sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Bridge to Bridge San Francisco - Kites 1-2-3

Bridge to Bridge San Francisco - Kites 1-2-3

'Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2011'    Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©
Erik Simonson images from the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge race held on San Francisco Bay as part of the 18ft Skiff International Regatta.

It was Brian Lake, Chip Wasson and Andrew Koch in a 1-2-3 sweep of the 2011 Bridge to Bridge.

Wild and Crazy is the norm for the Ronstan Bridge To Bridge race and the 2011 edition did not disappoint.
With Kiteboards, Windsurfers, Aussie 18 Skiffs, a 49er and even a Weta Trimaran on the line the Ronstan B2B is a bring it if ya got it affair. And this year kiteboarder Bryan Lake brought it all, and then some, as the kiteboards revenged last year’s loss to the skiffs.

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2011 -  Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©

Brian had a large enough lead to allow himself a little pre-finish slalom fun to cap off the day!

The Ronstan Bridge to Bridge (B2B) is an all out dash between San Francisco Bay’s two iconic bridges. With the fleet starting just outside the Golden Gate Bridge the starting gun sends the racers on a mark-less sprint to the Bay Bridge finish line some 8 miles straight downwind. The B2B is part of the 18 foot skiff international regatta, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht club, which this year sports a strong 14 boat fleet of the world’s top skiff sailors.
As the fleet readied to start it was a dark and dank scene with fog completely consuming the Golden Gate Bridge. The upside to the bone chilling cold of the fog was the solid 20 knot breeze it was fueling. With a big 3 knot flood tide moving the same direction as the wind all the ingredients were set to threaten Windsurfer Micah Buzianis 16 minute course record.

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2011. Cold and dreary, the fleet at start outside the Gate -  Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©

As the gun sounded it was Formula Windsurfer Mike Percey and Kiteboarder Bryan Lake nailing the start and surging out to an early lead. Lake was pushing his Cabrinha Kite deep and fast and was able to sail the middle of the course staying with the stronger winds and faster moving current. Percey took a higher line to the San Francisco city front in a move that would allow Lake to slip away. The 18 ft skiffs started in tight bunch of boats and used their superior angle to drive a deeper line pushing, literally, some of the boards out of the way.

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2011 -  Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©

Quite possibly the most intense moments in sailing the moments just after the gun, kiters, windsurfers and
skiff all jostle for clear air while avoiding each other, large swells, wakes, big fish and large inbound and outbound traffic!

Anyone who enters this race knows the risk they are taking and this year’s regatta set up some all too close calls that served as stark reminders of the risks at hand. While both Kites and Windsurfers can literally stop and spin on a dime not so for the lit up spinnaker flying 25 knot skiff boat. Windsurfers Steve Sylvester and Jean Rathle got a firsthand taste of the potential risk with Sylvester leaving a bit of blood on the course to show for it. Just after the start one of the skiffs was driving down deep on to the two windsurfers and just as the wind gusted up the skiff rolled to leeward with its rack literally hitting Sylvester on the head and then raking his hand and drawing blood.

Somehow Sylvester managed to remain upright but not so for Rathle who after coming in the lee of the rampaging skiff thought the better for it and decided a quick swim was better than a potential impaling.
With the racing action starting to spread out it was Bryan Lake who started to do a horizon job on his pursuers. As the Skiffs made a beeline for the flatter water just off the city front and the bulk of the windsurfing fleet heading the opposite way to the fresher breezes of the outside it was the Lake who was literally able to sail straight down the middle unimpeded as he extend on the chasing fleet.

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2011 -  Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©

As is always the case with the B2B it’s a tale of two race courses. The windy top half of the course above Alcatraz and the fluky and shifty bottom half below it. With the flat water serving up ideal conditions for the Skiffs they were simply charging down the San Francisco city front reveling in the big winds and flat water. Their advantage only improved as the wind lightened and the massive sail area allowed them to remain planning while kites and windsurfers dropped off a plane to the left and to the right. Kiteboarders Chip Wasson and Andrew Koch however called the perfect lay line to the finish sneaking under the skiffs to come across the line in second and third with Wasson getting the better of Koch in a photo finish. After the first three kites had crossed it was an incredible array of 13 boards, kites, and boats all finishing in a 30 second span in what was one of the tightest Ronstan B2B’s in history. The 18ft skiff of team from Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Trevor Barnabas/Michael Coxon) followed immediately being the leading kites followed by Howie Hamlin’s CST Composites team to take top honors for the boats. Seth Besse took home the top spot for the windsurfers thanks to a little help from the skiffs who covered a race leading Mike Percey to allow Besse to sail on by only inches from the finish line.

