The Fall Classic Regatta is often one of the highlights of the Folkboat racing season. This year was no exception. The conditions were spectacular once the westerlies filled in around 1pm.
The fleet racing was highly competitive with most teams finishing within a few boat lengths of one another. A slight ebb was running, so the “bang right” option generally paid off on the windward legs and the trick there was to gauge the long lay line properly. A decisive factor in the racing this weekend was balancing between the current relief from Angel Island and the more direct route to the leeward mark. A few spots were won and lost on that leg each race. Leeward mark roundings were hotly contested and the fleet maintained excellent composure despite the competition.
Congratulations go to Tom Reed, Sr. and team on USA 111 for the overall win. George Cathey USA 124 placed 2nd and Chris Herrmann USA 108 3rd. Peter Jeal USA 113 also scored a bullet in the third race and a 2nd in the last. Richard Keldsen USA 107 and Tom Haverstock USA 125 rounded out the fleet with 3rd place finishes as well. Tight racing!
Thank you to the San Francisco Yacht Club for hosting such a well-run regatta.