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Chris Case's Wilderness 30 Fugu on approach to Harding Rock, one of the 'rocks' in the SSS Round the Rocks Race. Most of the race had less wind than you see here. ©2016 norcalsailing.com

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SSS Round the Rocks
The 2016 SSS Round the Rocks Race started at the G mark on the Olympic Circle and finished at the Richmond Yacht Club, but not before stopping and starting several times on the way. Morning on the Circle brought… Read on…

SSS Round the Rocks Photo Gallery

Bullship Photo Gallery
El Toros race from Sausalito to San Francisco

SSS Corinthian Photo Gallery

Pinwheel of Death
As more boats tried squeezing in the sound of crunching fiberglass could be heard echoing around the BayRead on…

RYC Big Daddy Photo Gallery
Racing in near-gale conditions continued on the second weekend of March with RYC's heavy-weather Big Daddy Regatta.

GGYC Seaweed Soup Midwinters Photo Gallery
When a gale was forecast for the afternoon of Saturday, March 5, chatter among Bay Area sailors centered around cancelations and storm jibs, as the racers psyched themselves up for the last Seaweed Soup Midwinter at Golden Gate YC and Spring One Design at St. Francis YC, both on the Cityfront. Conditions were blustery during the races, but the actual gale didn't blow in until around 1600 hours.

Santa Cruz in Distress
We've all seen that neglected boat sitting out in the rain and sun. Most of the time it's just a… Updated March 2…

Corinthian Midwinters Wrap Up
The 2016 Corinthian Yacht Club Midwinters wrapped up with a typical 'midwinter' weekend: two days, two completely different wind scenarios and lots of afternoon 3.9-ebb current to make racing even more… Read on…

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Coming Up

Invited classes at this weekend's Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta hosted by St. Francis YC include 29er, 49er, 49erFX, 5O5, Club 420, F18 cats, Finn, Formula Windsurf, Hydrofoil Kite, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, Laser Standard and Weta trimarans.

The YRA reminds us that the deadline to enter the Great Vallejo Race, on April 30-May 1, is Friday, April 29, at 1700 hours. "We've got tons of great stuff planned for this year's race, from the all new overall awards, to downwind scoring for Saturday, to a fantastic party with great food and great entertainment Saturday night." In case you were planning to do the turn and burn after Saturday's race and skip the rest of the agenda, be advised that three bands will play, from 1530 to 2300 at Vallejo YC. A free Mount Gay rum punch tasting will be held from 1600 to 1800 in the food vendor area. Red Mount Gay Caps will also be handed out to the first 200 skippers. Winners from Saturday's race, plus door prize and raffle winners, will be announced between 1930 and 2000.

The final pre-race Pacific Cup-sponsored US Sailing Safety at Sea seminar will be held at Encinal YC in Alameda on May 14. On Sunday, May 15, PCYC is sponsoring an optional second day of training that includes the hands-on and in-the-water elements required for compliance with World Sailing’s (ex-ISAF) requirements for international and non-U.S. races. See www.pacificcup.org for more info and to register.

Registration for the Delta Ditch Run from Richmond YC to Stockton Sailing Club on June 4 is open at www.stocktonsc.org. SSC will give solid metal medalions to all finishers, skipper and crew, again this year. "One thing new for this year is that we are going to also post the finishes using 'downwind' numbers for comparison only," says race chair Tom Lueck. "The official finish and awards will be given out using the regular PHRF numbers. We hope to get more boats and especially larger boats entered so that we can really get an idea of how the downwind numbers compare."

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