So today team Anarchy embarks on the San Diego to Ensenada race, a 62-mile race to the garden spot of Ensenada. We noticed only 61 boats are entered, 12% of which are cruising boats. Not good and outside of a couple of marginal sleds (and a 60′ tri and we all know multis don’t count for races like this) there isn’t much going on at the front end of the fleet. maybe even more disturbing is our class – PHRF 2 which is designed to create a class for medium sized sportboats (and take them out the way of "normal" boats, as a few of those owners have complained about the sporties so they put them in their own class). We have a whopping three boats in our class. Three boats? And two of ’em are Flying Tigers.
So is this the sad state of ‘offshore’ sportboat racing in So Cal? Without question the fastest, most fun and easiest boats to sail, particularly for these types of races, and the most that could be mustered was three fucking boats? Of course the race generated almost no pre-race buzz, and looking at the back of the race shirts that nobody was buying, one has to wonder what a couple of the big sponsors are getting out of this race.
But specifically and perhaps selfishly, the fact that of all the sportboats in So Cal – loads of FT’s, Melges 24, 30 and 32’s, Hendo 30’s, Vipers, Columbia 30’s, etc., that this is all that showed up. Pathetic and in our mind, nothing short of a crisis.