Northern California Fleet
Written by Marc Finot, Tom Baffico, Frank Ross Monday, 26 March 2012 15:54
The Northern California Open 5.70 fleet participated to their first Spring Keel Regatta at the St. Francis YC on March 17 and March 18. The weather forecast did not deter 8 Open 5.70s to join the fleets of Express 27, Moor 24, Knarr, Melges 24 and J105 on Saturday morning on the city front. Due to lack of wind, the start was postponed until around 2pm when a good westerly breeze started to pick up. By the time of the second race, the wind was up to 20 knots and provided great surfing moments for the fleet.
Gorgeous view from the St. Francis YC. courtesy of Nik Vale.
Written by Nik Vale (Open Sailing) Monday, 30 January 2012 00:00
The pursuit race kicks off the Singlehanded Sailing Society's season for doublehanded and singlehanded boats. The three marks are Blackaller Buoy east of the South Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, Red Rock south of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, and Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island at the Bay Bridge. You can round the marks in any order and in any direction. You can also start and finish in any direction. Hence the name "Fiasco."
Michael Gough on USA 186, "Boracic", has competed in the race every year since he bought the Open 5.70 back in 2008.
Written by Barry Demak (USA 290) Wednesday, 02 November 2011 15:55
I'll start this recap as I did last year's:
Linus said: "There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin."
So here I go, AGAIN, discussing the Great Pumpkin, the regatta hosted last weekend by the Richmond Yacht Club. This event is really two separate regattas in one - a day of buoy racing on Saturday and an "around the islands" race for Sunday (that's around Angel Island and Alcatraz - in the direction of your choice)
This regatta is regarded as the true "end of summer" for sailing on San Francisco Bay and finally, after four months, the "new" Whale Tale, USA 290, was back on the water. (hull and keel were "replaced" after the boat was unceremoniously rear-ended on I-5, returning from Long Beach Race Week.)
Written by Michael Gough (USA 186) Tuesday, 30 August 2011 11:07
The Sarcoma Cup on Boracic
Skipper: Michael Gough, Crew: Nik Vale and Tyler Gough
It was classic summer weather this weekend. The fog so low in the morning it was blanketing us as we were coming over the Richmond bridge, and then clear all the way into the city front by the afternoon. The wind was little more than someone blowing through a straw in the morning, but by the middle of the afternoon we had a nice stiff bay breeze blowing through the Berkeley Circle through the gap between Angel Island and Alcatraz.
Coming off of a successful weekend over on the city front the weekend before at the Golden Gate Yacht Club’s Open 5.70 West Coast Invitational Regatta, we had high hopes for the Sarcoma Cup, which to skipper Michael Gough’s surprise was also the Open 5.70 Pacific Coast Championships. The competition was also going to be a lot stiffer this week with a half a few boats from Southern California making the journey up north for the race - we’d have quite few more boats to keep an eye on.
Written by Barry Demak (USA 290) Wednesday, 24 August 2011 16:33
Team Boracic Dominate the First Annual Golden Gate Yacht Club Open 5.70 West Coast Invitational Regatta
by Barry Demak
USA 189, aka “Boracic,” skippered by Michael Gough, dominated the nine-boat strong Open 5.70 fleet with 5 bullets and a throw-out fourth. Gough was supported by strong crew in his son Tyler and Open Sailing’s Nik “it’s cold here” Vale. The event is the second of its format on the fleet’s 2011 spring/summer racing calendar. The “intimate” gathering of the fast-growing fleet allows for great fun and camaraderie on - and off - the water.
Michael and Tyler Gough with Nik Vale on “Boracic”. Courtesy of Marc Finot
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