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What if? 2019 Western Regionals

Postby alanhsails » Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:00 pm

...WHAT IF..

...there was an S2 7.9 "Western Regional Championships" in 2019?. How many 7.9's from California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico would attend? Let's pretend it's on San Francisco Bay, just for starters. I know of two boats on SF Bay...mine and one in Vallejo. There are at least 4-5 in Washington, one in Idaho and I dunno about anywhere else.

Could we get 7-8 boats out to play?
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Re: What if? 2019 Western Regionals

Postby alanhsails » Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:09 pm

Just thinking out loud, here...

Friday: "Tune-Up Race" and welcome shindig

Saturday: 2-3 W/L races on what I would call relatively short courses in flattish water, say 5-7 miles each.

Sunday: Long Distance race that would count "double" (considering as these are kinda supposed to be MORC-type boats) that would get out the Golden Gate to the Point Bonita Buoy, but not so far out that everybody would have to buy the umpty-ump pieces of equipment that the Coast Guard requires for "offshore" here... and maybe add up to about 25 miles overall.
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Re: What if? 2019 Western Regionals

Postby alanhsails » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:22 pm

Not ONE response? Not a word from any Class officers? Huh....

wow. OK.

Never mind.
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Re: What if? 2019 Western Regionals

Postby Stef » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:21 pm

I think it's a great idea, but I'm in Pennsylvania. I'd come out to crew! Do a three bridges race.
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Re: What if? 2019 Western Regionals

Postby Dr.M » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:42 pm

Wouldn't San Fran be a pain to tow through? And expensive for hotels and services? I've towed through Seattle/Bellevue rush hour and that wasn't much fun. My route would be across I-80 to Sacramento and down the east side of the Bay. I've driven that route to pick up a motorcycle dynamometer in Santa Cruz, and it does get busy.

My trailer is long (it's a big 7500 lb capacity EZLoader with 3x5 rectangular tubing),longer than 30' with the boat on it, so when I'm moving that's about 14,500 lbs and 55-feet long (and don't forget, 9 feet wide). If I could figure out when the route isn't as crowded, I'd consider it.

OBTW, there are several national events held at Cascade Locks in the Columbia River Gorge (Moore 24, Tasers, Laser Pacific Coast Championship, collegiate events, etc.). There is an upriver race from Hood River to The Dalles that is a pretty good sleigh ride. Potentially another location for consideration. That might pull in more of the NW boats, but when I view race results around the NW, I never seem to see any 7.9s. Mine is a diesel boat, so I don't know how competitive I could be. But, it would be fun to sail on SF Bay.

Best-
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Re: What if? 2019 Western Regionals

Postby FEVER » Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:26 pm

I've been watching this thread; living out here in "Flyover country", I find it of interest.
I loaded the "Members" list off of this site into an Excel file so I could sort the data.
Here's what I found:

62 members are West of the Mississippi River or in Western Canada.
9 members live West of the Continental Divide. (I used an imaginary N/S line thru the center of Colorado.)
The largest group/region of members are in the Great Lakes area.
This site has a map showing the sites of existing class races.

I have no particular opinion or position on the subject. Local club handicap racing keeps me busy.
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Re: What if? 2019 Western Regionals

Postby MnM20 » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:21 pm

Dr.M wrote:Wouldn't San Fran be a pain to tow through? And expensive for hotels and services? I've towed through Seattle/Bellevue rush hour and that wasn't much fun. My route would be across I-80 to Sacramento and down the east side of the Bay. I've driven that route to pick up a motorcycle dynamometer in Santa Cruz, and it does get busy.

My trailer is long (it's a big 7500 lb capacity EZLoader with 3x5 rectangular tubing),longer than 30' with the boat on it, so when I'm moving that's about 14,500 lbs and 55-feet long (and don't forget, 9 feet wide). If I could figure out when the route isn't as crowded, I'd consider it.

OBTW, there are several national events held at Cascade Locks in the Columbia River Gorge (Moore 24, Tasers, Laser Pacific Coast Championship, collegiate events, etc.). There is an upriver race from Hood River to The Dalles that is a pretty good sleigh ride. Potentially another location for consideration. That might pull in more of the NW boats, but when I view race results around the NW, I never seem to see any 7.9s. Mine is a diesel boat, so I don't know how competitive I could be. But, it would be fun to sail on SF Bay.

Best-
Steve


We did the 7.9 nationals in my diesel 2 weeks ago as our first 7.9 event (and only races 2-5 of ever racin the boat - #20 is new to us). I can assure you that in conditions greater that 10 knots there is no doubt in my my mind that the inboard boats are just as fast as the outboards. We never saw anything less than that, so i've yet to gauge performance in the lighter stuff.
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