MEXORC 2012 -Class A Andrews 70 by Chuck Skewes. For the first day back to racing it was a relatively mellow day at MEXORC. The winds started at 7 knots and slowly built to 15 and shifted right as the day progressed. The fleet was mixed up a bit from previous days with Alchemy the Andrews 70 taking their first bad race coming in 4th in the first race of the day with Cazador taking the bullet. In the 6 races 5 different boats have won a race.
Race 2 started in the 15 knots of wind and was tight competition all the way around the race course. There was a tangle after the start with Vincitori and Peligroso that may get resolved in the protest room. The right paying almost all day left the starboard lay line crowded in this big boat fleet. The second run Patches the TP 52 was able to gain the 20 seconds on Alchemy to take the win followed by Alchemy in 2nd.
With 2 races to go Alchemy leads Patches by 2 points with a throw out. Tomorrows race is the Tres Mariettas race the longest of the MEXORC Series. The entire fleet starts together and it will have a big impact on these two boats for the fleet and overall standings.
Class B 1D-48 Trigarante by Bruce Cooper
On Trigarante, we were excited to get a light air race because we have unreal upwind and downwind speed in under 10 knots, this was going to be our day, NOT! Up the first leg, we were pinched off by Ruahatu and went a little left and continued to sail toward what looked like more wind on the left, NOT. The wind filled in from the right side of the course giving Blue Blazes and Insurgente an unbelievable lead only 20 minutes into the race! Blue Blazes stretched way out and Insurgente could not keep up. Trigarante battled back from a certain last place to a fourth. Thank god we might get 8 races in and throw this score out!
The next race was windier (10-12) with Trigarante getting a perfect leeward end start ahead of all of Class B. Blue Blazes and Trigarante rounded the first mark (all the W-L courses were #4 that was Start-W-L-W-Finish downwind) only 25 seconds apart. Trigarnate’s race totally changed at the next Leeward mark. As we rounded the buoy in good shape and sails coming in nicely, the spinnaker got away from the foredeck crew and went in the water and stopped the boat to a dead stop. Insurgente said they looked over and Trigarante was heeled over and the main and genoa perfectly trimmed, but were going no where! The sail came back up on deck with 7 or 8 people pulling it up and off we went again.
Blue Blazes blazed ahead and took another bullet in first place with Trigarante rallying after the spinnaker mistake to finish only 9 seconds behind and only 4 seconds ahead of Insurgente who finished 3rd.