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 Posted On Monday, September 17, 2018
Class Winners and Dock Cred Determined at Rolex Big Boat Series 
Bright sunshine, steady breeze and flat seas greeted the 76 teams for the final day of racing at the 54th edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series (September 12-16, 2018), hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. The race committee announced a 15-minute postponement on both the Alcatraz and Treasure Island race courses to allow the breeze to consolidate and—given the flood-tide cycle that the racers have been enjoying all week—the water to flatten-out prior to the day’s single long-form Bay Tour race. This traditional final-day course selection allowed all seven competing classes to finish this no-drop series directly in front of StFYC’s Race Deck, giving onshore spectators a fantastic view, their cheering audible from the water as winning sailors crossed the finish line in one of the sailing world’s greatest natural amphitheaters.
 Posted On Saturday, September 15, 2018
Dueling Day 3 of Rolex Big Boat Series 
Strong airs and freshening white caps greeted the third day of racing at the 54th edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Long uphill bashes in three to four-foot seas and 20 knots, gusting higher, were rewarded with blistering downwind runs and adrenaline-saturated kite rides juiced by a flooding tide.
 Posted On Friday, September 14, 2018
Long Beats and Fast Runs at the Rolex Big Boat Series 
What goes up must come down, but the flat, fast conditions that greeted sailors at Day One of the 54th edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California (September 12-16, 2018), continued on Day Two, following a short postponement to let the breeze gather. But once the starting guns began sounding, racers were rewarded for their pre-racing patience by a flood tide and 10 to 15 knots that built all day. The net result of westerly wind cooperating with tide was long beats juxtaposed with blistering runs, bow spray and big grins aboard the boats that gathered on San Francisco Bay to contest the West Coast’s most prestigious regatta.
 Posted On Thursday, September 13, 2018
Flat And Fast Conditions At The Rolex Big Boat Series  
It’s not often that Mother Nature’s agenda perfectly aligns with a regatta’s racing schedule, but that’s exactly what unfurled for the first day of racing in the St. Francis Yacht Club’s 54th annual Rolex Big Boat Series (September 12-16, 2018). The 76 participating teams hoisted sail in 12-15 knot breezes and flat seas for their first race of the West Coast’s most prestigious regatta. Warm sunshine and a flooding tide ensured that the good times only compounded as the day unfurled and the breeze slowly but consistently built, eventually just knocking the tops off the waves to punctuate San Francisco Bay with sporadic white caps.
 Posted On Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Preparation is About to Pay Dividends at the Rolex Big Boat Series 
In sailing, as in life, most important contests are won and lost in the days and weeks preceding the starting guns, and the St. Francis Yacht Club’s 54th annual Rolex Big Boat Series (September 12-16, 2018) is no exception. All 76 teams that have assembled ahead of the West Coast’s toughest regatta understand that winning on San Francisco Bay requires absolute top form given the impressive levels of competition, sailing talent, and tightly choreographed teamwork that will be on display once racing commences. For many of the competing teams, this internationally recognized and respected Grand Prix event is the pinnacle of their sailing season and serves as a high-octane finale that’s typically punctuated by ample breeze, challenging tides and currents, world-class racecourse management, and engaging, family-friendly evening entertainment.
 Posted On Monday, September 03, 2018
StFYC One Ups Royal Yacht Squadron 
A team representing St. Francis Yacht Club recently traveled to Cowes, England, to test their skills against the Royal Yacht Squadron across numerous disciplines, including fleet racing, 2v2 and 3v3 team racing. Led by Team Captain Sally Mace, skippers included Mace, Nicholas Dugdale and Domenic Bove, with crew Claire Dennis, Brandon Paine, McKenzie Wilson, Max Rohr, Cassidy Lynch and Sammy Steele. After three days of exciting competition, StFYC won by a single point after 21 scored races.
