Welcome to the 2017 rendition of Rolex Big Boat Series, the St. Francis Yacht Club’s signature event and the premier West Coast regatta. The 53rd edition of this regatta welcomes 89 teams to San Francisco Bay, representing a wide range of boat-size, history and performance.
Thursday, August 31 welcomed the 20th edition of the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club with 39 entries: 26 hydrofoil kites, 8 windsurfers and a handful of cats and moths.
In the month of August, your Club staff was busy! There was Vintners Night and Le Diner in the Clubhouse, J/111 Worlds and Hydrofoil Pro Tour on the water and a great employee party at the SF Zoo. And it’s only now September!
As we enter our busiest time of year, Chairman Robin Driscoll provides updated information about the Club’s financials, re-negotiations of sponsorship contracts, new member recruitment efforts and more. He’s also taking requests for Fireside Chat topics.
Last month’s Women’s Sailing Camp welcomed 15 women to a week of learning, fun and bonding on our Tinsley Island. One camper, Cori English, tells us all about the experience and why she believes it changed her life “forever and for the better.”
You’ve seen Chris sailing his Carmelita out on the Bay, and racing her in shorthanded races out the Gate and back. Now, get to know a bit more about his sailing manta, “the more the merrier”, his family, and his duties as StFYC Port Captain.
Did you know that in the early years of the Commodore’s Ball, it was not uncommon to see men dressed in capes and carrying swords? While the dress code has since softened, the Balls have increased in popularity and entertainment value over the years.
The StFSF’s annual auction boasts auction lots that “money can’t buy” all in the name of giving back to the sport of sailing. Member Ruth McCracken shares her story of a recent auction prize and how it set the cherry on top of her birthday tradition
Commodore Kiriakis looks back on a wonderful Commodore’s Cruise in Maine aboard the flagship, Victory Chimes, surrounded by members and friends. Don’t miss Dick Watts’ Chimes poem or the full Cruise photo album with images from the adventure.
One of the marks of a world-championship-level sailing team is the ability to rapidly adjust to evolving conditions while also being fast at courses of all lengths and shapes. Such was the test today at the 2017 J/111 World Championships, which are being hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California and held on the waters of San Francisco Bay, as the race committee sent the eight-strong fleet on a 26.4-nautical-mile tour of the Bay
Despite forecasts for lighter-than-average wind on San Francisco Bay, Day Two of the J/111 Worlds, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California, delivered fresh conditions that gathered as the day’s action unfurled.
Spend enough time sailing on any body of water and it slowly reveals its secrets, giving sailors a set of rules-of-thumb that should—theoretically—be the keys to success, provided that time-honored patterns prove consistent.
Pre-racing excitement is already blowing around the docks at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California, where the 2017 J/111 Worlds are set to take place from Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, August 27
After three years of close, but not quite, St. Francis Yacht Club claimed the Hinman Masters Trophy at the New York Yacht Club Invitational Team Race Regatta in Newport, RI, August 18-20.
Women’s Cruise on Tinsley Island (September 8–10) is just weeks away and our amazing Cruise chairs Peggy Cramer and Sarah Dreyer share all about what you can expect at the Cruise.
Every team’s journey to a starting line is a tale of organization, crew alignment, vessel preparation and practice. Add in international travel, and the complexity snowballs. Then, weave in the pressures and prestige of a World Championship—in this case the 2017 J/111 Worlds—and the situation compounds.
Kiting Continues to Develop on SF Bay as the 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour Wraps Up
Going into Day Four of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour, conditions were perfect for kiting off of Crissy Field. The sun was out, the wine was up and the racing was going to be fast.
Game on! The fog started parting early today and racing started at 1100 PST. Today brought a combination event with three heats of course-racing followed by the Bay Challenge, which raced to Berkley Pier and back. Now that we have over five races on the books, the dropouts start taking effect. There are battles brewing all over the field and today brought some sailing drama.
Day Two of racing at the 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour brought abnormal conditions. The skies filled with clouds and shut down the wind. Brief rain showers passed through as the wind shifts west to south and clocked back. Reports of 2-4 knots, brief surges to 10, and back to nothing kept teasing the racers and Race Committee. At 4:00pm, the official notice came to cancel racing for the day.
2015 Kite Foil Gold Cup