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  • Buzz Light Beer
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    Thanks! Will take a looksee next time I am there!

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  • 6Bros
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    Yes, slip D53

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  • Buzz Light Beer
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    I was wondering who they were and where they came from.

    Would like to get a closer peak at that C32 when it's tied up.

    RYC is its home?

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  • Prince of Whales
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    Great piece PB!

    Welcome to SF Chris!

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  • Photoboy
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    A Conversation With Six Brothers's Chris Kramer

    Chris Kramer sailed his Columbia 32C to 1st Monohull to finish and only Sportboat to finish in this years SHF. Chris and crew have been quietly campaigning
    on SF Bay in recent times and doing quite well. We managed to get hold of Chris and get some feeedback on the program, where it started and where its headed:







    PD Tell us about the Six Brothers program. You and your crew (names if you don't mind) have been very active this season on the Bay,
    How did this program come together?


    CK The Six Brothers program started four years ago in western Long Island Sound at American YC. After spending several years crewing on JBoats, I decided it was time to own a boat again. I wanted a fast/fun boat to race with family and friends in the Sound and Newport, RI. My original interest was fully crewed W/L events with an occasional coastal race thrown in for fun. Because I couldn't round up enough crew for the 2015 Vineyard Race, I decided to try double handing 6Bros with my friend, and now co-skipper, John Fryer. Although we didn't do well on our first DH outing, we decided that short-handed sailing could be a fun way to race Six Brothers.



    My wife, Denise, and I moved to the Bay Area in August for work. Six Brothers followed in December and we were fortunate enough to wind up at RYC based on the recommendation of Jim Gregory. RYC is such a great club with great people – Denise and I are so happy to have been become members. After a few weeks of putting the boat back together again after the cross-country transit, Denise and I sailed Six Brothers on New Year's Day for our inaugural sail on the Bay. From there, Six Brothers raced 3BF, Big Daddy (fully crewed with Denise and one of our boys), DH Farallones, DH Corinthian, DH Round the Rocks, Lightship (fully crewed), DH Duxship, and SH Farallones.



    Having grown up in New York, the idea of racing year round is amazing plus the Bay Area is so incredibly beautiful. The variety, participation, and level of racing is wonderful. Denise and I are so excited and happy to now be living in the Bay Area. Denise was born and grew up in Southern California. I originally fell in love with California when I was stationed in San Diego back in the mid-eighties as Surface Warfare Office. My first San Francisco experience steaming under the GGB as very young junior officer for Fleet Week in 1986.







    PD The new Columbia C32 seems to be very capable in a variety of conditions, tell us a bit about it?

    CK Six Brothers is a Columbia Carbon 32, designed by Tim Kernan. Six Brothers is hull #6 which was built in SoCal by Vince Valdes, the son of the founder of Columbia Yachts. She was delivered to New York during the summer of 2013. It took a 1/2 season to figure things out and started to do well out on the race course and over the next 2.5 seasons racked up a reasonable race record in both buoy and distance racing, including LI Sound PHRF and AYC Club Championships. She is a ton of fun to sail and I'm looking forward to racing in the breeze in SF Bay this summer.


    PD The name 6 Brothers is derived from?

    CK People often ask about the boat's name, Six Brothers. Well, I have six sons (now ages 22-8) so her name is in honor of them and the general idea of brotherhood. I have a seventh son now, but it's bad luck to change the name plus we have tons of swag with "Six Brothers." The older boys raced with Denise and me - with varying degrees of interest - back in NY and one of our sons flew out to do the Big Daddy in March during his spring break from college.





    PD Was this your 1st Single Handed Farallones?

    CK The last two weekends have been positive for the Six Brothers program: With the great help of fellow RYC member, Dirk Husselman, Six Brothers won the DH class for a breezy Duxship Race. We got pounded going U/W, but rewarded with two fun reaching legs at 14-17 knots. Last weekend was my first SH Farallones and my first SH event of any kind. Six Brothers isn't really set up to SH easily, but Saturday's conditions were benign. It was slow going after leaving the Bay for most of the morning and into the afternoon. Because of the fog I couldn't see any other boats after 1-2 miles after the GGB so I figured people were still racing and decided to keep at it. After the fourth sail change that yielded no improvement in boat speed, the breeze finally filled in from the NW, the fog lifted, and the remainder of the race was very pleasant. Although Six Brothers was the first monohull to finish, the overall winner was RYC member, Al Germain.


