Thursday, July 12, 2012
GOT YOUR LEIS LOADED? Countdown to Pac Cup 2012
A staggered start from July 16 through July 20 will see the slower boats take the line first, followed by the rest of the fleet throughout the week. Even so, an early start may not be enough of an advantage for the slower boats.
Like Costello’s going to need much help, stacked as his boat is with accomplished Hawaii racers, including Skip and Jody McCormack, Matt Noble and Trevor Baylis. Nonetheless, Costello’s playing it cautious after a disappointing experience in last year’s Trans Pac race. After months of ocean prepping Double Trouble, just three days into that race something broke that he never thought would break. They had to turn back.
“The issue was totally unexpected so we decided it was best to go through the whole structure of the boat this time to make sure it wont happen again,” Costello said.
As for most Pac Cup racers, the preparation - both boat and crew - is daunting. “It’s been a six month project,” Costello said. “We’ve double checked, modified, strengthened the boat, found new ways to get weight off the boat - we’ve done a lot but when you sail with crew like mine, they really prepare.”
Antrim and crew raced California Condor on her maiden Pac Cup race in 2010, but had a miserable time after the rudders broke, limping to the finish after a few days of sailing with a drogue and jury-rigged rudder. He’s hoping for better success this year although he’s disappointed with their rating.
“My expectation is that Double Trouble will win our division. Our rating is harsh and theirs is good. Their boat is also really well sailed. Medusa (Santa Cruz 52) has some really good people on it. They may do real well also,” Antrim said.
A big change this year is that race boats will be able to make their daily position reports by email, text message, or phone call using a satellite phone to a central number, rather than SSB. Organizers have also engaged Yellow Brick, a position tracking company new to Pac Cup.
And everyone knows that they’re in for the party of a lifetime once they pull up at the dock at the Kaneohe Yacht Club…
Known for it’s appeal to the racer/cruiser crowd, Pac Cup numbers are up this year in the “mom/pop” entries, and lighter than usual in the more serious racing crowd, says Antrim, a member of the race technical committee and ratings chairman.
Two of the bigger entries are Andromeda, the Swan 59 skippered by Antonio Luttmann (Mexico), and Icon, the Perry 66 skippered by Ian Sloan. Taking up the slack on the other end of the scale is Moonshine, a Dog Patch 26 double-handed by Dylan Benjamin and Rufus Sjoberg, the Express 27 Magic skippered by Mike Reed, and the Antrim 27 E.T., skippered by Tony English.
The Skippers' Meeting is on July 14, 2 pm, at the Berkeley Yacht Cub, followed at 5pm with the Bon Voyage party.
For information on the 2012 Pacific Cup and race tracking, visit: http://pacificcup.org/
Pic 1: Double Trouble, skippered by Andy Costello
Pic 2: Andy Costello & his 3 sons Andrew, Nicholas & Sean
Pic 3: Jim Antrim, naval architect & boat designer
Pic 4: Michael Moradzadeh, staff commodore Pacific Cup Yacht Club
Pac Cup 2012 says a big thank you to its sponsors:
Weems & Plath
Lee Chesneau's Marine Weather
Svendsen's Boat Works
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Mt Gay Rum
Weather Routing Inc.
Posted by Michelle Slade at 4:56 PM