March 7, 2011

2011 Ullman Offshore Series #1, The Islands Race is in the books

This past weekend saw the second annual running of the NHYC/SDYC Islands Race.  The Islands Race is also the first event in the Ullman Offshore Series.  51 boats entered and 50 started the race with high expectations for a fun quick race.  Buoyweather supplied us with a very accurate model for the race and we were greeted with a pleasant start in moderate breeze.  The trip out Angels Gate was fast with a plethora of boats making their way to what they thought was the best line towards Catalina.  A continuous right shift favored the boats that set up a little low and lifted them around the west end of Catalina.  As the larger boats converged at the West End a huge fog back rolled in a smothered everyones visibility.  Reports of crash tacks were rampant as navi-guessers tried to cut it close to the island.  After getting through the thick fog boats were greeted with a close reach to San Clemente Island with a magnificent sky that was littered with shooting stars in a moonless night.  Boats started pointing high of San Clemente Island which proved to be a good tactic as the wind shadow behind the island was enormous.  Some boats chose to go close like Locomotion and an unlucky SC-50 that actually ended up on a rock, everyone including the boat made it off safely!  Ullman Team Member Scott Poe was on Locomotion and reported seeing the mast dip into the water twice as the SC-50 teetered on the top of a rock.

The boats that made it through the lee of the island first were then launched into fresh breeze and a spinnaker reach to San Diego.  Bruce Cooper, JB Cianciarulo, Kenny Cooper and Peter Wheelon were on the TP-52 Patches and fought well to earn a second place in IRC and third overall.  Scott Poe on Locomotion finished third in PHRF 1.  Full Results are posted for the regatta and log on to the Ullman Offshore site for results in the series.  Thanks to all the racers who participated and thanks to JoySailing for the amazing pictures.