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Big breeze and big fun greeted the Express 37 fleet at this years nationals, hosted by Berkeley Yacht Club.
Racers saw three days of racing with five typically close buoy races and finishes often separated by seconds. Saturday’s second race sent the fleet out and around Pt. Bonita in spectacular conditions, 20 ft. waves and gusts to 37kts made this one that will be talked about for years to come! Boats reported top speeds over 17kts on the ride in… under white sails!
Golden Moon snatched back 1st for the regatta after being bested by Eclipse in the Rolex Big Boat Series two weeks prior. Race organization, hospitality, and food at BYC were top notch, great times had by all!
Expeditious cleans up with four bullets and a sixth for their first regatta win of the season!
Unseasonably warm temps led many crew to race in shorts and t-shirts… a luxury for SF bay summer sailing. Despite the almost tropical temperatures, the typical sea breeze built both days until genoas were traded for jibs and spray began to cool down hard working crew. Close racing was seen throughout, with a number of overlapped finishes seen throughout the fleet. Fun party afterwards at SFYC too! (The beer was free!)
See the photo gallery here.
Bullet came out on top, followed by Escapade and Mudshark after a day of close racing in idyllic SF bay conditions. Results.
The venue will again be Berkeley Yacht Club, where we all had such a great time last year! Race dates have been confirmed as Friday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 4th. Let’s see 10 boats on the line this year!
See photos from last year here.
Looking forward to another season of close one-design racing in SF bays friendliest and most exciting big boat fleet? Yeah you are! Find the schedule here.
Following up on their 2012 Pacific Cup win and 2013 OYRA Championship win, Élan continues to prove that the Express 37 is a force to be reckoned with in challenging offshore conditions.
Élan beats to windward.
Results are here.
An embedded reporter from the popular online mag Gear Patrol chose an Express 37 as his ride for this years Rolex Big Boat series. His article can be found here.