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post #1396 of Old 08-14-2009
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Hey Smack what’s the deal? Somebody on the East Coast drives over to the pump-out dock and you hail it as the next big BFS, and Montendo here in the West has a true BFS (see Santa Cruz Island Report) and nada, zip, nothing. What gives? The “anchorages” on the Channel Islands are nothing more than indentations on a rocky shore, exposed to all sorts of wind and a big drop off in depth so the only alternative is to anchor (uncomfortably) close to shore. Give our man some credit!

Raced on the Cal 40 last weekend. Not quite a BFS – winds in the mid twenties (true) and a flood current so the chop wasn’t very high. We topped out at 9.5kts mainly because the Cal needs waves to surf and merely pushes water around when it is flat. Lyons Imaging did their usual amazing photography so I’m able to post a little “boat porn”. The only BFS moment of the day was shortly after these photos were taken when we were a little slow in setting the new guy during a gybe. The old gal rolled twice to let us know that we had to get our timing down before the Rolex Big Boat Series at the StFYC next month. Speaking of which, do you still have travel plans to the West Coast in September?

The Cal 40

Some of the action going to windward

Have you thought about buying an Antrim 27?

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