1030, Tuesday Race Update
A wild ride in many respects for the 16 boats racing in the 2017 Coastal Cup. First off, the Moore 24 Snafu with Karl Robrock and Gilles Combrisson sailing doublehanded broke their mast before midnight just north of Morro Bay. Coast Guard airlifted the two sailors safely to shore, and their primary concern now is recovering the boat before more damage is done. A recovery plan is in the works, so we wish the best to the Snafu crew in their efforts. Fellow competitors Azure and Junkyard Dog were in the vicinity of Snafu and stood by in support until a rescue plan for the crew was in place. More details to come.
The Gunboat 62 Chim Chim had one of their rudders fail and were in contact with the Coast Guard. After considering a possible stop in Morro Bay, the crew determined they would continue to Santa Barbara to assess the boat's condition.
With the new rendition of the Coastal Cup racing from Monterey to Santa Barbara with a course distance of 204nm, the first to finish was Joel Ronning's Santa Cruz 70 Catapult, with an elapsed time of 14:44:21. This establishes a new monohull course record, and nearly eclipsed the previous overall record set by the trimaran Orion in 2016. Catapult took the lead in Class A with a narrow corrected time win over Edward Marez's Santa Cruz 70 Buona Sera, who beat Catapult in the Spinnaker Cup this weekend by approx 10 minutes. They will next meet on the water in the Transpac race in July.
The next two finishers before dawn were Class C boats Horizon and Lucky Duck. Dave MacEwen's Lucky Duck leads their division on corrected time over Horizon by an hour.
The rest of the fleet had a fast first day and night of sailing, but the wind shut down in the early morning hours and the remaining boats continue to sail towards the finish. Sailors from the four finished boats are relaxing at Santa Barbara Yacht Club checking out the America's Cup racing and waiting for the competition to arrive.
More to follow.