Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Blue Cup Regatta documentary

Athens Greece - 2009 Blue Cup Regatta.... the year after the Passage Yachts team attended this great race/party. This is a great video documentary of the event and the passion for sailing that surrounds it. Notice the fleet of Beneteau Yachts too!

click: Blue Cup Regatta - In Pursuit of Passion

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Seminars & Sails: Sunday May 2

Please Join us for our Summer Seminar and Sailing Series
      Join us on Sunday, May 2, for the first seminar in our series of summer seminars. Each month we'll feature one or two seminars on a variety of topics.  In addition, we will host sailboat rides for women who are not interested in the seminar topics but want to join in the enjoyment and learning about boating (sailing is for women only!).  

   This month's featured speakers:
Scott Koehler: Senior Master Mechanic from Svendsen's Marine: This is a hands on seminar of basic repairs and services to a diesel engine. The information you'll learn here will help you in understanding the necessary maintenance of a marine engine and give you valuable information in case of an on the water emergency.
 Kimmie Haworth: Columnist at Yachtman's Magazine, TV Producer: Kimmie has been writing on the bay and delta for years and is an expert on where to go and what to do on your boat in our local area. She is full of local knowledge and is entertaining as well!
Event Hours:

11:00 AM:  Engine Seminar

1:00 PM: Cruising the Bay & Delta Seminar

Passage Yachts
Pt. Richmond
These seminars pack the house so please reserve a chair so you won't be disappointed!
Hope to see you there! 

The Crew at Passage Yachts, Inc.

Monday, April 12, 2010

BMW ORACLE Racing to bring America’s Cup to Strictly Sail Pacific

The America’s Cup Comes to Strictly Sail Pacific!

West Coast sailors and the public are in for a treat as the celebrated BMW ORACLE Racing Team, winners of the America’s Cup, comes to Jack London Square on Thursday, April 15 as part of America’s Cup Day at Strictly Sail Pacific!

Don’t miss this phenomenal opportunity to view The America’s Cup! It will be proudly showcased and on public display from noon until 6 pm on Thursday, April 15.

The BMW ORACLE Racing Team will make a FREE presentation from 6 to 7 pm! The event includes sailing and design team members in an open and interactive Q&A session. See video highlights from the team show during its winning campaign for the 33rd America’s Cup.

Strictly Sail Pacific Show At a Glance

On San Francisco Bay at Jack London Square in Oakland, California. Just across the Bay from downtown San Francisco, with easy access from around the Bay Area by ferry, BART or bus.

Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show Sailboat Hours
Thursday and Friday, April 15 – 16: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, April 17: 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday, April 18: 10 am – 5 pm

$12 – Thursday and Friday (Adults)
$15 – Saturday and Sunday (Adults)
$24 – Two-Day Adult Pass
$40 – Four-Day Pass (Available Online Only)
FREE – Children 15 years and under (when accompanied by a paid adult)

Advance ticket purchases available. Buy Tickets Now!

See You at the Show!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

So do you want to cruise your racer or race your cruiser?

When you have a Beneteau, new or old, maybe the lines are blurred.

In the recent Banderas Bay Regatta (Click here to check out the race website) that took place in Puerto Vallarta March 16 – 20 some 58 boats were competing in the 2 multihull and 5 monohull classes.

These are primarily cruising boats that have made their way down the California and Baja Coasts to enjoy a winter of fabulous sailing in Mexico. By no means are they stripped out racers, but boats that sport solar panels, dinghy davits and all kind of cruising gear.

This year was a great year for anyone bringing a Beneteau to the regatta.

Here are the top boats in the mono hull classes:

DIVISION A: The hard core racing division was won by Cirque, a 13 year old Bruce Farr designed Beneteau First 42s7 skippered by Louis Krug, who has been cruising Mexico for the last several seasons.

DIVISION D: The ‘light’ racing division was won by Wind Child, a Beneteau First 36.7 that did the Bajaha last fall. Another Bruce Farr Design skippered by Rudy Heessels - still a current production boat - narrowly beat out a 20 year old Beneteau First 405!

DIVISION E: The medium displacement division did not have any Beneteau’s in the line up, so honors went to a boat build by the Groupe Benetaus sister company, a Jeanneau 43DS.

DIVISION F: The heavy division saw a boat that must be close to 25 years old, Bolero a Beneteau Idylle 43, walk away a 1ST place. Bolero had nothing but bullets in the entire regatta! Great job by Thom and Cheryl Landgreen.

DIVISION G: Won by Music, a 2009 Beneteau 40 that we just commissioned last summer. Music also did the Bajaha ’09 and have been cruising Mexico since. Co-skippers Jan Grant and Rick Gio had a great time sliding down the Baha Peninsula and stayed out when a majority of the Bajaha fleet sought shelter the first night out of San Diego.

We are currently doing the final preparations to our Beneteau First 42s7, TIVOLI, to leave for Mexico in the fall of 2010 on an extended cruise: watermaker, solar panels, wind generator, canvas, SSB, big anchors with lots of chain……….next year we will be competing at Banderas Bay.

If you want to discuss how to make your boat ready for the Bay, Ocean or the ’11 Banderas Bay Regatta I will be happy to chat with you.
Torben Bentsen
Passage Yachts

E-mail Torben Bentsen        Cell: 510-851-3082