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4 Knot Shit Boxes Dominate


4 Knot Shit Boxes Dominate

That is what the headlines should have read after this year’s Newport-Ensenada race.

Yawn, yawn. Yes, Doug Baker’s Magnitude 80 broke the course record for fastest mono hull Elapsed time. What’s so great about that? You go out, pay one of the best yacht designers big bucks to design and build one of the biggest, go fast, viagra enhanced, Pro crewed, endless money pit, whiz bang, behemoths and throw tons of money at it, to kick the asses all of the other PHRF class boats. BTW Doug and crew great job, I wish I were part of your crew. Also hats off to fellow Silver Gator Loe Enloe on the huge trimaran Loereal for fastest Elapsed time for a multi hull. Loe please take me out on it some time.

But the reality for most of us racing in the lower PHRF classes, the most we can hope for is a class win now and then. Things were different this year. The “average Joe” sailors toiling in the bottom classes of what is the cesspool of PHRF kicked some ass big time, specifically the boats in Class Kilo (K) my old class. I still have my Catalina 30, but don’t race it much anymore. These boats had the highest handicap except for the cruising class boats. The rating band was –163 and higher in seconds per mile.