Three Bridge Fiasco

The Singlehanded Sailing Society in San Francisco, CA hosted their annual season-opening classic: the Three Bridge Fiasco. 309 entries participated in this pursuit style race for singlehanded and doublehanded racers on San Francisco Bay. The instructions are simple—start at your assigned time slot, cross the start line just off St. Francis and Golden Gate Yacht Clubs, and chose which way to go around the Bay to three marks next to the three principal bridges crossing the Bay...Golden Gate (west), Bay (south) and San Rafael (north). This event will be remembered for a number of things including the cold weather, the big ebb tide, very light winds at the start, the persistent thick fog that hugged the course in some very dense sections and the late clearing of fog that led to a late building seabreeze. In the 13-boat J/105 fleet, the Hecht & Silvestri duet on NIUHI won, followed by Scott Sellers & Mike Nunes' BEAST OF BURDEN in second, Eric Patterson & Kim Heade's KESTREL in third, Walter Sanford & Ed Sharp's ALCHEMY in fourth, and Steve Hill & Ben Corwin's LULU in fifth position. For complete results, visit

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