The annual Singlehanded Sailing Society Three Bridge Fiasco Race returned to its roots. Because of California COVID-19 guidelines, this year’s edition was open only to singlehanded competitors. With a series of storms hitting San Francisco Bay in the week prior, the forecast improved. Ultimately, sunrise dawned on Saturday, the conditions were glorious with a sun/cloud mix, a nice flood and a gentle southwesterly. Winning was Scott Sellers, sailing his J/70 IFA to a first to finish monohull victory, as well as Class 10 Sportboat Division win with a 15:37:21 elapsed time. Here is Scott’s report: “The Three Bridge Fiasco held in late January is the largest sailboat race on San Francisco Bay every year with over 300 doublehanded and singlehanded entries. The 21.0 nm pursuit race allows competitors the choice to round the 3 bridges in any order they want. First boat to finish wins. Due to COVID restrictions in California, entries were limited to singlehanded this year and capped at 125 boats. I have done the race numerous times doublehanded on my J/70 1FA, but this would be my first time attempting to race the J/70 singlehanded. I rigged up some bungee cords to the tiller that I could control while launching the spinnaker up front that worked pretty well. Based on the wind and tide conditions, I chose a counterclockwise course of Bay Bridge, Richmond Bridge and then Golden Gate Bridge. By the time I got to the Richmond Bridge, I had passed all the smaller boats that started earlier including a gaggle of Moore 24s and Express 27s. I was briefly passed by a Wylie 39 on the beat to the Golden Gate but passed them back on the run to the finish to win the 100-boat monohull division. In the light to moderate conditions that we had, the J/70 was an easy boat to singlehand upwind and downwind!” Thanks to!

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