Fiasco! (of the Three-Bridge variety)

While J/World SF manager Barry Demak took the weekend off from sailing to go skiing in the Sierras in Vallarta-like weather, a whole bunch of folks participated in the Singlehanded Sailing Society’s Three Bridge Fiasco on Saturday. 364 boats were entered! The name of the race refers to the course: Blackaller Buoy near the Golden Gate (YRA 16), Red Rock Island near the Richmond San Rafael Bridge and Treasure Island under the Oakland Bay Bridge – in any order! All the usual makings like a big ebb and light breeze, made the event the fiasco it is meant to be.

We were thrilled to see a wide swath of J/World alumni and instructors participating on boats ranging from twenty-six to forty feet, but are especially proud of Richard Baker and Steve Harris. According to preliminary results, the duo finished fourth in their division out of 19 starters. Congratulations Rich and Steve!

Steve’s J/105 “Frisky” is featured in our BoatShare program. Steve is a new, first-time boat owner and relatively new to racing. Rich previously owned and raced his own boats, before becoming a member on “Frisky” last fall.

Steve’s email after the race sounds like so many TBFs – a “great time!”

“Rich and I had a great time yesterday. It looked pretty discouraging at first, as the wind was practically nil for the first couple of hours after our start. We, like the majority of boats, decided to head for Blackaller first, going with the waning ebb. I think it took an hour and a half just to finally drift there… After we rounded, the wind began to fill in from the North West at about 5 – 8 knots, and we rode the building flood down through Raccoon Strait to Red Rock with just enough wind to fill the sails. On the way to TI it picked up to 15- 20 kts, and we screamed all the way there picking off one boat after another, until hitting the wind shadow behind Yerba Buena and drifting again around to pick up the wind line and head for the finish, again with great breeze.”

BoatShare by J/World simplifies boat “ownership.” Owners’ expenses are offset by membership fees, and members are able to use and sail a great boat like a J/105 as if they own it. Rich, for example, sails at least four times per month, and scheduled “Frisky” for the “Three Bridge Fiasco” several months ago using the online scheduler. Membership in “Frisky” is currently offered at just $525/mo. Contact Barry at for more information about BoatShare by J/World.

Lectronic Latitude has more on the race here.