ROLEX BIG BOAT SERIES — ALL PHOTOS LATITUDE / CHRIS EXCEPT AS NOTED
he 55th St. Francis Yacht Club Big Boat Series on September 12-15 may wind up being remembered for a random late-summer heat wave that baked unacclimated San Franciscans in two days of T-shirt weather. The westerly did fill in, but quite late. Thus, no races started before 2 p.m. on Thursday or 3 p.m. on Friday, and those wound up being one-race — instead of the planned two-race — days. On Saturday, Karl the Fog crept in on very loud — thanks to the foghorns — cat feet, masking the big-ship traffic coming in the Gate. The on-cycle applied to the wind as well, with gusts up to 30 knots toppling three rigs. The fleet sailed Sunday's single Bay Tour race in a more typical chilly San Francisco breeze. Three ORR divisions and four one-design classes found themselves upstaged by the scene-stealing upstarts in the new Classic Division. The 50-ish-ft woodies started and finished one race each day off the club's race deck.
cept the last one. "Today was difficult," said skipper Lindsey Klaus about the final Bay Tour race on Sunday. "It was a long race. Three hours with three pretty significant
a while to get in. It's nice that they had us." "It's definitely gonna be bigger and better next year," agreed her dad, Terry. "We'll get more classics. We're hoping to
'Brigadoon' (foreground) and 'Mayan' (background) preparing to start Thursday's race. Lindsey and Terry Klaus
Classic Division Five elegant yachts built before 1955 made up this crowd-pleasing division. In the inaugural year, the 1924 gaff-rigged schooner Brigadoon won every race ex-
upwind legs; it's hard for a gaffer, and the flood, in the beginning… Yeah, it was tough." Lindsey was excited about the new Classic Division. "We've been waiting for
have boats from Southern California, and more boats from here." Crew aboard Brigadoon included Mark Egan, Peter English, Robby Fouts, Drew Guay, Kristian Hanelt, Kealan
Below: 'Elyxir'. Right: Family members Skip, Boris, Mallory, Stacey, Amy.
Haynie, Bruce Lindsay, Scott McCoy, Joe Ording, Josh Roper and Nick Sanchez. Visiting with Beau Vrolyk on the 59-ft 1947 Alden schooner Mayan, we confirmed a tip we'd received. We
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