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  • #31
    Final report from TEAM ALOHA!
    “Good evening all from what has been a fun afternoon aboard Aloha. After an evening gybe offshore at around 8 last night, we had been headed inshore on about course towards the finish at lands end in decent breeze around 12 knots. Sadly though, this was not to last as the very clear sky with a almost full moon saw diminishing breeze through the night and a lift bringing our aim a bit north of what our original intention had been.

    With the wind spooling us around, we made the decision to gybe more in the southerly direction in the wee hours of the morning and again not too much longer as the morning breeze began to fill in. The light breeze of the morning would however eventually give way to an increase onshore flow that we are in at the moment havig gybed back onto starboard and making miles almost straight at the finish line. The winds having built to nearly twenty with the highest puff around 24, we have been able to finally properly surf some of the small swells in the area to a pretty respectable max speed of 15 knots. The wind filling in and very fun conditions have not been the only excitemnet of the day however, as we have gotten to see a bevy of new wildlife.

    As always we have seen plenty of dolphins and the sea turtles have become nearly routine as they pop their heads up and watch us go by before gracefully diving down away to more relaxing depths. As for more exciting sea life, Elliott claims to have seen a whale about 200 feet off our our staboard side, though no other witnesses make it sound like a fish story. And speaking of fish stories, we did get to see a marlin jumping a few times just off our starboard bow, we estimate the fish to have been around 7 feet, not too shabby for something coming all the way out of the water.

    At our 100 mile marker we finally tapped into the dyed green tequila that had originally been intended as a St. Patty's day treat. We are hoping to make it to the finish line some time in the morning, though we are very weary of the potential for little to no wind in the vicinity of the finish as is the typical trend for the tricy litte area in the morning before the normal breeze fills in. Thanks for following along with us as we hope this to be our final full day report. Back to making dinner and pushing the boat hard.” Kyle Vanderspek Elliott James Cassidy J Lynch NHYC Cabo Race

    The large painting below was done by the local artist to depict TEAM ALOHAS finish passing the Cabo Arc tomorrow. This painting will be permanently displayed at the Baja Cantina Marina.

    Brian van der Spek

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    • #32
      Wednesday 09:00 Update: A Flood Of Overnight Finishers

      With Aloha and Brigadoon just minutes from the finish, the count of boats completed the 800 nm
      Cabo Race will grow to 12, leaving just 10 boats on the course. 6 of those boats will be from Saturday's
      start of ORR 1 and ORR 2, 5 of which have retired, Mr Bill and Cal Maritime joining the retiree list.

      As predicted, the finish of ORR 5 was one for the books, with Marisol and Chubasco crossing at 23:00 and 23:03 respectively
      and Brown Eyed Girl 14 minutes after. A tip of the hat to Tom Barker and crew of Good Call that took lin honors on the boats
      maiden voyage, finishing at 20:05 (We'll have more on that shortly). Also impressive late charge by Bob Pethick and crew
      aboard Bretwalda 3 that snuck in just ahead of Marisol and Chubasco for 2nd overall in line honors.

      Fast Exit wins ORR3 with 3 plus hours to spare on corrected over Timeshaver.


      The 50/52 division ORR 4 Win goes to Horizon with Lucky Duck in 2nd, just not able to reel in the elusive Socal boat again.

      4 Boats, Hana Ho, Vela, Ande Ome and Blue Flash are all just a few hours out and then the big boys from ORR 1 and ORR2
      with between 100 nm ( Peligroso) to 191 nm ( Grand Illusion) to complete the monohull racing.

      We would be remiss to not mention Frank Stich's HH 55 Catamaran that is sort of racing. Solo. With 438 nm to go.

      Team Good Call aka Numero Uno

      Marisol Muchachos

      Bretwalda 3 Amigos
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      • #33
        Line Honors Without Breaking A Sweat: Good Calls Most Excellent Shakedown

        Good Call on her way the line honors. image © Will Suto

        “It wasn’t what we were thinking was going to happen” Jeff Brown, boat captain and helmsman for Tom Barkers Swan 60FD Good Call says “We literally were thinking of the race as a shakedown to get the boat ready for the Transpac, and we got really, really lucky.”

        Good Calls clean layout

        Watermaker with lots of capacity means plenty of fresh water to go around!

        The Swan 60FD is a racer cruiser or a fast cruiser depending on who you ask. It doesn’t lack creature comforts and Good Call is a comfortable ride. Water maker,, air conditioning, generator and push button winches make sailing her a pleasure, and not a chore. She is the 4th yacht Tom Barker has owned, A J-124, a J-145 and a J65 all named Good Call preceded her. They came prepared. To be pampered.

        le menu

        The crew of 9 were in for a treat, no freeze-dried meals on this tour. Nightly wine pairings with main courses of Salmon and Sauvignon Blanc, Spaghetti with meatballs and Argiano Super Tuscan, Lasagna with a Fritz Pinot Noir. Breakfast of Bacon and eggs, pancakes or croissant. Nightly pupus. Homemade Ice Cream on the last night. It was rough.