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2011 -  Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2011 -  Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2011 -  Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2011 -  Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2011 -  Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2011 -  Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2011 -  Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©


Special thanks to Ronstan for all the support and of course all the volunteers who braved a cold and windy San Francisco bay to make it all happen.

Images by erik simonson of www.pressure-drop.us
Report by david wells of www.waterhound.com




by Erik Simonson images and David Wells author

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=87761

10:00 AM Fri 26 Aug 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World

2014 Extreme Sailing Series - Act 8 - Tom Slingsby, Australian Olympic Laser Gold medalist, and member of Oracle Team USA, has signed up as skipper of Oman Air, one of two Oman Sail Extreme Sailing teams, for the final act of the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney, Australia (11-14 December). ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Big spread in fleet as Abu Dhabi leads *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker) continues to lead the Volvo Ocean Race. She is the most westerly of the fleet as they approach the coast of Madagascar. In a video, Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker explains the weather hazards of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final 2014: With a packed crowd of local dignitaries, VIPS and competitors, the ISAF President welcomed the world’s finest Olympic sailors and kiteboarders who will be battling it out on Abu Dhabi's waters. 'It’s a great honour for me to be here today because we have a very important regatta which will be the future of our sport,' explained Croce. ... [more]  

Sir Keith Mills GBE announced that America’s Cup Racing is to return to British waters when the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) takes place in Portsmouth 23-26 July 2015 and 21–24 July 2016. The second European location is expected to be Cagliari in Italy, where Luna Rossa Challenge have their base. ... [more]  

Chairman and founder of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox Johnston said: 'The Clipper Race is very pleased to welcome Hyde Sails back on board as Official Sails Supplier for our fourth consecutive race partnership. Hyde Sails evolved with us when we introduced the new Clipper 70 fleet in the last race and we were very pleased with how well the new sail wardrobes stood up to almost a year' ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Welcome to Brian's Gime *Feature by Brian Carlin, Team Vestas Wind, At sea
The irrepressible Brian Carlin, the On Board Reporter for Team Vestas Wind is on fitness program on board, under the watchful eye of race veteran Tony Rae. Today as my personal trainer, friend and fellow shipmate we accomplished a goal, 70 press-ups. I’m sure to some it maybe easy but I ask anyone of you right now sitting at your desk, hit the floor and give me 70 on the spot. ... [more]  

Two of the crew from Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing look at leg 2 and the race overall. Here are the latest blogs (unedited) from On Board Reporter Matt Knighton, along with an onboard video with Simon Fisher (navigator) musing on what is required to win the race, and skipper Ian Walker on how Leg 2 has panned out for them so far. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - A new deal for corinthians by Bruce Montgomery – Rolex Sydney Hobart media
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Since 1945 starters in the Sydney-Hobart have raced the equivalent of two circumnavigations of the world, almost 45,000 nautical miles. They have been drawn from the seven seas; they come from all corners of the world; they board boats that range from 100-feet supermaxis to boats littler larger than the Owl and the Pussycat’s. ... [more]  

2016 Hansa Class Combined World and International Championships - The International Hansa Class Association has announced that the 2016 Hansa Class Combined World and International Championships will be held in the Netherlands. ... [more]  

Most of the nearly 300 sailors on 216 boats in 21 classes in Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's 67th Turkey Day Regatta came to enjoy sunny sailing in mild conditions, which the weekend delivered beautifully. By tradition, the winners received turkeys, not trophies, but for a few others it was another important stopover en route to Rio de Janeiro and the 2016 Olympics. They hope. ... [more]  

