I was invited to go out and watch the start of the race for the big boats this last Sunday. The hospitality of the crew of the Gypsy, a Columbia 52, was most appreciated!
Here's Rosebud pre-start:
Pyewacket raising the main:
Up he goes:
Pyewacket has a rather high stick!
Pegasus, to be double-handed this trip:
Morning Light, sponsored by Disney. The old Playstation, sans rig, turned into a motorboat named Cheyenne, will track ML to film the effort.
Magnitude 80, a local boat:
Hugo Boss, from England:
This L.A. fireboat ran the length of the starting line in full spray, and then the gun went off:
They are racing now:
It was a lumpy sea, overcast right up to the start, with the Catalina Eddy in close proximity (when the northwesterlies come ripping around Pt. Conception, the Southern California Bight, dropping off to the ESE and then SE, causes the wind to fall off and come winding around Catalina Island out of the south: right on shore) The boats headed out on 220° past the west end of Catalina Island, where the navigators have to make the decision how far west to go before going south.
Here's the tracking page: