The wind gods smiled on the Acapulco fleet for Sunday's third race at the Club de Yates Acapulco September Regatta.
Medium south-easterly winds greeted the fleet for a traditional 13.26 mile race. The start is by the yacht club that went to El Presidente (beat) with a tight reach to the Boca Chica. After rounding an ocean buoy, the boats came back through the Boca Chica and tight headsail reached back to El Presidente where the boats jibe set the spinnaker and finished back in front of the yacht club.
In Class "A", the Brockmann's Concordia 47 "Ruahatu" finished first, but had to battle the N/M 46 "China Cloud" and the Peterson 50 "Kayue" the whole way! "Ruahatu", sailing with U/S Carbon GPL upwind sails and AirX spinnakers finished with 3 first for the weekend to claim first overall in the Class "A". Jorge Ripstein's Farr 46 "Wasabi" has been greatly missed and will soon be back after the transPac adventures!
Class "B" winner and fleet overall winner was Bernardo Farr 40 "Flojito y Coperando" who sailed flawlessly and won all 3 races as well. They are definitely a boat to beat!
Class "C" had a three way tie going into the Sunday's race! The RP-42 "Quintessence" was tied with "Iemanja" and "Bandido", all with four points! The start on Sunday determined the outcome of the final race and results. "Iemanja" started close to the committee boat and held a upwind course near the peninsula with a great lift, whereas, "Quintessence" started 50 meters down the line and took a wind shift toward the beach and lost position against "Iemanja" and "Bandido". The racing after El Presidente was very close boat to boat, with "Quintessence" breaking from the fleet at the ocean buoy and stretched to a good lead, but not enough to beat "Iemanja". In the end, "Iemanja" finished first overall, "Quintessence" second and "Bandido" third overall.
Class "D" was won by the Vulling's "Piet Hein" with taking three first. Sunday's race had a great showing from Luis Altolaguirre's J-120 "Tate-i" that led the Class "C" and "D" boats down the Boca Chica and all the way back to the finish, correcting to 2nd in Class! The sad story in Class "D" was Choco Brockman's J-105 "Hurakan" that was ahead of all the "C &D" boats at the ocean buoy when their asymmetric spinnaker got away from them and went 100% in the water. needless to say they had camarones for lunch! "Hurakan" placed 2nd on both races on Saturday and finished 2nd overall using a new U/S Carbon GPL #1 genoa!
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