Podium Finishes and Perpetual Trophies Decided at 2021 Rolex Big Boat Series

The final day of the 2021 Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club, featured long courses for all eight divisions, sending boats into every corner of San Francisco Bay. Clear skies, a steady westerly and the vagaries of current provided plenty of opportunities to mix things up as sailors vied for podium positions, perpetual trophies and—for three classes—Rolex Submariner Date watches. The final downwind run delivered all 78 competitors to a finish line positioned directly in front of St. Francis Yacht Club, where a crowd of spectators cheered from shore. Every year, the Commodore’s Cup is awarded to the largest one-design class at the Rolex Big Boat Series, with a preference for fleets based in San Francisco Bay. This year, 22 J/105s raced amidst exceptionally tight competition. In the end, Ryan Simmons’ Blackhawk (San Francisco Yacht Club) and Tim Russell’s Ne Ne (San Francisco Yacht Club) tied for first on points, granting the overall win to Simmons for his four first-place finishes, compared to Ne Ne’s two. The win also earned Simmons a Rolex Submariner Date watch. Simmons and Russell both finished the regatta with 22 points, followed by third place Keith Laby’s Godot with 37 points. Notably, fourth place finishers Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault aboard Arbitrage (St. Francis Yacht Club) ended with 40 points. For complete event details, visit https://rolexbigboatseries.com/.

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