Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Alameda, San Francisco Bay
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Smack, while Iím not sure that the H33 is officially classed as an ULDB, it certainly came from the ďfast is funĒ crowd in 1980ís. It is trailered and meant to be dry sailed. The keel is of the dagger board variety and is winched up or down after the boat is launched giving it a draft of 5 Ĺ feet. It has a little (10 HP?) outboard that is removed from itís well and the hole filled in with a plug. This boat was bought specifically with the Pac Cup in mind. It was previously raced on the east coast and has a couple of Bermuda races under itís belt. They will race the Pac Cup with four crew divided into two watches and will hot bunk in two pipe berths. No standing headroom, no sink or flush plumbing. Built for speed, and knowing the crew, will be sailed like it was stolen. The USCG required a float plan and they estimated that their ETA at Kaneohe a half hour earlier than our second place finish in the í08 Pac Cup. There is another H33 doing the race but they will be in the double hand division. Por Favourís main competition will be a pair of Synergy 1000ís and a J120.
During the 2010 Southern Straits, they touched spreaders to water once and John said that the water didnít get close to the companionway. While sailing rail under in the Bay was pretty exciting (and a bit unnerving for Mrs B.) It is way slow and with the short keel, a tremendous amount of leeway. As I said earlier, the boat was designed to go down wind very fast and it labors a bit on the windward legs. When racing seriously, they shift through the gears and are usually the first to reef (it is a frac boat). They sailed to the Southern Straits start line under second reef. They are rigged with a third reef and after that, they have a storm trysail and a storm jib on a inner forestay. I think they are bringing four spinnakers, two headsails and one main besides the storm sails. Because of the short handed crew, they have rigged the boat for double pole gybing which should allow them to race through the squalls without waking the off watch.
Am I supposed to use BBC English now? Do I need to start putting in an extra ďuĒ in my spellings? Well, colour me red! As you might have guessed, English is my second language but I donít find too many people who speak my native Ebonic. Shall we meet half way and communicate in Esperanto in the future?