    PD A lot of boats bailed after a half day of little to no progress, what
    possessed you to keep going?


    CK Fog. I couldn't see anyone 1-2 miles after the GGB so I figured people were still racing.


    PD Any moments when you thought maybe this is not a good idea?

    CK Yes, after the fourth sail change that yielded no improvement in boat speed during the lightest part of the afternoon.


    PD You were the 1st monohull to finish, congrats! What do you attribute your success in that category to?

    CK Beginners luck and great coaching from my friends at RYC. I also try to spend significant time preparing for each event and sometimes it pays off.


    PD What's on the agenda for the foreseeable future for Six Brothers?

    CK I]The whole SF Bay season is new to me so each race is a first time event. I plan to do most of the remaining SSS and OYRA event this season and, if Denise and I can find crew, we will do Big Boat in September. All of the DH racing is leading up to Pac Cup next summer with my co-skipper from NY. I LOVE RACING OUT HERE!!![/I]


    Thanks Chris and welcome to The Bay Area !
    Last edited by Photoboy; 05-23-2017, 09:43 AM.

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  • IOR Geezer
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    Nice effort for Ryle and Brett! Never say die!

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  • Tonapah Low
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    Just 9 finishers?

    Hats off to the RC for duty above and beyond!

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  • Photoboy
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    2017 Single Handed Farallones: A Grueling Test Of Patience




    Mark Eastham, sailing his Corsair F-31, Ma's Rover was the 1st to complete the 56nm odyssey which was this year's SSS Single Handed Farallones. The 12 hour 24 minute and two second voyage was a vastly different experience than Mark other Farallones races, where he has finished in the 5-6 hour range.

    "Those trips you are on edge because you are literally on edge, sailing in 25 knot plus winds and big swell" Mark explains "This year I was on edge because of the fog. Pea soup, horns blaring in every direction, no reference points no idea where the other boats are. All very disconcerting, thank god for the GPS!"

    Mark doesn't sail single handed that often, and likes to give himself some practice days before these events to sort out the kinks. "Both the days I had set aside blew like snot, and I stayed tied to the dock, so I went into this regatta feeling a little ill prepared"

    Mark would sail in the pea soup, riding the southerly 6-12 knot breeze all the way to the weather buoy where he was becalmed. "About three hours of nothing, but at least the fog had dissipated, so I could get my bearings. I had my screecher up earlier and had gotten a nice lift towards the Island, then had to drop the jib and lash everything down for a while I drifted, Then the wind filled in from the NW and I got lifted again towards the Island!" Mark would round the Island about 5:30 ~ 6:00PM and begin the long ride 27 nm back to the Gate.

    Flying his asymmetrical kite, Mark would work his way in to the Golden Gate Strait just as dusk fell, noticing Amy Wells aboard her F-27' Wingit, getting closer and closer. "She was sailing her Symmetrical and had a more direct course, and she was reeling me in, little by little. Mark adds This is her second Single Handed Farallones win in a row, that's pretty impressive, She's the Queen of the Farallones!"

    The excitement did not end for Mark after entering the Bay. With darkness no upon him, the winds picked up substantially as they tend to do, manhandling his big kite in the dark and trying to lay the mark was a beast. " I buried the port ama and center hull 3 times in the process. That's something you don't like doing even with a full crew in the daylight, much less in the pitch black sailing solo" Mark would finish just before 9:00 PM and head to an empty slip at the SF Marina, completely spent.

    "Sailing for another hour back to Richmond in the dark just didn't seem prudent". Marks next race will be the Full Crewed Farallones where he hopes for another 1st to finish.




    For Amy Wells, the Single Handed Farallones is time alone with the boat, something she doesn't get to do enough of. She grew up sailing with her father Ray Wells on the boat and it has become an extension of her family. The natural ebb and flow of the boat just feels right when sailing and Amy truly enjoys time on Wingit. This race, being just her 2nd Single Handed Farallones and 2nd overall corrected victory makes the achievement even more incredible.


