Another One Down
From the Long Beach to Cabo race, the Magnitude 80 report from navigator Ernie Richau:
I know everyone is interested in how the last couple of days have transpired for Magnitude 80 and her crew. I am now at home and have a minute to write you an update.
We started the race in a very light SSW wind with our 154% genoa beating toward Mexico. The wind built to 7 knots and we set the code 3a spinnaker then began to reach down the middle of the Channel between Catalina and Newport beach. As evening set in we were approximately 20 miles east of San Clemente Island. The wind backed to the SSW again so we hoisted the genoa and sailed upwind in 4-6 knots of breeze. The crew was looking forward to the forecasted 25 knots of wind for the NW. Once we got south of San Clemente Island the wind finally began to build ad go aft.
A couple of hours later we were reaching at 18 knots of boat speed when there was a nasty sound of cracking carbon and we abruptly slowed down. We had hit something in the water. The floor boards were lifted around the keel to check for damage and none was found.