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Big Daddy Regatta
March 21, 2010
The question of last weekend's Big Daddy Regatta was, with two perfect days of weather and wind where were all the boats? It seemed like a smaller crowd on Saturday's buoy racing with two courses instead of the usual three set up between Southampton Shoals and the Berkeley Pier.
On the Deep Water Course, the big boats enjoyed a nice 10 to 15 knot cold but steady north-northwesterly.
On the Olympic Circle Course the wind died to a zephyr by the third race as the wind clocked to the west, moving the Angel Island wind shadow over to the racing area. All of the boats had windward/leeward short courses with the Richmond YC race committees struggling to keep things fair and square.
On Sunday the temperature went up 15 degrees and the wind went light. After a one hour postponement, the RC sent everyone off on the Big Daddy pursuit race around Angel and Alcatraz islands.
The preferred route this year was clockwise with the counter-clockwise boats putting in a good showing.
It was the year of the big, fast boats, as the first finisher was Shadow, Peter Stoneberg's Prosail 40 catamaran, leading a pack of multihulls. The top monohull was Double Trouble, Andy Costello's J/125 with his two little boys onboard. Even fighting a strong ebb, everybody make it back to the Richmond YC clubhouse for champagne and hors d'oeuvres with plenty of light left in the day thanks to being the first day of Daylight Saving Time.