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Four Out of 360

The scene at the Three Bridge Fiasco starting line about 40 minutes after the beginning of the starts.

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Four out of 360 — that’s how many boats finished Saturday’s Three Bridge Fiasco pursuit race. Congratulations to John Gray and Matt Van Rensselaer on the mighty Moore 24 Immoral, who finished first at 5:25 p.m.; Christopher Harvey and Dan Mone on Mojo at 5:40 and Mark Zimmer and Mark Lewis on Khimaira at 5:43 (F-25c trimarans); and the final finishers, Will Paxton and Zachery Anderson on the Express 27 Motorcycle Irene at 6:22. The deadline to finish was 7 p.m.

Sailing across the finish line in the last of the afternoon light, Immoral won the whole shebang.

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The challenge was to complete a Bay tour with no wind and lots of ebb, the latter of which swept scores of boats out the Gate, while dozens more anchored along Crissy Field and the piers, lining the San Francisco shore like a string of pearls. Many sailors might have wished for a do-over on Sunday — the day was bright and sunny and the ebb was still powerful, but a puffy northeasterly would no doubt have whisked substantially more boats around the 21-mile course.

As they sailed past Golden Gate Yacht Club on their way to their final rounding mark, Blackaller Buoy, Khimaira led Mojo.

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The Three Bridge Fiasco kicked off the 2018 season for the Singlehanded Sailing Society (with divisions for doublehanders too) including several Bay and ocean races, the pinnacle of which will be June’s Singlehanded TransPac to Hanalei Bay in Kauai (no doublehanders allowed). See for the complete schedule.

In the North Bay, Motorcycle Irene’s crew crouches low and forward on the leeward rail. In the background, Chris Nash and his son Nick sail the Hawkfarm El Gavilan. They doused the spinnaker soon after this shot was taken.

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We’ll have much more on the Three Bridge Fiasco in the March issue of Latitude 38; we plan to find out from the finishers how they achieved this seemingly impossible feat.

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While visiting the Berkeley waterfront, we stopped by the little club that’s launched thousands of sailors.