Yes, it was PHRF, but it was an incredibly beautiful day and nice to see five Farr 40’s line up to start for the first time on the West Coast since 2004 Worlds.
In the Farr 40’s, Piranha had the early lead from the start to Ballast Point, and then was leapfrogged by Far Niente who played in closer than Piranha dared in the shallow water. They remained one/two out past Point Loma where Piranha found out the hard way why the local SD boat had taken the low road when it picked up a mammoth amount of kelp. After pending a leg trying in vain to get it off, a major backdown solved the problem, but everyone slid by. Meanwhile, White Knight showed good form and was chasing down Far Niente, when the leader pushed their luck a little too far and put the boat aground. Unable to get off without motor, their day was done and White Knight sailed on for the win amongst the 40’s and finished 8th overall out of the 128 boats!
More from the SDYC News Release: The breeze was outhouse to penthouse, and probably back again – depending on what boat you were sailing and where you were. In true Hot Rum style, the wind was spotty until about 12:30, when it filled in nicely across the Point Loma portion of the course, and then seemed to recede from the start area in time to challenge the largest, fastest boats starting almost an hour behind the first starters. Meanwhile, once the 128 boats got underway, there seemed to be enough breeze to get boats around the course. The current was ripping and at least four boats were swept down on the RC vessel Corinthian and pinned against the anchor chain and bow.120 boats finished the ‘random leg’ course that saw reaching and running for Leg One out to buoy three in 0 – 12 kts, port gybe reach in 8 – 12 kts out into the roads, starboard jib reach back to Zuniga Jetty/Buoy 6, and a somewhat square beat back to the finish at SD 17.
PHOTOS By: DA-WOODY.COM / Dennis St.Onge