It was certainly a beautiful day but the current and swell was deadly for our Harbor 20. If Zephyr didn't do their turns, we might have done them for them just trying get around the stinking weather mark! It was one of those fluky no wind big swell events where there were at least 10 boats bunched up trying to get to the same place flying jibs or spinnakers and everyone was being taken in a different direction. At one point Second Wind was on the same tack as we were and they were headed to toward Shoreline Park while we were going to the islands. Big boats were passing us. Our sails don't reach high enough into the sky to get whatever the rest of you were getting. Too bad the wind died because going to the weather mark in the light breeze we were picking off boats left and right. Ah, such is the fickle fortune doled out by mother nature! Better than mowing the lawn, though....It was a long but beautiful day for racing in the CHRF fleet. 22 boats showed up to fight a lot of current and light flukey winds for the pursuit race. We (on the J/130) had an interesting encounter trying to get to the weather mark. We were on port and thought we could cross in front of Zephyr but it was too close. They yelled and called protest as they altered course, however they did pass behind us by about 40 feetl, so I guess they altered a bit too much. We got a puff about 5 minutes later so decided it was a good time to do a penalty turn (always ugly in light air). But then low and behold we are still trying to get to the mark and now on Starboard, here is Zehyr on port and they turn the wheel so hard that they have stalled the rudder and foul us. We flew someones red shirt. Did they do their turns? Anyway we got third place. Don Poppe took first. Chica Loca was on the boat that was deemed best start. Several boats did not make the sundown cutoff time. The Santa Barbara mountains look so beautiful at this time of year and cocktails in the bar at sunset are epic.