The final day of the 2021 Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club, featured long courses for all eight divisions, sending boats into every corner of San Francisco Bay. Clear skies, a steady westerly and the vagaries of current provided plenty of opportunities to mix things up as sailors vied for podium positions, perpetual trophies and—for three classes—Rolex Submariner Date watches. The final downwind run delivered all 78 competitors to a finish line positioned directly in front of St. Francis Yacht Club, where a crowd of spectators cheered from shore. Racing for the City of San Francisco Trophy as well as the title of J/88 North Americans, Iris Vogel’s Deviation (HYC, STC, NYYC) was in the hunt on the final day. Though Deviation scored a bullet in Race 7, it was not enough to overcome the lead by Gary Panariello’s Courageous (Sausalito Yacht Club), who locked in the Championship. Panariello finished first in J/88s with 15 points; Vogel had 17; and third went to Sergey Lubarsky’s Pelagia with 20 points. For complete event details, visit

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