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The J/105 Jam Session finished the fourth race right behind Juju. ©2012 norcalsailing.com
Rolex Big Boat Series Day 2
September 7, 2012
For a summer day, the Golden Gate was remarkably fog-free on Friday. The sun shone all day, and the wind built to the low twenties, peaking around 3:00.
In the second race of the day, the J/120 fleet had a slow but even start, with the distraction of a low-flying media helicopter. For first part of the westbound, upwind leg, Grace Dances, Peregrine, and Twist went for the cone of Alcatraz, which would block some of the adverse flood current. The others headed over toward the Cityfront, where racers often find a counter-current.
"Grace Dances got launched at the top end of the cone," said Rich Hudnut, Jr., crew on Twist. At Blackaller Buoy, the windward mark, the wind was very shifty and difficult, with velocity changes, and less pressure. "We had 23 knots at Treasure Island, and only 8-10 at Blackaller. At Blackaller we had a jibe-set, kite up, and then jibe for the finish." Grace Dances got the gun in that race.
Shipping traffic on San Francisco Bay had its own version of Friday afternoon rush hour, as three container ships entered the Bay, one right after another, while other ships were departing.
The Express 37 Golden Moon was given redress for Race 2's disqualification, putting the past winner in first place in their one design division.
Fridays at RBBS are famous for their post-race Mount Gay Rum Party, with rum drinks compliments of Mount Gay, and a spread of hors d'oeuvres to replace some of the calories burned racing and soak up some of the alcohol. (It should be noted that Thursday's Rolex party is not too shabby either, with free beer and hors d'oeuvres.)
Racing continues through Sunday. Find out more and watch live streaming video at www.rolexbigboatseries.com.