The racers in Richmond Yacht Club’s spring classic regatta, the Big Daddy, lucked out with gorgeous heat-wave type weather but plenty of wind for proper racing. Saturday’s sailing started on time with three races on each of three racecourses: Southampton Shoal for the little guys, Deep Water for the big guys, and Olympic Circle for those in between.
After Saturday’s races, sailors gathered on the docks and on RYC’s sunny deck to enjoy free beer. Awards (tool bags) followed, then dinner and a DJ.
On Sunday, a 70-minute postponement delayed the start of the pursuit race from Southampton around Angel Island and Alcatraz in the skipper’s choice of direction. Once it began, 73 crews enjoyed excellent sailing. Fresh off a multihull win in the SSS Three Bridge Fiasco (another pursuit race) Alan O’Driscoll’s D-Class cat HMB Boys & Girls Club went clockwise and finished first; Colin Moore’s Wylie Wabbit Kwazy went counterclockwise and beat the other monohulls — including Frank Slootman’s new Pac52 Invisible Hand — to the finish just outside the Richmond breakwater.