yippee kai yay
Yippee Kai Yay Class 40 on our spring training Islands Race from Long Beach around Catalina and San Clemente to San Diego. So Northern Cal has their Golden Gate, but So Cal has Angels Gate, and here’s a pretty picture of Yippee Kai Yay leaving the Angels Gate out of Long Beach for a spring training run around Catalina and San Clemente Islands to San Diego. We had gusts to 25 but only reached 17 BSP, so we’re working on it, it’s a fun process.
The boat so far has been so fun and physically and mentally challenging, just what I wanted. We’ve got the water ballast fore and aft, windward and leeward; we’ve got the chines that just take off when you’re at the right heel angle; we’ve got the full sail inventory(1,2,3A, 1,and 3 jib, Masthead genoa, and a mainsail that is not likely to ever leave the boom unless we have a lot a friends. All headsails have furlers or the kites have socks; the floating jib ring vs track, a set of spinlock clutches that resemble a piano keyboard, a 14 ft Harken traveler that sometimes requires a person to push the car upwind. It is hard to imagine how anyone sails this boat single or double handed but we’re about to find out – I think my hubby is going to take it on the Crew of Two around Catalina in July. And our sister ship California Condor is doing Pacific Cup that month. We are so happy for them – Buzz Blackett, Todd Hedin, Liz Baylis, and crew. YKW pic thanks to Belden Images.