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 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 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.”
StFYC Wins Morgan Cup 
Congratulations to Team StFYC for a dominating performance last weekend at New York Yacht Club and bringing the highly-competitive Morgan Cup to St. Francis for the first time. The New York Yacht Club’s Invitational Team Race Regatta Morgan Cup was run August 3-5, 2018, at Harbour Court with ten invited teams competing on Sonars for “one of the most coveted trophies for post-collegiate team racers.”
 Posted On Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Beyer and Holdsworth Win Laser Masters North American Championship 
Trophies go to Brett Beyer in Laser Standard Fleet and Andrew John Holdsworth in the Radial Fleet, at the Laser Masters North American Championship at St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, California, July 20-22, 2018. The two led their respective divisions going into the third day of competition and maintained momentum all the way to the podium after ten races.
 Posted On Friday, July 20, 2018
Juniors Launch Into a Summer of Serious Racing 
As I write this, the conditions on the City Front are the same as they’ve been all month. The shrouds are howling, the halyards are clanging and sand is whirling down from Crissy Field. That all must mean that summer is here! Here’s what the StFYC Junior Sailing Program will be up to for the next couple of months...
 Posted On Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Lasers All Day on SF Bay 
The Laser Slalom and Laser Masters North American Championship return to St. Francis Yacht Club’s waters this week, July 18-22, 2018. Last sailed at this location in 2011, the racing will be on the Club’s City Front, making for spectacular viewing at the Grill Room, Clippership Bar or Race Deck. “The Slalom is really meant to be as much an event for the spectators as for the sailors with the race course entirely in front of the St. Francis, between A and B buoys and extending upwind only about 150 yards,” said the Regatta Chair Tracy Usher. With just under 20 participants, “We have a smaller field than previous years but there is plenty of talent! Our plan is to run through the double elimination all in one day, Wednesday July 18. My estimate is that we’ll start getting into the quarter and semi-final rounds sometime around 4:00pm with the aim to have the finals somewhere around 6:00pm.”
One Design Entries Stack Up Ahead of the 2018 Rolex Big Boat Series 
It’s hard to find a purer form of sailing than a lineup of polished teams on identical platforms, all with an equal shot at racecourse glory. This is precisely what makes One Design racing the heart and soul of the St. Francis Yacht Club’s annual Rolex Big Boat Series. From September 12-16, top teams will race in at least seven different One Design fleets, as well as several highly-competitive handicap fleets, making this the West Coast’s most competitive regatta. J/88s, J/105s, J/111s, Express 37s, J/120s, Farr 40s and Pac 52s have all met the NOR requirement of six or more entrants. Other classes that register by the upcoming July 31 deadline will be eligible for their own start – and beat the late entry fee.
Camaraderie and Competition at SF Classic/UN Challenge 
Once upon a time, the Bay Classic was a windsurfing race from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Berkeley Pier. Then everybody loaded into (and onto) cars and drove home because nobody could sail back upwind. As equipment improved, the outlook changed. Today, with foiling kitesurfers and windsurfers, the Bay Classic remains a distance race – with a challenging twist.
 Posted On Friday, July 13, 2018
Juniors Test Pyewacket Sails 
Overcast with a light breeze may not be everyone’s idea of perfect sailing, but for testing new sails it was perfection. This was great news for Roy Disney, his crew and six junior sailors from StFYC on Wednesday as they ventured out to trial a new main, Code Zero, and #3 jib on Disney’s 68-foot Pyewacket.
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