Last week we did the new classic SoCal 300 race on the ORMA 60 Mighty Merloe. The race had a bit of everything: started in lovely Santa Barbara, light air tacking away from the coast, sailing between two huge uninhabited islands, dodging rocks, rounding a wild and remote bank 100 miles offshore, and then clawing through light air overnight back to San Diego.
We touched on nearly every sail combination we have, including our previously unused second reef and stormsail configuration. We do a lot of VMG sailing but don’t often reach, so it was nice to get a 100-mile dose of it down the backside of the course.
The race was a good shakedown for our next mission: Transpac. We’re looking forward to lining up against some other big trimarans for a battle to Hawaii in July. – Will Suto.