Saturday, March 26, 2005

March 2005
Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas Race

Course: Newport Beach, CA USA to Cabo San Lucas, B.C. Mexico 792 N.M.

Weather: Breezy Spring Conditions

Crew: Steve Washburn, Tom Burton, Greg Heath, Chuck Losness, Seth Morrell, Hank O'Brien, Steve Steinberg, Marty Vogel

Quite an adventurous race down-- blew too hard for us to get a place on the podium but a fabulous sail nontheless--- the newer designs simply plane and surf at 2 to 3 times the speed Gypsy can sail in 20to 30 knots of breeze-- we did hit 15.1 knots- Not too much gear breakage for us but quite a bit of carnage on other boats--- We were well prepared and simply had a great trip down. The AYSO running chute is just great in the breeze-- no more rocking and rolling from boom to pole-- still a handful to steer the boat but a very comfortable ride as opposed to the old days. Our elapsed time was 4 1/4 days.Saw lots of sealife-- Whales, birds, dolphin---- The moon was out every night and lots of breeze-- A spectacular trip!

Courtesy of crewmember (and long time friend) Hank O'Brien:
2005 Gypsy Cabo Race AV Presentation

Results: 44 Boats. Americap/Transpac Rule. 6th in Class E, 20th in Fleet