Bill Gibbs

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  1. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal multihull sailor gathering

    Steve, We'd take anyone, even you (probably). The requirement is for you to belong to an SCYA affiliated organization. Fo non-YC types, there are sailing clubs. I used to belong to the Ventura Sailing Club for $50/year. I think Sailing Anarchy had such a club, though I don't know it's current status. These clubs typically have no facilities and exist for this one reason. We did have some sailors show up. I posted a report on the ORCA mailing list, which you are welcome to join if you have an interest in multihull racing in SoCal. You can join at https://groups.io/g/ORCA-Racing Here is a description of the meeting. ---- The ORCA meeting was a fun excursion. I brought Wahoo to Marina Del Ray very early Sunday morning, overcoming inaccurate wind forecasts, high winds and a gale following. An exciting night! Conversely the return transit to Ventura Sunday night was a perfect light wind motor-sail over beautiful moon lit flat seas. In MdR at Chace Burton park, we were parked next to an Atlantic 57 Nogal, being delivered to the bay area for a new owner. The delivery captain Dale only does Atlantics and was a fascinating chat. Among our attendees, we had two actively shopping for new boats, Dave Licata is getting serious about a Schionning (and took a close look at Wahoo), and Greg Conrad almost had an Outremer, but isn't giving up. (Greg has an F31 for sale) One interesting trend is the number of "cruising boats" that enjoy recreational racing. N2E has a Lagoon and a Seawind entered. A Moorings 4300 regularly races in Ventura and has done several Transpacs. Maybe more will come out to play. 3 F-boats committed to enter the N2E IYR, I think they are doing N2SD. David told us all about his F32 project that is in the painting / assembly phase. It sounds like an ultra light carbon rocketship. It'll be fun to see it on the water racing. It is a sistership to Jailbreak/Taniwha without the lightening strike. Mike Leneman was in attendance and regaled the audience with his multihull tales. His Minette is close to being operational and expects to be racing this year. He has threatened to beat Wahoo, but he'll actually have to enter a race to do so. Eric Dysart's Witchcraft, an F27, will be racing this year, including SB-KH. On the business side, Eric is the new ORCA President, Terry Argast the new Treasurer, and I continue as Ratings Chairman. There is no longer a fee for renewing an ORCA membership, only for new members. Of which we got one, Dirk Smit racing Eventide, a Seawinds 1000 XL2. Welcome Dirk. We had a selection of beer & wine along with turkey wraps, chips, and some great chocolate chip cookies from Terry. I think a good time was had by all. Bill Wahoo ORCA/NOSA
  2. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal multihull sailor gathering

    Motoring cruisers is an entirely different group of boats, separate from the usual non-motoring racers. With no trophy overlap, why not let everyone do what they wish? Think of it as two different races sharing a start, finish, and some parties.
  3. Sunday March 1st is the ORCA annual meeting and multihull sailor gathering. Time: 2-5pm Location : Marina del Rey. Wahoo is our HQ on the city docks next to Burton Chace Park. We will use the park as well, weather permitting. SMWYC has offered us hospitality. This is a chance to visit with fellow multihull sailors. Enjoy refreshments on my Wahoo, a Schionning G-Force 1400 catamaran. Eric Dysart (ORCA president) is bringing his F27. Come by sea and we'll squeeze you in somewhere. Bring a friend that might like a closer look at multihulls. Let's discuss how to improve our sport. Or pump me for N2E news. I'm the current NOSA commmodore. I bet those Newport Beach blue blazer folk never expected a multihull sailor from Ventura would be in charge. Everyone is welcome. I look forward to seeing you in MdR. Bill Gibbs ORCA/NOSA/Wahoo
  4. No one has mentioned MOB alerts like Crew Watcher and ACR OLAS. Anyone trying them? For when that one guy on night watch falls off.
  5. My +-90 net sys special order was cut out of a +- 45 roll. Their machines only do +-45. This limits the max non-spliced size, though I never had an issue with their net splices. Lots of trim waste. I asked for and got all the trimmed off net for no extra cost. I used it for repair patches a few times, and even nets for a friend’s small boat. i chose +-90 for structural reasons. +-45 can be tightened along one edge. +-90 needs to be tightened along 2 edges.
  6. Bill Gibbs

    N2E changes

    Thanks Tom for a great description of the race, and congratulations for navigating the challenges better than I did. Last year I was faster than Carbon Footprint on elapsed by about 30 minutes. This year I finished 4.25 hours behind them. Nope, I'm not a fan of light air. But in sailing I think you have to take the wind you get, it can't only be about winning. I should mention that the last 2 hours of our race had awesome wind, we saw 20 TWS peaks, and hit 19 knots BS a couple of times. We passed 15 or so boats, which had no effect on our results, but was a lot of fun. The after party was all people who had suffered thru the same stuff and enjoyed sharing their tales over drinks. It was easier to smile after a shower, and a couple drinks. We used the free Heinekens to quench our thirst before moving on to better libations. As I shill for my event, I would point out the BCYC pre-party, while not the excess of the past, seemed well appreciated by the attendees as a step up. Lots of family and friends enjoyed YB trackers and watching the finish from the hotel. The after party seemed great as well. I found time to sneak away to my favorite restaurants. My PBYC yacht club had one other racer, yet hosted a hospitality suite with free drinks and snacks to any who found their room with the huge balcony flag. They had a great time doing this. People who want to have a good time usually do I think. I agree with Tom that this year was a success. This was my 19th N2E and I enjoyed the entire event, even with the light wind. But next year I hope it blows again.
  7. Bill Gibbs

    N2E changes

    Somewhere between 3 hours to DNF is my guess, depending on conditions.
  8. Bill Gibbs

    N2E changes

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  9. Bill Gibbs

    N2E changes

    2.5 hours... there is a NOSA bus, and public buses, cheaper than a Taxi. Also a hotel van for small groups and uber.
  10. Bill Gibbs

    N2E changes

    Sure thing. We'd deputize the volunteers as NOSA volunteers or something.
  11. Bill Gibbs

    N2E changes

    Whatever it was, it worked!
  12. Bill Gibbs

    N2E changes

    The intent is that the DCS/GPS requirement is waived, not the radio requirement.
  13. Bill Gibbs

    N2E changes

    It is the time limit for all boats, as you can't finish if you are later than this. When did the N2SD fleet start? I don't have the start data handy. The RC must have thought that was plenty of time to get to SD. I don't recall any boats timing out last year. Was it an issue? Ensenada is the longer distance, and the Cruisers like to start first, as well.
  14. Bill Gibbs

    N2E changes

    You said it, they are on paper in archives at UC Irvine. Nosa didn't have a scan volunteer I guess.
  15. Bill Gibbs

    N2E changes

    Worst memories? 2001, broke the mast 2004, broke both rudders getting to Newport Beach from Ventura. (but we got used replacements from New Zealand in 5 days and made the race, a good memory) 2009, bowsprit exploded and the side stay detached. or 2006, took over 23 hours to finish (versus 2013 taking 7:47, and we weren't first in, still a good memory)