ROLEX BIG BOAT SERIES NEWS
Racing concluded today at the 53rd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series (September 13-17), hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club on the wind and tide-torn waters of San Francisco Bay. After seven races spread across four days of on-water action, winners were crowned in eleven classes, including six perpetual trophies.
When it comes to natural sailing amphitheaters, San Francisco Bay is virtually impossible to beat, especially during the Rolex Big Boat Series hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, in San Francisco, California. Not only does the Bay present great geographical features for sailors to race around, but the late-September winds have a reputation for greeting each day with relatively calm velocities that climb into the high-teens to mid-20s as the racing unfurls.
Good wind is almost never in short supply on San Francisco Bay during the Rolex Big Boat Series, and day two of racing at the 53rd edition of this legendary big-air contest (September 13-17, 2017) was no exception, even if it required a one-hour shore-side postponement to allow the breeze to build.
While it’s tough to win a high-level regatta on Day One of racing, it’s possible to lose the series right away, especially in a highly competitive fleet racing on a challenging body of water.
Burgees flutter and spectra halyards slap against carbon-fiber and aluminum masts on 89 highly tuned raceboats assembled at the St. Francis Yacht Club for the 53rd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series (September 13-17, 2017).
Thank you to Rolex Big Boat Series partner North Sails, who are offering a variety of services and race analysis throughout the regatta week. These services will include a Thursday weather briefing with Stan Honey, daily debriefs including photos and video from North Sails experts, and a regatta repair team standing by to assist racing teams throughout the regatta. Find out more!
There’s an old adage that it’s best to have a comfortable seat when the music stops. While nobody is overly concerned with creature comforts at an athletic competition, all teams wishing to secure their spot on the starting line of the Rolex Big Boat Series (September 14-17, 2017), hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club, are kindly reminded that the entry-deadline music officially stops on September 6, 2017. Given that St. Francis Yacht Club is expecting 100 teams from around the world, this hard-and-fast entry deadline ensures that the Race Committee can properly execute the west coast’s premier regatta.
What are the critical elements needed to transform a fine sailboat race into a world-class regatta? Great competition, dependable conditions and a beautiful setting certainly help, but to elevate a standard regatta into something bigger than starting lines and turning marks requires a different kind of gravity — one that is organic by nature, steeped in history and organized and conducted in a highly professional manner. Yet even this description misses some critical elements, especially when the regatta is St. Francis Yacht Club’s annual Rolex Big Boat Series (September 14-17, 2017), now preparing for its 52nd edition.