The SB-KH Race is usually a windy gear buster with wild stories and a lifetime of memories. Of course, that is when the westerly wind blows across the course and the SoCal summer weather is in full swing. However, this year's race was sailed with the "May Grey/June Gloom" weather that kept the sun and wind away. It is a clear forecast there will be no wind when there is no swell on the race course...it was as smooth as a frozen lake out there!
The regular strategies of (#1) getting low for the approach to Anacapa, (#2) jibing at the points on the back side of the island, (#3)exit off Anacapa on port jibe in a puff, (#4)sail across to the shore near or at Pt. Dume and (#5)keep jibing to the beach until the wind pressure drops, then jibe out till the pressure drops and (#6)keep jibing until you are about 10 degrees under layline to King Harbor, and finally (#7)FI NISH! were all in place, just SLOWED down to a crawl!
Luckily, the parties at each yacht club were in full swing, they do not need mother nature to cooperate to make the fun happen!
Ullman Sails was a sponsor this year and SB-KH was also the final race of the innagural Ullman Sails OFFSHORE Championship. Ullman Sails was well represented with U/S team members sailing on many different boats.
TP-52 PATCHES: Bruce Cooper, Erik Shampain, Ben Lakin
TP-52 FLASH: Mike George
FT-10 ANARCHY: Keith Magnussen
K9 EXIT: Bryan Dair
Class 40 YIPPIE KAI YAY: Ken Cooper
Andrews 39 BIEN ROULEE: Scott Poe
Andrews 70 ALCHEMY: Chick Skewes
*call Ullman Sails for new sail orders, post-regatta repair, sail inventory evaluation.
Photos are courtesy of JoySailing.
We would like to thank NHYC, SDYC, CBYC, DPYC, SBYC and KHYC for their support in the innagural Ullman Sails Offshore Championship.