As forecast, the Wednesday starters are having a challenging time breaking through a patch of light air directly across their course to Hawaii. While the Monday starters are enjoying beam winds in the 16-knot range, Wednesday's children are likely bobbing and slatting in very little breeze, reminiscent of the 2000 race and a few others.
These light air conditions are not the norm for SF Bay sailors, and they can easily fray nerves and sails.
Don't believe what you see on the tracking page! Zipper is just fine. Her tracker appears to have gotten some water incursion which is ... bad for electronics. Zipper has a second tracker from which we are getting positions.
For those watching the starts today, we invite you to the "experimental" tracker page which blends realtime starting area positions with race-delayed offshore positions.
Cross under a ladder, bring a black cat, take bananas on board. Leaving on Friday the 13th, the BIG BOATS.
At StFYC. The second set of starts. Division D
At StFYC. The second set of starts. Divisions B and C
Worth a thousand words, pictures often tell the story. Our start-line photo team (Erik Simonsen, Ronnie Simpson and a few volunteers) is busy uploading on-the-water, drone, and deck shots of our starters.
Sorted by division. Find them here.