|It's Raab by a nose!|
Monday, September 04, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
|The Dream Team|
Everything went as planned aboard the Santa Cruz 50 Horizon in this years Trans Pac race to Hawaii. We won our class of 10 Santa Cruz 50’s, finishing seven hours before the second place boat on corrected time. The next seven boats finished within an hour of each other for the battle of a podium finish.
Of the eight Trans Pacs I have completed, this was the first time that I have finished in the day. This made for some outstanding photo opportunities. The Facebook live video, helicopter and drone videos can be found on my blog site at lenboseyachts.blogspot.com .
There is an important rule while sailing on an offshore race and that is “what happens on the boat stays on the boat.” As always I did learn a number of lessons that I will try to remember in the future. One of the many lessons I learned was to keep a closer eye on all the race preparation expenses. When I send a piece of equipment out for inspection or repair I have to obtain quotes on the work. Then let the owner review these quotes for the final decision. Nothing worse than having to make a phone call and explaining why or how I was so far over budget.
As a race boat manager, I will also need to spend more time to detail regarding the terms of the contracts with the professional sailors on the boat. We had two paid hands on the boat, one was our navigator, the other our maintenance person. In the future, I will have an amount of satellite data that can be downloaded in the navigators agreement. Satellite data is weather information that is allowed per the racing rules. This way the navigator and owner will not have to have a discussion on what is to much, or to little, during the race. This always seems to happen towards the end of the race when it is nice and warm down below and dinner is in the oven.
We also learned you cannot have enough fans in the boat, two of the fans stopped working during the race and the looks I was getting from crew was concerning. The quote of the race was “There is a lot of defecation in the water.” We were very fortunate not to have hit any of the large crates we noticed floating by. We did catch a large piece of plastic dock line on our rudder and after some effort we were able to push it off with our boat hook.
So that’s a wrap on this years race and the accolades from around town have been overwhelming thank you again for all your acknowledgments.
So what’s new around the harbor during all this time I have been writing about myself? As you know the city have just completed it’s first month of harbor operations, managing the moorings and city codes in our harbor. All the employees have been making the extra effort as in any new relationship. Although there is one person, who is a city employee that transferred from Public Works to assist on getting this project off the ground and that is Raymond Reyes.
Reyes is a beast at multi tasking and comprehension on all subjects from reciting, in one months time, all of Title 17 Harbor Codes and working through the software program that manages the Marina Park Marina and the Mooring fields. He is now the go to person for your mooring permit transfers or questions regarding Title 17. Reyes amazes me everyday I work with him, his patience, cordiality over the phone and to employees is some of the best I have ever worked with. Reyes is not the only one with super natural ability’s that is now working for Harbor Operations. In fact it is rather humbling for me to see how many people want to join this new team. For what it’s worth, things are looking better than I would have imagined coming off the starting line. It’s a long race and only time will tell but the harbor is looking good at this time.
Speaking of looking good, go check out this new Harbor Operations web site at www.newportharbor.org . There is almost everything you wanted to know about our harbor.
What I found most interesting is the Guest Slips, Moorings & Anchorage link on the top of the page. Now scroll down to Mooring Transfers, almost to the bottom of the page, then click on the Mooring Transfer Log. This Log will give you a comparable sales log of what moorings have been selling for. Good stuff right?
Remember you do not have to keep a vessel on your mooring to keep your permit in good stature. Will be back next week to update you on who has been crushing it on the race course this summer.
|Charging to the Finish line.|
Most of the photos are from of Sharon Green/ultimatesailing.com
|Team photo before start|
|Greg Helias and Justin Law|
|The Kids: Carson Reynolds, Justin Law, Alex Steele, Greg Helias|
Friday, August 04, 2017
Looking for an extreme sailing experience? Would you like to be consistently ahead of the pack in our point to point races and finish before the sun goes down? All your day sails are turned into exhilarating memories. Then come take a look at AfterBurner and see if she will provider you with the on the water thrills you are looking for? Located in Newport Beach and ASKING $ 65,000 Please contact Len Bose Yacht Sales at (714) 916-0200
Sunday, July 30, 2017
FOR SALE: Cal 246 OHANA $ 115,000
The Cal Cruising 2-46s were designed by Wm. Lapworth and offers excellent sailing performance. The interior layout features two staterooms, two heads, two showers, large deckhouse salon with up galley, a more comfortable cockpit than most 50 footers, a large engine room, 260 gallons of fuel and 130 gallons of water. This particular one is equipped with an 85 HP Perkins diesel, fuel and water tanks replaced, NEW windows, all NEW wiring. This is a very clean boat owned by an experience yachtsman.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
I always wonder how I can afford this stuff? On July 5th at 13:00 just off of Point Fermin I will be aboard the yacht Horizon starting the Trans Pac sailboat race to Honolulu Hawaii. This is the tenth time I have started the race and have never been more confident in the boat and team aboard Horizon.
