Please select your home edition
Edition
Cyclops Marine 2020 - LEADERBOARD

Doublehanded Farallones Race - Kick off of offshore season

by Erik Simonson on 25 Mar 2014
In the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge Erik Simonson/ pressure-drop.us http://www.pressure-drop.us
With the the 35th edition of the B.A.M.A. hosted Doublehanded Farallones race we kick off the 2014 offshore season. Run since 1978, the DH Farallones followed the SSS's Singlehanded Farallones by a year, providing an opportunity for those who like company, just not too much of it, when venturing out to the rockpile.

It has been BAMA's contribution to the sailing community, and has for all intents and purposes, been dominated in number by monohulls, despite it multi hulled marque. In it's prime, 1984, the Doublehanded Farallones attracted 144 competitors but has seen numbers decline after the economic bubble burst, removing numerous sailors from the affordability of owning and maintaining a seaworthy vessels, increasing costs and safety equipment required.

In more recent years, organizers of offshore events, as well as sailors themselves have seen spikes in insurance for their own boats, and events followed suit. Insurance companies more so then ever have added increased stipulations and policies to protect themselves from exposure, combined with severe incidents both north and south here on the West Coast. Last year we saw the installment of the Northern California Ocean Racing Council which provided a list of recommendetion for offshore event coordinators as well as particpants with the release of The Northern California Offshore Racing Council Minimum Offshore Requirements and this years edition Version 2.2. We spoke a bit earlier about Digital Selective Calling requirements for vhfs a bit earlier.

The bottom line, there has been a large increases in expenses around the horn, and some sailors which sailed for years offshore without the new required gear, take exception to the new rules and have boycotted offshore events in response. This year's 53 boats is five boats smaller than in the two previous years which each saw 58 attendees. That's still plenty, and keeps the volunteers working the race deck, the internets and positions up high in the Marin Headlands and Lands end monitoring and ready to relay communications in event of an emergency.


Click here for the full story and more images.

Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTERMarine Resources 2019 - FooterHenri-Lloyd 2020 FOOTER

Related Articles

What I want to be when I grow up
Reflections on a circumnavigation "It doesn't feel like two years ago! The race was such an affecting experience that it still feels quite fresh."
Posted today at 10:04 am
Barton Marine supporting boaters
Helping us to Get Back on the Water Barton Marine are supporting the boating community and helping sailors get back out on the water following lockdown by providing social distancing floor stickers to yacht and sailing clubs and marine businesses around the UK and Europe free of charge.
Posted today at 8:00 am
INEOS Team UK back out on the water
Britannia flying once again in the Solent After three months off the water due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Britannia is flying once again. The past few months have been a difficult time for the team, as it has been for everyone around the world.
Posted today at 6:39 am
BoatSecure is standing watch when you aren't
Ensure your boat is ready for what looks to be a tough winter and save that big maintenance cost Can't get down to your boat as quick as you would like? Now is a good time to think about ensuring your boat is ready for all that could be thrown at it over the coming few winter months.
Posted today at 1:01 am
Henri-Lloyd and INEOS TEAM UK
Delighted to help protect the team and keep them safe Henri-Lloyd, as a proud partner to INEOS TEAM UK, has been delighted to help protect the team and keep them safe with a delivery of Henri-Lloyd Face Coverings as they get back to their training and development.
Posted on 5 Jun
Siebel Centers announced for Florida
MacKenzie McGuckin named Siebel Coach for Florida US Sailing's new and growing youth development program is expanding to include the state of Florida. US Sailing is excited to announce the following Primary and Supporting Siebel Centers.
Posted on 5 Jun
Port and airport re-opened in Antigua
New travel advisory has been issued As many of you know. the Antigua and Barbuda Government has been working on the re-opening of the country. We are pleased to say the latest travel advisory now confirms that this is for both the port and the airport.
Posted on 5 Jun
It's inherent in the category's name
Maine Lobster Boat. Downeast, fast trawler, and a bunch of other descriptions may also get used... Maine Lobster Boat. Downeast, fast trawler, and a bunch of other descriptions may also get used, but it is the Maine part that says so much.
Posted on 5 Jun
World Sailing Presidential Newsletter: May 2020
Kim Andersen's latest update as sailing reopens in some parts of the world We are reaching a new stage of the COVID-19 pandemic with the reopening of sailing in some parts of the world. Countries are returning to a new normal, step by step.
Posted on 5 Jun
Join the Sailmon MAX webinar
Mark Wednesday the 10th of June at 3:00 PM CEST in your calendar Sailmon will introduce MAX in a one-hour session and show you all the functionalities of the brand new device along with the possibilities of the Sailmon app. Mark Wednesday the 10th of June at 3:00 PM CEST in your calendar and subscribe today!
Posted on 4 Jun