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  • Another In or Out Mystery Unfolding In at NHYC Offshore One Design Series

    After a recent, shall we say disagreement earlier in the year at SDYC Midwinters had left the PAC52 Class
    in a state of unsureness, with RIO opting out and vowing to race instead in the handicap TP52 division at the second stop
    of the PAC 52 West Coast Championship Series, the class looked very much in flux.

    Yet Friday's results and photos from the event, showed RIO indeed back in the fleet after last minute negotiations put her back
    in the PAC52 division. (They needed 4 boats to qualify for their own start). Tight competition in 3 races on Friday culminated with Interlodge
    setting up a picket fence with 1 bullets despite Invisible Hand finishing 1st in race 3. ( the Hand was later protested and dropped to 4th)

    Fast forward to Saturday skippers meeting and the sudden withdrawal of Invisible Hand from the regatta, and apparently the series leaves
    the class in a state of flux, at a time when regaining forward momentum was an objective. Time will tell.

    In the meanwhile, Casey Alloco, communications director at SDYC files a couple nice reports on the positive side, with images from Bronny Daniels:

    DAY 1

    Interlodge accurately represented their name today - controlling the traffic, blocking their path, and keeping everyone out of the way. Four Pac52s stormed the Pacific for day one of the One Design Offshore Championship’s at Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Pac52s Interlodge, Rio, Invisible Hand and BadPak started this morning off the Santa Ana River Jetty and set out for three races of intense competition.

    Currently standing in first place is Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Interlodge (4 points), followed by Manouch Moshayedi’s Rio (8 points) in second, Tom Holthus’ BadPak (10 points) in third, and Frank Slootman’s Invisible Hand (12 points) in fourth.

    Kristopher Matthews, alternative helm for Interlodge, speaks about their lead after day one. “We had three really good starts that put us on the front foot today. We had good boat speed on the first beat that let us get out front and protect. We’re the only boat out here with a short rig, so it can be hard to hang in your lane downwind when you’re a completely different boat. But it was really good, tight racing. Everyone was in the mix and it seemed like all four boats really got their moment.”

    The morning started off with a calm breeze from the south around 7 knots. The weather mark started at 170 degrees with a 1.6nm course, increasing in length throughout the day. Interlodge set the bar high, taking a bullet in race one and two and sticking in the lead during each of the two races. BadPak, struggling in the start of race one, came back from fourth place and finished second.

    Invisible Hand tried some new tactics in race two, using the middle of the course towards the leeward mark and hugging the beach on the left to the weather mark. On the other side, Rio’s forced tack out by Invisible Hand and lee bow from Interlodge didn’t stop them from finishing second in race two. The race finished with Interlodge holding first place, followed by Rio in second, Invisible Hand in third and BadPak in fourth.

    The course for race three was extended to 2.0nm with a 255 degree axis. The breeze picked up to 18 knots making for rough seas and the competition started to ramp up. Invisible Hand started the race well in first place and held their position through the entirety, pulling ahead of Interlodge. Unfortunately, they took what they thought was a bullet and turned out to be a disqualification of race three for a foul on Rio at the weather mark.

    “We had a bit of an up and down day,” Boat Captain Gavin Brady started. “We won the last race but it turned out we got disqualified from it. It came as a bit of a shock to us, but we’re going to go out and try to enjoy the last two days of the regatta. It’s all part of the game.”

    Invisible Hand’s disqualification from race three took them out of their potential second place and put them at the bottom of the scoresheet in fourth. This misstep moved Rio into second and BadPak into third to conclude day one.

    Day one of the One Design Offshore Championships set high standards for exciting competition during the rest of the regatta. Kristopher Matthews comments, “We’re hoping to have similar days for the rest of the weekend. It was great to have Rio back on the course with us… We’re just trying to sail clean, not shoot ourselves in the foot and see how it goes.”

    After the races, the Pac52 class joined the TP52 class for hosted dockside beer and a regatta social at Newport Harbor Yacht Club, where they celebrated and shook hands until getting back on the water for day two. The first warning signal will begin at 1130.

    DAY 2

    The competition got tough for the Pac52 class on day two of the One Design Offshore Championships at Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Invisible Hand resigned from the regatta after day one, making the racing for Interlodge, Rio and BadPak even tighter. All three remaining boats battled light breezes and experienced challenging sailing today in the Pacific.

    Interlodge currently holds their spot in first place with 8 points, followed by Rio in second with 13 points and BadPak in third with 16 points.

    Race one started over an hour late at 1235 with a 235 degree weather mark and a 1.55nm course. Boats lined up for sequence and awaited a full breeze before the first warning signal. Rio started off their day with an early start, putting them at the back of the pack for race one. Interlodge continued to lead the way in first, followed by BadPak close behind. BadPak and Rio shared similar tactics in race one, staying to the left while Interlodge went right. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to pull ahead.

    Matt Smith on BadPak, reflects on today’s races. “It was a great day on the water. The competition was just as strong as it always is against Rio and Interlodge. The conditions were completely different than yesterday. There were many mode changes while we were racing, which always kept up working hard!”

    The course adjusted to 1.45nm on a 220 degree axis for race two. The breeze lightened up around 7 knots and all three boats had perfect starts. Rio made up for race one’s early start and sailed fast and strong to the first weather mark. Rio and Interlodge sailed a tight race, exchanging a tack at the second weather mark, with BadPak close behind. Interlodge kept their spot in first, followed by BadPak in second and Rio finishing third.

    The breeze continued to die down for race three, the final race of the day. At 6 knots, the course shortened to 1.3nm at a 215 degree axis. Again, all boats saw perfect starts. Interlodge started off the regatta on the left side, struggling to keep up with BadPak and Rio who went right. Rio, determined to beat BadPak for second overall, sailed fast to the final gate, coming in first. Close behind was BadPak in second followed by Interlodge in third.


    Rio Boat Captain Jeff Messano didn’t mind the light breezes today. “The races went well today. We had a 3, 2, 1. The light breeze didn’t affect us too much, either. The water stayed flat so the sailing was still good and fast,” he commented.

    Day two of the One Design Offshore Championships ended with a mere 3 knots. Rio and BadPak finished the day only three points from each other, giving our sailors and spectators exciting expectations for the final day of the regatta. After today’s race, the sailors came together for camaraderie and a post-race social at NHYC. Tomorrow, the final series of races are expected to begin at 1130.

    Class Manager Manny Gomez commented on the dynamic of the team. “These boats are used to racing against each other. The class is small, but everyone continues to have so much fun. The racing stays close every time and we’re always looking forward to the next one.”
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  • #2
    So much potential.

    Bummer, hope they get their act together and regroup.


    • #3
      A shame that they cant find a way to compromise.

      Perhaps counseling is in order?


      • #4
        Does this mean no PD demo rides in September?