Final exams are stern for a reason and the final day of racing at the 2022 Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA, delivered stiff—if not downright nautical—conditions. Crews arrived at dock call to seldom-seen southerly airs, big puffs and scattered rain. While this year’s Rolex Big Boat Series had plenty of breeze-on racing, the hounds howled a rare tune Sunday, with uncommon Cityfront-created lees, big swells, squalls and gusts that registered in the low-30 knot range. Fortunately for boat-battered bodies, squally conditions moderated as the day progressed. The ability to shift gears and sail fast at all angles and in varying breezes was evident across all eight classes that competed at the 2022 Rolex Big Boat Series. The fleet of J/105s again presented the largest one-design fleet at this year’s Rolex Big Boat Series. As such, the 29-strong group competed for StFYC’s Commodore’s Cup, in addition to a Rolex timepiece. Randy Hecht’s Niuhi demonstrated their ability to negotiate crowded starting lines and command a talented fleet to win this historic perpetual trophy and its accompanying Rolex. Ryan Simmons’ Blackhawk finished in second place, while Tim Russell’s Ne Ne completed the top-of-class trifecta. For complete event details, visit https://rolexbigboatseries.com/.