There are fifty-five boats that have signed up for the race and in our Division 4 we have ten boats that are very similar in size, speed and manufacture. All ten boats where built in Santa Cruz California with six of the boats being Santa Cruz 50’s and the other four Santa Cruz 52’s. You can call it the only corinthian class/one design ocean racing fleet in the world. For all the 40 + year old armchair racers this year with the dream, in what other class can you have real food, with a real head/ bathroom and a dry bunk? Then add the exhilaration of "Fast is Fun” aboard Horizon, in this years Coastal Cup we hit a new boat speed recorded of 28.8 knots.
Thats fast and scary fun!
Our goal is to bring forth the best possible effort for the 2017 Trans Pac Race. The yacht Horizon has had one of the most successful offshore racing records on the West Coast of the United States for close to twenty years. Her captain has owned the boat for the last five years and this is our second Trans Pac with her.
This seasons effort started back in October of 2016 when I started to put the sailing team together and preparing the boat for her annual maintenance. Quite often people approach me and ask if they can join our team, which is always a good thing. I had one person ask me what are the qualifications needed to apply? I smiled and had recently noticed that our whole team can easily beat me on the Harbor 20 race course and that was my reply to this prospect, “ You have to be faster than me.” Thats not the whole formula, just a big part of it.
The Mojo started flowing over us from the start with 32 year old Doug Cary signing on as our maintenance man and delivery skipper. Cary had just arrived from the East coast where he had been working with a very prominent sailing team. Cary keeps the boat together and does the bow for us.
Greg Helias 32 years old from NHYC, Helias was on the winning Baldwin Cup and Lipton Cup team over the last season. Helias brings his natural talent and a type of calming energy that unites the team together.
Justin Law 32 years old from NHYC, Law was apart of the previous, three years, winning team of the Baldwin Cup and is one of NHYC go to people for different challenge events. Law is loaded with natural sailing talent, very few people love the sport more than he does. He keeps it fast and fun on the boat.
Alex Steele 32 years old from BYC, he has participated on the BYC Baldwin Cup team over the last five years and was on the same sailing team as Law in College. Steele has the ability to think three moves ahead and keeps the team constantly thinking in this manner. For this reason I have asked Steele to be one of two watch captains on board for this race.
Carson Reynolds 32 years old from BYC, he too has also participated on the BYC Baldwin Cup team over the last five years. To be honest, this is really Reynolds team from the last Trans Pac that did very well. Reynolds is the manager that grasps the situation and makes good quick decisions. He also provides a barrel full of motivation and is our other watch captain.
Tom OKeefe is in his fifties and has been sailing Horizon for the last twenty years. I recall he has done four Trans Pacs on the boat. OKeefe is our go to guy, on where the different sails lead to, how to balance the boat and which sail should we be using.
Jeff “Elvis” Thorpe is in his late forties and has one of the best racing records, as navigator, to Hawaii. Thorpe pushes the boat, “ Are we here to race our are we cruising?” I have heard him say more than once while we ponder the thought of putting up more sail. Last season Thorpe guided our team to an overall win in the Puerto Vallarta Race and the California Offshore Race Week.
Len Bose is fifty-seven years old from BCYC. It’s my job to manage the team, herd the cats, and hope the plan all goes together.
Wish us luck, you can watch us at https://2017.transpacyc.com/media/watch
Saturday, June 24, 2017
I have to assume you all have heard that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol will be handing over the helm to managing the city of Newport Beach moorings fields on July 1st 2017.
