Cabo Race: Sauza, Showers, Senoritas

Published on March 15th, 2017

(March 15, 2017) – Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Phaedo3 did what it does, breaking the tape to take line honors at the biennial Newport to Cabo International Yacht Race. Completing the light wind crawl down the Baja California Peninsula at 15:42, they were finally able to clock in a 350+ nm day before bottle caps were popped today in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The Phaedo3 boys will soon have company by dinner time as Howard Enloe’s ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe is bearing down on the final miles. As those two multihull teams torch the town, the attention then turns to the two Santa Cruz 70s that will have battle royale for the final 180nm sprint.

Separated by just 4 nm, Grand Illusion will seek to maintain the lead they have held over Holua since the start. With both teams posting 200+ nm days, tonight will be “alright for fighting, to get a little action in.”

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Background: Twenty-two teams entered the biennial Newport to Cabo International Yacht Race which takes the fleet from Newport Beach, CA south along the Baja California Peninsula to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Monohulls (19) started the 792 nm race on March 11 with the multihull fleet (3) starting March 12, with all but six teams retiring due to light winds.

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