 Posted On Tuesday, August 28, 2018
The Future of Olympic Sailing is at StFYC this Weekend 
If you’re on the city front this weekend, you will see Laser Radials and Nacra 15s on the water, and you should know this is something special. It’s a clinic of ODP—the Olympic Development Program—dropping in on St. Francis Yacht Club. Four years ago, donations from StFYC members jumpstarted Project Pipeline, combining the talent development of regional youth programs with Olympic-level coaching from the U.S. National Team. What you’re seeing this weekend on our city front course is boots on the ground for Project Pipeline.
 Posted On Monday, August 27, 2018
Nicole Breault Wins Third U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship 
Nicole Breault (San Francisco, Calif.) ran the table at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club, August 24-26. Without a single loss, Breault and her St. Francis Yacht Club (StFYC) crew of Molly Carapiet (San Francisco, Calif.), Hannah Burroughs (San Francisco, Calif.) and Karen Loutzenheiser (Santa Cruz, Calif.) successfully defended their 2016 title.
 Posted On Friday, August 24, 2018
Buoys Back in Business 
For several months, two popular San Francisco Bay buoys often used as racing marks have been high and dry, sitting next to the Club’s Mark Shed. They're afloat once more thanks to some assistance from the US Army Corps of Engineers.
 Posted On Wednesday, August 22, 2018
High Stakes at 2018 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship 
Talented and accomplished sailors, a spectacular picturesque venue, skill development and coaching, networking, music, food and fun – all represent the positive attributes associated with the 2018 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on August 23-26, 2018. This US Sailing National Championship is an exciting celebration of both match racing and women’s sailing featuring eight teams of four competing over three days on San Francisco Bay in J/22 boats.
 Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Lucky Duck Prevails over Hunters 
With five regattas over three days, featuring three ORR classes, a robust fleet of J/105s and one-design Express 27s, plus the J/70s Pacific Coast Championship and the Melges 24 Cal Cup, not to mention a Friday night Windsurf Slalom, August 17-19 was a busy weekend at the Club.
Final Call for Entries in the Rolex Big Boat Series 
When it comes to determining the fastest sailors in the West, the Rolex Big Boat Series (September 12-16, 2018), hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, offers a once-a-year opportunity for teams to race against some of the world’s most accomplished teams on San Francisco’s tide- and wind-riven waters provided, of course, that they register for the event by August 31, 2018.
 Posted On Friday, August 17, 2018
Hosted in the Other Windy City 
Last summer my C420 skipper, Nicholas Dorn, and I participated in the Neill Advanced Sailing Clinic hosted by Chicago Yacht Club. The clinic is designed for accomplished high school sailors with intense, high quality sailing instruction by top collegiate coaches. To be accepted, each sailor was required to submit an application describing sailing achievements, goals and experience.
 Posted On Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Martin and Lowry Dominate 5o5 North American Championship  
Mike Martin and Adam Lowry got out front early and stayed there through eleven races over four days of competition at the 505 North American Championship at St. Francis Yacht Club August 9-12, 2018. With a picket fence after two discards, Martin and Lowry of St. Francis Yacht Club are the North American Champions.
 Posted On Friday, August 10, 2018
Too Much to Not Enough at 20th Annual Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 
Just as the tide turned from ebb to flood, 26 hydrofoil kites, 23 5o5s and eight windsurfers queued up for the 20th running of the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club on August 9, 2018. A downwind distance race from Golden Gate Bridge to the west span of the Bay Bridge, with a steady 20 knots of breeze at the start and a flood tide, spectators were hoping to see kiter Johnny Heineken crack the 11-minute mark or better for a new course record. Unfortunately, he didn’t quite hit those milestones, but he did nab his sixth first-place finish and stands out for the most wins in the race’s 20-year history.
 Posted On Tuesday, August 07, 2018
5o5 NAs Take on SF Bay 
The 5o5 North American Championships return to St. Francis Yacht Club this week, August 9-12, 2018, with four days of competition on San Francisco Bay, including the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge distance race. “Given what the wind’s been like for the past two months I think it’s going to blow the dogs off their chains,” said StFYC’s Mike Martin, one of the seven World Champions who will be competing. “But 5o5s are super versatile. You can sail them in anything from five knots to 30 knots.”
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