San Francisco Yacht club hosted 19 J/105s at its annual Summer Keel Regatta on June 20th and 21st. Saturday’s racing seemed more like a mid-winter event, as the fleet was plagued with deteriorating light and shifty conditions. Saturday’s final race concluded in an easterly, with boats sailing back from the Berkeley Circle most of the way to Raccoon Straights under spinnakers. In the light and shifty conditions, consistency was nowhere to be found. At the end of the day on Saturday, with three races completed, more than half of the fleet (12 boats) were within 10 points of each other. Jeff Littfin and John Case’s Mojo (16 points) held a slim lead over Natural Blonde (20), Alchemy (21), Strangelove (21) and Jam Session (22).
On Sunday, the fleet was treated to more typical “light air” SF Bay conditions and two races were sailed in 15 – 18 knots from the southwest. Strong performances by Adam Spiegel’s Jam Session (2-1) and John Horsch’s Father Lovers (1-3) (it was Father’s Day, after all) caused as shakeup in the top five. Final results: First Place: Jam Session (25 points) Second Place: Mojo (28) Third Place: Father Lovers (30) Fourth Place: Blackhawk (34) and Fifth Place: Arbitrage (35).
Jeff Zarwell and the rest of the race committee did an outstanding job of getting races off in very mixed conditions.