Dave Millet sails on the C&C 30 One Design LOCO, with owner Ed Feo, in Southern California. Here’s his report on their most recent races.
First – another WIN for LOCO. Racing with our medium-distance rating RLC of 36, we won class B and the fleet overall in the 39-mile Long Beach to Dana Point Race. There were 46 finishers in 5 classes. This is our second class and fleet win this year using our offshore ratings.
The race started in 6 to 8 knots and was straight upwind for about 5 miles with our AP1. The second leg was a Code 0 reach for about 14 miles and the third and final leg was a 2A run for close to 20 miles. Wind got as high as 14 on the reach and then back to the 8 to 12 stuff for the run. We had seven people on board.
We were the scratch boat in B fleet and owed the other boats in the class from 2 to 16 minutes. We beat them all handily. The closest was 10 minutes back, corrected. No boats beat us to the upwind mark except the three Class A boats that beat us boat-for-boat. No boats passed us on the reach, either, and we held or put time on all of our class on this leg.
Only three of the Class A boats beat us boat-for-boat: a TP52 (rated 81) a SC70 (78), and a Choate 66 (28). We beat the Melges 32 (12) and the Class 40 (9) boat-for-boat. We corrected on all of these. The closest was the TP52 a little over a minute behind us corrected.
In Long Point Race Week, LOCO finished third in class and 11th overall out of 8 and 41 boats entered, respectively. All of the boats in our class were much bigger for the most part and all owed us time.
The Friday race was 25 miles upwind all the way with some jib reaching at the end. Needless to say it is hard to beat boats with a lot more waterline in that kind of race. Wind conditions were 8 at the start and 18 at the finish except for the last 300 yards which was about 6. We finished 7th out of 8 in our class and way down on the fleet list.
Saturday Race was about 5 miles upwind followed by a 10-mile downwind leg. We were second in class and 5th in fleet. Both of these were raced with our Random Leg PH rating of 36. Wind peaked at 18 but died to 2 near the end. If the 18 had held we would have been first in class and fleet.
Sunday race was 25 miles mostly downwind. We raced with our offwind rating of 33. Started with a jib reach, went to our code 0, and then to our 2A. Wind peaked at 14 then backed off to about 10 near the finish and very lumpy near shore. We were 3rd in class and 7th overall.
All three races were reverse start and we literally flew by people on Saturday and Sunday. The boat goes through other boats’ lees quite uncannily. Only one of the three Santa Cruz 70s even caught up to us and a lot of 50-footers never had a chance. Scary fast downwind.