Locomotion first home

Rich Roberts reports from the Vallarta Race

Thursday February 20th 2003, Author: Rich Roberts, Location: United Kingdom
Skipper Keith Kilpatrick had just sailed Winslow Lincoln's Locomotion across the finish line with Roy Disney's Pyewacket less than 100 miles at sea Wednesday morning, but the owner wasn't conceding anything in Del Rey Yacht Club's 17th biennial Marina del Rey to Puerto Vallarta International Yacht Race.

Besides being first to finish the 1,125 nautical mile race, Lincoln also hoped to post the fastest elapsed time after starting one day ahead of the celebrated record breaker.

"We're holding out," Lincoln said as he hoisted brews with his crew at dock in Marina Vallarta. "We had a blessed run. We're willing to put our boat up against any other boat."

The three-year-old Andrews 45 seemed certain to collect two-thirds of a sweep
as first to finish and first overall on corrected time, but Pyewacket -due to arrive Wednesday afternoon or evening - probably would slip in under Locomotion's pure elapsed time of 5 days 17 hours 39 minutes 18 seconds but without threatening Joss's 1985 record of 4:23:00:04.

Following Locomotion were, in order, Jake Wood's Mull 82 Sorcery, the only other PHRF A class entry, then the Santa Cruz 50s Horizon and Bay Wolf that started a day earlier and have been waging a dogfight for PHRF B honors ever since. Horizon had a four-mile lead at Wednesday morning's position report. Pyewacket, Disney's Reichel/Pugh 75, would be next.

Kilpatrick, a veteran designated as skipper by Lincoln for this race, said although a brisk northwesterly breeze that blew as strong as 30 knots faded past Cabo San Lucas, they were able to fly spinnakers 95 per cent of the time.

"Anytime we have the spinnaker up on this boat we're halfway there," he said. "We never got parked badly except the day after Cabo. We thought we were had."

Watch captain Randy Smith said, "We took the main sail down because it was just slatting." "But in 15 minutes it changed and we were off again," Kilpatrick said.

The 45-foot boat carried a 28-foot spinnaker pole, and the entire setup, Lincoln said, "was just the right conditions this boat enjoys."

Besides Kilpatrick, Lincoln and Smith, other crew members were Melinda Lincoln, Bridget Suckling, Jib Kelly, Allan Lindsay and Doug McLean. All rotated at the helm, although Suckling, who sailed with the Amer Sports Too all-woman team in the 2001-02 Volvo Ocean Race, also spent her usual time up the mast tending to business.

"It was such a tiny mast that it's nothing like I'm used to," she said, laughing.

The Salsa Division boats also were due to arrive Wednesday, but two of the Racing Division escort boats didn't make it because of rough head seas and a breakdown early on. Exodus II lost both of its engines because of fuel contamination. While it rolled helplessly in heavy seas for an hour and a half, two Salsa entries - Allen Puckett's Amazing Grace and Wes Stone's Seaker II - stood by to assist until the Mexican Navy patrol vessel Uribe arrived to tow Exodus II 200 miles from Bahia Maria to Cabo San Lucas.

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.

RACING DIVISION
Positions at 9 a.m. Feb. 19

PHRF AA (started Feb. 14)
1. Pyewacket (R/P 75), Roy E. Disney, Los Angeles YC, 207 miles in last 24
hours/85 miles to go.

PHRF A (started Feb. 13)
1. Locomotion (Andrews 45), Keith Kilpatrick, South Shore YC, finished
06:39:18 PST 2-19.
2. Sorcery (Mull 82), Jacob Wood, California YC, 177/21.

PHRF B (started Feb. 12)
1. Horizon (S/CD 50M), Jack Taylor, Dana Point YC, 164/34.
2. Bay Wolf (S/C 50), Richard Parlette, Cabrillo Beach YC, 154/38.
3. Ghost II (Farr 395), Al Berg, Santa Monica Windjammers, 134/105.
4. Atalanta (Tripp 74 ketch), Richard Hedreen, Corinthian YC, Seattle,
105/104.
5. Zamazaan (Farr 52C), Charles Weghorn, St. Francis YC, 127/217.
6. Black Knight (Farr 39ML), Phillip Friedman, Del Rey YC, retired.

SALSA DIVISION
Started race Feb. 7; started Leg 2 Feb. 13

Leg 1 order of finish on corrected time (includes handicaps and engine time
penalties)

SPINNAKER
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.

NON-SPINNAKER A
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.

NON-SPINNAKER B
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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