Pac52 Box Rule was solidified after over 6 months of evaluation and discussion amongst the four founding teams of the Class. Each parameter was heavily scrutinized with the goal being to make the Yachts as fast as possible while still keeping the rule open enough to allow Transpac 52s to modify their boats to become eligible to join the Class.Read article