Our 2013 Rolex Big Boat Series Winners...
HPR National Champion & Richard Rheem Perpetual Trophy: J/125 Double Trouble.
IRC West Coast Champion & St Francis Yacht Club Perpetual Trophy: TP52 Vesper.
J/120 North American Championship & Keefe Kilborn Perpetual Trophy: J/120 Mr. Magoo.
Melges 24 Pre-Worlds & Commodore's Cup: Melges 24 Rosebud
Atlantic Perpetual Trophy: J/105 Blackhawk
City of San Francisco Perpetual Trophy: IRC-B Swiftsure.
Multihull Division: SL33 BridgeRunner
IRC-D: A-35 Mirthmaker
J/70 Division: Eos
Express 37 Division: Golden Moon
The 38 boat strong Melges 24 fleet rocked it at the 2013 Rolex Big Boat Series - with a bug tussle at the top end of the board, tossing back and forth between the 2013 National Championship winner Hedgehog, Brian Porter's FULL THROTTLE, perennial favorite Franco Rossini's Blu Moon, and Rosebud skippered by Terry Hutchison.
It was Rosebud that prevailed in the warm up Pre-Worlds at Rolex Big Boat Series where the fleet was sent on 1.5 mi. beats in windward/leeward race courses that would replicate their World Championship courses now underway.
The StFYC RC rallied into action, motored Peter Reggio to the start area, swapped him onto the Committee boat for Tom, and within 5 minutes, Luigi had the Multihulls away on their start.The winds would lighten though at the eastern end of the course which saw the J/105s and J/120s piling up at Mark 5, and scrambling to round. In that mix was the J/120 Mr. Magoo who escaped from the stills and took the bullet in their division and ultimately the No. American J/120 crown.
With a great crew including Charlie Ogletree and Peter Isler, Orion was without doubt, the most spectacular yacht in the series, she thrilled all with her speed and grace, and gave everyone one more taste of performance multi-hull racing that we came to enjoy during the 34th America's Cup.
September 30, 2013. Just as the America’s Cup finals did for two weeks before it, the Rolex Big Boat Series provided spirited racing this week giving 107 teams the chance to enjoy true stadium sailingCONTINUE READING
September 28, 2013. Today, as 22 J/105s came running down San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge rising from behind their colorful spinnakers, 38 Melges 24s sailed upwind toward themCONTINUE READING
September 27, 2013 After a morning postponement, the wind faithfully filled in as a westerly—light at first but packing the same punch, at 18-20 knots, by the end of the day. Being there with full speed...CONTINUE READING