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Hamble Big Boat Championship, Great Britain
The first of two weekends of racing in the Hamble Big Boat Championship have kicked off. IRC 1 saw some extremely close racing, with boats switching positions all around the race course. After six races, it was Simon Bamford's J/111 KESTREL sitting in second place. At the prize-giving in the Hamble River Sailing Club clubhouse, supported by Wadsworth, Stuart Childerley announced the day's special prizes. The "Best Start" that week went to the Bamford’s KESTREL! "They had a perfect time on distance run and nailed the first start, bang on the line," said Stuart. For more event information, visit http://www.hamblewinterseries.com/.
2017 J/111 World Championship in San Francisco
The 2017 J/111 World Championship will be hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA from August 23–27, 2017. This will be the fourth World Championship for this competitive one-design class, and its first on the U.S. West Coast. Regatta chairman Gerard Sheridan is anticipating a strong turnout with a diverse entry list. Says Sheridan, "We’re expecting boats from the West Coast, the Midwest and the East Coast as well as a solid turnout from Europe and abroad." San Francisco sailor Rob Theis has been racing J/111s since 2014 and won the J/111 fleet in both the 2014 and 2015 Rolex Big Boat Series. "This is a very active boat," says Theis. "It will plane at 12 knots. It goes 18-20 knots downwind. It’s not technically a sportboat, but it can sure feel like one. Recognizing that San Francisco can be a trek for many sailors, St. Francis Yacht Club has organized a 2017 regatta schedule around the J/111 Worlds to accommodate multiple races for visiting sailors. The Aldo Alessio/Swiftsure Regatta will take place in August and the 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series is scheduled for the second week of September. Stay tuned for additional information!
Rolex Big Boat Series
The record-setting 52nd Rolex Big Boat Series hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club drew to a close September 18 in splendid late-summer sailing conditions. After a slight delay waiting for the breeze to fill, a seabreeze of 15-18 knots arrived and brought with it decidedly warmer temperatures. For the first time in four days, crews shed their foul weather gear and fleeces as they took to the racecourse. This year’s regatta attracted the largest fleet ever: 127 boats in 11 classes. San Francisco’s reliable seabreeze came in every day, starting at a gentle 8-10 knots and then steadily increasing into the 20s, with a peak of 30 knots yesterday. All classes completed their full slate of racing. The coveted prize at all Rolex Yachting events is a specially engraved Rolex timepiece. Class winners were presented a Stainless Steel Submariner Date watch as well as a St. Francis Yacht Club perpetual trophy.
Peter Wagner’s (Atherton, CA) J/111 Topzy Turvy was the top-scoring J/111 in the fleet. For more information, please visit the Rolex Big Boat Series website by clicking here, and for complete results, click here.