Seven Moore 24s Happen to Sail to Stockton on the Same Day

In a less-windy do-over of June 6’s ‘daysail’ from Richmond to Stockton, seven Moore 24s just happened to sail up the San Joaquin River at the same time. The sailors took advantage of a powerful flood current to propel them to Stockton before sunset. The breeze followed a typical Delta pattern, gentle until late afternoon, building just in time for the reachy parts of the course, and softening again as the boats neared their destination and the sun dipped low in the sky. The Moores hauled out at Stockton Sailing Club.

Flying Circus
Melinda and Bill Erkelens lead the way to Stockton on Flying Circus.
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Wet Spot
Mike O’Callaghan’s Wet Spot came next.
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Topper II and Ruby #27
Topper II and Ruby #27 (there’s also a Ruby #6, but she wasn’t part of this group).
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The very popular Delta Ditch Run had been scheduled for June 6. It’s part of the Moore 24 Roadmaster Series. The race was canceled due to the pandemic. But on that big-breeze day, with gusts into the 30s, 10 Moore 24s and one Melges 24 sailed to Stockton anyway. Read Captain Midnight’s report about that and check out the photos in Racing Sheet in the July issue of Latitude 38.

Puffin with white spinnaker
Puffin sails past the entrance to the Moke on a headstay reach.
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Moore 24s are sporty racers, and not just around the cans. ¡Mas! won the 2016 Pacific Cup overall. But people also daysail and even cruise them. Two of them signed up for this year’s Delta Doo Dah. And let us not forget Webb Chiles’ solo circumnavigation with Gannet. For more Moore info, see www.moore24.org.

red and blue kites
Firefly (#64) and Gruntled run down the final stretch.
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Ruby in Stockton
Ruby approaches Stockton.
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    Rich Jepsen 2 weeks ago

    love those boats. you never see them for sale.

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    milly Biller 2 weeks ago

    Following Mas! on the Pac Cup race tracker kept me up all night! I think they are awesome !

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