oh it’s on

on board

oh it’s on

This weekend’s OYRA Light Bucket race was the first offshore race of the season in San Francisco, and as such, it was the first time i’ve had the Moore 24 offshore. I scrambled to get the boat ready before the weekend, picked up a couple last-minute crew and hit the starting line. In what was a weird, lumpy sea state with light variable breeze at the start, we worked offshore heading toward the mark, which was 13 miles offshore. A northerly breeze filled and we were off to the races, sailing overpowered with the 1 to fetch the mark. Rounding with bigger boats, we popped the kite and sailed a tight reach back to try to lay the Golden Gate Bridge. With breeze that was said to touch 30 knots, “US 101” was absolutely lit up. After tons of wipe-outs, we eventually peeled to a jib after an interesting take down, while barreling towards Ocean Beach at 15 knots. We sailed back under the gate on a jib reach, as did the rest of the fleet. A big Beneteau, “Ohana”, towed us in to Sausalito after the finish and provided the post-race rum.

We ended up correcting out to 3rd in the 12-boat PHRO2 fleet, consisting of Olson 30‘s and 34’s, First 10R’s, Express 37, Wyliecat 30, etc. Stoked on the result, grateful to my crew and motivated to get faster before SHTP! The tiny little Cal 20 “Can O’ Whoopass” corrected out to another victory in local SF offshore stuff. It was the first offshore race for “US 101”, and with a busy spring full of offshore racing and boat work, we’ll be ready for the Singlehanded Transpac this year. 2012 SHTP entrant and all around bad ass Jim Quanci dominated his class in his Cal 40 “Green Buffalo”. Not bad results for the two green boats on Saint Patty’s Day! With a slew of ultralights, the Buffalo, an Open 50 and several cruisey boats, it’s going to be a killer race with a potential 25-30 boat fleet! Follow the race at www.singlehandedtranspac.com.

Follow our campaign at www.openbluehorizon.com and on Facebook as Ronnie Simpson Ocean Racing. To donate to support our mission of introducing wounded veterans to sailing, please visit http://hopeforthewarriors.org/ronnie.html. We are working hard to be able to pull off this first clinic, April 18-20 in San Francisco working with BAADS (the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors). We will be introducing ten wounded Iraq/ Afghanistan vets to the sport of sailing. Hotels, Adaptive transport, airfare; It gets expensive. The boat is already funded. 100% of your proceeds go to the cause, through Hope for the Warriors, a 4-star charity boasting 92-percent fiscal efficiency. These clinics are going to change lives in men and women that have made huge sacrifices for this country. Any donation, even 5 bucks makes a huge difference. Check us out at the Strictly Sail Pacific Show in Oakland in 3 weeks. I’ll be speaking about our campaign and our mission, as well as raffling off a haul-out from Bay Marine Boatworks in Point Richmond.

Stay tuned, there’s a lot more to come before SHTP! – Ronnie Simpson.