Like many great traditions, it started with a bet: a bet between two sailors as to which of their craft could cover the length of San Francisco Bay faster. On the one side were Charlie and Jonathan McKee in their 49er. On the other were the sailboarders. Twenty-seven minutes, eighteen seconds and 5.8 nautical miles later, the McKees proved that the 49er ruled.
Now in its 17th year, the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge has become a spectacularly wide-reaching sail-what-you-brung drag race between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. Each year the fleet pushes the envelope as to which trending sail-powered device will get you there faster.
In 2000, the 49ers gave way to the wind…
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