Record on for Vallarta race

Pyewacket vying for fastest time in west coast offshore classic

Saturday February 15th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States
Pyewacket isn't the only boat thinking about a record in Del Rey Yacht Club's 17th biennial race to Puerto Vallarta. Winslow Lincoln's Locomotion, an Andrews 45 skippered by Keith Kilpatrick, and Jake Wood's Sorcery, a Mull 82, were ahead of Joss's 1985 pace as Saturday dawned on their third day at sea.

The two boats in PHRF A class started Thursday, a day ahead of Roy Disney's Reichel/Pugh 75, which sailed 188 nautical miles in the 20 hours before its first position report. Locomotion and Sorcery tallied 260 and 247 miles, respectively, on their first 24-hour logs, as they approached the halfway point in the 1,125-mile race.

Locomotion was averaging 10.2 knots for the race, sorcery 9.5. Joss, Richard and Camille Daniels' MacGregor 65, averaged 9.45 knots when it set the long-standing record of 4 days 23 hours 0 minutes 4 seconds. Winds were ideal for spinnaker runs: 15 knots from north-northwest and forecast to continue as far as Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.

From there, however, projections were anyone's guess. Reports were of squalls but only moderate winds in the Gulf of California for the crossing to Puerto Vallarta on the mainland. Race official Tom Redler was encouraged by the reports but cautiously optimistic about records.

"We've been through this before," he said, "when boats were on the pace to break Joss's record and then the wind shut down across the gulf. We'll have a better idea in a couple of days."

At its present pace, Locomotion would finish at 3:35 a.m. PST Tuesday, with Sorcery eight hours behind. Pyewacket's ETA was for early afternoon Wednesday but was based only on its first day of sailing when it averaged 9.3 knots.

Two Santa Cruz 50s - Bay Wolf, chartered by Richard Parlette, and Jack Taylor's Horizon - were the overall midway pacesetters after averaging 9.5 and 9.7 knots, respectively, into their fourth days. They started Wednesday in PHRF B class.
The Salsa Division boats, now numbering 13 since Principessa's withdrawal, also were sailing in 15 knots of northwesterly winds after restarting from their first of three scheduled layovers at Turtle Bay late Thursday motoring. Only Valerie K, Ron Hoskin's Columbia 43 from Long Beach, reported using its engine, but only for one hour.

Immediately after the completion of the 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 were invited to take part.

Positions at 0900 Feb15
PHRF AA (started 1300, Feb. 14)
1. Pyewacket (R/P 75), Roy E. Disney, Los Angeles YC, 188 miles since start/944 miles to go.

PHRF A (started Feb. 13)
1. Locomotion (Andrews 45), Keith Kilpatrick, South Shore YC, 260 miles last 24 hours/683 to go.
2. Sorcery (Mull 82), Jacob Wood, California YC, 247/713.

PHRF B (started Feb. 12)
1. Bay Wolf (S/C 50), Richard Parlette, Cabrillo Beach YC, 229/605.
2. Horizon (S/CD 50M), Jack Taylor, Dana Point YC, 232/616.
3. Ghost II (Farr 395), Al Berg, Santa Monica Windjammers, 179/682.
4. Atalanta (Tripp 74 ketch), Richard Hedreen, Corinthian YC, Seattle, 225/675.
5. Zamazaan (Farr 52C), Charles Weghorn, St. Francis YC, 161/789
6. Black Knight (Farr 39ML), Phillip Friedman, Del Rey YC, retired.

Started race Feb. 7; started Leg 2 Feb. 13
Leg 1 order of finish on corrected time (includes handicaps and engine time penalties)
1. Between the Sheets (Jeanneau 52.2), Ross Pearlman, Santa Monica Windjammers YC.
2. Gold Digger (N/M 50), David Fell, Seal Beach YC.
3. Misty (Cal 39-2), Harold Alexander, Seal Beach YC.
4. Broadway Babe (C&C 110), Jim Maslon, Del Rey YC.
5. Amazing Grace (Farr 55), Allen Puckett, California YC.
6. Cheyenne (Whiting 49), Alan Blunt/David Fox, California/Santa Cruz YCs.

1. Quamichan (Davidson 44), Sandy Clark, South Coast Corinthian YC.
2. Quest (Davidson 53), Scott/Jean Adam, Del Rey/California YCs.
3. Sunseeker (Tayana 55), Alfred Benaroya, Seattle YC.

1. Principessa (Newport 41S), Gregory Daley, Del Rey YC (retired).
2. Fly'n Bry'n (Catalina 42), Jerry Bryan, American Legion YC.
3. Firelight (Catalina 470T), Patrick Mickle, Dana Point YC.
4. Seaker II (Farr 33), Wes Stone, Cabrillo Beach YC.
5. Valerie K (Columbia 43), Ron Hoskin, Hawaii YC.
NOTE: 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.

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