Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Light Air Big Daddy Regatta

Big Daddy- Richmond YC raceJ/111 Smokes Class, J/105s Battle!
(Richmond, CA)- The Big Daddy 2018 Regatta marks the 33rd year of mark racing on Saturday and a Pursuit race on Sunday for the host by Richmond YC.  All mono-hulled keelboats with a Northern California PHRF rating of 280 and below were invited. Fleets over 5 boats may be given one-design starts on Saturday. The Sunday Pursuit Race is always a scream.  Then, après’ racing is perhaps the most popular part of the regatta; a great dinner and party with live band on Saturday night and breakfast for all on Sunday morning!

The sailing on San Francisco Bay in the late winter/ early spring is often not something to write home about.  It can be light, foggy, drifty, cloudy, ugly, rainy.  Or, it can be simply a spectacular 10-15 kts sunny day at 70 degrees!  Such is the rights of spring-time weather on the infamous Bay, where “summer” in July can be 52 deg on the water blowing 30 kts (e.g. windchill way, way lower than light air cool days in the spring!).

J/105 sailing off Richmond YC, Big Daddy RegattaEnduring the challenging scenarios were a flock of J/crews ranging from J/24s up to J/111s.  In the PHRF F “big boat” class, it was Nesrin Basoz’s SWIFT NESS from Richmond YC that took home the honors with a 1-2-2 for 5 pts total.  John Wimer’s J/109 LA VIAJERA from San Francisco YC posted a 6-5-5 for 16 pts to finish 5th overall.

In the J/105 one-design class, Justin Hersh’s crew on “007” took the victory with a 4-1-1 for 6 pts.  Just one point back was Chris Kim’s VUJA STAR from Richmond YC with a very steady 3-2-2 for 7 pts.  Third place went to Richard Butts’ crew on MELLIANI from Sequoia YC with a 2-5-3 tally for 10 pts.

In PHRF G Class, Tim Stapleton’s J/80 “PK” managed a 2-4-4 for 10 pts to secure 4th overall.  And, in PHRF E class, it was Richard Stockdale’s J/24 FROG LIPS that posted a 5-3-3 for 11 pts to also take a 4th overall, just one point off the podium!  For more Big Daddy Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.