Thanks for all the responses to this thread, especially all the history of the event that several here know first hand. I sent a quick note to the organizers alerting them to the existence of this thread, and I'm still hoping one of them might drop by and comment on some of what's been...
Thanks for that info! Yes, that's what I was wondering if there was a connection between the Rocket 88 I used to admire in the Santa Cruz harbor 20 years ago and the team Rocket 88 that was competing in the Worrell.
It's nice to have the question answered!
Great points. I agree that the Nacra 20 FCS is pretty expensive and exotic for this race. I also think that over time the 20 x 8.5' format was a lot more popular than the 20 x 10' or 20 x 12'.
And the F18 was a lot more successful than the F16 , maybe just because it's the sweet...
The new organizers site has some:
Historical Race Data – 2022 Worrell 1000 Race
And Wikipedia has some:
Worrell 1000 - Wikipedia
They mostly agree. The whole Wikipedia article needs work (if anyone is motivated, jump in!)
1. Almost everything, at least from the spectator's point of view. The multiple daily video feeds on Facebook and Instagram were fantastic. Bev is to be congratulated on her coverage, it was amazing. Knowledge, enthusiasm, and good quality video, It was highly...
What a picture! What a boat! What an awesome artifact of some amazing memories that you must have.
This is real history here! How many other boats in existence in the year this shot was taken could go this fast?
I don't have anything against Nacra Sailing but yes, they are not very knowledgeable about the early days of the company.
And yes, they jealously guard the brand at this point. Which, of course, is to be expected.
There is the small problem of Nacra Australasia though. Back in the...
Thanks Rasputin22! Lots of cool information in your post.
What I associate as sort of the unique NACRA design language that Tom Roland created is the plumb bow. Now, of course, they are more common now than in 1975. Even some Beneteau monohulls have them. But in that era they were...
Thanks, this is exactly the sort of information I was hoping someone would have. And, you even have a picture of the NACRA 36 under sail, how cool is that!
It was fine of you to take all the time required to share all this. That's what makes this place so good.
So 10 of the 13 boats are Nacra;s. And 8 of those are the newer Evolution model, while two are the older Infusion model (which there are several variations of)
The boat which suffered the big ugly hull fracture was the lone Goodall C2.
The top 5 boats (the four who finished yesterday...
The DNF penalty for the race appears to be (last finishers ET) + 6 hours. Ouch, that's gonna hurt!
Randy Smyth managed to get a 20 minute lead on day one. Now he's 7 hours behind the leader, it's going to be hard to make up the DNF unless all four of the leaders have to take one in the...
I'm hoping a few people have some memories or even better links to the original story of NACRA, the racing series that spawned the now-well-known brand of beach cat.
As I remember it: Tom Roland attempted to start a professional racing series using 40-foot beach cats right around 1975. ...
I've apologized to Bob above.
I have provided him (and everyone) with the source of the quote, which I saw and took from another (very prominent) posters sig file. As such the quote has *ALREADY* been reproduced, perhaps hundreds of times here, on SA. Trovao has over 7,000 posts. I...