Long Beach Race Week will be hosting the Open 5.70s 2012 Pacfic Coast Championships this year. There are already 21 boats registered for the event. Opens owners are congregating from all over California. The class has large fleets based in Marina del Rey and San Francisco Bay. Long Beach Race Week is one of the biggest regattas in Southern California and will host more than 120 boats in more than 12 classes. Hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club this event is exceptionally well run – with good breeze often reaching the low 20s and flat protected waters inside the Long Beach harbor this is the ideal venue for the Open 5.70. For the third year in a row the Open 5.70 will be the largest one-design fleet at the regatta. Stay tuned for plenty of race coverage.
Open Sailing ran one of it’s first Open 5.70 racing clinics followed by an Open 5.70 exclusive regatta this weekend.
The clinic on Saturday was taught by Jerome Sammarcelli (North American Champion, 2011) and Nik Vale (Pacific Coast Champion, 2011). The clinic was an “open” forum that allowed the owners to discuss the techniques they use to get to the front of the fleet. (more…)
Open Sailing will have the Pogo 2 and the Open 5.70 on display at the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show being held at Jack London Square in Oakland from April 12th until the 15th.
The Open 5.70 has become one of the largest one-design classes in California and proudly boasts two active fleets of 13 boats – one in Southern California and one in San Francisco Bay. This high performance day sailor has put the fun back in sailing. Easily sailed by 2 or 3 people, including husbands & wives and fathers & sons, the boat is fast, fun, and forgiving. With a friendly competitive class association and widely varied racing calendar that features events all over California, including one in the High Sierras on Lake Huntington, it easy to see why people like this little boat. Come and see the boat first hand, meet some of the owners, and watch them race on the Estuary in front of the boat show on Saturday afternoon!
The Pogo 2 made it’s debut at this boat show last year. Since then the level of interest in this Mini-Transat has gone through the roof. Perfect as a pocket cruiser with the family or for the offshore adventurer looking to challenge themselves sailing solo across oceans it appeals to the offshore sailor in everyone. Despite being only 21 foot there is plenty of room down below on this boat – it has to be seen to be believed. The boat at the show is going to be 806 (Open Sailing Offshore Racing) – which is currently in the middle of an offshore campaign which has already logged a lot of miles and will climax when the boat leaves San Francisco bound for Hawaii in the Pacific Cup in July 2012.
I’ll start this recap as I did last year’s:
Linus said: “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.”
So here I go, AGAIN, discussing the Great Pumpkin, the regatta hosted last weekend by the Richmond Yacht Club. This event is really two separate regattas in one – a day of buoy racing on Saturday and an “around the islands” race for Sunday (that’s around Angel Island and Alcatraz – in the direction of your choice).
The Open 5.70 is featured in the article “The Promised Land” in the September issue of Sailing World.
“Nearly half of the competitors at the Open 5.70 North Americans also came to Long Beach from outside Southern California. With 21 entries, this championship for the increasingly popular 19-foot keelboat was the largest one-design fleet at the event.” Read more…
With 13 Open 5.70s competing on San Francisco Bay in some fairly classic August conditions it was a great weekend with some very close racing. Michael Gough made it two in a row, winning the GGYC Invitational last weekend and the Sarcoma Cup this weekend (which was also the Open 5.70 Pacific Coast Championships). Full results and photos are up on the Sarcoma Cup website.
Check out the full race report from Tyler Gough.
“It was classic summer weather this weekend. The fog so low in the morning it was blanketing us as we were coming over the Richmond bridge, and then clear all the way into the city front by the afternoon. The wind was little more than someone blowing through a straw in the morning, but by the middle of the afternoon we had a nice stiff bay breeze blowing through the Berkeley Circle through the gap between Angel Island and Alcatraz.
Coming off of a successful weekend over on the city front the weekend before at the Golden Gate Yacht Club’s Open 5.70 West Coast Invitational Regatta, we had high hopes for the Sarcoma Cup, which to skipper Michael Gough’s surprise was also the Open 5.70 Pacific Coast Championships. The competition was also going to be a lot stiffer this week with a half a few boats from Southern California making the journey up north for the race – we’d have quite few more boats to keep an eye on.
After buzzing the committee boat, kite flying, to check in for the morning we held our now seemingly traditional race meeting over our a bottle of Vitamin Water. We, more precisely Nik and Michael, decided that the focus was going be, in this case wind first, and finding it amongst the rather dense fleet that would be accompanying us up toward the windward mark. We would play the shits and hope we could continue to sail fast. Our main goal was consistency though. We knew there were a lot of fast boats and that we’d have to sail fast to stay on top of it, but if we wanted to win the regatta — it was going to take constancy.”
USA 189, aka “Boracic,” skippered by Michael Gough, dominated the nine-boat strong Open 5.70 fleet with 5 bullets and a throw-out fourth. Gough was supported by strong crew in his son Tyler and Open Sailing’s Nik “it’s cold here” Vale. The event is the second of its format on the fleet’s 2011 spring/summer racing calendar. The “intimate” gathering of the fast-growing fleet allows for great fun and camaraderie on – and off – the water.