Local resident Dennis Durgan has been working hard over the last two weeks in preparation of becoming the new Harbor Master. This task is challenging with Durgan putting in long days getting ready for the up coming watch change. My understanding is that the first six months, of Durgan watch, is being referred to as a trial period.
|Harbor Master Dennis Durgan|
One of the many tasks involved is preparing a fleet of three boats that will monitor the moorings and provide assistance to boaters. The conceptual work example is based from the harbor patrol in Avalon and other anchorages in Catalina. The City has owned a 19-foot center console Boston Whaler named “ Clean Sweep” that has been renamed Harbormaster 1. Harbormaster 1 has recently received engine service, new fenders, VHF radio, radar and chart plotter. The other two vessels the city has charted, from the Newport Aquatic Center, are catamaran coaching vessels. I have not heard yet what VHF channel the Harbor Service workers will be monitoring or how to call them over the VHF radio. If I was to guess, I would start with Channel 16 and call for “Newport Harbor Mooring Services” and follow their lead to another work channel.
The Harbormasters office will be located at Marina Park on the second floor under the Marina Services sign. Office work will include the transfer of mooring permits, the collection of mooring fees, auditing mooring permits for maintenance work, proof of documentation and insurance and assigning guest moorings. In front of Marina Park there will be a string of double ended moorings added to coincide with Marina Parks guest slips.
Other tasks Harbormaster Durgan will be assigned with will be enforcing many parts of the Newport Beach Municipal Code Title 17 http://www.codepublishing.com/CA/NewportBeach/html/pdfs/newportbeach17.pdf. I will assume Durgan will have to focus on 17.20 Vessel launching and Operation, 17.25.010 Docking Regulations, 17.25.020 Anchorage, Berthing and Mooring Regulations, 17.40 Live-Aboards, 17.45 Sanitation and 17.60.040 Mooring Permits. It is my understanding that Title 17 will be amended very soon to included the Duties of the Harbor Master and define their duties.
There are many unanswered questions floating around the harbor regarding this watch change. I keep hearing questions of why the watch change now? Why the urgency of this change and why was it placed on one of the two busiest days in the harbor? Why was the Harbor Commission not even given a chance to make any recommendations? One of the main duties of the Harbor Commission is to “Advise the City Council on proposed harbor related improvements.”
|New Harbor Service boat.|
If you’re wondering what my gut take is on the watch change? The bottom line is it will be better for the harbor in the long run. It has been more than obvious that the need for better code enforcement in the moorings and on the public docks is long over due. The largest task for Durgan will not just be developing the proper tools for the jobs, it will be how to define and implement Title 17. The sheriff department has implemented much of title 17 for a very long time and any type of change is going to ruffle feathers. Change is always going to produce the question of equality. One of the worst things that can happen would have the public reference the harbormaster as the mooring lord. This will not be an easy watch change and I have edited William Goldings quote for every harbor user “He who rides the water of our harbor must have sails woven of patience.”
Speaking of patience, during last weeks Harbor Commission meeting a commissioner asked the city council liaison why the communication line between commissioner and assigned council member shall be discontinued to further notice. The public should question their city council member on what happened and how will this be remedied.
Towards the end of the Harbor Commission meeting local Newport Beach activist Jim Mosher gave one of the kindest accolades to departing commissioner West that I have ever heard. I wish I could have quoted Mosher but the gist of his comment thanked West for his service to our harbor and that Mosher had never seen such positive change, for the better, in the Harbor Commission than the time he served as the chairman. Mosher hit the nail on the head and I should have started clapping with agreement and a final thank you to West.
Monday, June 12, 2017
On July 16, I will be starting my 10th sailboat race to Hawaii.
Seven of those races have been aboard Santa Cruz 50s, and this year I will be a watch captain aboard the Santa Cruz 50 Horizon. Because of my passion for this race and these boats, I looked back into history and found the first Trans Pac these boats raced in was 1981, and it was a race to remember.
Seven Santa Cruz 50s made it to the starting line in 1981, and they were the talk of the waterfront that summer. All the boats at that time were very similar, and it quickly became a race within a race among Chasch Mer, Night Train, Hana Ho, Oaxaca, Octavia, Shandu and Secret Love.
Two of these boats were from Newport Beach. Hana Ho and owner Morrie Kirk were sailing for the Balboa Yacht Club, and Michael Braun sailed Shandu for the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club/ Newport Harbor Yacht Club.
