Monday, June 10, 2019

J/125 Hammers Fast Coastal Cup Race

J/125 sailing off California
(Santa Barbara, CA)- The 2019 Coastal Cup was the fastest race in the recent five year history of the event, with new elapsed time, ORR corrected, and ORRez corrected times established by three different boats. In fact, the first 15 finishers all eclipsed the previous record from 2017. But, for those that didn't finish by about 1100 on Tuesday, the wind shut down and the last few boats struggled to reach the line despite the excellent racing over 90% of the course.

Prior to 2015, the race was started in San Francisco and had finishes in Santa Barbara and Catalina. Then, five years ago, the race was changed to start in Monterey to fit into the CA Offshore Race Week.
J/125 sailing off California
Zachery Anderson and the crew of J/125 VELVET HAMMER continued their excellent race week by setting the ORR corrected time record for the Coastal Cup at 17h 25m 23s, well below the Catapult's 2017 time by more than 5.5 hours. VELVET HAMMER currently leads the CA Offshore Race Week standings in class and overall. They will line up in an 11-boat class for the SoCal 300 and try to continue their success down to San Diego starting Thursday.

Santa Barbara Yacht Club opened their doors to competitors on a normally closed-to-business Tuesday and the sailors warmed up from a cold night on the ocean on the sunny deck of SBYC. Next up is the In-Port Wednesday night racing hosted by SBYC, a BBQ dinner on the beach with music and awards for the Port race and the Coastal Cup.   Sailing photo credits- Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing  For more California Offshore Race Week sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.