Two Kitesurfing Races In One…Ouch!!!
Posted by direwolff on July 3, 2007
This coming weekend, July 7th and 8th, is the Long Board SF Bay Classic/Ultra Nectar Challenge two-for race. In other words, the Classic consists partly of an upwind race from Crissy Field up to the Golden Gate Bridge, going around several markers followed by a long down-winder to Berkeley. From this point the Ultra Nectar challenge race begins. That’s right, the upwind leg from Berkeley back to the St. Francis Yacht Club is the second race.
This race is similar to the Ronstan Bay Challenge (you can see some pics here) which took place on June 9th & 10th, except that where the initial leg of that race was an up-winder to approximately a third of the way between Crissy Field and the Golden Gate Bridge with basically no markers to worry about but one, followed by the down-winder to Berkeley and back, the Classic leg of this weekend’s race will push the riders a lot more before the down-wind to Berkeley and up-wind from there, components of the race. While I participated in the race last month, this one is much more serious in terms of the mental and physical commitment. Good thing Lil’ Pinot roped me into going to a friend of her’s birthday party in L.A. this weekend ;)
Johnny Gomes, race chair, posted the following about this weekend’s race:
Please join us for the Long Board Classic/UN Challenge this weekend, July 7th and 8th.
Sailing instructions will be posted Thursday, July 5th on the St. Francis Yacht Club website.
Race committee volunteers are needed to make this a safe and successful event. Please contact the race office at 415-563-6363
if you are interested in helping out on the water or the race deck.
(7/7/07 Update: Only 5 or 6 kiters managed to get to the upwind mark to start the race and only 3 finished as the poor winds and the strong flood tide conspired to make this a more difficult race than could have been imagined).