Saturday, June 3, 2017

SoCal 300 Race Preview

J/125 sailing offshore (Newport Beach, CA)- The 2017 edition of the California Offshore Race Week has been producing epic racing in both of the first two events for the fleet of forty-five of the top offshore teams on the West Coast.  The Spinnaker Cup from San Francisco to Monterrey had light conditions at the outset, but saw classic Pacific swells offshore as the fast-reaching J/crews reveled in the conditions and took off.  The same was true for the Coastal Cup Race from Monterrey down to Santa Barbara, where it blew even harder with winds in the 20-35 kts range and swells up to 15 feet!

The final event of the Cal Offshore Race Week is the big-daddy of the three races- the SoCal 300.  The race goes from Santa Barbara, offshore around the San Islands, past San Clemente Island,

Starting on June 1st, the fleet includes two of the hottest J/125s in the western hemisphere- Mark Surber’s DERIVATIVE from Coronado YC and Viggo Torbensen’s TIMESHAVER from Dana Point YC.  Both teams are also practicing for the upcoming Transpac Race which have at least four J/125s registered with hopes for a 5th J/125! Joining them is Jim Goldberg’s J/109 JUNKYARD DOG, the only J/Team that have registered to sail the entire Cal Offshore Race Week series.    For more California Offshore Race Week sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.