Cool onshore temperatures, ebbing fog, flooding waters and a gathering sea breeze greeted the 79 teams gathered on San Francisco Bay to contest the final day of racing at the 55th edition of the St. Francis Yacht Club’s annual Rolex Big Boat Series (September 11-15). Despite a slow start to the regatta, courtesy of higher-than-usual onshore temperatures earlier in the week, Sunday’s longer-form Bay Tour course gave teams a chance to whip their horses around the West Coast’s most competitive racecourse one last time. Better still, the day’s course selection allowed all teams to strut their big-air skills while enjoying a stadium-style finish in front of cheering fans ashore on StFYC’s Race Deck. The J/70 Class saw 14 boats on the starting line, making it the regatta’s second-largest one-design Class. John Brigden and his Cool Story Bro (USA 369) demonstrated regatta-winning strategy and skills to take home the top prize. Cool Story Bro. was joined on the top of the J/70 results page by Scott Sellers, Harrison Turner and Geoff McDonald’s 1FA (USA 534) and Tracy and Christy Usher and their Christine Robin (USA 898). Additionally, the top Corinthian and Open J/70 teams at this year’s Rolex Big Boat Series also competed for berths at the 2020 J/70 Worlds, which is being hosted by the California Yacht Club. 1FA and Cool Story Bro emerged as the Corinthian and Open winners; however, because 1FA already earned their Corinthian berth, this slot will go to Tracy and Christy Usher’s Christine Robin. For more information and full results, please visit the Rolex Big Boat Series’ website at

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