June 27, 2016

Ullman Sails LBRW | PHRF Sportboat Report

 PHRF SportBoat 

By Keith Magnussen

Ullman Sails LBRW was a homecoming of sorts for Ed Feo's team "Loco."  The C&C30 has spent the past few months racing on the East Coast racing exclusively in One Design Regattas with a third place showing at Key West Race Week being the standout performance.  Ed was looking forward to bringing the boat home to race in home waters and did just that when he entered Ullman Sails LBRW. 

We found ourselves in the PHRF Sportboat Class that included a Melges 20, two J-80's, Melges 32 and a Bolt 37.  It would prove to be a somewhat predictable scenario as a spread of over 100 seconds tends to spread the fleet out.

The first two days were not "sportboat" conditions and the boats were in full displacement mode as the respective tacticians worked the shifts.  We had great starts on Loco and good boat handling.  Tactically we were sound and felt that our boat speed was where it should be 

Light air made it difficult for us to stay in touch with the Bolt 37 and their tall rig.   They sailed well and dominated the regatta from beginning to end. 

After three days of racing we ended up third but still had smiles on our faces as we always make sure of having a good time.  We had some moments of frustration in the light air but shifted gears well and learned more about the new (ish) boat. 

Keith Magnussen

All Pictures by Bronny Daniels at www.JoySailing.com