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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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).
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…)