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    Default 2022 Farallones

    I checked again and realized that Dura Mater and I have finished the Farallones TWICE and both times after midnight. That means that if there is a midnight cut off, well, that would not be good for us. I don't think the Singlehanded Farallones Race has ever had a finish time of midnight before. In fact, in 2021 the finish time was 0800 Sunday morning. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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    What's going on here? Hello? Is anyone out there? Who made this decision? I think it should be the traditional cut off time of 0600 the next day. Absent that, I want to apply for a waiver of the midnight cut off in favor of a 0600 Sunday finish. What's going on with this club?
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    I think the time I won overall it was after midnight on a 57 rated boat. Midnight wasn't ever a cutoff before as I recall.

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    Our SSS Commodore finished after midnight in 2017.

    Extending the deadline just to 0100 would cover all finish times for the last ten years except for Geodesic, who finished at 0136 in 2016. I didn't go back any farther.

    This year's earlier deadline is probably another result of having no SSS Race Chair nor sufficient volunteers to staff the watches.

    And only five entries (so far) for the LongPac? Clearly all has not yet returned to normal.

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    For the personal safety of the RC on the seawall and the commute back home, the RC implemented a 12 a.m. cutoff this year.

    Also, the RC does not have a boat or deck to retreat to.

    We will stay on station until all boats are inside the gate.

    The 1:00 a.m. cutoff sounds like a good idea. If someone would like to volunteer their standing headroom boat, it would make a comfortable retreat.

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    I would offer to bring Surprise! over but I'll be in final prep for our PacCup qualifier, which we're sailing the week of the 23rd.

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    One year there were two or three finishers, all within the last hour before the 6? am cutoff. Rich Ray and I were the only ones on the race deck by then.

    But we were on the GGYC deck and we could go inside to warm up or have a nap! Respect and thanks to the RC stuck out on the rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Submarino View Post
    For the personal safety of the RC on the seawall and the commute back home, the RC implemented a 12 a.m. cutoff this year.

    Also, the RC does not have a boat or deck to retreat to.

    We will stay on station until all boats are inside the gate.

    The 1:00 a.m. cutoff sounds like a good idea. If someone would like to volunteer their standing headroom boat, it would make a comfortable retreat.
    The SSS can't find a hotel boat to act as a base for the RC? (ask around, someone might not be racing Saturday). Or a van/RV to hang out in? If RC intends to remain on station until all boats are inside the Gate, where will RC be hanging out such that they couldn't finish a boat that arrived after 1AM? A midnight cut-off on SSS Farallones is far too early.

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    https://rvshare.com/

    This place does RV rentals. I did a search for driveable RV's within 15 miles of Oakland and came up with a lot of options. Prices were from about $225/night to over $400 a night. Figure, pick up Friday night and drive to the GGYC. Return on Sunday morning...two nights, probably $450 - $500 for an RV with an inside table to tot up finishers and get out of the wind.

    I'm not sure if the City of San Francisco allows overnight parking by the GGYC, though.
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    This year's Farallones was too lumpy for DM and me. Waves weren't scary high, but they were really close together and there just wasn't enough wind for us to get through 'em. Lots of hobby horsing around for us and others, too. Then we went sideways a couple of times with no way, and it just became no fun. Had I not been taking bonine every 12 hours since Thursday night the cockpit would've gotten ugly, too.

    Regardless, it's always fun to start, and it was glorious toward the gate and then under it; blue sky and plenty of wind and then ... less and less wind. I thought that, once it smoothed out past Point Bonita, conditions would improve, but it just didn't smooth out. The wind didn’t pick up, either, and I didn't have the patience to wait it out. So we turned around, headed for the gate.

    Then I realized there were only 24 feet of water beneath us. Whoops! We had gone north because I thought the gods were smiling upon us: Great! Let's go this way before the west wind fills in! Right? Wrong. There we were at the outer northwest bit of the Potato Patch. Then I realized that it was good that we DIDN'T have more wind because we would have been in the wrong place for that. Silly me.

    Into the bay we came and headed over toward GGYC where the OYRA boats were all starting for one of their summer series races. Threaded through those hyped up sailors and motored to a GGYC dock. Went inside and asked permission from Bob, the nice manager there, flew my RYC burgee and signed in. This reciprocity business. Me like it. Mike Cunningham helped me tie up but then he left.

    It was nice standing around talking with sailors again. Like the old days with everybody from the Club that is Not Yacht. Wish we could have more of that. I'm looking forward to Half Moon Bay.

    Regardless, it was a chilly night and we all huddled behind Joe's SUV. He had sandwiches, donuts, coffee, cookies, apple danishes and munchies. Plus all the equipment: patio chairs, a table, the antenna sticking out the sunroof, the pad in back for camper sailing, the shabby old VHF and a golf cart battery. It's alot of work being Commodore of a club without a clubhouse. And without a Race Chair, too. Thank you, Joe.

    Grant Kiba and Sam McFadden used to work together, and Sam had persuaded Grant to bring his boat from Marina Bay in Richmond so the RC could hang out somewhere warm. Grant was delayed a bit. When he arrived on his 911 he was a little wild eyed, said that he had trouble getting around Point Blunt, something about 30 knots and the flood at Point Blunt. Said he had to try twice, laughed about the timing. He was a really good sport. Plus he brought that food.

    Grant tied up at the next slip over from DM and made us all dinner. Seriously. He said he only had enough food for eight. We were fine with that because there were only eight of us. He grilled us sausages and vegetable skewers. And he had cold beer! And cookies! This is the man with whom to raft up next in Drakes Bay. All I had to offer were Trader Joe's cookies.

    Then all we had to do was wait for those sailors to arrive. Must've been a real roller coaster out there and they all sounded weary at the end.
    Here are some photos. All hail the 2022 Farallones Finishers.

    Here's the first to finish, Jamani. Mulvihill the Elder.

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    Then Werewolf, Mulvihill the Younger.

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    Then, not in any order, Eos

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    and Pork Chop Express

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    And Kalia, with Steve Saul preparing for the Long Pac and his third SHTP

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    And I've posted five photos so I'll do another post of Geodesic, with Ralph Morgenstern aboard.
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    Here is Geodesic at the finish. Ralph passed us like we were standing still.

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    Here is the second shift RC for the 2022 Farallones: Alden Cramer, Paul Jolly, Joe Balderrama, Grant Kiba, Sam McFadden and Richard Reitmeyer.

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    Last edited by Philpott; 05-23-2022 at 11:22 PM.

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