Battles begin at Rolex Big Boat Series:
San Francisco, CA (September 14, 2017) – 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. Such was the case today at the 53rd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series, which is being hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay’s wind- and tide-riven waters.
Throughout today’s two races, all 89 teams battled for strong leaderboard positions to set themselves up for the rest of the week’s racing. Fortunately, the Bay played nicely, at least at first, delivering five-to-eight-knot winds at the Treasure Island starting area. …
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New Scenery, New Faces at NYYC Invitational Cup:
Newport, RI (September 14, 2017) – To describe the tactical approach which led Eastern Yacht Club to the low-point score of Day 3 of the 2017 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, Ben Richardson used a word not often associated with successful big-boat sailing: reactionary.
“You had to be pretty reactionary,” said Richardson, a former Laser Masters World Champion and Pan Am Games competitor. “We never went into any particular race saying, ‘Oh, you’ve got to go left,’ or ‘You’ve got go right.’ You had to continually adapt up the beat and see where the pressure was. There were pretty big pressure differentials and you had to connect the dots up the beat, and on the run.”