We are a Santa Cruz 50. Hull number 7 of the iconic Bill Lee design. Oaxaca has been raced across the Pacific many times, in both the Pacific Cup and Transpac, with a string of victories in both.
Owners David Ritchie and Michael Moradzadeh bought Oaxaca in late 2014. A Pac Cup fan (and twice Commodore), Michael had completed every Pac Cup from 2000 to 2014 except 2010 and was looking for a faster ride than his Passport 40 Cayenne. David had raced aboard Pendragon in Southern California and wanted to expand his experience.
After extensive research by David, working with Bill Lee, we identified Oaxaca as very suitable for our plans. Largely unmodified, and with very little "furniture," Oaxaca clocks in as one of the lightest SC50s on the water, second to Hula Girl.
In our first season, we learned about the boat and considered upgrades. Working with Scott Easom, we installed a fairly extensive upgrade of our gear: all new winches, a pedestal grinder, reinforced mast track, and (of course) new running rigging. We consulted with Marine Architect Greg Stewart to optimize our sail plan, deciding to extend the JSP to the tip of the bow, giving us a bit more spinnaker sail area with only a modest ratings hit.
Sail specifications went to North (upwind) and Ullman (downwind), and we got our suit of clothes!
2016 Pac Cup got us a second place in our division, and 2017 Transpac found us just two hours behind second place, but competition was so tight that put us in eighth!
Again working with Greg, we added a stern scoop, extending LOA by 2 feet. Following a suggestion by Scott from the original layout, we also opened the transom and added a deck all the way to the back of the boat and enclosed it with lifelines. A new Larry Tuttle rudder completed the rework.
The new extended transom and rudder have proven very satisfactory, offering great control and easier surfing, where possible.