11th Annual Zongo Yachting Cup!
On Friday, August 9, 2019 the 11th Annual Zongo Yachting Cup was ran. This annual ocean race / cruise from Morro Bay to Avila Beach has become a favorite among Central Coast sailors, and has become the most coveted ocean sailing trophy in the area.
The story: With 10 boats competing this year, we found ourselves in a somewhat unusual situation: After a nice start and a gentle building breeze, someone shut off the wind machine and the fleet spent 2-3 hours bobbing & praying for wind. Ultimately, everyone headed back to the barn except the 4 boats made it around Point Buchon:
Monohulls: Fear Knot - Holder 20 (Kevin Williams) and Janina - Santa Cruz 27 (Mark Hilden & John Krossa)
Multihulls: Nai'a Ioi’ Ioi’ - Prindle 16 (Chrissy Osborne) and Tunnel Vision - 42’ Hughes Cat (Nick Del Giorgio)
The wind made a massive switch and built quickly to 25+ with gusts to 35. Janina was surfing fast down the swells and hitting speeds in excess of 13 kts. Fear Knot was holding steady and running a good race not far behind. Ultimately, the race shook out like this:
1st Place: Fear Knot - Holder 20 (Kevin Williams) PHRF 186
Elapsed time: 4:50:30 / Corrected Time: 3:46:01
2nd Place: Janina -Santa Cruz 27 (Mark Hilden & John Krossa)
Elapsed time: 4:40:39 / Corrected Time: 3:52:49
Difference: 6:47 Corrected time.
1st Place: Nai'a Ioi’ Ioi’ - Prindle 16 (Chrissy Osborne)
Elapsed time: 4:44:00
2nd Place: Tunnel Vision - 42’ Hughes Cat (Nick Del Giorgio)
Elapsed time: 5:07:00
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
All the racers who set aside the day for a fun day on the water
Morro Bay Yacht Club for hosting the race!
Ted Emrick of Emrick Studios for the beautiful custom glass trophies
San Luis Yacht Club for providing a great reception, water transport, and land transport between PSL and Avila.
Blue Sky Bistro for catering a fantastic breakfast before the race. Their food pairs very well with yachting, so please be sure to stop in and support them when in town!
Troy Wieck for stepping up yet again as race PRO and keeping track of everyone!
Zongo All-Stars for inspiring this great race and keeping it going all these years.
Avila Beach Resort for hosting the fantastic afterparty with Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, and Jimmie Vaughan!
Point San Luis Lighthouse for hosting the second afterparty on Saturday with Zongo All-Stars!
A quick look at the downwind run from the cockpit of Janina:
Event photos by Danna Joy IMages
A few shots from Paul’s cell phone: