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What a day it was out on the water yesterday! Sunny, warm, and winds of ~ 10-20 kts, made for perfect sailing conditions for the Rolex Big Boat Series competitors.  A  beautiful fog bank blanketed the Golden Gate Bridge for much of the day, providing a great backdrop for the boats as they made their way upwind.  With relatively light air and flat water, there wasn’t much in the way of the crashing and burning that we photographers find so compelling, but none-the-less, I think I shot a few compelling images.  Many thanks to John Siegel for the ride on his Protector!

The day’s galleries are online now at Rockskipper Photography.

Pre-race at the St. Francis yacht Club dock.

Pre-race at the St. Francis yacht Club dock.

Ragtime and the TP 52s.

Ragtime and the TP 52s.

Dan Woolery's Soozal at the windward mark.

Dan Woolery's Soozal at the windward mark.

John Siegel's Scorpio ducks James Bishop's Gold Phoenix.

John Siegel's Scorpio ducks James Bishop's Gold Phoenix.

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Only seven boats were on hand for this year’s Melges 32 North American Championship in San Francisco Bay, but with near-perfect conditions, the competition was close.  After three days of racing, Don Jesberg’s Viva claimed the championship – the only completely corinthian team on the race course.  Congratulations Don!

Hosted by the Sausalito Yacht Club, the regatta was run by Regatta Pro’s Jeff Zarwell with race committee volunteers from San Francisco Yacht Club and an additional mark-set boat from St. Francis Yacht Club.  Racer Steve Pugh kindly provided his Protector to the event for use as a media boat for the class association. Thanks Steve, and congratulations on your 2nd place finish!

More photos at Rockskipper Photography.

Don Jesberg's VIVA leads at the windward mark.

Don Jesberg's VIVA leads at the windward mark.

Steve Pugh's Taboo nears the windward mark.

Steve Pugh's Taboo nears the windward mark.

Q and Rougarou round the windward mark.

Q and Rougarou round the windward mark.

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The 2009 Swan 42 U.S. National Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club,  came down to the wire on the fourth and final day of racing, with Andy Fisher’s Bandit, seemingly unstoppable,  in first place by eleven points (including four bullets).  But in the end, determination and consistency paid off as Phil & Wendy Lotz’s Arethusa sailed to victory – with no bullets, but the only boat with all single-digit finishes.   Photo galleries are on the Rockskipper Photography website.  Results are on the NYYC website.

The start of race 8 of the Swan 42 NAs
The start of race 8 of the Swan 42 NAs
Arethusa and Bandit on the first beat of the 8th race.

Arethusa and Bandit on the first beat of the 8th race.

Swan 42s approach the first windward mark.

Swan 42s approach the first windward mark.

Close racing for the Swan 42s.

Close racing for the Swan 42s.

Celeritas and Mustang hoist at the windward offset mark.

Celeritas and Mustang hoist at the windward offset mark.

Day 4- Arethusa at the windward mark.

Day 4- Arethusa at the windward mark.

I was fortunate to be following the race in the Lotz’s support boat, Alpheus.  But after eight windward/leeward races, with four legs each, the Swan 42s, with their predominantly white hulls and white sails all started to look alike.  Happily, on Saturday and Sunday the big boats of the Newport Bucket regatta (parade?) sailed by and through the fleet adding some much wished for color.

Hanuman sails past the Swan 42s

Hanuman sails past the Swan 42s

Wild Horses and the Swan 42s.

Wild Horses and the Swan 42s.

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We’re just back from Block Island where BIRW 2009 featured rain, wind, fog, no wind, and a few fleeting hours of sunshine.   None-the-less I had a terrific week following the NYYC Swan 42 Arethusa and the Red Fleet on Phil and Wendy Lotz’s superb support boat, Alpheus.  The conditions for compelling photography were challenging — overcast and foggy days, and light air — but I’m still pleased with the results.  Photos are online at http://www.rockskipper.com – follow the sailing links.

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After much procrastination, I am finally starting a blog!  So here it goes…

Where to start?  How about a few of my best sailing images from the first half of 2009?

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