Santa Cruz 70 - Fleet Roll Call

mad

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He was exaggerating. It was only an 85 gallon tank, and we only had about 65 gallons in it. Besides, the weld cracked high enough it could still hold about five gallons. 

I can say this though. It dumped enough diesel into the bilge to overflow the floorboards. That’s how I found the problem. I woke up for my watch and got wet feet. I assumed water because we had an issue on a prop shaft seal the year before. As soon as I went to pull up the floor board, I knew it wasn’t water. 

Then when the whole god damned nightmare went all Groundhog Day on us, and hit us again the next day, well I just don’t want to re-live that again. Ever. 
I'm surprised that you weren't choking/puking on fumes!!  :eek:

 

stayoutofthemiddle

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My list.... updated as time permits....





SC-70s



Built



Builder



Original name



Original SailNo



Later Name(s)





0



1977



SC



Merlin



8955








1



1984



SC



Blondie



18970



Pied Piper 2, Nitemare, Warpath





2



1985



SC



Kathmandu



87580



Colt-45, Details





3



1985



SC



Citius



87666



Ole, Thirsty Tiger (GL)





4



1986



SC



Starlight Express



25168



Donnybrook, Stripes





5



1986



SC



Pied Piper



41104



Retro, Buono Sera





6



1987



SC



Hotel California



97117



Grand Illusion





7



1987



SC



Mongoose



18997



Westerly





8



1988



SC



Drumbeat



52701?



Cynosure, Windancer





9



1988



SC



Silver Bullet



29009



Luna Barba, OEX (per Bill Lee) 





10



1989



SC



Chance



97503








11



1989



SC



Evolution



97530








12



1989



SC



Donnybrook






Starlight Express?, Neptune's Car





13






SC



<there wasn't a #13?>











14



1989



SC



Holua



97656








15



1990



SC



Mirage



28115








16



1990



SC



Hotel California II











17



1990



SC



Chardonnay II (charter)











18



1990



SC



Pyewacket



US-4



Chessie, Blondie, Skylark (per Bill Lee)
Valkyrie, Maverick,, Catapult





19



1993



SC



Orient Express



US-93



Equation, then Orient Express again?







    1.  


1997?



SC-72?



Donnybrook






very different stern, per Bill Lee
Wow, that's a very comprehensive list! The more I read about these the more I am impressed with their impact and place in history for Offshore Racing. Does anyone know how / why the class was started? Few rich owners come together or was it a build it and they will come approach by SC?  I also heard that the engine and sail locker were on the port side of the boat to bias it for the long port runs on the TransPac, not sure if that's true or urban legend...

 
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stayoutofthemiddle

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74
Chicago
Westerly is still active in the PNW (Home port Victoria, BC) and has done a few hawaii races in the last few years. She's also had a massive refit recently; looks gorgeous and is an absolute rocketship.

PS She's for sale:

https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1987/santa-cruz-70-uldb-3250125/
Is this Dog House original from SC or was it added? Looks like a submarine...

Dog House.png

 

SF Woody Sailor

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I also heard that the engine and sail locker were on the port side of the boat to bias it for the long port runs on the TransPac, not sure if that's true or urban legend...
From my recollection it was the other way around. All the boats rafted up the night before the start of TransPac and PacCup were listing heavily to starboard because the first day or two are white sail reaching on starboard tack.

 

sledracr

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4,703
812
PNW, ex-SoCal
sails and gear and food and stuff initially stowed to starboard, yes.   true of just about any boat at the start of the Transpac. 

Engines on centerline, though.

 
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