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  • Pell Mell's Improbable Return Home

    On Saturday May 28th, 30 boats departed San Francisco on the 1st leg of the California Offshore Race Week,
    The Spinnaker Cup, 86 miles of downhill fun, from San Francisco to Monterey.

    In the midst and in the mist, an improbable contestant, that had been ignored, more than it had been sailed recently and much less raced.
    Originally built in the mid 80's by one Dave Sutter, the Point Bonita 27' was more of a cruiser with inspiration from the Dogpatch 26, without the hard chines below the waterline.

    Alex Simanis of Ballard Sails, found the old girl languishing in Poulsbo in the PNW, and spent an entire year bringing her into her potential, and this past October, she returned to the water and began collecting pickle dishes .

    With the help of Elishia Van Luven and Joseph Wilderman who both also spent vast amount of time in the resurrection, the managed to win not only their division outright, but also corrected out over the entire fleet with a time of 0:14:49:01!

    Pell Mell

    In a race that started in good breeze but a strong flood, the fleet hugged the shore, not only out of San Francisco Bay,
    but along the China Beach area and down to Pacifica.
    Rebecca Hinden, who was at the helm of Surprise explains:

    "The big boats and most of our division stuck firmly to the coast, looking for shore breeze to break through the predicted afternoon hole after the southerly died. Fast exit stayed offshore, as did we, betting on the new breeze filling from the west. The fill happened quickly, and we got our kite up just around dusk, and within an hour were cruising right along in 10-15 knots from the NW. Pretty soon after that we were in 20, then 25-30 knots of breeze as we closed in on Point Pinos. We actually finished under kite, reaching across the finish line! That's a first for me."

    Moonshine, the Dogpatch 26' with rich history of offshore racing out of San Francisco Bay, was recently sold and relocated to the PNW,
    her new owner, Marc-Andrea Klimaschewski seen here with crew David Rogers, sailed to 2nd in division and 3rd in fleet corrected!

    Redhead, the Cal 40 owned by Walter Smith, won the 3 boat Cal 40 division and was 4th overall corrected!


    Olson 30' Werewolf, with the Mulvihill Twins , Jeff and Sean sailed to 3rd overall and 1st in division PHRF -F

    Peter Wagner's J111 Skeleton Key won the 7 boat PHRF-E division

    Lucky Duck, Dave MacEwen's Rogers'46 , Won the big boat division by an impressive margin!

    Surprise, Robert Hinden's Schumacher 46' took PHRF- D honors!

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