So It’s, Like, Mid-October

By Kimball Livingston Posted October 17, 2014 Photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster

And in case you didn’t know, come mid-October, all bets are off for breeze on San Francisco Bay.

And it’s not only “like.” It really is mid-October.

The seabreeze season has come and gone.

The Farr 40s have come, and they’re not gone yet.

One more day of racing remains for the 17th Farr 40 World Championship title, and Saturday promises to be better than Friday.

Friday was a long un-day of un-racing.

Even the pinnipeds were unimpressed, almost as unimpressed as if they had just heard the news that we’re probably still two months away from knowing the venue for the next America’s Cup match.

San Diego or Bermuda. Bermuda or San Diego.

(Not the thing most on anyone’s mind at the moment among our friends in Bermuda.)

Hey there, Gonzalo. Now go away.

Gonzalo

At the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, they’ve pushed back the start of the Argo Group Gold Cup to Wednesday next, and they’re hoping, of course, that they still have boats to sail.

The Gold Cup is stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, and Bermuda had a brush with Hurricane Fay only last Sunday, October 12. Now, less than a week later, here is Gonzalo. Probably, there will be boats to sail.

International One Designs.

Bermuda being the one stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour where the fleet on offer is comprised of boats that do not not not turn on a dime.

Italy’s Francesco Bruni won the Gold Cup the last time around. Ian Williams and Taylor Canfield, past winners both of the Tour, have the Tour lead going into Bermuda with Williams six points in front. The Briton, Williams, will be arriving on short time from the Farr 40 Worlds racing in San Francisco, where he’s been sailing as tactician on Helmut Jahn’s Flash Gordon 6.

And while we’re almost on the subject, here’s the latest un-update from the Farr 40 Class:

The breeze that usually makes San Francisco such a popular place for sailors was noticeably absent for the penultimate day of competition at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. A low pressure system had siphoned most of the air off the Bay, and with the fleet drifting around on the Berkeley Circle for several hours, the Race Committee took the decision to abandon attempts to run a race.

Basically the breeze didn’t cooperate,” said Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio. “We had a fairly nice forecast for the day of a southerly between 8-12 knots. We got out there for a noon start and waited around until about 1:30-2:00 p.m. and we finally got what looked like a nice sea breeze, a nice little westerly. It filled in for about 35 minutes and we started to set up a course and as we were doing that the breeze died and the Bay went back to glass. We brought the boats back up to the west of Alcatraz hoping that if the sea breeze came in later in the day we’d at least be closer to it.”

The ripple effect is that the starting time for the final day of racing, Saturday, October 18, has been pushed forward an hour to 11:00 a.m. Regatta organizers hope to run three races before the 3:30 p.m. cutoff time after which a race cannot be started per the sailing instructions.

New York’s Alexander Roepers, on Plenty, goes into the final day of the championship with a 1-1-1-6-4-1 scoreline for 14 points, and an almost unassailable 18-point lead on his closest competitor, Australia’s Martin Hill on Estate Master. Italy’s defending Rolex Farr 40 World Champion, Alberto Rossi on Enfant Terrible, is third overall with 33 points, followed by Andrew Hunn on the Australian-flagged Voodoo Chile, with 34 points. With 39 points, three-time Rolex Farr 40 World Champion Jim Richardson of Newport, R.I. and Boston, Mass., rounds out the top-five in the 19-strong international at the helm of the Australian-flagged Kokomo.

The day ended . . .

sunset

And that would have been enough breeze, if only it had been around all day.

By the way, in case you missed it—

Photo © Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle

Photo © Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle

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