Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 728x90

Rolex Big Boat Fleet enjoy Frisco Bay conditions

by Event media on 13 Sep 2008
Criminal Mischief, Chip Megeath - Rolex Big Boat series © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi http://www.carloborlenghi.net

Although the grey fogged-over conditions around the St. Francis Yacht Club seemed to deter spectators from gathering along the shore, building 10-15 knot breezes on San Francisco Bay were the only thing on the minds of competitors in the 111-boat fleet racing in the Rolex Big Boat Series.

Principal Race Officers Kevin Reeds and Jim Taylor started the fleet on time at 11am for the first of the day's two races. By the end of racing, some six hours later, each competing boat had accumulated close to 30 miles under its keel.

In IRC C, Dave Kirby's J/122 TKO took the lead from John Siegel and his Wylie 42 Scorpio. 'So far, so good,' said Kirby of racing to date. Noting that the boat excels in conditions similar to today's wind range, Kirby explained that when it gets fluky, local knowledge comes in handy. 'Norman Davant is the best tactician on this body of water,' he said. 'He nailed it. We port tacked the fleet at the first start and stayed in front and led for the whole race.'

Leaders in IRC A, B and C classes remain unchanged with Chip Megeath's Reichel/Pugh 45 Criminal Mischief leading IRC A; Brad Copper's Custom Tripp 43 TNT leading IRC B; and White Dove, the Beneteau 40.7 owned by Mike Garl leading IRC C.

In one-design action, Mario Yovkov's Great Sensation moved up from third place to take over the lead in the 7-boat 1D35 class, while Edward Durbin continued to lead the 6-boat Beneteau 36. 7 class.

For the J/120s, a small yet very competitive class, Barry Lewis' Chance took over the lead from Steve Madeira's Mr. Magoo in the 8-boat class. 'This was an interesting day because there were more wind shifts than what is typical here,' said Lewis. 'It was wonderful because we got in phase and stayed; we played every one that we could possibly play.'

The top four positions in the 31-boat J/105 fleet held with Chris and Phil Perkins scoring a first and sixth, to edge out Rolf Kaiser and Scott Sellers Donkey Jack by one point. Scooter Simmons and his Blackhawk won the day's second race and are in third overall.

Bartz Schneider on Expeditious continued his winning ways, scoring a first and second place, and remains in the lead of the 10-boat Express 37 fleet. Brown Sugar, owned by Steve Brown won the day's other race and is in third overall behind second-place Golden Moon, owned by Kame Richards.

Michael Illbruck had an impressive day in the Melges 32 fleet on his Pinta (GER), scoring a second and first place to take over the lead from John Porter on Full Throttle. Pieter Taselaar, who counts among his crew young standout Jeremy Wilmot, from the Morning Light film, and multiple America's Cup competitor and Whitbread winner Marco Constant.

Racing continues tomorrow and ends with one, long Bay Tour race on Sunday. At the conclusion, St. Francis Yacht Club will host the Rolex Trophy Ceremony where specially engraved Rolex timepieces will be awarded to the St. Francis Yacht Club's six Perpetual Trophy winners.

Rolex Big Boat Series 2008 - Sept. 11-14, 2008 – Day 2 of racing, two races completed

Top 3 in each class - Position, Boat, Skipper, Hometown, Race 1-2-3-4, Total points

IRC A (9 boats)

1. Criminal Mischief, Chip Megeath, Tiburon, CA, 1-2-2-3, 8
2. Samba Pa Ti, John Kilroy, Jr, San Francisco, CA, 4-1-3-1, 9
3. Vincitore, Jim Mitchell, Zurich, SUI, 3-4-1-2, 10

IRC B (9 boats)

1. TNT, Brad Copper, Pt. Richmond, CA, 1-2-2-2, 7
2. Rancho Deluxe, Michael Diepenbrock, Newport, RI, 2-3-3-1, 9
3. Raincloud, Lorenzo Berho, Puerto Vallarta, MEX, 3-5-1-5, 14

IRC C (8 boats)

1. TKO, Dave Kirby, Manhattan Beach, CA, J/122, 1-3-1-1, 6
2. Scorpio, John Siegel, San Francisco, CA, 2-1-3-3, 9
3. BustinLoose, Jeff Pulford, Monterey, CA, 5-2-4-2, 13

IRC D (13 boats)

1. White Dove, Mike Garl, San Francisco, CA, 2-1-5-1, 9
2. Tupelo Honey, Gerard Sheridan, San Francisco, CA, 1-4-6-2, 13
3. Acabar, Jean-Yves Lendormy, Camden, ME, 7/30%-2-8-4, 21

1D35 (7 boats)

1. Great Sensation, Mario Yovkov, San Francisco, CA, 3-2-2-1, 8
2. Jazzy, Bob Turnbull, San Francisco, CA, 2-5-1-3, 11
3. Diablita, Gary Boell, Brickyard Cove, 1-4-4-2, 11

Beneteau 36.7 (6 boats)

1. Mistral, Edward Durbin, Richmond YC, 2-1-1-1, 5
2. Summer And Smoke, Pat Patterson, Angwin, CA, 3-4-2-3, 12
3. Bufflehead, Stuart Scott, Richmond YC, 1-2-6-4, 13

