Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Delta Ditch Run Preview

J/70 sailing Delta Ditch race (Stockton, CA)- Want to know the “karma” of doing the infamous Delta Ditch Run that starts off Richmond, CA in the upper San Francisco Bay and sends boats down a very winding 60nm course up-river to Stockton, CA?  The major promotion on the site is oriented to having fun and celebrating a successful finish- “The Party Band- “After Dark”- is awesome, don't miss out...This Band Rocks!!”

Hoping to get there in one piece are a raft of J/crews on boats ranging from J/70s and J/24s up to J/105s!  In the Cruising Division is Chris Kim’s J/105 VUJA STAR, rated at PHRF 78 against a class that includes an Alberg 30 rated at 231- just about the time the J/105 finishes in the next solar system!

race courseThe biggest division is PHRF Racing with 90+ boats, a fleet that also includes a wide range boats, including a Farr 40, Express 37s, 1D35 and Henderson 30 (can these guys actually make the corners in the river without crashing??).  They will be up against a hornet’s nest of small, fast J’s, including two J/80s (Jack Vetter’s PEARL from Vallejo YC and Tim Stapleton’s PK from Richmond YC); two J/70s (Brian Mullen’s ORANGE YOU GLAD from St Francis YC and Cody Shevitz’s BOTTLE ROCKET from St Francis YC); and two J/24s (Jackson Faylor’s GREEN BOAT from Stockton Sailing Club and Val Lulevich’s famous crew on SHUT UP & DRIVE).  For more Delta Ditch Run sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.