Fast is Fun!
Until about a week ago, it was looking like an "old school" Pac Cup. Heavy on the 40-ish foot boats, with a larger than usual (21) share of double-handed entries.
Then WHAM! A flurry of classic and modern racing sleds showed up, likely turning the (presumed) ORR-1 and -2 divisions into a downhill drag race. Let's take a look at the recent entries:
- Pyewacket 70, Roy Disney's Volvo 70. Welcome back! Pyewacket, of course, curtailed their last Pacific Race to carry out a valiant rescue of a sinking boat.
- Zvi, RP 55, Alan Lubner from Seattle
- Sonic, TP52, Marek Omilian, also from Seattle
- Shadow II, TP52 Peter McCarthy, Vancouver
- Mist, our THIRD TP52, Stevan Johnson, Seattle. Kinda feel like the Pacific Northwest is telling us something, but I digress...
- Westerly, Stuart Dahlgren's Santa Cruz 70 has been thinking about this for a while. Welcome! Victoria BC
- J/World's Hula Girl, Santa Cruz 50 operated by J/World as a training boat under Wayne Zittel. Some training! They WON in 2016. We know of two other 50s considering it....
- J/World's Cazan, DK 46, also in the program. https://sailing-jworld.com/
- Hamachi, our second J/125. Andrews & Dougherty listed as skippers. Seattle
- Rage, David Raney's Wylie 70. It's the rage! Portland.
We can only assume that these bigger boat skippers and owners got together at a bar, perhaps at the Space Needle, or perhaps at the much more socially-distanced Halfway Cafe
Our entry count is at 78 right now. In addition to the sleds, we've seen a bunch of boats in the mid-range, from the celebrated Cal 40s, including Rodney Pimentel's Azure and Commodore Jim's Green Buffalo, to Surprise!, Bob Johnston's Alerion Express 38. See the complete list here.
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