Friday, April 7, 2017

Round The Rocks Race Announcement!

J/70s sailing San Francisco Bay (San Francisco, CA)- What is next up after the J/Fest San Francisco Regatta?  None other than the famous Round the Rocks Race held on April 15th!  The regatta is hosted and supported by the SSS (Singlehanded Sailing Society). J/32 sailor Chris Boome describes the race:

“The race starts about 11:30 on the Berkeley Circle which is a little under 2 hours before a 2.5 Max Flood. It is open to boats either single-handing or double handing (there are separate divisions and separate trophies).

The course after the start is Alcatraz to starboard, Harding Rock to starboard, Red Rock to Starboard, The Brothers to Starboard, Red Rock to port and finish at the entrance to Richmond YC.

With the current, if there is enough breeze to get around Red Rock in good shape, it will be easy to get to the Brothers, then there will be some current to fight on the way home. After Red Rock, the only tricky part should be The Brothers to Red Rock, after that it is typically a close reach to the finish.  After the race, there are refreshments and stories being told at the RYC.

The deadline for entry is April 12th (the day of the Skippers Meeting, you must register by the end of the skippers meeting either on line or in person.)  You can register online here NOW!  Here are the Round The Rocks Race Sailing Instructions’s.

The trophy presentation is April 26th. Everybody who races gets a SSS T-shirt, coveted by many for its awesome graphics!  Here is an article about the 2013 race.

This should be a great race for a J/70 because the first beat is not too long and then the beat from the Brothers to Red Rock is typically pretty light breeze and obviously flat water with the flood current (unless all the snow melts and there will be no flood current).

This would be a good J/70 fleet event because there are not a ton of sets and mark roundings, so everything is much less hectic than a typical J/70 race. This would be a good race for the newer people to have a chance to race without the hand-to-hand combat that sometimes may enter into a J/70 close race with lots of boats arriving at the same place at the same time.”

So far, three J/teams have already entered!  Morgan Paxhia’s J/70 PENNY PINCHER in Doublehanded J/70 class; Jim Hopp’s J/88 WHITE SHADOW in Singlehanded PHRF; and Chad Peddy’s J/24 IRISH BLESSING in Singlehanded PHRF.  Come one, come all!  It’s a fun and totally laid back event— really just a great excuse to go out for a nice day sail and do your own Tour de’SF Bay- about as picturesque a place to sail you will ever see!  Sailing photo credits- Leslie Richter/ Add to Flipboard Magazine.