J/105 Enjoys Doublehanded PSSA Race

The Pacific Singlehanded Sailing Association held their annual 27.0nm David Wall Race from Marina del Rey to Malibu sea buoy and return. The Doublehanded class garnered 13 entries versus the 11-boat Singlehanded class. Here is the report from Dan Murphy on the J/105 CUCHULAINN: "On Saturday, Rob Dekker and I did the 27-mile PSSA race to Malibu and back. The wind was predicted to be 6 knots, peaking at 10 knots, by mid-afternoon. So, I tuned the rig for that wind expecting we would not do very well at the outset and might be in OK shape for a longer race. Indeed, the wind from the start until we had Malibu in sight was the predicted 6-8 knots. And, we had a hard time keeping up with the smaller J/Boats with their big genoas. But, then the wind started building, and once we turned around at Malibu Pier, it built rapidly until we had 16-18 knot winds that powered up the spinnaker and had us surfing at 8-10 knots for the short 10-mile trip back to Marina Del Rey. We made up a lot of ground on those smaller boats and ended up fifth in our doublehanded class and third out of the boats competing for the series. The entire race took us just 4 hours 45 minutes. We love sailing the J/105, particularly in moderate to big breeze!"

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