More than a few boats had to retire from racing today--and it's only day one! At 12 noon winds were under 10 knots. By 3pm with all fleets in play, 20+ and gust knock downs and knock overs were all around the course in San Francisco Bay. It's the 52nd Annual Big Boats Series and things are kicking. We trailed the J/105 fleet on race two and were treated to quite the display. Luckily, many of the entrants are locals.
From the ROLEX press release:
With 26 entrants, the J/105 Class is the second-largest in the regatta and it was frequently in close quarters. The first windward mark rounding saw Ryan Simmons’ (Sausalito, Calif.) Blackhawk lead and then quickly throw in a jibe to port. With 20 other boats coming in from all angles, shouts of “Starboard!” were heard frequently. In the end, Blackhawk scored two firsts in the tightly contested class. Rick Goebel’s (San Diego, Calif.) Sanity is second with two 2nds and Tom Kennelly’s (San Rafael, Calif.) Wonder is in third with 8 points on finishes of 5-3.
OPBYC: Other peoples’ boats yacht club.
I connected with Brian Prinz through Facebook last year while prepping the San Francisco-based ROLEX Big Boats Series 4-time winner Double Trouble Web site and social media. With gusto, Brian and his father wholeheartedly race J/125 Spectre out of the Brandford Yacht Club. Earlier this year the crew had competed in the Newport to Bermuda Regatta, a 635-mile biennial run from Rhode Island to the island shores. The 2016 event was rough with weather forecasters predicting that entrants would be slammed by storms; 50 crews dropped out, leaving 133 boats to start. Spectre finished with top honors at an elapsed time 101:24:26, placing them 3rd in their class and 12th to cross the line.
When I mentioned to Brian that an East Coast summer sail was imminent for me, he immediately extended an invitation to ride along on what turned out to be their last beer can race of their season.
It’s one thing to be invited to sit on the boat during a race; it’s another to double up as crew (even if it only equates to a ping pong deck slide just behind the vang) while clutching a camera through every tack and gybe. A highlight was observing how crew and helmsman held their cool on a heated three-abreast run to the start—with no more than 12 inches til touching an adjacent hull--and another boat at the haunches.
Spectre quickly pulled away and commenced the double sausage loop, with crew handily amping the boat to 8s and 9s and a top speed 10.4 round the course. Their finish was seven minutes head of the competition. Full image album for Spectre J/125 racing here: http://www.renegadesailing.com/spectrej125branfordyc.html
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Straight talk, with Renegade POV, from a female racer, writer and photographer as she mixes with the fleets in San Francisco and around the planet. firstname.lastname@example.org