Thanks for the contribution from Jay Dean: The 2022 St. Francis Yacht Club offshore racing season launched with the Spring Fest Regatta, April 9-10, with lively competition in spring sunshine and strong westerlies, thrilling spectators along the shoreline and at the Clubhouse. Crews in the J/88 fleet wrestled with spinnakers in the building winds on Sunday, but one team handled the challenge in a dominating fashion. Jim Hopp (SSS) sailed the J/88 White Shadow to third-place finishes in the first two races, then scored four bullets to claim the overall win. Dave Corbin (SBYC) in Butcher won the second race and scored seconds all day Sunday to finish second overall. Brice Dunwoody sailed Ravenette to third overall, one point ahead of Gary Panariello in Courageous, who led after Saturday but struggled in Sunday’s tough conditions.

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