These crews were among the best sailing talent our harbor has ever assembled — fierce competitors all. Now blend in the personalities.
The crew aboard Hano Ho was made up of Kirk, skipper; Peter Isler, navigator; Dave Ullman, watch captain; and Bill Herrschaft, Tom Willson, Kevin Kirk, Jim Laws and Dennis Riehl. Aboard Shandu was Michael Braun, owner; Peter Willson, watch captain; LJ Edgcomb, navigator and MacGyver; Dennis Durgan, watch captain; and Bob Burns, Marshall "Duffy" Duffield, Rex Banks and Gordo Johnson.
To get a better feel of what happened during this epic battle, I was able to contact Kirk, Isler, Ullman, Riehl, Durgan, Duffield and Johnson.
The race started July 3. The boats had a westerly breeze of 12 to 15 to take off on. By the time the boats reached Catalina, the breeze was at 15 to 18 knots and had lifted the fleet around the only make in the course without tacking. Of the SC 50 fleet, Chash Mer was first to round the west end of Catalina in 3 hours 12 minutes, followed by Shandu, Secret Love, Octavia, Oaxaca and Hano Ho at 3:19.
On July 4, the breeze had eased some. The night before, Shandu's cheek block on the steering quadrant broke and the crew had to use their emergency tiller. Navigator Edgcomb quickly put on his MacGgyver hat and went to working fixing the problem.
The whole time Edgcomb was down below in the very back of the boat, the boat moved along at 11 knots with a reefed main and No. 2 head sail up. His repairs to the steering system lasted for the remained of the race. This is not the only time Edgcomb would need to throw on his MacGyver hat for Shandu to make it across the finish line.
On July 7, as the sun was setting, the SC 50 fleet wanted to make this race a party and start a boat-for-boat race until the end some 1,217 miles away. Shandu and Secret Love had been in contact from the second night out, and at sunset, Hano Ho appeared from the north and the party started.
That pitch-black night, the fleet started noticing trade wind squalls forming from behind them. This is when the nights of terror started, Duffield and Johnson recalled. After the first night of squalls, Shandu and Hano Ho pulled out in front of Secret Love by some 35 miles.
Duffield said, "This is when the winds started a blowin'."
Ullman recalled, "There was carnage everywhere across the fleet that night." Oaxaca was 20 miles farther south than the two lead boats.
|Dennis Riehl talking with Gordo Johnson|
Dennis Durgan said, "That's one of the best Trans Pacs as competitive sailing goes. You needed good drives and trimmers."
The Santa Cruz 50s were new to the race course at this time. Later deeper and better-designed rudders were added, and these have made the boats much easier to control. In 1981, these babies were a handful, and both boats were pushing hard to gain an advantage.
Ullman said, " It was like being in a one-design race, on a short course. It was getting pretty tiring. No one would even get a lead over a mile. You would just push, push and push then get nothing."
At this point, the boats were 940 miles from the finish.
"The only way we are going to take the big spinnaker down is if God takes it down." Duffield remembered thinking.
Riehl the decision was made to let only the four best drivers take the helm that night..
Duffield said, "Night was so intense."
Durgan remembered, "Scary, scary sailing pushing the boats that much harder. It was nuts, crossing gybes on those nights of terror."
At morning's light, there was Shandu right next to the Hano Ho, Riehl recalled.
Keep in mind both crews are from Newport Beach and most of them where all good friends and had grown up together. From my understanding, this is when the crews picked up the VHF radio and started talking to each other. The conversion started something like this. Shandu: Hey, did you guys keep up your big chute last night? Hano Ho: Yeah we were hoping you would do the smart thing and change down to your smaller spinnaker. Shandu: Was it scary? Hano Ho: Ya think!
|Dennis talking with Michael Brau|
Over the next three days and nights the boats rarely lost sight of each other. If one boat jibed the other boat would follow. If the other boat would change spinnakers and set a staysail so would they.
Around 2 a.m., referred to as one of the "nights of terror," Shundu lost a spinnaker crane at the top of the mast that held the halyard blocks. The first thought by the Shundu crew, was to take the spinnaker down and make the repair when they had daylight.
Well Edgcomb did not agree and was not about to lose any ground to his good buddies on the other boat. He grabbed the boatswain chair — a device used to suspend a person from rope to perform work aloft — and headed up the mast.
