The 2014 edition of the Doublehanded Farallones race read much like a good story: it had a tricky beginning, interesting middle and an unpredictable end.
The beginning was all about timing the ebb tide "drift" to the start line. Four of the six Moores executed this maneuver successfully - two others were not so fortunate. Our next challenge was to make the most of every whisper of breeze to ensure we cleared the South Tower. Once at the Gate, we were met with an 8 kt westerly with 3 kts of residual ebb that carried us on our way to the Farallones. Sea conditions were a little confused as we cleared lands end but really settled down once we were beyond the SF approach channel.
(El Prez Note: link to pictures from the first 2 miles of the race (or, alternatively the first 2 hours) below)
Which leads us to the middle part of our story. We weren't even at the halfway point to the first mark when the wind dropped to about 1-2 kts.
Latitude 38 has featured Webb Chiles before — the intrepid singlehanded sailor and author has circumnavigated the globe five times under sail and is now in the final stages of preparing for an epic journey around the world in his flush-decked Moore 24 Gannet. We caught up with Webb in San Diego this week to get the latest info on his sailing plans, boat preparations and departure.
An eternally youthful Chiles beamed with pride of ownership and enthusiasm for his little grey Moore 24 as he showed off all of the unique mods that he’s done to make Gannet more suited for long-range solo sailing. Starting at the bow, Webb’s installed a removable carbon-fiber bowsprit for use with a furling assymmetrical spinnaker. Working sails consist of a roller-furling jib and user-friendly mast track and reefing system. Powered completely by flexible solar panels mounted flush to the deck, Webb's boat has opted to rely solely on electric tiller pilots and does not carry a wind vane. Things are kept just as minimal and tidy down below, with the stock Moore 24 layout of two pipe berths and two mini nav stations.
Moore 24 Fleet,
I hope this finds everyone well. Since Mother Nature has taken this winter off in California, I trust everyone is busy with boat projects and getting ready for spring. Couple updates for the fleet:
I’m so pleased that the Moore 24 Fleet has put the 2nd Annual Rob Moore Memorial Regatta (Robgatta) on to their season schedule. I would like to make a personal invitation to the fleet to come out on February 15th for full day of activities. Racing will be followed by beer and pizza on the deck; an extraordinary speaker panel including John Craig, Stan Honey, Sally Lindsey Honey, Kurt Jordan, and Dee Smith; silent and live auctions; and a buffet dinner.
The Rob Moore Regatta is a first time event for the Moore 24s, and is very near and dear to the fleet's heart for several reasons. Rob Moore was a tremendously influential member of the West Coast sailing community. He served as the racing editor of Latitude 38 for many years, and his writing, humor and insight inspired many of us to go out racing.
Under the category of "Some Days Are Like That" this year's 3 Bridge Fiasco saw spectacular weather courtesy of a high pressure weather system that seems to have been parked over Northern California waters since early December.
Of course with the sunshine came a lack of wind, and this, coupled with a ripping ebb current, made for either a very trying day (for those who decided to fight the weather gods), or a very relaxing and early day (for those who were more pragmatic/realistic and actually believed SailFlow and NOAA).
I grew up sailing in San Diego bay, quickly becoming acquainted with racing. After dinghies, I started sailing 29ers, 49ers, and eventually 18 ft. skiffs. I was lucky enough to race these machines in the bay area frequently throughout high school, and fell in love with the sailing scene up there. I moved to Santa Cruz to attend college, and that's when I first became aware of the Moore 24's awesomeness and legacy.
Moore 24 Class,
I would like to start off 2014 first by recognizing the amazing job done by Scott Sorensen as our class president in 2013. Under his leadership 58 of our little boats participated in at least one Roadmaster event - 31 alone during nationals - and a number of boats were rescued from oblivion or passive neglect by new owners, all of whom we welcome to the fleet and look forward to racing against, and drinking with this year.
Please come join the Moore 24 sailors for a fun evening of food, libations and auction finale
when: Saturday November 19th (5pm cocktails, 5:30 informal class meeting, 6pm awards, music, slides and video's, 7pm dinner, 8pm live auction)
where: Santa Cruz Yacht Club
how much: Dinner $15 (RSVP by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
why: A fun night with your friends and in support of the Verutti's
who: Anyone who has ever sailed a Moore 24 or just likes the Moore 24 family!
ALSO GO VISIT THE ON-LINE LIVE AUCTION NOW! www.Moore24.org