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Express 27s under a dark cloud
Express 27s ignore the dark cloud threatening rain, focusing instead on making the most of weak wind at the Big Daddy Regatta on March 7.
© 2020 norcalsailing

The driest February in more than 150 years gave way to leonine March, and the return of rain to parched California. That the rain fell on San Francisco Bay racers on Saturday the 7th, and is predicted to fall again this weekend, presents only a minor discomfort to the dedicated weekend warriors who frequent the Bay.

California Dreamin’

Two close J/22s
Getting close is part of match racing.
© 2020 Erik Simonson

Nicole Breault of St. Francis YC and her crew won all of their matches to win the second stop of the three-event 2020 California Dreamin’ Series. StFYC hosted the second stop in J/22s on March 7-8 on the San Francisco Cityfront. See complete results here.

first and second place crews
Left to right: Karen Loutzenheiser, Nicole Breault, Hannah Burroughs, Molly Carapiet, Dominic Bove, Isabelle du Moulin, Cassedy Lynch and Nolan Van Dine.
© 2020 Bruce Stone

Breault topped Dominic Bove, also from StFYC. Matt Whitfield of Penarth YC in Wales finished third. San Diego YC hosted the first stop on February 1-2, where Breault finished in second place. The series will wrap up at Long Beach YC in Catalina 37s on April 18-19. The winner of the series will receive an invitation to the 2021 Ficker Cup, a qualifying event for the 2021 Congressional Cup.

Seaweed Soup at Golden Gate

Golden Gate YC’s Manuel Fagundes Seaweed Soup Regatta sailed in light air and heavy ebb on Saturday. Though the boats got a thorough soaking in the morning, the actual race only received a few light sprinkles. Sailing various courses up and down the San Francisco Cityfront, the GGYC race did its best to stay out of the way of their next-door neighbor’s match racers.

Serenade crew
The Sabre Spirit 36 Serenade won the Seaweed Soup series overall. Left to right: Kevin Burrell, skipper Hank Easom, GGYC Commodore Leslie Iacopi, Vicki Sodaro, Beth Newman, Emmet Yeazell. Hank has won this regatta overall seven times previously with his 8-Meter Yucca.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

Big Daddy Regatta

On the waters from Richmond to Berkeley, Richmond YC’s Big Daddy fleets waited to start their races not due to the presence of water falling from the sky but due to the absence of breeze. Once the wind filled in, the race committees on three courses ran three good races.

On Sunday, the rain held off — and so did the westerly. But enough breeze made the scene to start the pursuit race sequence near Southampton Shoal on time at 12:25. Fluky pressure and building ebb challenged the 80 boats to make a clean start. Once again the good ol’ westerly filled in early enough to get everyone around the course by 4:30 p.m.

California Condor crew
The Antrim Class 40 California Condor was the first monohull to finish the pursuit race. Left to right: Brent Draney, Steve Hutchinson, Wally Hansen, Alex Pivovarov, RYC Commodore Inge Lundegaard, skipper Buzz Blackett, Bear Lundegaard, Julie Harness, Jim Antrim, Nico Colomb and John Dukat; not pictured: Gery Atkins. Several multihulls finished ahead of Condor, led by Peter Stoneberg’s Extreme 40 fast cat Shadow X — the last boat to start.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

We’ll have much more on the Big Daddy and Seaweed Soup regattas in the April issue of Latitude 38. To see which races might get damp this weekend, check out our Calendar.

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