Going into the Albert T. Simpson Regatta on Sunday, the third day of competition, crews ran fast loops round the course in winds rearing to a mid-20 knot zone by early afternoon. A surprise gust here and there dunked more than a few. For the J/70 fleet, St. Francis YC’s own “Running Wild” with Peter Vessella tallied firsts and seconds in five of the fleet’s seven starts, finishing just one point ahead of Christopher Kostanecki’s boat “Jennifer.” In a third place tie, David Schumann‘s “Bottle Rocket” prevailed, with Justin Kromelow’s “Loose Lucy” receiving fourth spot honors.
In the 505 fleet, “Mike's Boat” with skipper Michael Martin of St. Francis YC/ NHYC drew a 13 point tally over seven fleet starts—while both Bruce Edwards’ “Don n Pony Rides Again” and Adam Roberts, sail # 8681, earned 17 points; Roberts prevailed to take the second place.
Wylie Wabbits drew eight boats to the line, with Richmond YC’s Melinda Erkelens and “Jack” handily nudging out second placer Deke Klatt on “Johnson.” Kim Desenberg on “Mr. McGregor” and Tim Russell on “Weckless” ended competition with equal points, but Desenberg garnered the third place. “The Rooster” took Joe Wells to the 5.7m fleet podium, followed by Marc Finot aboard “Frolic” and Andrew Rist raced “ bigair” to a third.
The Albert T. Simpson Regatta is a legacy competition in existence on the San Francisco Bay since the late 1970s. Originally showcasing the very active Etchells fleet, it now sees competitors from the J/70, Wylie Wabbit, 5.7m and Open 505 fleets. The regatta was named for Staff Commodore Al Simpson (1971) who passed away in the Christmas fire at the St. Francis Yacht Club in 1976.
Express 37 "Escapade" heads over the startline Tuesday night in San Francisco Bay, heading to a mark near Golden Gate Bridge. Sitting on a marks boat has its advantages--proximity. Sometimes the more exciting moments in life happen on the shady side of the boat. Photo album with more images here.
The fourth annual Pink Sail and Pink Party ponied up the cash for cancer research. Vallejo YC knows how to throw a party—a Pink Party. The regular beer can racers, plus a special sunset Cruiser Class, hit the waves on Wednesday, July 15.
The Pink Sail started after a little good-natured ribbing boat-to-boat to prove that real men do wear pink. We decided to pass the can to collect money for cancer research. The idea grew, and the sea of pink blossomed. The first year we raised a little over $100. The next year it was above $300, and for 2014 we hit $1,000. The 2015 tally is $1,847 raised from ‘pass the piggy bank' donation collecting. Included in that total was a $750 challenge donation by Jack Vetter of the Beneteau first 38s5 Tutto Bene, plus profits from member Barbara Brown’s dazzling 'Get Your Pink On' T-shirts — the 2015 collector’s edition. Funds raised will again be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Themed dining included tasty pulled piggy on a roll, coleslaw, and a pile o' pink cupcakes, plus outstanding watermelon tequila cocktails.