Ad for July 1981
Joe Burgin likes to go fishing but he didn't
have a boat, so he went to talk to brother Larry who had a 48' sail boat. Maybe together they could get
a bigger boat.
Larry Burgin is not new to ocean racing and
with the 48' Nalu IV he is routinely represented in the racing circuit, or he was until Joe got
Eventually they got the whole family involved
and bought Oaxaca, a Santa Cruz 50.
The Oaxaca project is deliberate. There
is little left to chance, and the boat is continually being refined. Responsibilities are delegated to
qualified crew members, and overall progress is orchestrated by the very capable Skip Allan.
To ensure their competitive edge, sails were
bought from Pineapple Sails.
They knew of the impressive reputation which Pineapple Sails has
earned over the years, and they figured that the sails would be designed and built with more care, that
the follow up service would be more comprehensive, and that Oaxaca would win more races as a result.
To date Oaxaca has compiled an enviable
- Puerta Vallarta Race: Third to
Finish behind '84 'Christine' and 62' 'Ragtime' (62' before adding transom scoops), Third Overall,
and First of the four Santa Cruz 50's, and an impressive 18 hours ahead of the next Fifty, gaining
10 miles a day on other boats.
- M.B.Y.R.A. Natural Bridges Race (29
Starters): First to Finish, First Overall, beating the next Santa Cruz 50 by 10 minutes.
- Santa Cruz 50 Spring Championships
(4 entries): First Overall, while compiling a 2,1,1,1 record for the series, sailing her way
out of some impossible situations to show who is the Champion.
- M.B.Y.R.A. Santa Cruz to Monterey
(30 Starters, 30 Miles): First to Finish, completing the race in just 3 hours, 20 minutes ahead
of the next Santa Cruz 50 - and just ahead of the committee.
Oaxaca is impressive. Her outstanding
performance is achieved through the methodical execution of a thorough and comprehensive effort which
the Burgin family has put together. Oaxaca has yet to be beaten by 'Octavia' and 'Chasch Mer,'
two other well sailed Santa Cruz 50's.
Pineapple Sails is proud to be part of the
superb effort put forth by the Burgin family.
Oh yes, Joe almost landed a big one; while
crossing the fleet on starboard just after the start he hooked a 38 footer, but the line broke.