PHRB - B fleet gets underway
Amid moderate to heavy showers, an uncommon offshore northeasterly wind of 13-16 knots reversed the traffic pattern at nearby LAX so that planes were landing from seaward directly over the course. The six racers didn't mind. With the line set south, square to the tip of the Palos Verdes peninsula, they enjoyed a smooth beam reach start and an easy fetch of the turning point.
Phillip Friedman's Farr 39ML Black Knight, sailing for the host club, was first across with the committee boat to port, followed by Richard Parlette's Santa Cruz 50 Bay Wolf, under charter from Kirk Wilson of Cabrillo Beach YC. Then came Jack Taylor's Horizon, another S/C 50; Charles Weghorn's Farr 52 Zamazaan and Al Berg's Farr 395 Ghost II, Santa Monica Windjammers.
With 1,125 nautical miles to go, Richard Hedreen played it cautiously and brought up the rear with the largest boat in the class, his Tripp 74 ketch Atalanta.
Zamazaan started with a reefed main sail and some boats considered hoisting spinnakers until they determined the reach was a bit too tight.
Two PHRF-A boats will start Thursday at 1pm - Keith Kilpatrick's chartered Andrews 45 Locomotion, and Jake Wood's Mull 82 Sorcery. The last starter on Friday will be Roy Disney's Reichel/Pugh 75 Pyewacket, which hoped to ride the storm conditions for all they're worth in pursuit of Joss's 18-year-old record for the race.
Taylor expected to take Horizon well offshore to pick up the best winds. "We'll probably split the [Santa Catalina and San Clemente] islands and go way, way out," he said, "at least 60 miles offshore."
Harry Pattison, a watch captain on Black Knight, said, "the first half of the race should be pretty fast. After that we don't really know [because] the forecasts for 6 or 7 days out aren't too reliable."
But Friedman was encouraged by the weather. "This - wet and cold - is the way it was in '85 when I sailed the race and Joss set the record," he said.
Partway down the Baja California peninsula, the Salsa Division fleet of 14 boats was scheduled to depart Turtle Bay Wednesday after the first of three layovers in its more relaxed competition.
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.
(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)
Locomotion (Andrews 45), US-46860, Keith Kilpatrick, South Shore, -45/-14:03:45
Sorcery (Mull 82), US-1777, Jacob Wood, California, -48/-15:00:00
PHRF B (started Feb. 12)
Atalanta (Tripp 74 ketch), US-69581, Richard Hedreen, Corinthian, 0/0:00:00
Black Knight (Farr 39ML ), US-83400, Phillip Friedman, Del Rey, 15/4:41:15
Bay Wolf (S/C 50), US-77157,Richard Parlette, Cabrillo Beach, -3/0:56:15
Ghost II (Farr 395), US-7077, Al Berg, Santa Monica Windjammers, 30/9:22:30
Horizon (S/CD 50M), US-18926, Jack Taylor, Dana Point, -3/0:56:15
Zamazaan (Farr 52C), US-3883, Charles Weghorn, St. Francis, 6/1:52:30
SALSA DIVISION (started Feb. 7)
Order of finish on corrected time, Leg 1 (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.
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.
NB: 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.