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First Race Begins

Thursday September 11 2014 11:00:00 AM PDT

ORR & HPR RULES

St. Francis Yacht Club is pleased to announce that racing in the handicap monohull divisions in this year's Rolex Big Boat Series will be offered under both the HPR and ORImage ORR HPR PressRelease 1 29 14R rules.  

Please download the press release for further details.

 

Rolex Big Boat Series Golden Jubilee

RNY Logo 2014In an effort to bring large racing boats to compete in the San Francisco Bay, members of the St. Francis Yacht Club created the St. Francis Perpetual Trophy Regatta in 1964. This regatta, later known as the Big Boat Series, was not originally planned as a yearly event, but things went off so well that big boat owners spectating from the shore demanded a repeat of the regatta the following year, and thus a great tradition began.

As the years sailed by, the Big Boat Series grew in stature as sailors from around the world came to what is now the West Coast's premier regatta. We'll see you in September to help celebrate our 50th anniversary! 

Registration Now Open

The Notice of Race for the 2014 edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series has been published and registration is now open. It's not too early to make plans to join us for our 50th anniversary!

NORThumbnailEarly registration closes on August 20th. We look forward to seeing you in September!

Daily Schedule

SEPTEMBER 10th 1
  • wednesday-9-10-14

    0800-2000     Regatta Store – Domino Room 

    1000-1900     Registration & Check-In 

    1200-1430     Lunch – Main Dining Room

    1200-1700      Media/Press – Ward Room

    1200-2100     All DayDining – Grill Room

    1800-1830     Skippers & Navigator's Briefing

    1830-1930     Rolex Commodore’s Reception
                           
    – Golden Gate/Northwest Room

    1830-1930      Rolex Crew Reception
                          
    – Starting Line Room

    1800-2100      Dinner - Main Dining Room                

SEPTEMBER 11th 2
  • thursday-9-11-14

    0800-2000      Regatta Store – Domino Room

    0900-1800     Media/Press – Ward Room

    1100               RACING BEGINS

    1200-1430      Lunch – Main Dining and Clippership Room

    1200-2100      All DayDining – Grill Room, á la carte menu

    1700-2000      Rolex Party – Starting Line Room

    1800-2100      Dinner – Main Dining Room

SEPTEMBER 12th 3
  • friday-9-12-14

    0800-2000     Regatta Store – Domino Room

    0900-1800     Media/Press – Ward Room

    1100               RACING BEGINS

    1200-1430     Lunch – Main Dining Room

    1200-2100     All Day Dining – Grill Room, á la carte menu

    1700-1830     Mount Gay Cocktail Party 

    1800-2100     Seafood Night Buffet

                          – Main Dining Room

SEPTEMBER 13th 4
  • saturday-9-13-14

    0800-2000     Regatta Store – Domino Room

    0900-1800     Media/Press – Ward Room

    1100               RACING BEGINS

    1200-1430     Lunch – Main Dining Room

    1100-2100     All Day Dining – Grill Room

    1630-1730     No-Host Cocktails

                          – Starting Line Room

    1900-2100     Crew Dinner – Main Dining Room

SEPTEMBER 14th 5
  • sunday-9-14-14

    0800-2000     Regatta Store – Domino Room

    0900-1600     Media/Press – Ward Room

    1100               RACING BEGINS

    1200-1430     Brunch/Lunch – Main Dining Room

    1100-2100     All Day Dining – Grill Room

    1600              Rolex Trophy Ceremony

    1800-2100     Sunday Pasta Buffet

                          – Main Dining Room

Ten Years On - TP52's

WinnersCircle 2004RBBSTen years ago, Makoto Uematsu debuted his new TP52 Esmeralda at the Rolex Big Boat Series.

After the second day of racing in the 2004 Big Boat Series, Uematsu-san would later remark: “The fastest I have ever gone on a boat is 20 knots, and that was driving my powerboat.”  With Ken Read calling tactics, Esmeralda tracking at 23 knots, would go on to win the 9 boat TP52 class and the City of San Francisco Perpetual Trophy.

Ten Years On - Farr 40's

Farr40 BarkingMad 2004RBBSIn 2004, the Rolex Big Boat Series also hosted a 9 boat Farr 40 class who raced the series on the heels of their World Championship held a week earlier at St. Francis Yacht Club. Jim Richardson's Barking Mad won both the Farr 40 World's and the Farr 40 division of the Rolex Big Boat Series with Terry Hutchison calling tactics up against John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti with Paul Cayard on board.

The Farr 40's will be back again this year with their West Coast Series culminating at the 2014 Rolex Big Boat Series followed on October 15th by the Farr 40 World Championship, also hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club. 


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