Texas Offshore Racing Circuit
The Texas Offshore Racing Circuit (TORC) concluded on July 26 with Galveston Bay Cruising Association's Texas Race Week (TRW) offshore Galveston. In addition to TRW, the TORC consists of two offshore distance races each of approximately 90 miles. Winds ranged from 5-15 on Thursday to Saturday's 12-19. Surprisingly the weather was not as hot as usual so the sailing was fabulous. The TRW spinnaker fleet included two J/105s, two J/109s, a Melges 32, an Olsen 30, a Navy 44, and an Express 37. After three full days of racing, Brian Uffelman's J/105 Avici took first with a spectacular 2,1,1 followed by Steve Ryan's Melges 32 Mojo in second with 1,2,4, and Bee Bednar's J/105 Stinger in third with 3,4,3. Having participated in the entire TORC, Avici, Stinger and the J/109 Airborne were the only boats competing for the Texas Navy Trophy. Brian Uffelman's Avici finished first, Bee Bednar's Stinger second and Dave Christiansen's Airborne third.