Blondie Winner of Cal Cup; Final Race Called Off
The fifth race of the California Cup regatta was virtually blown out of the water Sunday when 30-knot winds and 4 to 6 foot seas off Marina del Rey kept the 11 ultralight displacement sloops safely in their berths at California Yacht Club.
Based on the four races, Pat Farrah’s Santa Cruz-70 Blondie was the winner, duplicating her win in the 1986 Cal Cup.
Citius, the defending champion, was the victim of two disqualifications after fouls in the second and fourth races and wound up last. Skipper C.W Spencer of Los Angeles Yacht Club fouled Drumbeat in the second race and Kathmandu in the fourth race. Citius was the favorite this year because of a new fractional rig with 10 feet added to her mast.
This was the third year the California Cup has been sailed by the ULDB maxis all rating 70 feet.