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THE SUN SETS ON ANOTHER
(photo aboard CAT ATTACK 2 during the race)
Press Release 2/24/2014 - On Saturday, February 22, 2014, hundreds of sailors set sail to race to Dana Point and San Diego in the 2014 annual Border Run International Sailing Event. Everything was set in place…the boats, beautiful warm weather, a half moon for nighttime sailing, plenty of dolphins and whales and a spectacular sunset - everything except the wind. But that did not stop sailors that came from far away as Arizona, Texas, New York and Maine, from having a great time. In the end, a total of 11 diehard crews out of 94 crossed the finish line before the race deadline.
It all started off on Friday night at the Balboa Inn in Newport Beach at the Pre-Race Send-Off party with live music, good food and guest speaker Gino Morrelli from Morrelli and Melvin of America’s Cup fame. Gino gave Border Run sailors a first glimpse into the new AC boat and the possible venues of the next America’s Cup. It was a great way to start the event.
“Gino was awesome! He explained the differences between Team New Zealand and Team ORACLE USA from the technical side and the future of the next America’s Cup with a great visual presentation. During the ‘question and answer’ part of the presentation I could see the reaction of the sailors - they were really into the discussion.” said co-founder Randy Reynolds .
The next day was race day. At 11:00 AM off the Balboa pier in Newport Beach, the 6th annual Border Run fleet started off in a southwest wind heading toward Dana Point and San Diego. The race committee from South Shore Yacht Club started all classes in flawless form. In keeping with the Border Run’s theme “Where Everyone’s Invited”, boats of all kinds and sizes, ranging from 14-feet to 70-feet, crossed the starting line to take on the challenging course.
There were boats of every size and shape competing on the race course. From Casey Mulligans' 14-foot Weta trimaran to Howard Enloe's 60-foot ORMA beast. The fleet included some of the highest profile yachts on the west coast. Boats ranging from sleds, cruisers, dinghies, sportboats and multihulls - all were represented.
High profile sailors were also lining up at the start – Spectators were craning their necks to see Dennis Conner sailing his beloved wooden boat classic ‘Splendor’ and Cam Lewis sailing the fastest boat on the course, Enloe’s ‘Mighty Merloe’.
“To see and shoot boats of every different type and size on the water at the same time is very unusual. You just don’t see a sailboat race like this anywhere else in Southern California.” said event photographer Mike Reed.
After the start, just four hours into the race, most the fleet were carrying their spins or code-zeros when the wind switched to a south/southeast wind direction. That meant sailing to weather in very light winds in only two to four knots. Eventually, this took a toll on the fleet and crews started to drop out one by one. Out of the 94-boat fleet, only six boats finished the Dana Point course and only five finished the 70-mile San Diego course.
“When we knew it was going to be a long night with light wind on the nose, we took the approach that we would take shifts to stay alert, eat a lot, try to stay warm and play the shifts the best we could. It paid off in the morning when we were greeted with better winds that allowed us to make the finish line before the 2 p.m. cut off time” said crewman Larry McDowell aboard the 4th finishing boat on Cat Attack2, who finished at 10:50 in the morning.
At the Trophy parties in Dana Point and San Diego, the event ended with sailors trading sea stories about the great competition before the wind shut off. They spoke of the clear night skies with a bright half moon, the abundance of dolphin and whales swimming through glowing phosphorescence and an incredible sunset complete with the elusive "green flash". Even without wind, sailors on both courses expressed that the event was a great time and the adventure of sailing in light conditions was worth the trip – saying that they will be back next year.
“Even though we made the decision to abandon the race due to lack of wind, estimating we could not make the 2 p.m. cut-off time, we had a great time. We will be back next year!” said Russ Turk sailing his Ranger 33 ‘American Jane’.
And for the eleven boats and their hearty and tenacious crews that finished the challenging course, they can take pride that they finished the 2014 Border Run, going into the record books as sailors that won’t give up. John Marshall of South Shore Yacht Club, Race Chairman and speaker at the trophy parties summed up the conditions of the race best when he quoted his father, a past commodore and Cal-20 Class National Champion, as saying:
“Anyone can sail with good wind – only the best sailors can race and win with light winds.”
XSsailing.com created the Border Run and South Shore Yacht Club of Newport Beach is the Organizing Authority of the racing. Many yacht clubs were involved including Dana Point Yacht Club, Lido Isle Yacht Club, Shoreline Yacht Club of Long Beach and Lake Mission Viejo Yacht Club. Sponsors included Ullman Sails, Pirates Lair, Just-Marine, West Coast Multihulls and West Marine. For more photos and full results go to www.TheBorderRun.org
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The 2014 Border Run, starting on February 22, 2014, is the first, point to point, international ocean race of the 2014 season. Part of the Ullman Offshore Series, the Border Run is for experts and beginners alike. With three courses to choose from, starting from Newport and sailing to Dana Point or San Diego, the Border Run offers sailors of all skill levels a great time. The Border Run has always been about inclusion, fun and competition.
The 2014 Border Run Event Details
Race Date - Saturday, February 22, 2014.
Three Courses - Newport to Dana Point - Newport to San Diego - Newport to San Diego via Coronado Del Norte Island.
Everyone’s Invited - From Sleds, Multi-hulls, PHRF and Dinghy’s.
Three Parties - Newport Send Off Party - Dana Point Trophy Party - San Diego Trophy Party. Click on the 'EVENTS' link for details.
GINO MORRELLI OF M/M DESIGN WILL SPEAK ABOUT THE NEXT AMERICA'S CUP AND THEIR ROLE IN THE CLASS RULES. ENTER TODAY AND MEET GINO AT THE SEND-OFF PARTY FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE BALBOA INN.
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