    Amy sets her limits, with 6-7 sea state and 15 knot forecasted wind as her cut off point, the criterion for both these has happened in the past two years. And even though winds were brisk at the start, they mellowed out considerably by the time the fleet got to the gate where they would be enveloped in dense fog. Using all of her senses in the dense stuff, Amy says she actually smelled land and tacked away when visibility was nonexistent. That visibility did not improve much until nearly 1/2 way to the Islands. " I finally spotted Truls over on Raven and sailed up by him" Amy reflects "We still could not see the Islands, so it's nice to have some reference"


    After ghosting around for an hour and 1/2, Raven had had enough and fired up the outboard and headed back. "As Truls motored past, I showed him the box of cookies I had just opened, and indicated I would be okay. Light air is fine with me and think of it as just another challenge" Wingit would round the Island well behind Ma's Rover but Amy soldiered on.
    She was 1/3 way back to the gate before seeing her 1st monohulls still heading out, and sailing her old worn out 3oz symmetric kite ( it's all she has left in the quiver) Wingit slowly reeled the bigger Rover in. "Mark had to sail a lot of angles to keep his kite working, but I had just enough wind to keep my kite full and sailed a short course" Amy explains.


    Amy would reach the bridge shortly after 21:00 and that's when things got interesting. Overpowered, and needing to drop the kite, she unclipped, and mistakenly pressed the standby button on her autopilot, (1st time deploying it in the dark ) and moved forward for the douse only to have the boat quickly round up. More excitement than she would have desired, but Amy has the leeward douse down and soon got things back under control and rushed past the finish line at 21:25:16 quick enough to correct out ahead of Ma's Rover by 23 minutes and change.

    The SSS Race committee, already having had a long day at the GGYC would find themselves waiting yet another hour plus before they would get any more customers. In a late night flurry, Chris Kramer would sail his Columbia 32C Six Brothers through the finish line at 22:31:12 to claim 1st monohull honors. Juan Tellez would follow on the F-27 Cumbia to complete the multihull finishers, followed shortly thereafter by Ludovic Milin's J 120 Saetta and then Nathan Bossett aboard the Figaro 2 EnvoleE for division 03 honors.








    As the big hand and little hand both neared the 12 on the chronometer, a pair of WylieCat 30's, Al Germain's Bandicoot and Don Martin's Crinan II would finish within 1:38 of each other 23:47:50 and 23:49:33 respectively to take 1st and 2nd in div 04.







    Credit Joe Balderrama for the 1st in class, last boat to finish, sailing his Express 27 Archimedes at 00: 17:06.



    The RC would remain on scene through the night and greet the sunrise as the deadline came and went at 0600, sadly with two boats still on course, Friday Harbor the Beneteau 323 sailed by the 86 years young Ryle Radke and Brett Suwyn's Cavalier 39' Althea, both determined to finish but were sadly denied They would remain there even after the whistle blew and the contestants were forced to fire up their motors and call it quits, making sure they got past the Gate and safely in the bay





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  • Photoboy
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    Prelim results by division



    Overall

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  • Photoboy
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    Race closed with 2 boats motoring home. Last finisher at 00:17:06. Bandicoot over Crinan ll by only 1 min 43 sec (06:26 AM)

    42 - Boats started, 31 have retired, 9 have finished, and two are still racing. (2:26 AM via Rick Elkins at GGYC)

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  • Photoboy
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    6 Brothers was 1st Mono hull, finishing at 22:31:19, Last finisher arrived at 00:17:06

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  • Photoboy
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    Ma's Rover 1st to finish at 20:59:02

    Foxxfyre had retired at 18:45-ish

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  • Photoboy
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    17:50 crew of " we had enough, thank you "!!!


    TIJD, Outsider, Raven, Dasein's Den, Pork Chop.

    An even dozen still in it....


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  • Photoboy
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    16:10 Evacuee list: Redsky, Elise.

    17 left standing...

    Oh look... A Gallery!
    Last edited by Photoboy; 05-20-2017, 06:17 PM.

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  • Photoboy
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    16:00 Retirees

    Nessie, Jou Jou, Riff Rider, Humdinger,

    19 boats still competing...

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