Tuesday, April 9, 2019

J/120s Duel @ Doublehanded Farallones Race

J/120 sailing San Francisco Bay
(San Francisco, CA)- Sixty-three boats registered to start the 2019 edition of the infamous Doublehanded Farallones Race, hosted by the Bay Area Multihull Association (BAMA).  This year, most of the top boats completed the picturesque, iconoclastic 58.0nm race between 9 to 10+ hours elapsed time (a not so fast average of ~ 5.8 kts to ~ 6.4 kts).

Going for it were seven J/crews from various Bay area sailing clubs and most all of them completed the circuit out and around the foreboding Farallones Island and rocks.

For the first time in recent memory, there was a “big boat” one-design class. The PHRF 3 Class was comprised of entirely J/120s. Winning that “mano’a’mano” battle by just five minutes was Sean & Jeff Mulvihill’s JAMANA in 8:49:14. Taking the silver was Mike O’Callaghan & John Verdoa’s PEREGRINE in 8:54:13.  Then about ten minutes behind them taking the bronze was Timo Bruck & Elaine Scott’s TWIST in 9:14:26. Rounding out the top five were Ludovic Milin & Philippe Jamotte’s SAETTA and Bridgitt Ahern & Gilles Combrisson’s ALCHERA in 4th and 5th, respectively.

Commented the winning skipper Sean Mulvihill from JAMANA, “a strong J/120 fleet enjoyed having its own division. JAMANI and SAETTA were over early in very light wind at the start, taking 6-8 minutes to re-cross. PEREGRINE had a perfect start, but were caught in a wind hole mid-bay. JAMANI and PEREGRINE traded the lead several times during the race, but JAMANI prevailed at the finish! An exciting race overall for all J/120 crews!”

Then, in PHRF 5 Class, taking second was Chris Kim & Carl Plant’s J/105 VUJA STAR in 9:29:04, about 45 minutes elapsed behind the lead J/120.  Fourth in class was Jim Hopp & Chris Cartwright’s J/88 WHITE SHADOW.  For SF BAMA Doublehanded Farallones entries and race results  For more SF-BAMA Doublehanded Farallones Race sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.