Conditions for the 7th Annual Jay Race couldn't have been better. The sea surface was calm and glassy. Winds were practically non-existent. It promised to be a fast race, and it was. To read all about it, click here for Leo's column in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Mash, Lorette and I elected to paddle in the 2-miler. Lorette is new to stand up paddling so we hung together for the race. Mash got all testosteroned up and as soon as the first SUP racer passed him he went into full race mode. And considering that there are no "class" categories Mash did really good. He got 5th Place overall with a time of 30:05...and this on his 10' Stamps Mahi surfing SUP. Technically "race" is probably not the most accurate word for the 2-miler either, as it isn't nearly as competitive as the 12-mile, which is a very well respected qualifying race for the Catalina race as well as the Oahu to Molokai race. But not taking anything away from Mash's achievement, he was in the hunt for first place I'm sure.
Since there was a pretty good shore pound, Lorette and I agreed that it would be safety first all the way. Safety, not speed was our mantra. This was going to be a fun and leisurely paddle in epic conditions on a glassy sea on a classic day. And that's exactly what we did. Lorette did good, working on her sea legs and didn't fall off once. Of course she had a great board in the 11'9" Angulo Nui which was voted best board in the Ke Nalu showcase on Maui a few months ago.
We had a great time participating in a fun event which was a fund raiser for an excellent cause, the Santa Cruz Junior Lifeguard Program. We all are stoked, and looking forward to next years Jay Race. Thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make this happen!