Ditch Run Delight — Sixty-seven miles of (mostly) downwind bliss for the 129 boats in this year's Delta Ditch Run on June 2. Clockwise from top left, 'Avalanche', 'Always Friday' and 'Go Dogs Go!' split East Brother Island; a sampling of the 38-strong Moore 24 fleet; Ben and Jennifer Braden's Pacific Northwest-based Moore 24 'More Uff Da' had their priorities straight: sail hard and arrive in style. The barbie on the stern pushpit was already fired up
Jesberg's son Peter, Zarko Draganic and Andrew Holdsworth — put most of their distance on the rest of the 129-boat fleet early in the race. "We were one of the only boats, besides Yucca, to carry a spinnaker across San Pablo Bay," Jesberg explained. "We were close to a couple of other Melges 24s at that point, but, as soon as they dropped their kites Page 168 •
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and stopped planing, we left them in the dust." Yucca, sailed by fellow Bay sailing royalty Hank Easom, was also rewarded for the bold move with first place in the Heavy I division by a healthy 20 minutes on corrected time. There were the usual pockets of 20knot breezes and a ripping flood pushing boats along the 67-mile course, but it
was hardly the fastest Ditch Run in the event's 17 years. Hunt Stookey's 32-ft ultra high-performance cruising catamaran Lightspeed, with Trevor Baylis at the helm, was the first boat to finish off Stockton Sailing Club just before 5 p.m., after more than five hours on the course. Lightspeed's 14.3-knot VMG across
The July 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.