Fastest Guns in the West Decided at the Rolex Big Boat Series

Cool onshore temperatures, ebbing fog, flooding waters and a gathering sea breeze greeted the 79 teams gathered on San Francisco Bay to contest the final day of racing at the 55th edition of the St. Francis Yacht Club’s annual Rolex Big Boat Series (September 11-15). Despite a slow start to the regatta, courtesy of higher-than-usual onshore temperatures earlier in the week, Sunday’s longer-form Bay Tour course gave teams a chance to whip their horses around the West Coast’s most competitive racecourse one last time. Better still, the day’s course selection allowed all teams to strut their big-air skills while enjoying a stadium-style finish in front of cheering fans ashore on StFYC’s Race Deck. StFYC’s Commodore’s Cup is awarded to the regatta’s largest One Design fleet, an honor that once again falls to the 23-strong J/105 class. Ryan Simmons and his Blackhawk (USA 40) crew showcased their big-fleet-management skills to win this proud trophy and accompanying Rolex timepiece; they were joined on top of the J/105 Class’ leaderboard by Tim Russell and crew of Ne*Ne (USA 003) and Ian Charles and his Maverick (USA 385) squad. Simmons’ father, Scooter, also won an StFYC perpetual trophy aboard Blackhawk in 2011. For more information and full results, please visit the Rolex Big Boat Series' website at

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