March 11, 2016

2016 MEXORC | Final Report

Concordia 47 "Ruahatu"
Racing in Mexico for a week after a 1000 mile offshore race is a great way to slowly acclimatize back to the real world.  Or is there a real world that we have to be concerned with?  Depends on who you ask I assume!

In case you are unfamiliar with the MEXORC regatta  I will fill you in on what you need to know.  10 Races spread out over a week with a lay day in the middle.  15-20kts of wind every day, warm water, good food, and of course you are in Mexico.  Already planning your 2018 regatta?  You should be!

Having a few different disciplines in this regatta makes each day fresh.  Between the W/L, random leg and pursuit racing there is something for everyone.  You need to be able to shift gears and manage your boat in a variety of conditions.  This makes it very exciting and ads a dynamic that is not prevalent during regattas these days.

Three classes comprised of a variety of yachts made the regatta an interesting spectacle.  In class three the racing was so tight that only a half a point separated first through third!  The twelve boat fleet had some super close racing and the intensity of the crews and skippers was on display before and after the sailing.  Everyone was looking to win!  In the end "Nueva Luna" came out the champion after winning the ti breaker.  Nueva Luna was powered by Ullman Carbon Phantom sails and had Ullman San Diego team member Chuck Skewes on board to help the team to victory!

Class two was where I found myself for the week.  On board Viggo Torbensen's J-125 "Timeshaver" we had a full crew of ten.  We had tough competition with Farr 40's and Sana Cruz 50's both offering something different for us to be concerned with.  Our regatta started poorly as I led us to a terrible start on the opening day.  The crew work was fantastic but my starting was showing some rustiness.

We managed to overcome the first day and sail consistently for the rest of the week and even won the class outright before the final day!  Highlights were winning both the pursuit and random leg races overall!  We finished both races with our 5A up and flogging main as we did about 16kts into the finish!  The new Rasta colored spinnaker filled the bay with colors and was a fan favorite.
J-125 "Timeshaver" leading the way

The big boys battled it out in class one and in the end it was the TP52 "Vincitore" that recovered from a tough first day to win the regatta!  Vincitore used their Ullman Carbon Main, Carbon Code 1 jib and Ullman spinnakers to lead the way.  Second was the Ullman powered Ruahatu with Ullman Newport Owner Bruce Cooper crewing.  Ruahatu were leading the regatta but could not hold on as the final day saw tough conditions.  Great job by one of the smaller boats in the fleet!

Ullman Sails was proud to be part of this international event and are looking forward to many more years sailing in the waters of Mexico.