SoCal300 was a great success, it’s by far the best offshore race in California.
SDYC and SBYC did a great job in coordinating this race.
4:30 PM the day before, cocktails and appetizers with a great view of the beach and the bay with the great looking Jost von Kursell trophy on display.
9:00 AM the day of, skippers meeting with Dave Servais explaining the course and rules.
12:00 warning gun and our 12:05 start in a 12 knot Northerly breeze.
Wizard was first around the first mark that was set a mile north of the start closely followed by Rio100 and Bad Pack.
Rio100 caught up and passed Wizard after about an hour of upwind sailing in 15 to 20 knots of breeze with the first reef in.
Turned the corner at Santa Cruise Island into a reach at 2:15 PM in 20 knots of wind with our R2 and J5 up blasting down at 20-24 knots with nice rollers helping us along (this was fantastic sailing).
Passed below San Nicholas at around 5:30 PM with the same conditions and came up a few degrees.
Arrived at the NOAA buoy at 8:30 PM while there was some light.
Under our large A4 and winds averaging between 12-18 knots we glided along and passed Bishop Rock about 1.5 miles south, changed a few times to our R1 and A1.5 and finished the race at 4:32 AM.
It took Rio100, 16 hrs and 27 minutes to complete the 260 nautical mile course which averages out to be higher than 15.75 knots of speed per hour, this is now going to be the record to beat.
As envisioned, this race turned out to be great fun with consistent winds as advertised and we hope for it to become more popular in future years.
We appreciate SDYC and SBYC’s efforts in setting up this race and thank the rest of the yacht owners and their crews who participated.
We congratulate Dave MacEwen from St. Francis Yacht Club with his SC52 boat Lucky Duck for winning the race and getting his name on the first plaque of Jost von Kursell Trophy.
If you have a sailing race boat in California and you don’t participate in the SoCal 300, you are missing the most amount of fun you’ll ever have racing on the West Coast.
We very much appreciate our crew who worked very hard throughout the day and night to make a smooth, safe and very fun experience possible.
Here is the list of the crew who came along with us in the first SoCal300;
- Manouch Moshayedi
- Keith Kilpatrick
- Gavin Brady
- Mike Sanderson
- Mike Howard
- Chris Branning
- Bill Jenkins
- Ben Bardwell
- Morgan Gutenkunst
- Tyler Wolk
- Peter Kinney
- Brett Bakewell-White
- Jeff Messano
- Mike Pentecost
- Sebastian Moshayedi
- Rick Rogers
- Morgan Cox
- Mike van Dyke
- Alastair Campbell
- Nick Vindin
Photos of SoCal300 are courtesy of Sharon Green at www.ultimatesailing.com