Runaway winners — Spinnaker Cup champion Caleb Everett, above, and king of the Ditch Run Don Jesberg, right.
have played a role. It was a boom and bust kind of race for everyone. The start off St. Francis YC on June 21 was so light that, were it not for the moderate 3-knot ebb, boats might still be trying to get past the Gate. Once offshore, the fleet ran into the aforementioned big wind before usual calm conditions prevailed south of Pt. Conception. Page 166 •
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It was a floater to the finish. Like Samba. John Cladianos's canting keel Schock 40 Secret Squirrel also crossed the finish line with a broken boom. Steve Waterloo's Cal 40 Shaman dismasted south of Morro Bay. (As we went to press, it was unclear whether Waterloo, who was using the race as a delivery to the TransPac start in Los Angeles, was going to find a replacement rig before the race later this month.) The other TP52, Lucky, motored across the finish line after dropping out for unspecified reasons. And then there was Michael Andrews' Santana 22 Bonito, with Tom Rankin and Kevin Clark as crew, which crossed the line more than 29 hours after Samba. But it wasn't for lack of trying. Choosing safety over results, they actually slowed themselves down and still managed to finish fifth overall. "We realized at about 8:30 on the second night that, if we kept going at the rate we were, we'd kill ourselves," Andrews explained at the finish. "It was a good race, but I'll never do it on a Santana 22 again. It's just too small!" When all the numbers were tallied,
COURTESY DON JESBERG
COURTESY CALEB EVERETT
Coastal Cup Encinal YC's Coastal Cup was the Whitman's Sampler of yacht racing, with as wide a variety of conditions as there were boats. In a race that saw a TransPac 52 and a Santana 22 on the same course, and a Cal 40 win overall, that says quite a lot. At the fast end of the spectrum, John Kilroy's year-old TP52 Samba Pa Ti sailed an average of 11.8 knots to finish the 277-mile course in Santa Barbara after just 23 hours, 24 minutes, 45 seconds. While Magnitude 80's record-setting run last year of just over 20 hours was never in danger, the guys on Samba — a group of mostly Kiwi hired guns — get plenty of credit, not only for finishing in excellent time sans an extra 28 feet of waterline, but also doing so with a broken boom. The breakage happened during a jibe less than halfway through the race. Something tells us that the wind gusts of up to 40 knots reported by many boats may
Don Grind's Cal 40 Far Far, another TransPac-bound boat, won the race overall with a corrected time of 29 hours, 30 minutes, 41 seconds. In addition to Grind, the winning crew included Peter and Mark English, and Ian and Bob Rogers. Although race officer Charles Hodgkins considered this year's race a suc-
SPREAD: LATITUDE / SUTTER; INSET: LATITUDE / JR
With reports this month from an eclectic Coastal Cup; the Spinnaker Cup that drew a crowd; Delta Ditch Run royalty; and an inspiring Access Class U.S. Championship. Plus a seemingly endless supply of Box Scores and a motley mixture of Race Notes to cap it all off.
cess, he's already planning a few changes for 2008. One is better coordination with the Delta Ditch Run and Long Beach Race Week so that boats can do all three events. Only 22 boats started the Coastal Cup this year; many hopefuls complained that they couldn't fit it into such a tight schedule. Also on the table is a penalty for failing to check in during the race. Rodney Pimental's Cal 40 Azure was silent through two roll calls, blaming a malfunctioning satellite phone for the missed connections. That didn't put the race committee at ease. "We had just started the process of getting the Coast Guard involved when we finally heard from them," noted a relieved Hodgkins.
IRC — 1) Samba Pa Ti, TP52, John Kilroy, Jr.; 2) Kokopelli2, Santa Cruz 52, Chip Megeath. (3 boats) PHRF — 1) Far Far, Cal 40, Don Grind; 2) Still Crazy, Hobie 33, Robert Plant; 3) Bonito, Santana 22, Michael Andrews; 4) X-Dream, X-119, Steen Moller; 5) Wind Dancer, Catalina 42, P.K. Edwards; 6) Recidivist, Schumacher 39, Ken Olcott; 7) Phantom Mist, Beneteau 36.7, Gary Massari; 8)
The July 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.