Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sailing the ocean, remembering Dad

"Ocean racer Mike Mahoney said he enjoys the sport most when riding down a 15-foot wave as though his 42-foot sailboat were a surfboard. Although he and his twin brother Pat grew up sailing and racing on the Bay, the ocean is another game altogether.

'In the ocean you have to step up your game,' said Mike, a Danville resident. 'The danger heightens outside of the Golden Gate, with waves breaking 15-20 feet.'

The brothers are scheduled to leave at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning on their 42-foot sloop sailboat named the Irish Lady to sail in the Coastal Cup. This is the West Coast's premiere coastal ocean race and goes from the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco to Santa Catalina; they are competing against 25 other boats."

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