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Spinnaker Cup

Mark Langer’s Sydney 38 Absolute ’02 shortly after the start of Last Friday’s Spinnaker Cup.

© 2008 Erik Simonson

After a few days of wind in the 40s out of the northwest, last Friday’s Spinnaker Cup was looking promising for a typical 90-mile downwind blast from San Francisco YC to Monterey. A low pressure system that brought a little drizzle to parts of Northern California had other ideas, and the 57 starters in five divisions had to contend with a weak southerly flow that got progressively lighter as the fleet worked its way down the coast. Only 16 boats perservered all the way to the finish hosted by Monterey Peninsula YC.

Sean McGinn’s Mini 650 Daisy Cutter was one of many casulties in a brutally light and upwind Spinnaker Cup.

© 2008 Erik Simonson

The only finisher in the Doublehanded division was Paul Nielsen’s aptly named Santa Cruz 27 Tenacity. Dick Watts’ TP 52 Flash corrected out over the only other finisher in PHRO 1A, Dave Kuettel’s Thompson 1150 Serena. PHRO 1 had the most finishers with Bill Parks’ J/35 Stray Cat Blues beat the other 10 of them to win on corrected time. In PHRO 2, Steve Waterloo’s Cal 40 Shaman was the lone finisher, and Steve Carroll’s Express 27 Tule Fog took the MORA division. Follow the link for complete results.

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