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Gulf of Mexico Racing Goes On, Despite BP's Leaking Orafice

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  • Gulf of Mexico Racing Goes On, Despite BP's Leaking Orafice

    Sail around the Slick

    Slick or no slick, we're Mexico bound across the Gulf

    Eighteen boats will set sail on Wednesday and Thursday May 12-13 in the 26th biennial Regata al Sol from Pensacola Florida to Isla Mujeres MX, but this year with a twist. Having tracked the Gulf of Mexico oil spill daily for the last couple of weeks, race officials will institute an offset east of the rhumb-line course that will provide a safety buffer away from the spill while only extending the course length by a dozen or so miles.

    Scratch boat in the fleet will be Stephen Murray Jr.'s TP52 Decision. They will be chasing their own record, set in 2002 aboard the Andrews 70 Decision in a time of 59 hours 4 minutes for the 555 nautical mile course. Looking to defend her 2008 title in the Cruising Division will be Tim Burr's Catalina 470 Alegria.

    Once in Isla Mujeres, a small island off the coast of Cancun, racers will unwind in a tropical paradise with unmatched hospitality. The race is co-sponsored by Southern Yacht Club, Pensacola Yacht Club and Club de Yates de Isla Mujeres.

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    Pensacola yacht Club: ~It's not the size of the website, it's how you use it! ~

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    Kim Livingston weighs in:

    When Guy Brierre calls 2010 “a surreal year” that means something.

    I got to know this Finn (among other things) sailor in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a time which surely qualified as surreal along the Gulf Coast—and for hundreds of miles inland—and the Gulf Coast to this day is still recovering from Hurricanes Ivan, Dennis, Katrina and Rita, and now sailors are casting a wary eye seaward or perhaps we should say, oilward, and do I hear a rousing chorus of Spill Baby Spill?

    I reckon not.

    Brierre is one of the sparkplugs at Southern Yacht Club, and just now he’s juggling the role of regatta chairman for Wednesday’s 26th running of Regata al Sol, 555 measured miles from Pensacola, Florida to a finish line at Isla Mujeres, a gem of an island off the eastern coast of the Yucatan. I say “juggling” because the Deepwater Horizon oil spill threatened to change this plan, big time, or even shut it down. Instead, the workaround—literally, a workaround—is looking good to succeed, meaning that Brierre gets to make his 11th Gulf crossing, this time aboard Big Booty, the first GP42 in the USA.
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