Alcatraz to starboard, Big Harding to port, Blackaller to port, Blossom Rock to port, and back to R4. We are looking forward to the fast cats — Shadow, Tuki, Adrenaline, and Beowulf — establishing, and then eating away at the course record. "The goal of the Racetrack is twofold," he added. "First, we want to encourage people who haven't raced, or do so rarely, to give racing a try. There is no start-line crush of boats to worry about and you don't need to be a rules maven, so you can focus on boat handling, sail trim and mark roundings. If you blow a tack or a spinnaker drop, just sail to the closest mark and 'restart;' there are no consequences. And everyone enjoys sailing past the islands, grazing the Gate and along the City Front. If you want a mellow ride, do it in the morning or midday. After building some confidence, try an afternoon lap in more breeze. Second, we want to give experienced racers an exciting course to hone their skills and train crew. There will be singlehanded, doublehanded, and crewed 'divisions.' The real challenge will be to choose the
The Cal Maritime Keelhaulers won the St. Francis Intersectional going away last month.
winds and currents that maximize the speed for your vessel, and that will take some thought and planning." There will be no entry fee in '10. To download the notice of race/sailing in-
WHATEVER YOU’RE RACING, WE’LL ALWAYS FOCUS ON FIVE CRITICAL COMPONENTS THAT MAKE A WINNING SAILPLAN.
structions/race chart, visit: www.sfbama.org/racetrack. South of the Border — Dick Compton, Jim Yabsley and Tom Parker's Santa Barbara-based R/P 68 Taxi Dancer won overall honors and $6,500 Lamborghini watch (we hope it's not always fast) in the Newport Ocean Sailing Association's 125-mile Newport to Ensenada Race April 23. The bright-yellow sled was the second monohull to finish in the 226-boat fleet, correcting out over Lorenzo Berho's Kernan 68 Peligroso by 70 minutes. Tim Murison's Pt. Richmond-based Island Clipper 44 Bolero won PHRF-F and was overall runner-up with a local crew that included Kim Desenberg, Jerry Keefe and Kers Clausen. Full results are available at www.nosa.org. Aloha — The two even-year Hawaii Races are shaping up well. The Singlehanded TransPac has a solid fleet of 21 entries for the 2,150-mile run to Hanalei Bay, Kauai. The Pacific Cup has 70 entries — in a down, if not depressed, economy — which is pretty amazing.
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The May 2010 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.