Hitchhiker’s Guide To Cabo
With SoCal clubs running competing races down the Baja Peninsula, most teams had to choose whether to race to Vallarta or to Cabo San Lucas. After reading this great report from SA’er Hitchhiker, it’s pretty clear which sailors won the wind lottery this year. If you’re not convinced, check out the video of the kind of conditions that they spent most of the race in.
“Paddy Wagon, Irish slang for a large vehicle used to transport large groups of people who have been arrested”. OK so we hadn’t been arrested, and with seven of us in the team we were not a particularly large group of people, but since we were sailing a Ross 40, built in 1986, we could be considered armed and very dangerous The Corona Del Mar to Cabo San Lucas race is an 800 NM coastal race that could be considered a sprint if it wasn’t for the fickle weather of Southern California and the Baja Peninsula. However, the ’08 Cabo race was shaping up to be a fast one. A High offshore, combined with a Low sitting inshore was developing a nice gradient, with good pressure showing pretty much all the way down to Cabo. A week’s worth of weather study indicated a fast and slightly chilly ride. After just having done the Puerto Vallarta race on a nice turbo 70, with only dinghy boots, I decided it was time for some new insulated offshore boots. They turned out to be a wise investment.