Sail Fleet Race – Oct 19, 2019

SDSPS Sail Fleet/South Bay Family Sailing
Series/Ventura Sailing Club-October 19, 2019, Saturday
(8.1 nm.)

Saturday, October 19, 2019 was an excellent day for sailing. The first part of the race at
the noon horn revealed NO wind. It took about 15 minutes for all boats to finally past
the starting line. About 30 minutes after the start the wind started to fill in. The boats
were all chasing “dark water”. In 45 minutes into the race the wind was up to our regular
8-12 knots. From the middle of the race to the end the wind was a constant 12-14 knots
with gusts to 15 knots. The wind was from the west with the skies being crystal clear
blue. There were one other group racing in the south bay. The group appeared to be from
the San Diego Yacht Club and it looked very official. There were about an equal number
of racing sailboats as there were committee boats. Is this the way real official
sailboat racing is? Our group and the San Diego Yacht Club group pretty much stayed
out of each others way.
Our group had 9 boats at the starting line for our normal pursuit race. The various
groups started at noon: 12:03, 12:06 and 12:08. Boats present were Pie in the Sky,
Madam Wu, and Bibbity Bobbity Boat in the first group. Phyrxus was across with the
second group at 12:03. The third, Astra, Consigliare, Bon Temps and Ran crossed at
12:06. And finally Marilee, the largest boat in the fleet was off at 12:08. After the slow
start the boats began to spread out.
Across the finish line first goes to Marilee the corrected
time of: 13:52:8. They were followed by Consigliare
13:54:58, Astra 14:00:01, Ran 14:02:07, Phryxus
14:03:55, Bon Temps 14:07:36, BBBoat 14:18:23, Pie in
the Sky 14:28:30, and Madam Wu 15:20:00.