Everyone was expecting a battle between Besson and Cammas. In the end, Morgan Lagravière took the Champion’s title of the seventh edition of the St-Barth Cata Cup with a near-perfect journey. The Marché U day ended with a friendly race to Public. ... [more]  

Robert Scheidt talks to us just a few days before the Nassau start of the Star Sailors League Final. How do you feel inside? I feel very calm. Myself and Bruno have tons of experience with the Star. We’ve been competing together for 10 years now. ... [more]  

The US Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) has selected Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC) to host their 2015 National Championships. This championship will be a week-long sailing spectacular on Pensacola Bay sailed by International Optimist Dinghy sailors from eight to 15 years old. ... [more]  

More than forty five years since his historical circumnavigation, legendary Clipper Race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, continues to prove inspirational to adventurers around the globe. Sir Robin, the oldest entrant in the 3,542 mile Route du Rhum, finished third in his Rhum class into La Pointe À Pitre, Guadeloupe. ... [more]  

With Olympic heroes and World Champions in their numbers at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, UAE, local children are being inspired to take up the sport. By utilising the star names on show at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club, hosts of the regatta, are using the event to promote the sport in the Emirati capital. ... [more]  

The last day of the Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup saw a grandstand finale to the 2014 PWA World Tour as the morning showers finally cleared to allow the wind to fill in and the respective titles to be decided. With the racing beginning later than scheduled the title race came down to one final race, which would ultimately decide the title. ... [more]  

Sometime during last night’s moonless gloom in the Volvo Ocean Race, the masthead lights of Dongfeng and Mapfre appeared to the west, maybe right where they would have been if we had jibed with the fleet the previous day. To say that was a relief is an understatement-that we are back in touch, back in the fray near the front, it keeps everyone motivated and pushing a little bit harder. ... [more]  

Olympic medal-winning skipper Ian Walker, from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) – the emirate’s Volvo Ocean Race contesting squad – recently took time out of his hectic schedule while he was in Cape Town, as the team prepared for Leg 2 of the race to catch-up with students at The British School Al Khubairat via a video call. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Corinna Halloran reports on day five of leg 2 for Team SCA. Team SCA has a super fan. She’s seven and, at home, she has posters of Team SCA on her wall. As a member of the team, and as a woman in 2014, this is extremely cool. ... [more]  

The Sailing Instructions for the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final that will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 26-30 November have been published. All ten Olympic events and an Open Kiteboarding event will be contested in the Emirati capital off of the stunning Corniche. ... [more]  

Italy's Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich have been one of the leading teams in the Women's Skiff, the 49erFX, and head to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ready for the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final. ... [more]  

St Barth Cata Cup day 3 by Dominique Ladouceur
Day three’s race was a lot more difficult than yesterday’s at the St-Barth Cata Cup due to b winds. After pushing back the morning race to 2p.m. due to 30 knots winds at the tip of Colombier, the race committee decided to stick to only one race in the afternoon. ... [more]  

Team Alivimedica skipper Charlie Enright and navigator Will Oxley sat with Andy Rice to assess Leg 2 before the start in Cape Town. Here is the second part of the Leg Two analysis. ... [more]  

Position report for the Volvo Ocean Race boats as of 24th November 0700 UTC. It's been a fairly quiet night out there - and the biggest change is that the boats are beginning to close up, and become more compact. ADOR, who gybed north first, around six hours before the rest of the fleet on Saturday night, have moved south a little, whereas the rest of the boats have remained in the same line. ... [more]  

The 10 competing teams at the RC44 Oman Cup enjoyed a great sailing day on the Gulf of Oman for the penultimate day of the 2014 Championship Tour. Terry Hutchinson continued to guide Vladimir Prosihkin’s Team Nika the right way around the course, extending their lead in the overall standings, adding another race win to their scoreline, Team Aqua stay second with Charisma hanging onto third. ... [more]  

Position report for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as of 23 November, 1900 UTC. Four days into the Leg 2, and the fleet is finally making progress towards Abu Dhabi. The seven boats are now south of Madagascar, and they’ve been heading north since last night. ... [more]  

