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    West Coast c420 fleet

    You nailed it - that is exactly what happened - they have $$$ and get awesome coaching for the 4 or 5 months they can sail, plus they travel to Florida for the winter months to train. We just cannot compete financially, but historically, we have had kids here perform well against all the kids back east, as we can sail year round. The 29er fleet is very thin and only a few regatta's with less than 20 boats. The i420 is significantly more expensive. What other boat can also help with college applications? As the Z420, c420 and CFJ are the boats primarily used in college. And we have witnessed kids on the fence for entering good schools get acceptance on the sailing team when their scores would not normally have got them in. Same with Swimming and Tennis. Also, chartering a c420 for the events back east is about $600 - $900 per event. A 29er is $1200 to $1800 per event. Just looking at opportunities for the kids to sail in larger fleets. So, I am someone who is purposely placing their kids in a slow, old boat. But coming from a sabot back ground, not too much is older and slower. I am not sure what the sport needs as you indicated, but if there are over 300 opti's at Orange Bowl, and over 170 c420s at Buzzards Bay. I like the idea of going where the momentum is. Yes, the boats are old and slow, but the competition is way stronger. Even the snipe has traction back east. Cannot explain it. Sometimes it is more about the experience than the vessel. We are going to keep trying, there are 71 optis sailing this weekend in Ventura....go figure? Cheers, opusone
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    West Coast c420 fleet

    Looking for some advice and guidance here - as we are new to the game of High School Sailing and travelling. One of our goals is to build the West Coast c420 fleet as the NA's are in San Francisco next July. The local Perry Series in So Cal generated about 25+ boats on the line, but nothing near the 70+ boats you find on the line at any of the east coast events. We just got back from Buzzards Bay where there were 172 teams registered!!! So, we bought a used 1992 c420 last fall for my oldest daughter (now 15) as she was not going to get a chance to sail as a Freshman in HS. We were told that the c420 was the better boat for travelling east. Having just participated in the tour back east, I have to agree. Every event, from Midwinters, NE Champs, Nationals, Hyannis, Buzzards Bay, etc all had over 70+ boats, and some events well into the 100's. So, how do we build the class here on the West Coast? Our Yacht Club currently owns 8 c420's and they are all being chartered, so there is some ground swell. And, there are some great coaches here as well, Udi, Adrienne Patterson, Jon Rogers, Steve Hunt, Allie Blecher, etc. Lastly, the east coast teams are very strong... and showed up in the results. West Coast teams had about 4 boats in the top 20's. Anyway, I am a fan of the boat, and have a younger daughter 2 years behind my oldest, so we'll be in this awhile. Cheers, opusone
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    California 300 Last Call

    I was on Bretwelda - and witnessed ....well....everything. The young man who boarded our boat could not have been older than 21 or 22 years old. He was smooth, confident, professional and most importantly, empathetic. You just cannot teach that. When it was determined that the sea state was too rough to get a basket on board, his calm demeanor, and overwhelming empathy for our injured crew made all of us very comfortable with the decision to go into the water as night was falling. Before we new it, our injured crew was off to shore. Cannot say enough great things about how this situation was handled - and it most likely saved our crews leg. Cheers, opusone
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    PV Race

    So you are saying the Rogers 46 to the west is not going to pay? We are pulling for Bretwalda - hoping the guys to the East Side of the pressure line lose out. Anyway - restart at the Cape - we'll see who makes the transition the best. Cheers, opusone -
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    Transpac 2017

    Hitch - not sure I agree with you and Dude - one race should not be the determining factor. 2015 Transpac - 1st GI, 2nd Pyewacket, 3rd Bolt (TP52), 4th OEX, 5th Buona Sera (SC70) 2013 Transpac - 1st Dorade, 2nd Pyewacket, 3rd Alchemy, 4th Sleeper (Jeanneau 44), 5th Meanie (RP52) Seems like the pole boats have had some great success in recent years. Is everyone afraid of the Pac 52's? We feel we can beat them in the right conditions. Every dog has it's day, and they were the right horse for the course this past go around. Congratulations to Invisible Hand and Bad Pak for a great race and result. Cheers, opusone
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    Transpac 2017

    Just wait.....it'll change. Looks like the Monday starters have some pressure to get away from the coast today - already quite breezy for them. At least longer range is looking better. See you on Thursday - Cheers, opusone
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    Transpac 2017

    I always thought Kaneohe Bay was on the island of Oahu...... See you tonight. Here's hoping sailflow is accurate at this point.
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    Transpac 2017

    Thankfully - there is still a week to go for our start. Today, you have the best start....
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    Transpac 2017

    Hitch - Glad you are sailing with Larry - it will be entertaining all the way to Hawaii. A lot can change in a week as you know - we'll see you Saturday Night? Cheers, opusone
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    Transpac 2017

    Hitch - I just want a start that gets us more than 125 miles our first 24 hour period - the last 2 Transpac Thursday Starters got screwed and by Sunday morning roll call all Thursday Starters were in last place - the middle start is due for a good bit of breeze to get us off the coast and away from those pesky J125's - no offense Trevor - and we love sailing against Tim - he is a class act! Cheers, opusone
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    Transpac 2017

    Hey - we have an interior.....we are an IRC racer/cruiser with galley and enclosed head. We even have headroom for someone 6' 3" down below. Much more comfortable then those Santa Cruz thingy's....And Tom is too tall to sail in a J125 anymore. As for ratings, boats are getting measured this week, and we should see something soon. We are in an interesting class, with the J125's, Andrews 40, R/P45 and Farr 400. We'll see who gets the best weather for their boat. Obviously, we want 25 plus knots the whole way........... Cheers, opusone
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    Transpac 2017

    The boat went through some mods - longer sprit, deeper keel, new rudder and a new sail inventory. Not sure what the mods did to the rating or performance - but they are in our class along with Resolute - Cheers, opusone
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    Transpac 2017

    The Race has had a few withdrawal's with just over a month to go. Fujin and Timeshaver are among them, and we wish them the best and hope they can participate in 2019 (50th anniversary). Classes are shaping up, hosts are being selected for participants, slip assignments, etc. are all being sorted. Hopefully we'll get some better weather this year than the previous years. It has been a slow race for some time (for the Thursday Starters). Cheers, opusone
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    Transpac 2017

    The 60' Tri LoeReal - the owner is Australian
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    Transpac 2017

    Transpac is up to 60 boats now, with international entries from Australia, Japan, Canada, Norway, Italy and Great Britain. March 1 is last day to pay standard entry fee, and May 30 is the last day to sign up. Invisible Hand just signed up last night, and Phaedo 3 is scheduled to sign up in the next day or so. Cheers, opusone