The St. Francis Yacht Club is pleased to announce that they will be using Offshore Racing Rule “ORR” and High Performance Rule “HPR” to score all of the handicap classes for the club’s three main events this year.
The regattas to use these scoring rules are: Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta; Aldo Alessio Regatta, and the 50th Annual Big Boat Series.
Ten years ago, Makoto Uematsu debuted his new TP52 Esmeraldaat the Rolex Big Boat Series.
After the second day of racing in the 2004 Big Boat Series, Uematsu-san would later remark: “The fastest I have ever gone on a boat is 20 knots, and that was driving my powerboat.” With Ken Read calling tactics, Esmeralda, tracking at 23 knots, would go on to win the City of San Francisco Perpetual Trophy.
In 2004, the Rolex Big Boat Series also hosted a nine-boat Farr 40 class, which raced the series on the heels of its World Championship held a week earlier at St. Francis Yacht Club. Jim Richardson's Barking Mad won both the Farr 40 World's and the Farr 40 division of the Rolex Big Boat Series.