Variable sailing conditions hounded this year’s 79-strong Rolex Big Boat Series fleet, but the competition was as fierce as ever for the 59th edition of the West Coast’s premier racing event. The unpredictability influenced the leaderboards daily, with shifts across most of the eight classes competing. From a challenging ebb coupled with strong gusts in the low 20s on Thursday, to diminishing breezes each subsequent race day, even the most seasoned RBBS competitors had to work hard to earn points. But, that’s sailboat racing! After taking second in the J/88 fleet last year and third the year before, the top of the podium was finally Pelagia’s. Christos Karamanolis helmed to first place in the tightly contested fleet, winning the Atlantic Perpetual Trophy. Brice Dunwoodie’s Ravenette finished in second place and Mark Howe’s Split Water finished third. For the Yacht Club Trophy: Recognizing the top three boats sailing from the same yacht club with the best cumulative results, the Yacht Club Team Trophy was awarded to the St. Francis Yacht Club team of Kristin and Ryan Simmons on Blackhawk, Peter Wagner’s J/111 Skeleton Key racing in ORC B and Logan Ashcraft on J/88 Hijinks. For full event details, visit

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