Participating in this year’s Stone Cup at the St. Francis Yacht Club were 20 boats. The weather forecast was a bit unusual especially for Sunday, but Saturday the sun was shining in the afternoon and Sunday turned out to be a great day despite the forecast. We had 3 races on Saturday and 1 race on Sunday because of the weather forecast instead of racing the normal 2 races both days. Courses were nice and long because the IRC boats were out and we had nice wind both days in the 11-17 knot range. The wind was definitely shifty and this kept tacticians on their toes throughout the weekend.
Overall it was a very fun weekend and tight racing. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place was decided on the last race with several lead changes throughout the race. To give an idea of how tight the racing was throughout the weekend in the last race the top 8 or 9 boats finished just a few minutes apart after 7 very long legs. It was amazing to see after 2 hours of racing all the boats so close together.
Blackhawk escaped the weekend with the victory with 15 points, followed by Arbitrage, Risk, Jam Session and Wonder rounding out the top 5. Thanks again to the St. Francis Yacht Club and all the volunteers for hosting the regatta. Congratulations to the Blackhawk team as well as the fleet for the great support of the regatta.
Hope to see everyone June 4th and 5th at the Invitational Regatta at San Francisco Yacht Club. Get ready to have a Mai Tai.