Final exams are stern for a reason and the final day of racing at the 2022 Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA, delivered stiff—if not downright nautical—conditions. Crews arrived at dock call to seldom-seen southerly airs, big puffs and scattered rain. While this year’s Rolex Big Boat Series had plenty of breeze-on racing, the hounds howled a rare tune Sunday, with uncommon Cityfront-created lees, big swells, squalls and gusts that registered in the low-30 knot range. Fortunately for boat-battered bodies, squally conditions moderated as the day progressed. The ability to shift gears and sail fast at all angles and in varying breezes was evident across all eight classes that competed at the 2022 Rolex Big Boat Series. The regatta’s eight J/70s were the event’s smallest one-design Class as measured by waterline, but the popular speedster is no stranger to the Bay. After four action-packed days of racing small boats in big waves, Scott Sellers, Geoff MacDonald and Harrison Turner in 1FA took first place, followed by Peter Cameron’s Kangaroo Jockey and Brian Mullen’s Orange You Glad. For complete event details, visit https://rolexbigboatseries.com/.