Digging the Ditch

photo:  Rob Moore, Latitude 38
Ad for July 2001

More than a hundred-and-twenty boats sailed last month's Delta Ditch Run from Richmond to Stockton on the San Joaquin River.  Tom Sanborn's Santa Cruz 52, City Lights, entered at the urging of friends Dave Faulkner of San Diego and Bob King of Seattle, was the first monohull to finish, correcting to first in class and fifth overall.

After blasting through Suisun Bay under the red/white/green spinnaker, built of the colors of the Mexican flag for the 1997 Baha Haha, City Lights sailed the final beat (usually a run!) up the narrow river to cross the line at the Stockton Sailing Club in just 7 hours, 36 minutes from Richmond Yacht Club's start.

The Delta Ditch Run is a fun race, as all sailboat races should be! 

It's not all that different from a cruise to  the Delta, except for the scorecard.

So whether you are competing to get there first or hoping to get there uneventfully, trusting your equipment is essential.  A strong Pineapple main, a fast Pineapple spinnaker, a versatile Pineapple jib - all were key to City Lights' success

Copyright ©2011 Pineapple Sails
2526 Blanding Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501 USA - directions
(510) 522-2200
Information on our New Sails Browse our Used Sails Listing Let's go shopping! Return to the Home Page Online sailing articles View some of our work Browse our Lat38 Ads Interesting links Contact info & directions Questions?