Saturday’s dawn broke over the San Francisco Bay Area with a tropical flare if you will, very reminiscent of the warmth and humidity one might experience in Rio, the iconic beach city of Brazil, from which Manouch Moshayedi’s Ferrari Orange 52’ has inherited her name. It is a tad bit complicated, but the chain of grand prix boats the Moshayedi has owned has born the name.
With the same early season disturbance currently parked off the north Pacific, and now Hurricane Rosa spinning off the Baja coast, the weather in the Bay Area took a dramatic bounce in humidity and temperature overnight, and with it, a more southerly flow, complicating matters on the race course. While beautiful, dramatic skies enveloped the race track for Saturdays scheduled 3 races, the winds were a bit on the “less than compliant or agreeing with forecast” side.
After a bit of a delay, the RC finally was able to get things rolling when the westerly flow replaced the early easterly, sending the fleet off on a 10nm course 17 in 10-12 knots. The fleet would all take the central bay up to the weather mark just inside the Golden Gate before bearing off on the 1st downhill sleigh ride to the #1 Green Buoy east of Alcatraz. All boats NOT named RIO would take the northerly route over the former penitentiary, or “Little Australia” as the Kiwi’s like to refer to it. For the boat named RIO, the southerly route paid off in spades, arriving at the leeward mark with room to spare with BadPak, Invisible Hand and Interlodge rounding closely to each other.
The next windward leg would have the fleet parading past the Alcatraz cone to the south, RIO retaining her lead but Interlodge shifting into high gear and advancing up to second by the 3rd mark, and holding on to retain that position on the short downhill run for another Hollywood finish. The results for race 4 would show RIO with yet another bullet, Interlodge taking a deuce plus one to share a 3 with Invisible Hand and BadPak whiskers behind with a 4th.
Race 5 started after another delay, as the aforementioned weather system continued to vacillate before settling down long enough to set a windward mark of 220 degrees, kinda-sorta real close to the edge of the StFYC clubhouse and in near proximity it an on going Woodies Regatta in progress along the City Front. The same course would be called for, although somewhat skewed and a tad shorter. Yet the results would be similar. RIO would jump out to an early lead and defend it to the weather mark, with Invisible Hand this time edging out Interlodge at the mark, and BadPak being able to slide through to round in 3rd before another fast run in flood to the #1 Green mark.
The wind would lighten and the fleet compressed yet again with RIO, The Hand, Interlodge and BadPak rounding in tight formation, with no change in order for the next two legs, now being sailed in flat sea and 5-7 knots of wind. RIO would hold on to secure her 4th bullet of the regatta, The Hand in 2nd, Interlodge in 3rg and BadPak in 4th.
The scheduled race 6 finally got started after another delay while a frustrated RC tried to be reasonable with the unreasonable wind, with yet another minute OCS infraction by the impeccable Invisible Hand , which had returned back to starting area when the abandon race hail was transmitted after yet another wild swing in wind direction forced the call. Attempts to reset proved unsuccessful and racing ended with 5 heats complete for the day.
Racing continues on Sunday, with 2, maybe 3 races yet to be sailed.