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A Challenging 3 Bridge Fiasco Provided A Bit Of Most Everything


  • A Challenging 3 Bridge Fiasco Provided A Bit Of Most Everything

    The 2023 Single Handed Sailing Society's 3 Bridge Fiasco will be remembered for a number of things, the cold weather,
    the big ebb and very light winds at the start, the persistent Tule fog that hug the course in some very dense sections and the late clearing
    and building breeze that finally appeared much later than many had hoped for. But also for the large number of DNC's and DNF's, more than 1/3 the fleet of 315 registered boats. But for those who managed to persevere and complete the challenge, it will be remembered as on of the most memorable editions in recent years....

    The fastest boat around the course this year was a multihull by the name of Bottle Rocket who edged out a J-125 that is part of the Tom Cruise vast movie prop quiver and sailed by pirates by 3m 28s...

    Will Baylis and Rich Bergsund were the 1st to emerge from the dense mist at Yerba Buena, sailing Orca in the the fleet of CCW sailors. They would go on to win the Moore 24 fleet and be the 5th boat overall for the day.

    Team Hollywood would run the course with with plenty to spare, crossing the finish line at 14:38:15 2nd only to the Seacart 30' Bottle Rocket

    David Schumann and Trevor Baylis were the fastest of all boats, continuing and impressive run of late. Their 14:34:47 finish edging out the Evil Clown Boat by just over 3 minutes!

    Mark Eastman teamed up with John Donavan to win DH Multihull 1 aboard his Corsair 31 Ma's Rover , crossing the line at 15:08:50, well ahead of the division rivals. Mark has been on a sabbatical of sorts from the Bay Area sailing for a few years. Welcome back Mark!

    New to the old Cal 40' Shaman, Bart Hackworth recently sold his Moore 24' Gruntled for something bigger, slower but able to carry more crew, beer and gear. Here his is teamed up with old boat partner, Simon Winer, taking 4th in DH Spin PHRF 111 to 159

    Olson 25 Citali, Beneteau 323 Armaranth and J88 Ravenette forming a flying wedge under the eastern span.

    Cindy Evan's Express 34' Joyride was doublehanding with Stephanie Campbell, even though it appears that Stephanie was single handing... The ladies vowed to complete the course, shortly after this image was taken, and did exactly that, crossing the line at 17:50:10, just in time for happy hour!

    Mark Dowdy and Kim Stuart took a very unconventional route, rounding Treasure Island on Sapphire in a clockwise fashion, despite completing the course in a CCW route!

    Tom And Cole Jenkins aboard Elliot 770 Errant Belle sharing some water with a couple curios kayakers!

    Team Invictus had a last minute substitution for Jacques Benkoski, one Burak Kocal yet still managed to come in 5th in DH Spin 108 and under and 15th overall!

    Greg NelsEn and Karl Crawford on Outsider were the only boat to finish at 15:03:33, good enough for 2nd in DH Sportboat and 7th overall!


    2023 SSS 3 Bridge Fiasco - h2oshots

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