A lot more breeze than was expected for a beautiful start. Brown Sugar is looking great!!! and Skipper Steve looks very happy. Some Brown Sugar Fans were honored to view the Start from the beautiful Columbia 53, Gypsy. Thanks to Steve Washburn for that treat and for his account of the start:
Until 1230 the wind was about 8 kts at 160 - 180. In the ensuing 5 minutes the westerly filled in at but 240 at 8 - 9 knots.The start was uneventful with the fleet behaving and with the exception of 3 boats (Caulkins 50, Ariadne and one of the Cal 40's) everyone set out on starboard tack towards the west end of Catalina Island. Brown Sugar broke out free along with the Bene 40 in the same class to lead the fleet early.