We finished the North Americans on Santa Monica Bay off Los Angeles today with quite a poor race, but because of the way the cards fell with discards etc, we managed to hang onto 5th overall in the regatta. (more…)
We got a ninth in the only race today. Bit of a bummer really, as we were 4th at the first mark but lost lots downwind on both runs. Going pretty quick upwind and had another nice start allowing us to sail to our strategy. Just got to get the runs sorted for tomorrow’s two races. (more…)
Quick one, as it’s been an eight hour day on the water and I am angused. (more…)
Sunday the 14th Aug 2005
Today we sailed two races to finish the five race “Kinga Spain” Regatta here in Los Angeles. Again, it was ideal Star sailing conditions, with a 8-10 knot sou’wester under mostly sunny sky. (more…)
Saturday the 13th of Aug was the first day of the Star class’s King of Spain Regatta in Los Angeles.
Beutiful Day! Sun got out at about midday and breeze got going with it. Breeze up to 12 knots. Three races sailed. Big workout!
Iain and I placed 11th, 3rd and 4th in a 40 boat fleet, be be lying 4th. Basically we had one bad start and two good ones. The bad start saw us in the 20’s at the first mark, so to come back to 11th was reasonable.
The other aussies are 16th Conde / Hunn and 23rd Jonesy and Simon.
On Sunday the 7th Aug, I head to Los Angeles with my skipper in the Star boat, Iain Murray, for the 2005 Star class North American Championship. They are being held from Marina Del Rey and sailed on the waters of Santa Monica Bay (that’s the bit of ocean you fly over when landing at LAX airport).
We contested the 2002 Worlds in the same location when we were still learning the Star (more…)
Just completed the Sydney to Southport Race on “Wild Joe”. The race is a 350 mile coastal passage up the east coast of aus to the Gold Coast in Queensland.
“Wild Joe” is a 60 foot long canting keel boat, which started life as “Wild Oats” and won the Admirals Cup in Cowes under Bob Oatley’s ownership in 2003. She is now owned by John David and campaigned by John’s son, Steven.
I do not do much “offshore” sailing these days (more…)