ROLEX BIG BOAT SERIES
This was not as bad as it looks, really . . .
"One of the highlights of this Rolex Big Boat Series was the big breeze we had on Saturday," Lewis said. "These boats love the big breeze. They're solid as rock, and in 30 knots, they'll get up on smaller waves and really get moving. After last year's regatta, which was later in the year, and lighter, this was great. You think of Big Boat as a windy regatta and it was fun to go out there when you're on the edge the whole time." Express 37s Kame Richards is no stranger to success in the Express 37 class, and
this year was no different. His Golden Moon proved to be the boat to beat in this year's regatta, taking the division by a deceptive seven points over Mick Shlens' Southern California-based Blade Runner. T h e win marked the thirdstraight for Richards, and his fifth in the last nine years. And although the Expresses were snubbed for a watch this year — though he already won one three years ago — he didn't go away unhappy. "Sometimes Big Boat Series isn't fun," he said. "It can be a giant pain in the ass; everyone is protesting and whining. But this is the most fun I've ever had at a Big Boat Series because we were the two dominant boats. We could get out in front on the first beats, which allowed us to battle each other tooth and nail. I admire the hell out of Mick. If I can be
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doing as well as he is in ten years, I'd be really happy." Richards said the difference-maker was their start out of the blocks. "We started really well the first two days, and they didn't," he said. "In the first race, we rounded top mark in fifth and I thought, 'This is going to be a long week.' Then we passed three boats on the first run, and I thought, 'This is going to be a long week, but it's going to be all right.'" And all right it was. The Moonies, with tactician Liz Baylis — one of two substitutes (the other being Sally Honey) for the event on a crew that was otherwise the same as the one that sails on the boat all year long — finished with a 1-2-1-1-1-2-2 to leg out over the rest of the field.
ith so many great photos, we ran out of room for our customary results table, but you can find them along with videos and more photos, at www.rolexbigboatseries.com. — latitude/rg
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