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Pineapple Express Can’t Stop J/Fest
The Pineapple Express late-season weather system finished its 24+ hours of rain just in time for J/Fest 2018! Sufficient sun, adequate breeze and San Francisco currents greeted the 48 boats in five classes. The 27 boats in the J/105 fleet made for challenging starts with everyone angling for the "ebb elevator" in the middle of the bay.


The Pineapple Express late-season weather system finished its 24+ hours of rain just in time for J/Fest 2018! Sufficient sun, adequate breeze and San Francisco currents greeted the 48 boats in five classes. The 27 boats in the J/105 fleet made for challenging starts with everyone angling for the "ebb elevator" in the middle of the bay.  

With the top three contenders in the J/70 fleet swapping firsts, seconds and thirds across five races, it was SFYC’s Chris Kostanecki on Jennifer who ultimately bested StFYC’s 1FA and Christine Robin, helmed by Scott Sellers and Tracy Usher, respectively. Dorian McKelvy, skippering J/111 Madmen, just missed an “all bullets” regatta. Among the J/105s, Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault on Arbitrage didn’t have any first place finishes, but still edged out SFYC’s Ryan Simmons on Blackhawk.  

After three races on Saturday, competitors enjoyed a taco buffet, Mt. Gay cocktails, Stephanie Teel's awesome band and the eternally amusing and rowdy J/Fest Raffle, thanks to our supportive sponsors. The two looming Sunday races ensured everyone stayed upright after the party and the next morning lined up for clearer skies and ample wind. Trophies were handed out for all classes except the J/105s as a protest impacted the final results. Thank you to the Race Committee and Protest Committee (who were busy all weekend). 

Congratulations to Class winners: J/70 - Jennifer, Chris Kostanecki, SFYC; J/88 - M Squared, Mark McMorris, SDYC; J/111 - Madmen, Dorien McKelvy, StFYC; J/24 - Evil Octopus, Jasper Van Vliet, RYC; J/105 - Arbitrage, Bruce Stone, StFYC. See all the results HERE and view Chris Ray’s photos HERE.
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