San Francisco, CA – Day Two of the 50th anniversary Rolex Big Boat Series has yielded a new leader in the HPR Class after two more races sailed in spectacular conditions in San Francisco Bay.
Greg Slyngstad’s J/125 HAMACHI was rewarded for their consistently strong teamwork and near error-free sailing style with scores of 2-2, good enough to become the new class leader. Their score total of 9 points allows them to jump to a two point lead over the current runner-up, Daniel Thielman’s R/P 44 TAI KAUI.
We have raced over 3000 miles in the last year,” said HAMACHI tactician Trevor Baylis. “So we know our boat really well, even though sometimes in the cross-over conditions we keep hunting a bit for the right angles, like in the first race. But when the breeze is on, like in the second race, we feel pretty strong.”
The margins of victory in the HPR class were tight today, with TAI KUAI winning the first race by a mere 7 seconds in corrected time in an hour and a half of racing in a building breeze of 8-12 knots on the 11.7-mile course. Likewise, in the breezier 18-22 knot conditions in the second race the corrected time margin of victory for Anatole Masfen's TP 52 BEECOM was only 8 seconds over Hamachi in about the same amount of time around the course as the first race, despite being raced over a longer 15.6-mile course. The reason for the higher speeds was not only the stronger winds for this race but the long cross-Bay reaching legs in the course.
“We think HPR is doing a good job for the variety of boats we have here,” said Slyngstad. “Our boat is not the newest design, but it is fast and we are sailing well and able to stay competitive."
Racing resumes with two more races planned tomorrow at St Francis YC in the 50th Rolex Big Boat Series, which continues through Sunday. The start of Race 5 is scheduled for 1100 PDT.
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