The St. Francis Yacht Club hosted their annual Aldo Alessio Race and Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta. Sailed from August 19-21 on the western end of San Francisco Bay between Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge, the fleet experienced classic Bay weather with fog, intermittent sun and plenty of breeze. The six-boat J/88 fleet saw a battle break out for the top of the leaderboard. The three players dueling for supremacy were Dave Corbin’s BUTCHER, Andrea Ciccardi’s PELAGIA and Jim Hopp’s WHITE SHADOW. Starting with a promising 1-1, top woman skipper Andrea Ciccardi was hoping to maintain the blistering pace. However, a third-race DSQ destroyed their chances for an easy win. Undeterred, she closed with a 1-3 to finish second with 13.0 points, just a half-point off first place. Winning was Corbin’s BUTCHER, posting a 2-2-2.5-2-4 for 12.5 points. Hopp’s WHITE SHADOW improved every race to compile a 4-4-2.5-3-1 tally for 14.5 points and the bronze medal. For more Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta information, visit

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