Tiburon at the 2016 Rolex Big Boat Series © Sharon Green/ultimatesailing.com

Rolex Big Boat Series was hugely successful as the inaugural C&C 30 class west coast event.

Three local owners from San Francisco, Steve Stroub (Tiburon), Julian Mann (Don’t Panic) and Frank Slootman (Invisible Hand) were joined by Ed Feo (Loco) from Newport Beach and Dan Cheresh (Extreme2)  from Holland, MI, at St Francis Yacht Club’s Rolex Big Boat Series in September. The schedule was for two races each of the first three days, one each on the Alactraz and Treasure Island race courses, then for a final tour of the Bay on the last day.

Tiburon came out of the blocks hot, claiming the first race in a 10- to 14-knot westerly and was second in race 2 where the wind had increased to 20 knots. The series continued with varying conditions and the typical changing tidal flows each day and with the crews loving the exhilarating reaches across the Bay at high speeds.

2016 ROLEX BIG BOAT SERIES 9.17.16 © Sharon Green/ultimatesailing.com

Loco at the 2016 Rolex Big Boat Series © Sharon Green/ultimatesailing.com

A highlight of the series was the Saturday beach party hosted by class president Dan Cheresh, with all the teams gathering on a sandy spit near the marina entrance for Extreme pizza, cold beers and rum punches. The local owners, especially Julian Mann and Frank Slootman who were competing in their first C&C30 event, were on a steep learning curve and it was encouraging to see how well they performed, and importantly how much fun they had. Many of the owners had such a great time that they have pledged sail against the east coast boats in 2017, starting with Quantum Key West Race Week in January.

Don’t Panic at the 2016 Rolex Big Boat Series © Sharon Green/ultimatesailing.com

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