THE RACING most of her solo sails with this boat (she set the singlehanded round-the-world record on B&Q last year), she took four crew to France with her. Ellen now looks forward to her next project: heading up a new two-boat Open 60 team to compete in the IMOCA (International Monohull Class Association) World Championship circuit in 2007-09. She's currently in discussions with potential title sponsors to back this latest endeavor. The other Ditch Run — sailing his Coronado 15, Kevin Wasbauer (with Erika Takada and Jake the black labrador retriever) won the 2006 Dinghy Delta Ditch race on June 24. Modeled loosely after the 'big boat' Ditch Run held earlier in June, Sacramento's Lake Washington Sailing Club came up with the idea of this 30-miler last year "as an alternative to sailing around the buoys like we always do." The race goes from Isleton to the Port of Sacramento, and this year was — judging from the photos Kevin sent — a light-air, heavy-sunblock event. Eleven boats took part and the DDD was once again a big hit. Look for this one to grow in numbers in the next
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few years. Like participants in the concurrent Singlehanded TransPac, sailors in the biennial Victoria to Maui Race also experienced light winds, making this one of the slower Vic-Mauis in memory. All 19 boats in three divisions which started on June 23 stuck it out, though only 16 could make it to Lahaina by the July 10 deadline. First to finish was Dan Sinclair's Andrews 70 Renegade. Winners in Divisions 1 through 3, respectively, were: Flash, TransPac 52, Dwight Jefferson; Voodoo Child, J/130, Brian Duchin; and Tranquillite, Swan 46, Jack Shannon. For complete results and summaries, go to www.vicmaui.org. The local 1D-35 fleet is growing. Last month, the Grand Prix Sailing Academy — which runs three 35s here on the Bay and one in Hawaii — sold Zsa Zsa to Stan Glaros, who plans a full-on race program with the boat. Mark Witty, who went through several of GPSA's racing programs (and chartered their boats for some offshore races) took the same plunge earlier this spring, and is now in full campaign mode with Alpha Puppy. Meanwhile, GPSA has maintained their
local three-boat 1D-35 fleet with the purchase of Outlaw — bringing the local population up to seven boats (Jimmy Turnbull's Jazzy and Eliel Redstone's Yeofy round out the fleet). Speaking of GPSA, what do you do for fun when you run a high-end racing school? Founders Gary Fanger, Rod Hagebols and Kurt Wessels flew to Hawaii in early July to sail GPSA's Waikikibased Sensation in the Kalakaua Cup, one of Hawaii's oldest regattas. Based out of Kaneohe YC, the July 1-4 series consisted of two 30-mile distance races (one upwind, one down) and two buoy races. Sailing with boat captain Jeff Landsdown and a GPSA-grad crew, they took second in PHRF (and third in Americap) against some well-sailed local boats. The 2006 Knarr Team Race Invitational was held in beautiful summer conditions on July 15. St. Francis YC ran the match race series, which consisted of elimination bouts between four threeboat teams. The Red Team — skippers Mike Ratiani, Larry Drew and Chris Kelly — won the event with a 7/3 win/loss score over the Green (6/4) and Yellow (2/8) teams.
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