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