By Christine Weaver | September 18, 2023 | San Francisco, CA | 0
While Thursday’s racing at Rolex Big Boat Series involved summery San Francisco conditions, with breeze into the 20s and ebb chop, by Sunday the water had flattened and the wind mellowed into a downright comfortable range. The variety of conditions tested the crews’ abilities to adapt.
The Classics went into Sunday’s race with a three-way tie for points among Yucca, Mayan and Gesture. Gesture finished first, but the much smaller 8-Meter Yucca corrected out for the win, a repeat from last year’s win with Hank Easom at the helm.
Sunday’s race for all divisions was a long Bay Tour. The ORC divisions ventured under the Golden Gate Bridge to a windward mark at Point Diablo. All finished in front of the hosting St. Francis Yacht Club, with every boat, no matter its position, cheered from the viewing stands upstairs.
At the Regatta Awards Party
A late-afternoon awards celebration flowing with free champagne followed the day of champagne sailing. Much more cheering ensued.
For the 37th America's Cup first ACWS showcase, we were again held hostage by the weather conditions, and like multiple SailGP events, what would have been a "magical" final — in this case between American Magic and Emirates Team New Zealand — saw the wind fail to materialize.
the City of San Francisco and Pacific Gas & Electric finally agreed to a nearly $190 million settlement in 2021 where the utility company was obliged to clean up toxic waste in S.F. Marina's East Harbor, PG&E has been working with the S.F. Recreation and Park Department on plans for a new public marina.