        The crew before the start

        The crew of nine, David Oliver, Jeff Brown, Tom Barker, John Gladstone, Tom Parry, Patrick Murray, Erik Rogers, Javier Quiroz, and Will Suto would start with 6 other boats in ORR 3 on Friday, along with 4 SC 50/52’s. Her rating 0f 1.1378 was the highest of all boats in the division but she is not light and would need the optimal conditions to live up to the appointed number. She had just been outfitted with a new deeper keel and racing boom to upgrade from cruising mode to offshore race mode, a new quiver of sails delivered just days before the March 15th start. A kelp cutter and massive running rigging tune up and electronics upgrade in the weeks leading up to the race.

        “We had only few hours of sailing before the race” Jeff notes “But the crew was up to the task. Great group, great camaraderie, easy going event, and with the AC and powered winches, I don’t think anyone broke a sweat”

        The Friday start was the best of all, and ORR 3 had wind the entire trip. Mostly in the 8-12 knot range. Dropping to 5 knots for just a short spell. “We started with #2 then 2A, Code Zero then to 3A thereafter between 1A 2A and 2.5 never took the kites down till finish” Jeff recalls. The 54’10” waterline really loving the wind range and the seas stayed well behaved the whole way. While the Saturday and boats suffered light air sections, the Friday starters were blessed from start to finish. Thursdays ORR 5 fleet had respectable returns in smile per mile and for a while, it appeared that the line honors would emerge from within that group.

        Good Call would jump to the front of the Friday fleet by the San Diego/Mexico border and stay well on the outside of the rhumbline until just south of Bahia Tortugas and then bounce in and out just west of it the remainder of the race. She reeled in Onde Amo early on Sunday morning and finally passed Aloha west of Puta Abreojos and was even with the 3 lead boats by Puerto Magdalena. She passed remained outside of them the rest of the way. With John Gladstone and David Oliver calling the tactical shots, and the crew performing gybes and trim with near perfection, Good Call was now on a mission.

        “We could see Brown Eye Girl, Marisol and Chubasco on the AIS, sailing in lockstep down the course, and it was really fun too watch, but we kept our concentration and focus on the new objective, this shakedown is turning out better than we could have ever imagined!” Jeff gleams “We were about 6 hours out when we realized it was our race to win or lose, and losing wasn’t an option we wanted.”

        They put the hammer down and leveraging some hot angles working on the final approach, crossed the finish line at 20:05, nearly 3 hours ahead of the next boat, Bob Pethick’s Rogers 46 Bretwalda3 to claim line honors. “ We are really happy for owner Tom Barker, her is really a great guy to sail with, and this just being the 2nd Cabo Race for him after a bad accident in his 1st one years ago, not to mention the surprise victory that none of us ever imagined”

        ************************************************** ******
        Prepping Good Call For Offshore Racing:

        In addition to superior service by North Sails Patrick Murray, Fontenay Yacht Repair to get the water maker up to snuff
        and electrical and instrument work by Artie Means, our friends at SD Boatworks labored tirelessly to get Good Call in
        primo operating condition:

        "SD Boatworks was honored to be one of the companies chosen to carry out the modifications, upgrades and commissioning of the Swan 60 “Good Call”. During this process the yacht was put into racing trim, and prepared for offshore racing, something it had never done before. The complexities of a yacht of this caliber come from the integrated systems, that when set up properly allow the yacht to function with fingertip control, but every one of these functions needs to be serviced, tuned and adjusted with very little margin for error. Among other tasks, SD Boatworks refined and tuned the onboard sailing systems including the powered winch system, push button hydraulics system, the running rigging and soft attachments. No detail was ignored and every system was tested rigorously both at the dock and under sail during sea trials where the SD Boatworks team worked side by side with the sailors to ensure that the functionality and reliability were up to the standards required for the race. The results of these efforts are a boat that is not only fast, but also very enjoyable to sail with precision systems that put every control at the fingertips of the crew."

        "SD Boatworks is a San Diego based Rigging Shop that specializes in both racing and cruising sailboats. Along with their local service business, SD Boatworks is also the West Coast distributor for Marlow Ropes, which they ship to customers nationwide ranging from small rig shops to Grand Prix race programs as well as club racers on both coasts and in the Great Lakes. You can learn more about them at their website,"

        David Servais
        SD Boatworks
        2733 Shelter Island Drive
        San Diego, CA 92106

        Shop: (619) 592 8682
        Cell: (360) 510 2984
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        • #34
          There is something to be said about "civilized sailing"


          • #35
            Now if we could all just find some Swans like that at yard sale prices!


            • #36

              A sweet video short from the crew of J-125 Time Shaver during the 2018 NHYC Cabo Race!
              " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella"

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