Hot, hot, hot inland weather makes for great wind over San Francisco Bay — a sailor’s delight if you have plenty of sails to raise. Racers saw plenty of wind at the June 17 Great Schooner Regatta, beginning with an Ayala Cove area start line area in the midst of its shifting ebb and flood cycle. On leg one, crews sailed westward to Yellow Bluff, then took a cross-Bay run to Blossom Rock before wrapping with a blustery dash back to the finish line.
With timed starts for all entrants, many of the boats were within hailing distance of one another by the time they reached the southern end of Alcatraz. The crew of four aboard Freda, the first boat to start, had tucked past and were on their way to the next mark as the competition was nearing the calmer waters in the region. While Brigadoon had raised her striped green-and-amber fisherman far earlier, Seaward and Iolani took advantage of the wind reprieve behind Alcatraz to add or change sails.
In the winner’s circle for the Classic division was Water Witch with a first, Iolani in second, Legacy in third and Freda fourth. The Gaff division awarded Jakatan a first and Brigadoon a second. In Marconi, Elizabeth Muir crossed ahead of Seaward.
The 10th annual Great San Francisco Schooner Regatta was hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club. Funds from the race are directed to supporting youth educational programs in the area.
You’ll have the chance to take a gander at some of the same boats, plus many others of their ilk, at the Master Mariners Wooden Boat Show this Sunday. Read on for details!