Any racing yacht with a Commodore amongst its ranks would be expected to be ship-shape, and Air Express is that, and more, says Fesenmeyer. He's owned it since 1993, and has redone everything except the hull, interior, and engine. The sail inventory is good, he says, the boat is solid, but they're always finding ways to get more out of the 'ol girl. As a pinched-stern IOR design, light winds are its sweet spot. Above 10 knots, it's unruly, especially downwind.
"We always pray that the wind is not going to be too strong," says Fesenmeyer. "The thing with PHRF is that, when it's your conditions, you have to win the races. When it's windy, all we can do is hold on and point at the marks."
And, yes, this one's for you, Incommunicado, jockeying with Air Express on the PHRF 3 starting line.