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Good start for Yachting Cup

Published on May 3rd, 2019

San Diego, CA (May 3, 2019) – The Yachting Cup kicked off today with a big boat show on the ocean course and was capped off with the one-day Ton Cup later in the day on the bay course.

The Pac52 and Farr 40 classes had the ocean to themselves but tomorrow will be joined by four other divisions on the Far Ocean course, and five more classes filling the Near Ocean course.

It was close all day for the boats in today’s three races. Wolfgang Schaefer’s Struntje Light is finishing day one in first place for the Farr 40 class, followed by Rick Goebel’s Insanity in second and Mick Shlens’ Blade II in third.

Ironically, the Pac52 class finished their races in a three-way tie, giving them a clean slate for day two.

“We all ended up with the same score, so we can start all over again tomorrow,” said Austin Fragomen of Interlodge VI. “In the last race, we had a nice lead. We were coming into the gates and ran into a group of Farr 40s, had to abort our turn and wound up going in a different direction. As a result, we let BadPak back in the race and they took advantage of it.”

The breeze stuck around 8-10 knots all day with clear, sunny skies and high 60-degree temperatures. This “chamber of commerce” day was also on offer for the Ton Cup, the traditional race to start off the Yachting Cup weekend.

The Ton Cup consisted of one long race around the bay and along the beautiful city front in boats ranging from the one design J/70 to the custom Davidson 52.

The race finished with Skip Ely’s Santa Cruz 52 Elyxir taking first for the PHRF-A division, David Boatner’s J/35 Rival in first for the PHRF-B division, and Tom Fisher’s J/105 Viggen in first for the PHRF-C division.

“It was a beautiful afternoon, especially to get off work early,” shared Fisher. “There was a great breeze and it was sunny and warm. The tide was coming in, making the last leg a bit tricky. Coming in with the puffy and shifty conditions made it a tough one, but it was overall a good day.”

Racing is scheduled for May 3-5, 2019.

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Source: Casey Allocco

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