Pogo 2 806 is now in San Francisco. We drove Thursday and arrived in Alameda around 8pm. On Friday the boat was launched and with the help from Thomas (Thomas Marine, our marine electrician for the Pogo 2) and Sylvain Barrielle (UK Sailsmaker in San Francisco), we wired the new LED tricolor mast head light, mount the new mast head fiberglass
Only a couple of weeks before the start of our first SingleHanded Transpac with the Pogo 2. Some good news: the allergy that literally spread over my right arm like a 3rd degree burn is healing. Just had another visit at the Dr. today and it is definitely recovering well. Of course sunblock and UV long sleevesare prescribed at all (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.
Once again, the Pogo 2 was the smallest boat in the fleet. PSSA (Pacific Singlehanded Sailing Association) organizes every year multiple offshore races for singlehanded and doublehanded sailors. This year, we have chosen to campaign the Pogo 2 doublehanded in preparation for Pacific Cup.
Racing offshore with PSSA is more than just racing. (more…)
USA 822 came out of our shipyard on February the 8th and was launched on the 9th out of Marina Del Rey.
This Pogo 2, race number USA 822 was named by the new owner MINI BAR! The name just set the tone!!
The new owner, Yves, just can’t wait to go out and experienced the thrilled of sailing and racing his boat. (more…)
If you haven’t followed the 2011 Charente-Maritime/Bahia Mini Transat 6.50, we have posted many news about the race and the racers. Simply follow this link to live the race again!
If the main story is the journey of these amazing sailors facing the elements single handed across the oceans, we have found some inside stories, some naratted by the skippers with always a touch of humour. Just follow the links below to read them! (more…)
None of them have shaved in 3 weeks. They are all exhausted and their faces, as they meet the world again, show all signs of relief after a long tiring and stressful journey across the Atlantic. One man, one boat and 45oonm, that is the Mini Transat! Enjoy the photos of the racers as they finish.
The Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 (aka “the Mini Transat) started on September 25th from La Rochelle. The first leg of the race represents about 30% of the race and ends in Madera, off the coast of Portugal. (more…)
While the 2011 Mini Transat is going full speed (racers are currently in the middle of the Atlantic with a little more than 1,000nm to go), Open Sailing decided to take a little break from the shore as well. Of course, we can’t leave as long…but sailing to Catalina from Marina Del Rey is always a great experience.
The goal was to race with other singlehanded and double handed racers from PSSA (Pacific Singlehanded Sailing Association). The race was starting from Palos Verdes, about 12nm south from Marina Del Rey to Catalina. With a start at noon, racers from MDR had to motor early in the morning (no later than 9am) to make the start. With a crying and sick 15 months old baby at home and some work to do at Open Sailing in the morning, I didn’t make the start but decided to join my PSSA friends anyway later in the day. (more…)
With 1,100 miles behind them sailors now face the 3,100 mile leg from Funchal (Madeira-Portugal) to Salvador de Bahia (Brazil). The start of the second stage is set to take place on Thursday 13 October 2011. The race can be watched online using an online tracker.