Archive for May, 2012

Spinnaker Cup

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

We raced the the Spinnaker Cup from SF Bay to Monterey. Classic West Coast offshore race that I’ve never done before. A couple new crew (thanks Jonathan, Marcus) and a bunch of old Shanti / Quixote hands (Bagley, John Saul, and Garth).

Totally dead at the start, followed by the usual flukey wind up through Yellow Bluff, honking out the gate with incredible flood current, blowing 27-30 minimum out the shipping channel to Buoy #6, left turn to a close reach, and spinnaker up off Pt. Montara.

Finished around 1AM for a total time of 13 hours 45 minutes, beating Bequia over the line by 90 seconds under a tight spinnaker reach (in the middle of the night through Monterey Harbor).

Second across the line and corrected down to 6th.  Results here.

Trip back was smooth, autopilot on and motored up the coast about 2 miles off the beach the whole way. Left at 6PM, docked in Sausalito about 10AM for a frosty beverage.

Quixote Spinnaker Cup

Tacking up to the North Tower

Spinnaker Cup to-do

Monday, May 7th, 2012
  1. Renew PHRF
  2. Register
  3. Fax float plan to 415-366-1483 BY 1800 HRS ON 4/23/12
  4. PHRF certificate to SFYC race office
  5. Reserve slip in Monterey