This weekend was the Doublehanded Farallones race, and for the two of us on “US 101” it was one of the greatest days of sailing either of us have ever had. It didn’t hurt that we caught a couple breaks and placed 1st in class and 1st overall! The Moore continues to impress as I prepare for Singlehanded Transpac, but the real key to the day was my crew Ruben Gabriel. Ruben is a close friend of mine, and will be competing against me in this year’s Singlehanded Transpac, also sailing a Moore 24. With very severe weather at the start and lumpy conditions offshore, getting to the Farallones and back made for a long, wet and challenging day, but we sailed hard the entire time and came away with a result and experience that has already become very special to both of us. An absolutely amazing day on the water on “US 101”!!!!
With a very severe forecast, most of the fleet stayed home with just 14 boats taking the start and 8 boats finishing, out of 58 entrants. The forecast called for 20-30 knots of Southwesterly breeze with gusts over 40 in the early morning and up to 20 foot breaking seas in the evening. The gusts in the morning definitely materialized