Date: July 30, 2021
The Santa Barbara to King Harbor Regatta is 81 nautical miles from the quaint harbor, where the mountains meet the beach, at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, sailing downwind along spectacular coastline, passed the backside of rugged Anacapa Island, down to fun in the sun Redondo Beach and King Harbor Yacht Club.
Our sailing adventure began for the crew of ‘Javelin’, a J125, which is a 41’ carbon racer, on Wednesday Night. We had just finished a race, part the sailing series that we participate in at our base in Marina Del Rey. After the evening’s festivities a portion of the crew set out to deliver ‘Javelin’ to Santa Barbara motoring up the coast all night.
The seas were running at a pretty good size, and it was to be a cool damp night. The crew members on board stood our watches and as it should be it was an rather uneventful trip. Surprisingly I actually was able to get some sleep even with the engine noise and wave motion.
Early on Thursday we arrived as the morning haze was just starting to lift showing off the beauty of Santa Barbara, the American Riviera. After mooring and some boat prep we headed for Owner Dan Murphy’s Ranch in the gorgeous rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley. After touring Dan’s unique, warm and inviting vacation home, that we would enjoy for the night, and a quick “howdy pard’” to the horses in the coral, the crew headed out for wining and dining. We loved sampling the local fare of a Murphy family favorite haunt. The food and wine was everything you would hope for from this Award Winning Wine Country.
As the starting gun sounded on Friday, just off the Santa Barbara Coast, the sailors were met with moderate breeze that would continue to build throughout the day. It wasn’t long before ’Javelin’ was kicking up a white frothy wake as it’s slender gray hull cut through the deep blue.
The backside of Anacapa Island, beautiful and rugged, was a game changer. The island blocked the wind, make it some what light and fluky. There was a certain way to sail it, and we did better than some to include our major competitors from MDR, but not as good as say ’Warrior’, another J125 that is excellently outfitted and crewed. Their experience in the race shined. We enter the backside of the island just in-front of ’Warrior’, who hugged the island, but when they exited they had a nice lead that would continue to grow all the way to KHYC.
The wind and seas continued to build as we surfed along hitting speeds of 18-22 knots. This was the first time I had seen ’Javelin kick up her heels like that. Even for a small cat sailor, racing Hobie Cats and other fast catamarans and being used to blasting across the water, this was pretty impressive! Then we were hit by a puff that was about 30 knots, this rounded us up hard, putting the boat on it’s ear and severely wrapping our spinnaker around the forestay. For the next 45 minutes the boat was comparatively parked, (actually we were still surfing under just the main at 9 knots which would be a pretty good clip in the moderate winds off of MDR), as the Bow Person Tanika Roy and Boat Captain Rob Dekker struggled to set the kite free.
As disappointing as this predicament was other yachts faired far worse suffering ripped sails and other damage. Even with all of this excitement we still finished 5th of the 10 boats in our particular class, besting some very fast boats.
It was a fun and exciting regatta and we are all looking forward to this year’s 49th running of the Santa Barbara to King Harbor Regatta.
Thanks for joining Owner Dan Murphy- Helm, Boat Captain Rob Dekker- Pit and a little of everything , Tom Materna- Jib and Spinnaker Trim, Tanika Roy- Bow, Ron Agustsson- Tactician, Caesar Berger- Jedi Master (yes, on our boat that is a thing), Jared Gargano- Main, and myself Roger Jenkins- Mast and Trim. We found ourselves ’Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ Sailing along the scenic California Coast and what a ride in the stiff breeze! Hop on board for more fun under sail by doing these simple crew chores: LIKE, COMMENT, FOLLOW and SHARE. Above is the menu where you will discover that PBTA is involved in various outdoors and natural activities all across the West. Each location is a separate website and thus needs to be FOLLOWED independently. For PBTA Adventure Wear please go to SHOP APPAREL. The gear is top notch and bears the PBTA Logo/Mantra. Aren’t we all looking for a little escape, to find a little balance from our otherwise hectic, schedule driven, traffic filled lives? Profound Adventures in Nature are key to that balance, come along hop aboard, it’s Heaven on Earth.
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