Acapulco Yacht Club’s race committee ran this year’s race with a “pursuit” format where the handicapped times for each boat is issued at the start. The slowest handicapped boat starts first with all the faster boats starting at their time intervals after the first boat is already on the race course! The J-105 “Hurakan” started first and the speedy “Wasabi” started last. The race overall winner is the first boat across the finish line in Puerto Marquez!
I raced on the Altolaguirre Family’s J-120 “Tate-i”. We had made a good showing at the October Regatta and had a great crew practice on Friday before the
Gybing down the channel is very tactical and a lot can be gained and lost if gybing too late or too soon for the best wind and/or current. “Tate-i” sailed a perfect course down the channel and held off “China Cloud” and “Velocity” who were making a charge, but they made an extra gybe or two to round black rock at the bottom of the channel.
The beam reach over to Puerto Marquez is where the big fast boats poured it on! “Kayue” stretched their lead to about 4 minutes and “China Cloud”, “Wasabi”, “Flojito y Coperando” and “Ruahatu” all were compressing into the finish line with “Tate-i” right in the middle of them! The season fleet overall championship hinged on “Flojito y Coperando” not placing more than one boat/place behind “China Cloud” if “China Cloud” crossed ahead of “Flojito y Coperando”. Finishing all within about 1 minute span was “China Cloud”, “Wasabi”, “Flojito y Coperando”, Tate-i” and “Ruahatu”. It was very close racing! “Flojito y Coperando” won the overall fleet first place with a tie on points with China Cloud, but moved ahead with more first place finishes as the tie-breaker. Congratulations to “Flojito y Coperando” for sailing a great 2008!
What makes the Champagne Race truly a great race is the after race fiesta and celebration boat raft up just off Pinchilingi beach in Puerto Marquez bay. The yacht club sends down support boats to hand out champagne and food while the races swim, talk and party. On the raft up, it is lot of fun to visit all the boats and crews to talk about sailing, family and life. Congratulations to the whole
written by Bruce Cooper / Ullman Sails Newport Beach
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