San Diego Yacht Club’s 1000-mile race to Puerto Vallarta opened for the first time this year to official multihull entries, and the two that answered the call both found the conditions they needed to obliterate the existing course records held by monohulls.
Tom Siebel’s Mod 70, Orion, pictured at right, was first into PV at the blistering pace ot 2 days, 8 hours 33 minutes. And how does that compare to the monohull times? Well, son, the breeze on the course was cruelly slowing down for the monohull end of the fleet. In the early hours of Wednesday, March 19, Bob Pethick’s Rogers 45, Bretwalda, became the first monohull to finish. The time: 8:20:25. Meanwhile, Blue Planet Times received this dawn missive from the crew of Bill Helvestine’s Santa Cruz 50, Deception . . .
It is 0630 here in Mexico – Cabo to be exact. After drifting through another never-ending wind hole, with forecasts of even less wind, a turtle doing laps around the boat, and Expedition telling us we would arrive in PV sometime in August, we decided to withdraw from the Vallarta Race so that we can make it to the MexORC start. All is well onboard our slightly delirious boat of smiles, we poked into Cabo for fuel and a few cervezas (that conveniently come in 8-packs)and we are now headed to PV.
More at SDYC’s race site.
This article was syndicated from BLUE PLANET TIMES