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Former San Francisco resident Wasabi (left), a Farr 46, holds off the Farr 40 French Kiss in the first day of racing in the MEXORC. ©2012 norcalsailing.com
NorCal Boats in MEXORC
March 11, 2012
While a lot of Bay Area boats were enjoying the Big Daddy Regatta at Richmond YC, some were down south across the border for MEXORC in Puerto Vallarta.
Three boats stuck around after the San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race: Ocelot, Kevin Flanigan's Alameda-based Wylie/Kernen 44; Serena, David Kuettel's Tiburon-based Thompson 1150; and J/World's Hula Girl, a Santa Cruz 50, which now lives in San Diego but was a Santa Cruzer for a while.
But only two of them were able to race on Sunday, as Serena broke a forestay on the way down in the SD-PV race. Co-owner David Van Houten told the story: "We were having such a great race, then about halfway down Baja we heard a bang and the forestay came crashing down on the deck. Luckily we were able to save the mast and secure things before deciding to head to Magdalena Bay for repairs. But the one problem was we didn't have enough diesel to make it into the bay, so we flagged down a passing fishing boat and bought enough fuel to make it to San Carlos. While dreading the long trip threading our way into Mag Bay and up into town, we noticed in one of our cruising guides that they have a delivery service out to the coast. So we anchored out in a beautiful cove and had fuel, beer and fish tacos delivered to the boat."
And their trip ended in PV waiting for a local rigger working on a new stay. They will miss the two first races, but plan to be out racing by Tuesday. Ocelot and Hula Girl will be battling it out on Monday and Tuesday for California bragging rights without them in the light but building afternoon breezes. It's just like the Bay but warmer.