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The Harbor Report: Grab a front-row seat for Cabo

March 21, 2013|By Len Bose
  • Len Bose sails in his Harbor 20, in which he got third place in the Lorin Weiss series last weekend.
Len Bose sails in his Harbor 20, in which he got third place… (Photo by Joysailing )

Can you say "Cabo, Cabo, Cabo" without laughing and wishing you were packing your sea bag?

Friday and Saturday is the start of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club's 2013 Cabo Race, and the fleet is lit up like an Olympic torch. If you think of it, it kind of is, with eight entries coming from the East Coast for this year's Transpac race to Hawaii and using the Cabo race as a tune-up.

There are 31 entries that will headed out to the starting line this weekend, and I have never noticed the positive economic impact this type of race provides to our marine industry. Shipyards from Marina del Rey to San Diego have felt the impact and are counting their profits as the boats head out to sea.

Over this last month, I felt like a kid in a candy store each time I walked the shipyards and the docks at our local yacht clubs. On Wednesday, I was at NHYC and walked past the Santa Cruz 52 Bodacious IV from the Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago. I was left speechless admiring the attention to detail this yacht has received and started calling prospects to come down to the dock and take a look. I later came to find out that local yacht designer Alan Andrews played a big part in this boat's refit. Alan designed a new keel, rudder, larger mast and sail plan, the most interesting bow sprint I have ever seen. While I stood on the dock, my palms began to sweat as I pictured myself on the helm of this baby off Cedros Island in 30 knots of wind asking for the spinnaker sheet to be eased.

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For those of you, like myself, who missed this dance and have to be an armchair sailor this next week, the NHYC web page, nhyccaborace.com, will offer hours of entertainment. Make sure you check out the yellow-brick tracking system that will have a two-hour delay and update the boats every 15 minutes; video will be streamed from the club's Facebook page, and you can stay updated with the club's Twitter account.

Boats I will be watching in Class ORR 1 will be the big boats Wizard and Pendragon. The 70-raters will be in ORR 2 and will be a very close race with the top seed going to Grand Illusion. This class is too close to call, which includes Team Disney returning on a new Pyewacket, with six out of 10 teams all loaded up and ready to rock; keep your eyes on this one. In ORR 3, I am going to go with our local champs Horizon, a Santa Cruz 50 from Dana Point. They will have their hands full trying to stay up with Bodacious and Sin Duda!, Santa Cruz 52s in the forecasted light breeze.

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