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Sequoia YC's windy Winter Series race on February 2. Left: A damp spinnaker douse. Right: Tactical discussion among the crew of the Catalina 42 'Slipstream'.

even though it's just five of us today on Slipstream and we're missing both of the usual main trimmers. But we're good. We won the Summer Cup in 2017, got second last year. This will be good practice. Hans Spanjaart, the race captain, sounds the one-minute-to-start horn, but we're two minutes or so behind. At the line are Rule 303, a Melges 24; Allonsy, a J/70; HiJinks, a J/92; and Frequent Flyer, a Farr 30. The storm brought with it unusual southerly winds, so we are setting up for a downwind start. Some teams are already putting up their spinnakers, and we worry we might ram them if they broach, so we make room. Two of our best with the chute are on board today, but we decide the wind is too unpredictable to risk getting the kite up, so we prepare for wing on wing. The next minutes are long. Wind puffs hit hard around the power lines as we're running out of Redwood Creek. The guys up ahead already broached a few times. Allons-y gives in first and regains composure as they're pulling the beautiful red and yellow chute out of the water. Farther up, Frequent Flyer and Rule 303 heel precariously, broaching and swerving as gusts hit their sails. But they're great sailors and do nothing but leap forward. One boat ends up shearing their spinnaker. Bummer. The next long minutes I'm being busy trimming sails, moving blocks and sheets, and raising the pole. We race hard back to 2 and right back to X, and everything is smooth. Oh, hi Drop Beer — a close call round marker 2. Great practice. A winch handle goes overboard on our second rounding of X, and so do some winch parts, so we finish the rest of the race with no self-tailing on starboard. We get to the finish line and tack somewhat hastily in the strong ebb, tryPage 92 •

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ing to slingshot past it. I'm tailing on port winch at full speed, taking in heaps of the jib sheet, when the captain hammers, "Release, release!" As I get my eyes off the winch I see marker 3 dangling right in front of us, way too close and definitely not where I wanted to see it. How did it end up there? The wind is now even stronger, the ebb atrocious, and it starts to drizzle. A bright rainbow emerges behind us as we head back to the barn. Another great day on the water at Sequoia YC. The series will conclude on March 16. See — dan berte MPYC Perry Cup Foreshortened "The NWS forecast for Saturday is 15 to 25 knots, with a long-period swell and rain," MPYC's Jack McAleer notified the Mercury fleet on February 1. "The SailFlow Monterey Wharf prediction for Saturday noon is 21 mph average with gusts to 33 mph and rain. "Perry Cup Trophies will be awarded on the basis of the first weekend." The Perry Cup kicked off with six races on the first weekend of November. Monterey offered up blue skies, big waves and light to moderate breeze. Then the fleet had nothing but bad luck with the next three scheduled race days. "The forecast for Saturday is NNW 20-30, gusts to 37," Dick Clark advised the fleet in December. "Intermittent rain. Safer to stay inside." And, in January: "Dick and I just agreed that the forecast for Saturday is too dire to run the Perry Cup racing," wrote McAleer. "We can't recall having canceled two months in succession before — crazy year!" Make that three. It's been a rough winter all right — albeit by California standards. — latitude/chris

MPYC PERRY CUP (6r, 1t) MERCURY — 1) Whim, Dave Morris/Gabriel Garguilo, 10 points; 2) Space Invader, David West/Evan Kort, 19; 3) Death and Glory, Mark & Liz Chandler, 20. (14 boats)

Rowdy Berkeley Midwinters It was BYC's turn for rowdy weather for the fourth installment of the 20182019 Midwinters. Saturday, February 9, was rainy with sometimes solid water, windy and cold. Overheard in the bar and stolen from Facebook posts: "It was so cold and wet out there, it could've been summer." "Well, that was an 'interesting' day!" "Indeed, wet and cold on the water, but still fun." A tad over half of the entrants came out to be challenged by the weather and each other. After a minor delay of 10 minutes, the gang was sent out on a double windward/leeward course. There was enough breeze that even the last finisher was done in less than two hours. In Division A, Pat Benedict in his J/105 Advantage3 got a resounding first and not only managed to break up the tie between the Bilafer family's Henderson 30 Family Hour and Bryce Griffith's Antrim 27 Arch Angel, he managed to jump up to second place in division. In the other divisions, the first places from the first three races were maintained, but there were changes in the second and third places in the Express 27 fleet. Steve McCarthy on Ergo managed to grab a second in division and bump Pat Brown's Andale down to third. Sunday, February 10, was drier and a bit colder. Even a C130 came out to enjoy the scene. Trig Liljestrand in his J/90 Ragtime managed to break the tie with Andy Macfie's Olson 30 Hoot in Division 1. The all-lady gang on the Express 27 Motorcycle Irene continued their winning ways with a first place and first in division. Richard Stockdale and his J/24

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Latitude 38 March 2019  

The March 2019 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 March 2019  

The March 2019 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.