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Brian O'Hea's Concordia 47 'Ruahatu' heads into the windward mark and prepares to hoist their spinnaker.
which had placed second in the San Diego to Vallarta race the previous week, made it clear that they meant business, outpacing seven competitors and scoring only 13 points in nine races, which earned them a division win. Five and a half points behind them was Ricardo Brockman's stunning blue R/P 52 Vincitore. Brockman put up a good challenge early on and proved that top boats must have well-seasoned crews to be competi-
"Warm water, warm weather, no foulies — what a treat for us Bay Area sailors! tive. Third place went to Lorenzo Berno on his Kernan 70, Peligroso, with 29.5 points. It was hard to compete with Greg Slyngstad's J/125 Hamachi in the nineboat-strong ORR 2 Division. Hamachi won two-thirds of her races with only three second places and a total of 11 points. Trailing close behind early on, but slipping as the week progressed, Andreas Baptista's J/133 Veloce II came in second with 18.5 points. Jose Usobiaga's Farr 40 Akelarre was close behind in third with 21.5 points. The ORR 3 Division was certainly the most colorful, as each of the seven teams had its own brightly-colored shirts on display daily as they raced one-design Catalina 37s. Ernesto Amtmann's Bandido sailed quite well, placing first with only 11.5 points. The Mexican Navy team started out the series strong with a bullet and two seconds, but couldn't remain consistent and came in second with 20 points aboard Generalisimo. The mostly female crew aboard Patrick and Linda Sweet's Olas Lindas arguably won the prize for most enthusiastic. Although they looked strong at the end with two bullets, their two DNC's ultimately left them in third place with 31 points. Atypical for Banderas Bay, the first
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eld on Banderas Bay March 2329, the biennial Mexican Ocean Racing Circuit — officially titled the MEXORC Copa Corum this year — combined many of the region's greatest attributes, and drew a rich and eclectic variety of sailboats from as far away as San Francisco and Acapulco. In addition to being one of the most scenic areas on the Mexican coast, Banderas Bay offers some of the best sailing conditions found anywhere along the Pacific Coast of the Americas. It is often described as what sailing on San Francisco Bay should be like — windy and hot. On top of this there is an abundance of sea life to behold, including multiple species of whales, sharks, tuna and bluefooted boobies, to name a few. Ashore, you can't help but be entertained by the cultural amenities and friendly locals, and stuff yourself to the gills with the fresh Mexican cuisine. Four divisions made up MEXORC Copa Corum this year including a new division for the up-and-coming J/70 fleet. The six-boat-strong J/70s began racing on the fourth day of MEXORC and sailed six races over three days. Racing between the top two boats was intense as they fought for first place and the division win. In the end, both Giovanni Aloi Timeus and the Bay Area's own Barry Demak and Wayne Zittel had eight points. Timeus won the tie-breaker and second place went to Demak and Zittel. Third place went to Ignacio Perez, who'd earned a relatively hefty 17 points. The ORR 1 Division included some of the most impressive boats in this year's fleet. Ed McDowell's Marina Del Ray-based Santa Cruz 70 Grand Illusion,
three days of racing were held in relatively light breeze of 5-12 knots. During the long distance race on day three, racers were lucky to finish. Sailing in fresh breeze on their way to the finish, they soon found themselves in a giant wind hole that left many temporarily adrift. All were ultimately able to finish, however. Fortunately, the remaining races were more consistent with daily breeze building in the early afternoon into the 15- to 20-knot range that made for excellent racing.
ounded in the 1960s, MEXORC got its start as the organizing authority of the San Diego to Acapulco races. About ten years later, the MEXORC concept evolved so as to allow Mexico to compete against sailors from the United States, Canada and Europe, specifically in Mexican waters. For more than thirty years, world-class sailors — Corinthian and professional alike — have competed in the circuit. Famous boats such as Roy Disney's Pyewacket, Jake Woods'
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