||Hometown Rivals Meet at this Weekend’s SF Cup
Rivalry (noun) rīvlrē, 1. competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field.
Since 1967, St. Francis Yacht Club and San Francisco Yacht Clubs have been “competing for superiority in the same field” at the annual San Francisco Cup, a match race that grants its winner a line on a trophy and a year of bragging rights. In 2014, the Cup was ours. In 2015, it was San Francisco’s. It’s 2016, and this weekend’s SF Cup is anyone’s match.
A brief history: The first SF Cup was raced in 1967 to promote a friendly rivalry between our club and our friends across the Bay. Since then, it has been raced 44 times and StFYC has racked up 31 victories. (But who's counting? This is a "friendly" rivalry!) In 2014, the two-boat match race format expanded to include six boats and three divisions: Open, Women’s and Youth. As Commodore Livingston reported in 2015, “The result was heaps livelier and more engaging.” For more history on the SF Cup from Commodore Keefe, click HERE.
StFYC is bringing three horses to this race: Scott Sellers helming his J/70, 1FA, in the Open division; Nicole Breault helming a club J/22 in the Women’s Division; and Nolan Van Dine helming a club J/22 in the Junior Division (19 and under). The teams will be as follows:
Skipper: Scott Sellers
Crew: Russ Silvestri, Cam Geer, Geoff McDonald
Skipper: Nicole Breault
Crew: Molly Carapiet, Dana Riley, Hannah Burroughs
Skipper: Nolan Van Dine
Crew: Will Paulsen, Leo Findley, Emiliano Bache
Our opponent skippers are Craig Healy (Open Division); Vicki Sodaro (Women’s Division); and Romain Screve (Junior Division).
Racing will commence in the Olympic Circle this Saturday at 1130 hours. The first team to accumulate 11 points over three divisions wins. If one team accumulates seven points before the end of racing on Saturday, racing will be halted and will recommence Sunday at 1100 hours.