Can you see Durgan's face as he sat at the helm and Edgcomb said he was going up the mast? Durgan had to have replied, you want to go where? Edgcomb "MacGyver" then went up the mast with a bunch of kevlar line to make the repair.
"It looked something like that osprey next on that power boat on the moorings in front of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club today," Gordo Johnson said.
MacGyver had done it again and as Peter Isler said, "It was all on" from there on in.
Going into the last day, Shandu was in the lead with only 205 miles to the finish, Hano Ho had 211 miles to go. As the boats sailed past the big island, the VHF radio banter continued with the Hana crew asking who was driving and why they did not have their big spinnaker up. Shandu had lost their big chute a couple of nights before and Hano Ho still had theirs.
The sun went down and the two boats split jibes in the dark as they grew closer to the finish line. When the two boats arrived at Kalaupapa point on the island of Molokai they both made their final jibe for the finish line under a full moon with dolphins jumping from their bows.
Riehl, aboard Hana Ho, remembers first surviving the jibe and then looking to his right and seeing Shandu just 200 yards away on their starboard side bow to bow.
Gordo Johnson explained the situation like this: "Have you ever wondered what your boat looked like while surfing down huge waves with the bow of the boat out of the water all the way back to the keel? Water flying everywhere as the boat dropped into its third consecutive wave. Well, he said with a laugh, Hana Ho was right next to us and I can't tell you how many times we exchanged the lead while the other boat caught the next wave."
Morrie Kirk the owner of Hana Ho said, "We were close to those guys that's for sure."
Peter Isler aboard Hano Ho said, "I was on the helm at the jibe at Kalaupapa point. It was very intense and exhausting. Both boats were pumping their mains on every wave and the lead changed a number of times."
This all went on for more than an hour as the boats crossed Molokai channel and approached Coco head when the wind started to lighten up and Hana Ho pulled away with their larger spinnaker. Hano Ho crossed the finish line 1 minute and 35 seconds before Shandu crossed the line. Shandu won on corrected time by more than an hour but as you can guess, they wanted to be that first Santa Cruz 50 to finish.
The two boats had matched-raced some 1,217 miles over the four plus days. What a race.
Let's hope we have wind this year.....
I have always wanted to put this story together and like the end of a movie I would like to tell some of the outtakes of the interview I did.
Marshall “Duffy” Duffield: “ The food Bob Burns prepared was extreme high end craziness, awesome beyond approach. Abalone lunches, large shrimp prawns for an appetizer before dinner, huge perfect steaks. The food was so good it was like being in front of the plane, you never wanted to go back of the plane again.”
“Hewlett Packard had provided the boat with its first GPS system and for the first time we received two fixes a day. The lights would start blinking on the machine and we could look up and see the satellites. Today we have all this on our watch.” he said with a deep laugh. “ Before we could step off the boats the guys with their white lab coats came down and took the machines off the boat and back to the lab.”
“Being on edge in the dark, Gordo and I were on the same watch and he would stand behind me and update me on the apparent wind angle. This was the only way we could keep from crashing on the nights of terror”
“I am glad I got the opportunity to be apart of this crew”
Morrie Kirk was able to sail the race with his 21 year old son Kevin Kirk and had that type of finish. “I will remember that race and it was a lot of fun”
Dennis Durgan: “These boats were like riding in the car wash with all the water going over the boats.” “It was pretty scary with the guy up on top of the rig at 3 in the morning.”
“Talking to the other boat on the VHF if their dinner compared to our Bob Burns special.”, “ The top of the mast was torn off.”
Peter Isler: “This was my first Trans Pac, the first one is always the best one.”
“ We had the Allman Brothers Mountain Jam blazing on the cockpit speakers as we crossed the
Molokai Channel.”, “ The third night out we had ice cream.”
Dave Ullman: “ At the Kalaupapa light house it was flat out, spectacular race, we spent lots and lots of time talking on the VHF.”, “ With this type of match racing we had lots of fun by far my favorite memories of Trans Pac racing.”
Dennis Riehl: “ We ate well, I can’t even explain how fortunate I was to be selected to go with this group.”
Gordo Johnson: “Those Bob Burns sleeper steaks were killer, all those flavors and all that food would just make me want to sleep.”
Lets hope we have wind this year.