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A Case Of The Slows


  • A Case Of The Slows

    The 2022 edition of the Pacific Cup got off to a quick start for Monday's fleet, exiting SF Bay and spilling out into the Golden Gate Straits with relative ease, avoiding the building flood and riding the remaining ebb for all it was worth. Their luck changed dramatically after passing Mile Rock as the wind lightened and became erratic. Tuesday's fleet has not faired much better, but things are beginning to look up as the winds are finally beginning to cooperate...

    Accelerando, Erica Mattson Siegel's Moore 24', on her 1st Pac Cup , doublehanding with her dad, Robin Jeffers
    at Lime Point with a squadron of pelicans escort, one of 3 Moore 24's doublehanding in this edition of the Pac Cup!

    Foamy, Melinda and Mr Bill Erkelen's latest Moore 24', was Lester Robertson's in 2018's Pac Cup, his last
    trip to Hawaii in a Moore 24'

    "Nearly twenty-four hours into the 2022 Pacific Cup, the first wave of twenty starters are now well out of the Gate and past the Farallones in what surely been a long and challenging night at sea. With weather forecasts proving accurate, the fleet is still beating into light and variable pressure that appears to be softening even further as of this writing. A result of the light and upwind conditions, the fleet is largely split between port and starboard tack with most boats tacking back and forth as local breeze dictates.

    The first boat to clear the Golden Gate and kiss the Pacific in this year’s race was Rodney Pimentel’s beautiful blue Cal 40 Azure, who won a nicely contested start on the pin end. Azure’s one-design rival Duende was forced to tack to port and duck much of the fleet, but now remains hot on Azure’s heels after one day of sailing. Joining Azure and Duende in the north and west pack of boats as of this writing is Amanda and Brian Turner’s Beneteau 10R CruzSea Baby.

    The majority of the fleet has chosen a more southerly option and has positioned themselves more to the south, yet not as far to the west. Punched out at the head of that fleet is un-surprisingly Bill and Melinda Erkelens on their Moore 24 Foamy. Darshaun Nadeau’s big Hans Christian cruising boat named Solis is leading the fleet south on the tracker, but is a cruising boat and is not racing; they certainly appear to be motoring through these lightest of conditions.

    Many competitors have written in to the Race Committee to communicate their status during these first twenty-four hours and it’s been a lot of the same; ‘light and slow going, no problems to report’. While the conditions offshore may be tedious and frustrating - and likely prevent the Monday starters from placing well in overall standings at the finish - ask any small boat sailor and they’ll likely agree that slipping away from the Northern California coast without even getting water on the deck is pretty nice when compared to getting pummeled by a 30-knot northwesterly on Day 1… Conditions are expected to remain very light and challenging until the wind switches back to a traditional northwesterly flow and returns tomorrow before building later into the week."

    Ronnie Simpson

    Pacific Cup Yacht Club

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    Puffin, Kelly Gregory and Patrick Haesloop's Moore 24

    Cal 40s Duende and Azure have set the early pace

    Sacagawea, Ryan Floy's Jeanneau 348 cover's Robert Johnson's Alerion Express Surprise near Seal Rocks

    chart july 5th


    AIS on Tuesday July 5th shows Tuesday's Starters working south of the SF Peninsula
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