Friday, April 26, 2013

St Francis YC Wins Battle of California

J/22 sailboat- sailing St Francis YC Challenge Cup (San Francisco, CA)- It was Northern California versus Southern California as St. Francis Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club faced off in their Challenge Match Race event on San Francisco Bay.

J/22 Challenge Cup- San Francisco's St Francis YC teamEach club brought teams with skippers aged 20+, 40+, 60+, and a flag officer for a series of match races in J/22s. This inaugural series went to the bay area hosts, with young, seasoned match racers Shawn Bennet and Craig Healy joining veteran match racers Bruce Stone and Cai Svendsen to represent St Francis Yacht Club.

As reported by event Chairman Russ Silvestri, "It was a good time and a great couple of parties.  The racing was dominated by StFYC's team consisting of Stone, Svendsen, Healy and Bennett.  They sailed very well over 44 races.  It got a bit breezy on Sunday and we cancelled the fleet/team race.

Hope to do the event next year down there, but it was like a wedding weekend-- everyone had a good time.  Mads Tolling, Bruce Stone’s musician friend, played a little violin during the awards ceremony to add to the luster of the event."   For more Match Race Challenge California sailing information