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Bill and Grace Bodle's 103-ft Eros (ex-Fair Sarae) couldn't help but draw the attention of onlookers. ©2012 norcalsailing.com
Great San Francisco Schooner Race
July 2, 2012
We just counted on our fingers, and by our estimation Saturday, June 30, marked the fifth running of the stately race that began in August, 2008, moved a bit earlier in the summer this year. San Francisco YC hosted 12 entries in 2012's Great Schooner Race.
Despite the ponderous grace of the entries, the competition was spirited. We even heard grumbles of a port-tack foul near the finish, but no protests were filed.
The race is something of a pursuit, with start times assigned to each boat but rounded off to the nearest five-minute intervals. They're split into two divisions, Marconi and Gaff. The 70-ft Marconi-rigged Aldebaran, out of Pt. Richmond, started first at 12:00, and finished first, a mere three seconds ahead of Alan Olson's 82-ft staysail schooner Seaward, which started at 12:40.
The last boat to start, Jeff Hawkins' Gaff-rigged Jakatan, at 12:55, couldn't make up the time on her division sisters, and came in last of five gaffers. John McNeill's 1906 Yankee had the honor of first in that division, with the next two positions a photo-finish between Terry Klaus's Brigadoon and Paul Dines' Freda B.