Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Rolex Big Boat Series One-Design Update

J/70s sailing San Francisco(San Francisco, CA)– The early entry deadline is less than one month away for the 52nd Rolex Big Boat Series hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club. Of the 47 boats currently entered to race September 15–18, there is a strong showing of emerging one-design classes including the J/70 Class. Additional one-design classes invited to compete include the J/111s, J/120s and J/105s. The regatta will also conduct starts for boats racing under a variety of rating rules.

“The J/70 Class has become popular because of its ease of use. It’s easy to trailer, easy to launch and requires only a crew of three or four to race,” said Rolex Big Boat Regatta Chair- Susan Ruhne.  Because the J/70 Class World Championship follows this year’s Rolex Big Boat Series by one week, Ruhne expects more of the popular 23-footers to enter.

J/70s sailing Big Boat SeriesChris Kostanecki, owner of the J/70 JENNIFER, has already signed up and expects up to forty J/70s will be on the line at the world-renowned regatta.  “I think this year will be particularly dynamic and exciting,” said Kostanecki. “The J/70 Class is using the Rolex Big Boat Series as a warm-up for Worlds, so all of the top teams should be there.”

Kostanecki says the varied conditions of San Francisco Bay make the regatta a unique challenge. “It’s so much fun; it’s different than any other race,” said Kostanecki. “You’ve got racing along the City front, and the conditions can be gnarly. Sometimes they work against you and sometimes to your advantage, but it’s what makes it such a unique regatta. It’s always one of my favorites of the year.”

All J/Boat owners are encouraged to enter by the August 1 early entry deadline. Entries received after August 1 will be subject to a late entry fee. For more information, please visit the Rolex Big Boat Series website.  For more Rolex Big Boat Series sailing information