Express 37 (10 boats)

1. Expeditious, Bartz Schneider, San Francisco, CA, 1-2-1-2, 6
2. Golden Moon, Kame Richards, Alameda, CA, 2-4-2-4, 12
3. Brown Sugar, Steve Brown, Santa Ana, CA, 7-3-3-1, 14

J/105 (31 boats)

1. Good Timin', Phil Perkins, San Francisco, CA, 1-3-1-6, 11
2. Donkey Jack, Rolf Kaiser, San Francisco, CA, 2-4-2-4, 12
3. Blackhawk, Scooter Simmons, Belvedere, CA, 8-1-12-1, 22

J/120 (8 boats)

1. Chance, Barry Lewis, San Francisco, CA, 1-4-1-1, 7
2. Mr. Magoo, Steve Madeira, Northeast Harbor, ME, 3-1-2-2, 8
3. Desdemona, John Wimer, San Francisco, CA, 2-8-5-4, 19

Melges 32 (9 boats)

1. Pinta, Don Cowie, Munich, GER, 3-4-2-1, 10
2. Full Throttle, John Porter, Lake Geneva, WI, 1-3-3-4, 11
3. Bliksem, Pieter Taselaar, New York YC, 2-2-4-3, 11

Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82InSunSport - NZNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

America's Cup - TechTuesday - Data drives athlete performance
Gathering real-time data isn’t just important for our Americas Cup racing catamarans, but our athletes as well. Gathering real-time data isn’t just important for our Americas Cup racing catamarans, but our athletes as well. Find out from Oracle Team USA physical performance manager Craig McFarlane how the team are using Zephyr Performance Systems to monitor athletes on the water and in the gym.
Posted on 28 Sep
Legendary Mitch Booth to compete in St-Barth Cata Cup 2016
Sixty teams have already confirmed they will be competing in the event. As a triple world champion, Booth is no stranger to the F18. For this edition, he will be joined by Andy Dinsdale, a regular on the waters around St Barth.
Posted on 28 Sep
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ gaining speed on the water + Video
There has been one predominant focus at Emirates Team NZ this past couple of months - gaining speed on the water There has been one predominant focus at Emirates Team New Zealand this past couple of months - gaining speed on the water. The team has been lying low, quietly chipping away and making gains on the water on their first in house designed and built AC45 test boat.
Posted on 28 Sep
RS Aerocup - Another magic day at Lake Garda - Day 2
Per Christian continued his domination with a string of firsts showing magical downwind speed through the waves. Per Christian of Norway continued his domination with a string of firsts showing magical downwind speed through the waves.
Posted on 25 Sep
2016 Star Sailors League Finals – Count down to Nassau
The reigning Star World Champion, Miami's Augie Diaz (USA) will be competing in Nassau but is yet to announce his crew. As always the top 12 skippers in the SSL Ranking for the year are invited to challenge and join 13 VIPs sailors selected for the successes achieved in their sailing career.
Posted on 22 Sep
Southern Spars en route to Monaco – Stand QSE2
It’s been another big year for the NZ based company, there's lots of exciting things to talk about the Monaco Yacht Show It’s been another big year for the New Zealand based company, giving us lots of exciting things to talk about at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show like our two big projects Adix and Aquijo. Adix, the three-masted 65-metre Dykstra schooner, has been transformed by a rig refit by Southern Spars and Future Fibres.
Posted on 22 Sep
America's Cup - Ken Read reflects on the recent World Series - Toulon
Commentator Ken Read on the recently completed round of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Toulon, France. North Sails President, Ken Read, doubles as a live commentator for the official TV feed from the America's Cup World Series. Here's his thoughts, from his blog on the North Sails website on the recently completed round of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Toulon, France. Read also looks ahead to the final round of the America's Cup World Series is Fukuoka, Japan and the strategies
Posted on 22 Sep
North Sails pays tribute to former owner Terry Kohler
Terry Kohler’s vision, leadership, and generosity will be felt within North Sails, and the sport for many years to come The North Sails Group is deeply saddened by the passing of Terry Kohler, owner of North Sails from 1984-2014. North Sails and all of its employees around the world would like to pass their condolences to the family Terry leaves behind, especially his wife Mary. Terry Kohler’s vision, leadership, and generosity will be felt within North Sails, and the sport for many years to come.
Posted on 22 Sep
America's Cup - CNN Mainsail goes inside the teams in Bermuda and UK
CNN goes inside four of the America's Cup teams in Bermuda and Portsmouth, UK for an insight into the design processes Double Olympic Gold medallist and presenter of the outstanding CNN Mainsail series, Shirley Robertson, goes inside four of the America's Cup teams in Bermuda and Portsmouth, UK for an insight into the design processes and angles being pursued by the teams. Then she goes on the water and sees the design teams and sailing teams working together.
Posted on 20 Sep
WIM Series moves on to the US
Next week will see the WIM Series midway event, the Buddy Melges Challenge in Sheboygan, USA. Next week will see the Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) midway event, the Buddy Melges Challenge in Sheboygan, USA.
Posted on 19 Sep