Weekend Report: Carnage and Glory

On Saturday morning in the Bay Area, things were quiet. Maybe too quiet. In just a few hours, there were round-ups and wipe-outs all over the Bay, as well as a few moments of glory. 

This skipper singlehanding a J/120 had his hands full during the downwind leg of the Westpoint Regatta.

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The day started warm and glassy in Marin, and hot and stagnant in the South Bay as we left Redwood City to watch the Westpoint Regatta.

Saturday morning in Marin was pleasant and calm — a lovely day to take out some inexperienced sailors for a leisurely cruise around the Bay.

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It was glassy all the way to Treasure Island when the breeze kicked in and built, built . . . and built into full-on nuclear conditions. Suddenly, you could hear the sound of sails tearing.

The carnage started early during the pre-start. This will probably be a busy week for sailmakers.

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Minute one of the Westpoint Regatta, and things were off to a sporty start.

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There was a lot of this going on once the spinnakers finally went up just a little past Alcatraz.

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The carnage continued down the racecourse . . .

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After a lull at the Bay Bridge, it was a screaming, squirrely run through the South Bay. 

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A contrast in carnage and glory.

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We’ll have a full roundup of the Westpoint Regatta in the August issue’s Racing Sheet. We’d like to say ‘well done’ to everyone who sailed on Saturday — racers and cruisers alike. Just another summer day in the Bay Area!

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