Position report for the Volvo Ocean Race boats as of 0748 UTC, November 23rd. So what happened overnight? Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing were the first to head north and then progressively the other boats in the fleet decided to follow their lead. The fleet is really close together. ... [more]  

Gladwell's Line: The America's Cup is now Bermuda's Cup? *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
The America's Cup roared into life on Friday with the publication of a story out of San Diego, saying that the Californian venue had missed getting the nod as the venue for the next America's Cup. And that being the case, then the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda seems to have got the nod. ... [more]  

VX ONE Winter Series 2014: It was a family affair at the top of the leaderboard for the opening weekend of the VX One Winter Series. Michael, Christina, Robert and Phillip Norris bested 21 other teams at Sarasota Sailing Squadron to take the advantage in the three-weekend series, which continues through March 2015. ... [more]  

With no team able to discard the last event of the season, the podium positions were by no means secure as last day of racing got underway at the RC44 Oman Cup, in a sedate seven-knot breeze. Going into the final day Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika, with tactician Terry Hutchinson calling the shots, sat at the top of the leader board having shown an unmatched level of consistency in Muscat. ... [more]  

Usual skipper Seve Jarvin and for’ard hand Sam Newton were joined in the team by James Wierzbowski for today’s race and led from shortly after the to defeat defending champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor, Dave Ewings) by 38s. Coopers 62-Rag and Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy, Peter Harris) was a further 21s back in third place. ... [more]  

Overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker) has had an eventful few days since the start in Cape Town on Wednesday. Their goal is to be first home in their home port of Abu Dhabi - six other boats willing. ... [more]  

2014 Argo Group Gold Cup - Take time to remember. It was mid-October, one week before the brilliant Sunday Finals of the Argo Group Gold Cup and Bermuda was slammed by the second major storm in a week. Tropical Storm Fay - or was it Hurricane Fay by then— had hit Bermuda with a sneaky left jab only five days earlier. ... [more]  

2014 Turkey Day Regatta – Day 1
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Delphine Cousin officially world champ
Volvo Ocean Race: A man's got to do what a man's got to do
RC44 Championship Tour - A great sailing day on the Gulf of Oman
Sail-World Team holds first Continental Conference at METS
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Open Formula Kiteboarding event preview
Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet heads into the Southern Ocean + Videos *Feature
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Set to be an 'experience of a lifetime'
America's Cup: Source named in Bermuda venue leak *Feature
2014 RC44 Oman Cup - Challenging day + Videos
Volvo Ocean Race: A bumpy, hard driving ride in the Southern Ocean
EPA punts on renewable fuel standard
Yates Cup: US supermaxi Rio100 wins first offshore race + Video *Feature
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Men’s title race takes a twist
RC44 Oman Cup - Consistency hard to come by
Volvo Ocean Race - Discomfort takes over for Team Alvimedica
Volvo Ocean Race - Rapid change for Team SCA
Viper 640 event at Lake Garda - 22-26th June 2015
British Cycling grows by over 500%, can sailing do the same?
GC32 Racing Tour 2015 - Dates and venues
Class 40-footers to be featured in 2015 Annapolis-to-Newport Race   
Spectacular performance by Bakewell-White maxi early in first race *Feature   
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Big strides for Cousin and Moussilmani   
America's Cup: Team New Zealand responds to Venue rumours *Feature   
ORC reveals rule improvements for 2015   
Volvo Ocean Race - Hammer down for Team Alvimedica   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA heads for unknown territory   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final set to be 'an experience of a lifetime'   
RC44 Oman Cup - Team Nika gets a taste for the podium + Video   
St Barth Cata Cup 2014 - Game on!   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Wild Oats XI reveals new livery   
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014 - Wild Oats XI and Audi ready: photos   
Volvo Ocean Race: Meek's tips pay dividend in Leg 2 squalls and calms *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in search of hometown glory   
Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup - Waiting game continues on day 2   
Barcelona World Race skippers named as scientific agents   
Volvo Ocean Race: Stop-start battle to the Cape of Good Hope   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 2 starts at high speed in 35kt winds   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA off to gutsy leg 2 start   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Heroes and champions in Nacra 17 fleet   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT