Thursday, September 5, 2019

Rolex Big Boat Series Preview

J/70s at Rolex Big Boat Series (San Francisco, CA)- The St Francis Yacht Club will be hosting their world-famous Rolex Big Boat Series from September 12th to 15th. The event is hosting one-design fleets of J/70s, J/88s, and J/105s. In addition, J/crews will be sailing in the ORR Handicap fleets.

As a qualifier for the 2020 J/70 World Championship in Long Beach, CA, the J/70 fleet of fifteen boats has most of the top West Coast teams participating. Some of those crews include Scott Sellers/ Geoff McDonald/ Harrison Turner’s 1FA, David Schumann’s BOTTLE ROCKET, Tracy & Christine Usher’s CHRISTINE ROBIN, John Brigden’s COOL STORY BRO, Mallory & Andrew Loe’s DIME, Chris Kostanecki’s JENNIFER, and Peter Cameron’s KANGAROO JOCKEY.

The six-boat J/88 class promises great competition in the Bay’s challenging conditions.  Top teams include Gary Panariello’s COURAGEOUS and Steven Gordon’s INCONCEIVABLE.

J/105s sailing San FranciscoThe twenty-four boat J/105 class again promises some of the best racing on the Bay. Fresh off sailing the J/105 North American Championship in Marblehead, MA will be Bruce Stone & Nicole Breault’s ARBITRAGE and Tim Russell’s NE*NE. Top local teams that are always a factor on the leaderboard include Ryan Simmons’ BLACKHAWK, Rolf Kaiser’s DONKEY JACK, Phil Laby’s GODOT, Adam Spiegel’s JAM SESSION, Jeff Littfin’s MOJO, and Theresa Brandner’s WALLOPING SWEDE! Tough hombres, ALL of them! The question in this fleet is always, “who’s on first”? Who’s got the “mojo” to make it happen, put it all together on the Berkeley Circle morning windward/leewards, and the afternoon races that send the fleet home up the San Francisco waterfront to the famous downwind finish line off the St Francis YC RC deck!

In the ORR B class, it is an amusing mix of “sportboats”. Two J/111s (Dick Swanson’s BAD DOG and Reuben Rocci’s SWIFT NESS) and Zach Anderson’s J/125  VELVET HAMMER will be taking on a mixed bag of M32s and an IC37.

The ORR C Class has three J/120s (Barry Lewis’ CHANCE, Steve Madeira’s MISTER MAGOO, & David Halliwill’s PEREGRINE) taking on another mixed bag of boats like a Swan 42, Sunfast 3600, and C&C 115. For more Rolex Big Boat Series sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.