Friday, July 26, 2013

J's Sailing SB-King Harbor Race Preview

J/145 Radio Flyer- Carolyn Park and crew sailing fast(Santa Barbara, CA)- This distance race spanning 81.0nm has been a tradition for Santa Barbara and King Harbor sailors for 41 years and for 2013 will have 69 keelboats entered; eighteen are J/Teams spread across one-design J/105s, PHRF and Sprit PHRF classes-- 26% of the entire fleet!  The race is a California downwind classic most years, the real question will be how much wind will the fleet enjoy at either end of the race--  the start off Santa Barbara and the finish off King Harbor can be notoriously light.  What's crazy about the race is that once the fleet rounds Anacapa Island offshore (part of the Channel Islands), the wind can often be funneling down the west side of the island chain from 20 to 30 kts!

The thirty-six boat PHRF Class is comprised of mostly symmetric spinnaker boats, including the J/33 TIGGER sailed by Fred & Suzanne Cottrell and the Santa Barbarians on Larry Leveille's champion J/29 RUSH STREET.  Joining them will be Shawn Ivie's J/30 FRICTION LOSS.

J/125 Timeshaver sailing fastIn the nineteen boat Sprit PHRF Class is a fleet of the fast-reaching, offshore J sailing machines.  Leading the J/fleet should be Carolyn Parks's gorgeous red J/145 RADIO FLYER.  Breathing down their necks will be the J/125 TIMESHAVER sailed by Viggo Torbenson and the J/133 FORGIVENESS skippered by Joe Simpkins.  Not far behind may be the J/111 JATO sailed by the team of Bill Webster and Mike Moorhead.  One of the fast J/120s sailing is Gary Winton's SHENANIGANS and they will be accompanied by three J/109s- SHADOWFAX (Chris Mewes), PERSISTENCE (Bryce Benjamin) & LINSTAR (Len Bose).  Also participating is Dan McGanty's J/105 AQUABELLA, Tom Cullen's new J/97 CHISPA and Brian Kerr's J/92 DOUBLE DOWN.

The J/105 One-Design class start has three boats participating, including ARMIDA (Tom Bollay), TWELVE BAR BLUES (Chuck Spear) and David Gorney.  For more Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race sailing information