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The TP52 Rio got out of the boat yard and back on Banderas Bay for race day two. ©2012 norcalsailing.com
MEXORC Midweek Report
March 14, 2012
Down in sunny Nuevo Vallarta, the MEXORC grind continues, and a rotation of Bay Area sailors has occurred on the Wylie/Kernan 44 Ocelot. Gone is Bruce Nesbit of Richmond YC and the Olson 34 Razzberries. No, he didn't get fired, his vacation time expired. In comes Christian Lewis from the Catalina 42 Carmelita of South Beach Harbor. Bruce left big flip-flops for Chris to fill.
Manouch Moshayedi's Newport Beach-based TP52 Rio is back in the water and racing again after losing her keel bulb on a reef while finishing the San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race. The crew were actually able to lift the bulb off the reef and bolt it back onto the keel within a week, and, although they missed the first day of racing, they are now now fighting it out on Banderas Bay. And the Tiburon-based Thompson 1150 Serena is back out on the course and looking to catch up as best as they can after missing two races due to breaking their mast track.
Another Bay Area connection is the Kernan-designed Wasabi and Peligroso, both formerly owned by South Beach (San Francisco) resident Dale Williams. The boats are now run by Mexican syndicates; the 68-ft Peligroso made it up to San Francisco in 2010 for Rolex Big Boat Series.