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Three Bridge Fiasco This Saturday

The skippers’ meeting for the Three Bridge Fiasco will be held via Zoom tonight at 7:30 p.m. “Since 1984 the Three Bridge Fiasco has given a rewarding challenge and experience to many sailors,” writes the Singlehanded Sailing Society. “Join us at the skippers’ meeting and hear from Ants Uiga, the race chair who gave birth to it.” To get the Zoom invitation, sign up for the race on Jibeset. If you’re a doublehander, be sure to share it with your crew! As of this morning, 280 boats had signed up. Today is the last day to register for the pursuit race, a true head-scratcher. Which way will you go?

Start of Three Bridge Fiasco
The start of the Three Bridge Fiasco last year. Due to pandemic restrictions, the race was limited to singlehanders. This year, the SSS welcomes back doublehanders.
© 2022 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

The current will be flooding in the morning, with boats fighting the incoming tide to get to the starting line at Golden Gate Yacht Club, then a huge ebb will dominate the bulk of the day. Will there be enough wind to avoid getting swept out the Gate? (You can link to various weather forecasts here.) And how are your anchoring skills?

While the Three Bridge Fiasco is by far the most popular race put on by the SSS, it also kicks off a series of shorthanded inshore and offshore events that doesn’t end until the Vallejo 1-2 in mid-October.

bronze sailboat trophy
One of the founders of the SSS in the late 1970s, Paul Boehmke, built this bronze trophy for the Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race 30 years ago. He plans to give it to the SSS.
© 2022 Marika Garcia

We’ll see you out there, and we’ll cover the TBF in the March issue of Latitude 38.

Updates from the YRA

The Yacht Racing Association has announced that they’ve opened registration for their inaugural Blue Water Bash, a 150-mile-long distance ocean race. They’re dedicating this first edition to the Bay Area’s own Jocelyn Nash, a pioneer in women’s sailing. The race will start off the San Francisco Cityfront on Friday, May 6, and will take boats out to a specific longitude before they turn and head back to the Cityfront. This race is an excellent opportunity for Pacific Cup competitors to get their qualifying sail checked off their to-do list before this year’s race to Hawaii. The Notice of Race is posted at

T-shirts commemorating the inaugural race, in Jocelyn Nash’s memory, will be available soon, with 100% of the proceeds from T-shirt sales going to a favorite charity of Jocelyn’s.

Bluewater Bash logo

The YRA also reminds us of the dates for the 2022 Great Vallejo Race: April 30-May 1. “After having to cancel the 2020 Great Vallejo Race, and having to scale back and move the 2021 race to late summer, we are so excited to see this Bay Area tradition return to its regular spot in the calendar,” writes the YRA. “We expect this year’s race, the 122nd running of the GVR, to have record numbers of entries.” Vallejo YC puts on a fun party on the Saturday night of the regatta. Registration will open on February 1.

Spinnakers passing the Brothers
Last year’s Great Vallejo Race sails past the Brothers in August.
© 2022 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

We’ll have info on races coming in February in a ‘Lectronic Latitude post next week. Also be sure to check out the 2022 Northern California Sailing Calendar & YRA Scheduleand the monthly Calendar in Latitude 38.

1 Comment

  1. Ants Uiga 2 years ago

    Paul Boehmke is a gem. Big thanks for the trophy donation. Paul was a delightful source of information for the early SSS activities.

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