Thursday, May 31, 2018

Epic Elite Keel Regatta

J/105 sailing San Francisco Bay (San Francisco, CA)- Sailing in similar windy, gusty weather as the J/22s along the San Francisco waterfront, the San Francisco YC hosted their annual Elite Keel Regatta along the northern side of the Bay near Sausalito for J/70s and J/105s.  The crews reveled in the epic, “blowing dogs off chains” weather, making for mind-blowing, fast rides with spray flying everywhere on the downwind legs- full-on planing mode it was, especially for the J/70s!

Loving the breeze-on conditions was Chris Kostanecki’s San Francisco YC crew on the J/70 JENNIFER, winning the regatta with three bullets in five races!  Second was the trio of Scott Sellers, Geoff McDonald, and Harrison TU on St Francis YC-based 1FA with a 2-2-2-1-4 tally for 11 pts.  Third was Bob Milligan’s RAMPAGE team from Richmond YC.  Rounding out the top five were David Schuman’s San Francisco YC crew on BOTTLE ROCKET and Pete Woodhouse’s ZED team, 4th and 5th, respectively.

In the eighteen-boat J/105 class, it was the first big regatta win for Tim Russell’s NE*NE, posting a 1-4-1-1-4 tally for 11 pts.  Taking the silver was Doug Bailey’s AKULA with a 4-3-3-4-1 score for 15 pts.  Third was Adam Spiegel’s JAM SESSION with a very roller-coaster scoreline of 2-1-12-6-3 for 24 pts.  The balance of the top five included Eric Stang’s JUJU in 4th and Pat Benedict’s ADVANTAGE 3 in 5th.
For more SFYC Elite Keel Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.