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    Default Interest in Adding Doublehanded Fleets to St Francis Races

    As a general heads-up to the shorthanded sailing community, there is interest in in adding dedicated doublehanded divisions to upcoming races run by the St. Francis Yacht Club, including the Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta in August and potentially the Big Boat Series in September. They would need a minimum 6 boats who agree to race together and a point person to be the fleet contact during the regattas.

    If there is significant interest, I would recommend reaching out to Susan Ruhne at the SFYC.

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    I'd be interested, but RBBS is the same weekend as our SSS Half Moon Bay Race. Kleinman is the week before Drake's Bay - possible for others but I'll be off camping.

    Longer term I think this is a great idea. SSS's program for doublehanders is a little sparse over the Summer.

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    Do read the NOR and SI's for the races. I've done Big Boat Series on Beetle (silly races, had a great time) and afterwards there were comments about not inviting boats to race that had airplane propellers on the transom (they did not like my wind generator). St. Francis YC is usually looking for specific types of boats and the Kleinman race is no different - ORR certifications (partial or full), or NCPHRF certs for faster boats (rating no greater than 120). St. Francis likes to see fast good-looking boats on their courses, not a hodge-podge of random 'average' boats that we might happen to own.

    I'd ask St. Francis what kind of boats they are looking for in their doublehanded division, particularly for BBS; do they want fancy new Figaro planing yachts and go-fast multihulls, or would they allow an Islander Bahama 30 into the mix?

    Measuring a boat for ORR is a fairly complicated possibly-expensive process. Take a good look at the certificate requirements for obtaining a rating before attempting to herd cats (or organize a fleet of double handers).

    - rob

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    "Sorry, I had to bring the Alerion because my Class 40 was in the shop..."

    Scott Easom mentioned this possibility awhile back. I told him it might be a bunch of older 30 footers. He didn't seem deterred but I'll mention it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobJ View Post
    "Sorry, I had to bring the Alerion because my Class 40 was in the shop..."

    Scott Easom mentioned this possibility awhile back. I told him it might be a bunch of older 30 footers. He didn't seem deterred but I'll mention it again.
    We know Nathalie. She has an acceptable boat. Maybe we could charter Envolee for the day, wear matching SSS shirts, take our hats off in the dining room afterwards? There would be food, right? I understand Tinsley Island takes reservations now, too. Maybe an SSS cruise out?

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    The last time I looked at doing the BBS I recall an entry fee north of $500. Am I mistaken ? I can just imagine the carnage on the city front as a few DH boats are tacking up the city front amongst the pro crews aboard the truly big boats. I have to say however that the food in SFYC antrium after the event can be superior.

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