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J/111s dominate Big Daddy Regatta

by J/Boats 14 Mar 2020 07:28 PDT 7-8 March 2020
PAC 52 ``Invisible Hand`` - Big Daddy Regatta 2017 © Pressure Drop . US

Richmond Yacht Club in Richmond, CA hosts one of the more entertaining regattas on San Francisco Bay every spring - the Big Daddy Regatta. The event has a unique format and great entertainment on both Friday and, especially, Saturday evening.

On Saturday, the various PHRF handicap and one-design fleets enjoy up to three quick windward-leeward races. Then, on Sunday the famous "pursuit race" takes place with the smallest, slowest boats starting first in the morning and the fastest boats starting much later.

For Saturday's buoy-racing, the fleet enjoyed good breezes and the Richmond YC PRO managed to run three races.

Winning PHRF A Division of seven boats was Peter Wagner's J/111 Skeleton Key with an eviscerating 2-1-1 tally for 4 pts. Six points back with a 6-2-2 for 10 pts was Nesrin Basoz's J/111 Swift Ness.

Enjoying a similar dominating performance in PHRF E Division was Peter Cameron's J/70 Kangaroo Jockey with a 2-2.5-1 scoreline for 5.5 pts total.

The J/105s enjoyed a duel between two boats with Dick Maclay's Yellowfin taking class honors with a 1-1-2 for 4 pts over Chris Kim's Vuja Star that posted a 2-2-1 for 5 pts.

For Sunday's Pursuit Race, the two J/111s sailed well to both finish in the top ten in a fleet of seventy-four boats! Top J/Crew was, again, Wagner's Skeleton Key in fourth place, followed by Basoz's Swift Ness in seventh place. For Big Daddy race results available here. More Richmond YC Big Daddy Regatta sailing information here.

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