Vallarta race Friday
Starts for eight boats in three classes of the Racing Division will be Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 12, 13 and 14, also at 1 p.m. Overall, the 22 participants hail from ports as far north as Seattle and as far west as Hawaii.
At 1,125 nautical miles, the Del Rey-Puerto Vallarta Race is the oldest continuous race to Mexico's mainland. The last boat to start this year will be Roy E. Disney's Reichel/Pugh 75 maxi-sled, Pyewacket, which holds records for the Transpacific Yacht Race, Newport-to-Bermuda and the Chicago-Mac, among others. The P.V. record is 4 days 23 hours 0 minutes 4 seconds set in 1985 by Dick and Camille Daniels' Joss, a MacGregor 65.
The Salsa Division is for sailors looking to combine serious racing with the flavor of a cruising lifestyle. The three classes---Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker A and Non-Spinnaker B---will be allowed to use their engines in the event of light winds but will pay a time penalty for doing so. They'll check in at three way points. The first at Turtle Bay will include a party the evening of Feb. 11. They'll restart Feb. 12 to an optional layover at Bahia Maria, then continue to Cabo San Lucas on a "free" leg that includes a fishing tournament en route and another party in port Feb. 16. The last leg to Puerto Vallarta will start Feb. 17.
That format will be a new experience for David Fell and his crew aboard Gold Digger, his Nelson/Marek 50 from Seal Beach Yacht Club. As dedicated racers, they won the Southern California PHRF Area C High-Point Championship series last year.
Fell said, "I feel really mixed up about it, but I had only one other guy who's ever done a long race, and we didn’t think we could compete with the high-tech boats because Gold Digger is an [older] IOR boat."
However, his crew is the usual group that has done well in buoy races, including watch captains Eric Fracker and Chris Cantwell. "We've just been doing a six-week refit on the whole boat," said Fracker, who also will be the navigator.
The Salsa Division skippers' meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 5, 5 p.m., at Del Rey YC, 13900 Palawan Way, Marina del Rey. A pre-race party will follow.
The Racing Division skippers' meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m., at the same location, preceding a Mexican-style fiesta.
Immediately after the completion of DRYC's race, North Sails and the Mexican Sailing Association are sponsoring a new five-day regatta in Banderas Bay called Vallarta Race Week. All Marina del Rey-Puerto Vallarta participants are invited to take part.
(Boat/Type, Sail Number, Skipper, Yacht Club, Rating/Time Allowance)
PHRF AA (starts Feb. 14)
Pyewacket (R/P 75), USA-4, Roy E. Disney, Los Angeles, -153/-47:48:45
PHRF A (starts Feb. 13)
Sorcery (Mull 82), US-1777, Jacob Wood, California, -48/-15:00:00
Locomotion (Andrews 45), US-46860, Keith Kilpatrick, South Shore, -45/-14:03:45
PHRF B (starts Feb. 12)
Horizon (S/CD 50M), US-18926, Jack Taylor, Dana Point, -3/-0:56:15
Atalanta (Tripp 74 ketch), US-69581, Richard Hedreen, Corinthian, 0/0:00:00
Zamazaan (Farr 52C), US-3883, Charles Weghorn, St. Francis, 6/1:52:30
Black Knight (Farr 39ML ), US-83400, Phillip Friedman, Del Rey, 15/4:41:15
Ghost II (Farr 395), US-7077, Al Berg, Santa Monica Windjammers, 30/9:22:30
SALSA DIVISION (All starts Feb. 7)
Amazing Grace (Farr 55), US-18949, Allen Puckett, California, 0/TBD
Gold Digger (N/M 50), US-90210, David Fell, Seal Beach, 12/TBD
Broadway Babe (C&C 110), US-28767, Jim Maslon, Del Rey, 54/TBD
Cheyenne (Whiting 49), US-57782, Alan Blunt/David Fox, California/Santa Cruz, 66/TBD
Between the Sheets (Jeanneau 52.2), US-51593, Ross Pearlman, Santa Monica Windjammers, 78/TBD
Misty (Cal 39-2), US-67200, Harold Alexander, Seal Beach, 114/TBD
Quest (Davidson 53), US-7201, Scott/Jean Adam, Del Rey/California, 51/TBD
Quamichan (Davidson 44), US-77026, Sandy Clark, South Coast Corinthian, 60/TBD
Sunseeker (Tayana 55), US-63434, Alfred Benaroya, Seattle, 72/TBD
Seaker II (Farr 33), US-53360, Wes Stone, Cabrillo Beach, 102/TBD
Fly'n Bry'n (Catalina 42), US-46493, Jerry Bryan, American Legion, 105/TBD
Principessa (Newport 41S), US-20878, Gregory Daley, Del Rey, 105/TBD
Firelight (Catalina 470T), US-46763, Patrick Mickle, Dana Point, 105/TBD
Valerie K (Columbia 43), US-7780, Ron Hoskin, Hawaii, 117/TBD
TBD---In Salsa Division, time allowance is computed at end of each leg for distance sailed. Engine use permitted with penalty applied. In Spinnaker class, all boats race with PHRF off-wind course (OWC) rating on all legs. In Non-Spinnaker class, initial "cruising" ratings are adjusted after each leg.