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Pete Pattullo's F-33R NELDA RAY First to Finish In Harvest Moon Regatta

Pete Pattullo originally ordered his F-33 to take part in the 2004 Harvest Moon Regatta, a 150nm race from Galveston to Port Aransas, Texas, and the factory worked extra fast to get it to Pete in time. However, NELDA RAY's container was held up several weeks by port congestion in Los Angeles, and Pete missed the 2004 Race. However, he made up for it this year by taking out fastest time.

There were a total of 176 boats with 18 multihulls, including 10 Corsair / Farrier's (including F27's, F28's, F31's and a C31-1D). This year's event was a downwind run in 8-10 knots of wind for the first two thirds, and 10-15 the last third.

The start

NELDA RAY flew her mast head spinnaker from the starting line in Galveston, TX to the channel marker at Port Aransas, TX. Along the way she hit debris fields (from Hurricane Katrina and Rita) and actually struck what appeared to be a Tiki Hut made of bamboo. This caused the rudder to shear the sleeve hold down bolts (as it is designed to), the rudder blade and sleeve rotating up, with no damage. But ten minutes was lost getting the rudder back down again.

NELDA RAY went on to finish an hour and half after sunrise with no visible boats on the horizon behind. They hit top speeds of over 20 knots in the puffs and averaged a VMG of over 8.6 knots. In the end they corrected 2nd in Division A (Farrier/Corsair with 9 boats) and third overall, while the winning boat was David Yngve's 1990 stock F27 BLYNKEN which finished 4 hours behind, but corrected 9 minutes faster. Results can be downloaded from:


The finish at Port Aransas, TX

The winning crew - Phil, Pete, Drew and Bryan

NELDA RAY's Original Delivery

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