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All Boats Great and Small

The TP52s Vesper and Beecom in last year’s Rolex Big Boat Series. Jim Swartz’s Vesper won IRC A and the West Coast IRC championship. Beecom is entered in this week’s series.

© 2014 Daniel Forster / Rolex

The Rolex Big Boat Series begins tomorrow with racing on the Cityfront, Central Bay, and Berkeley Circle. Point Bonita Buoy is among the marks listed, so a jaunt out to the ocean is possible. Seven races are scheduled, two each on Thursday through Saturday, and one race on Sunday, a Bay Tour, which will finish in front of the St. Francis YC clubhouse, to the delight of spectators. The Farr 40 fleet will have an eighth race on Sunday.

Memory Lane: Carl Eichenlaub and daughter Betty Sue Sherman won the Richard Rheem trophy with their San Diego-based N/M 45 Cadenza in 1997. Racing in the Big Boat Series for the first time was 10-year-old Paige Johnston (in red, mid-rail).

© 2014 Kelly O’Neil

Here’s a reminder that we’d love to see photos and hear your tales of glories and misfortunes from the regatta’s 50-year history. Shoot us an email here.

Saturday’s Great SF Schooner Race was a scenic treat for the senses.

© 2014 Roxanne Fairbairn

On Saturday, San Francisco YC hosted 11 classic vessels in the Great San Francisco Schooner Race. We’ll have the story – with lots of lovely photos – in October’s Racing Sheet.

Grown men racing in tiny boats at the Millimeter Nationals.

© 2014 Chris Dolian

On the (very) small end of the yacht racing spectrum, 10 sailors competed in the Millimeter Nationals at the Encinal YC on the sunny Alameda Estuary over the weekend. On Saturday, the wind averaged 8-12 knots with some holes. Sunday, the wind was a little steadier and not as strong. Five windward/leeward races were completed each day. After the first five races, the fleet was split into Gold and Silver. Randy Smith won the Gold Fleet and the Steve Taylor Perpetual Trophy. Aaron Lee and Pax Davis were second and third respectively. Liam O’Flaherty won the Silver Fleet.

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