As if people don’t already know, racing offshore in Southern Cali is often very treacherous – treacherously light. This year’s So Cal 300 provides no greater example of just of sucky it can be here. A quick look at the results proves that misery loves company – 21 of the 33 starters have quit, and we bet that that number will continue to grow.
Oh there are some guys sticking to their guns, notably Rick Yabsley and crew on his modded Hobie 33 Cap’n Sluggo. Rick was kind enough to ask me to go, but after talking to weather router guru Mark Michaelsen (who essentially said it will be so light that the boats shouldn’t even bother starting), I declined. Sluggo is currently 70 miles from the finish, and easily winning ORR D.
The Kernan 68 Pelegroso is on track to be first to finish., which is excellent. Excellent, but painful!