Rolex Big Boat Series One-Design Update


The early entry deadline is less than one month away for the 52nd Rolex Big Boat Series hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club. Of the 47 boats currently entered to race September 15–18, there is a strong showing of emerging one-design classes including the J/70 Class. Additional one-design classes invited to compete include the J/111s, J/120s and J/105s.
“The J/70 Class has become popular because of its ease of use. It’s easy to trailer, easy to launch and requires only a crew of three or four to race,” said Rolex Big Boat Regatta Chair- Susan Ruhne.  Because the J/70 Class World Championship follows this year’s Rolex Big Boat Series by one week, Ruhne expects more of the popular 23-footers to enter.

Chris Kostanecki, owner of the J/70 JENNIFER, has already signed up and expects up to forty J/70s will be on the line at the world-renowned regatta.  “I think this year will be particularly dynamic and exciting,” said Kostanecki. “The J/70 Class is using the Rolex Big Boat Series as a warm-up for Worlds, so all of the top teams should be there.”

Kostanecki says the varied conditions of San Francisco Bay make the regatta a unique challenge. “It’s so much fun; it’s different than any other race,” said Kostanecki. “You’ve got racing along the City front, and the conditions can be gnarly. Sometimes they work against you and sometimes to your advantage, but it’s what makes it such a unique regatta. It’s always one of my favourites of the year.”

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