We had a fine evening for sailing the Jerry Pim Estebel Memorial. It has traditionally been a night race, and as Racing Commodore, I would have been in favor of running the race at night, but somehow it was moved to a 4:00 pm start prior to me being involved. I hope that next year, we push it a little closer to sunset.
We had 8 boats out on the course with a strong 15 to 18 knot breeze coming from the WNW. So I chose a course that gave us more or a reach and reach rather than a long windward leeward. From SC we took off 8.5 miles to the SW to a fish haven marker “DK”. Ned Christensen on the fast cat Passion III was first to the mark only to discover that the mark was gone! So we proceeded around our virtual mark and raced back. Great boat speed, great weather, great sail.
A quick story about the committee boat. To get the race started we had my boat CALUSA anchored out by marker 2 to create the start line. And we did the whole committee boat thing – the countdown and the horn blowing. And the fleet had a nice clean start! But as soon as the horn blew I started pulling the anchor, the crew hoisted the sails and we turned CALUSA around and started racing! So with all that we were delighted with our results!
A note about the boats in the race. First of all three of our committed sailboats could not race due to mechanical issues. (Miss Cathleen, Full Tilt, and Wind Star) But it was awesome to see several boats show up for their first race since last year’s Estebel.
SO HERE’S THE CRAZY PART
Chase the Clouds, Passion III, and Gopher Baroque do not race on a regular basis. In fact when I took this role I had a big list of past race boats and none of these boats were on that list. But out on the race course a much different story unfolded. On an overall basis, Chase the Clouds got 1st, Passion III came in 2nd, and Gopher Baroque came in 3rd!!!!!
There was some early results released that had Gopher Baroque placing last, but Jason finally sent me his WFPHRF and his corrected time moved the Pim boat, the boat that the race is all about, up to 3rd overall and 2nd in the True Cruising class. Congratulations to all three of these boats. We’d love to have you out and racing on a regular basis!!