Good Timin'

J/105 dominates class at Rolex-sponsored San Francisco Big Boat Series

Sunday September 15th 2002, Author: Daniel Asante, Location: Australasia
For the 109 boats sailing in the Big Boat Series presented by Rolex, day three of racing was the day to perform under pressure. Bay Area sailors will tell you that there isn't a tougher condition around than the 6-knot tide that churns past the Golden Gate Bridge and St. Francis Yacht Club. There is one race remaining to be sailed in the 38th running of this legendary regatta and tomorrow will decide the winners in each of 10 classes and of the St. Francis Yacht Club's five perpetual trophies. The past three days of sailing have provided lessons that everyone will take into tomorrow's race.

"Tomorrow we need to make sure we're not over early, sail conservatively and get around the course well," said San Franciscan Phil Perkins, who with Dave
Wilson, campaigns the local favorite J/105 Good Timin'. "No matter what, tomorrow will be a long Bay tour and that's fine with us. We're confident going into it."

Good Timin' had a good day by anyone's standards - finishing 7-1. Perkins summarised how his faithful crew of five locked up today's races: "Well, in the first race it was really shifty, probably around 15-17 knots, so that mixed up the fleet. It was a good race and we had Zuni Bear and Nantucket Sleigh on our radar. In the second race we sailed pretty conservatively. Nantucket Sleigh was over early, so we only had to keep eye on Zuni, so we stayed with them tack for tack, and with good boat speed we stayed ahead of Zuni the whole time."

In the Americap II A class, the boat that has drawn a lot of attention is Cita, the Schock 40 owned by Cita Litt of Newport Beach. The 40-foot rocket ship has rocked through the tides of San Francisco Bay under the guidance of America's Cup winner George Twist. While a bow man aboard Intrepid in the 1970 America's Cup in Newport, Twist mastered the tricks of tide and those lessons have paid off for the boat named after its owner, Cita. "My crew are the best," she said. "George is wonderful in any condition and he thinks fast on his feet."

After racing in 51 regattas in 2001, Litt and her crew are ready for anything that the Bay Area can bring them, but there's one wish she'd like filled tomorrow. "We like a lot of breeze," she said. "Ideally, we'd like 30 knots. That would be awesome!"

Preliminary Results: September 14, 2002, Day 3 (Six races) Top Three per Class
Boat name, Boat owner, hometown, race 1, race 2, total points

1D35 Class (7 boats)
1. Zsa Zsa, Bill Wright, Larkspur, 2-5-3-2-3-1, 16
2. Koinonia, Doug Ament, San Diego, 6-1-4-1-2-4, 14 points
3. Tabasco, John Wylie, San Diego, 1-3-5-3-4-2, 16

Beneteau 40.7 (5 boats)
1. Mojo Rising, Ben Oldham, Point Richmond, 1-1-3-1-1-1, 8 points
2. Battant, Chris Herron, Tiburon, 2-5-2-2-2-2, 13
3. Tout Suite, Tim Merrille, 3-3-4-6-4-3, 23

Express 37 (8 boats)
1. Eclipse, Mark Dowdy, San Francisco, Calif., 1-1-3-2-1-3, 11 points
2. Golden Moon, Bridge/ Richards, Oakland, Calif., 2-2-2-1-3-2, 12
3. Bladerunner, Mick Shlens, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., 3-3-4-3-2-5, 20

J120 (7 boats)
1. Chance, Barry Lewis, Atherton, 1-1-2-2-5-4, 15 points
2. Mr. Magoo, Steve Madeira, Menlo Park, 2-3-3-3-3-2, 16
3. Dayenu, Don Payan, Hillsborough, 3-2-6-1-1-6, 19

Farr 40 (20 boats)
1. Samba Pa Ti, John Kilroy, Los Angeles, 2-5-7-1-1-7, 23 points
2. Crocodile Rock, Alex Germia/Scott Harris, Los Angeles, 5-1-10-3-4-1, 24
3. Barking Mad, Jim Richardson, Boston, Mass./Newport, R.I., 4-2-1-2-12-3, 24

J105 (33 boats)
1. Good Timin, Phil Perkins/Dave Wilson, San Francisco, 1-3-1-4-7-1, 17 points
2. Irrational Again, Jaren Leet, 7-7-8-1-5-3, 31
3. Nantucket Sleigh, Peter Wagner, Atherton, 2-4-4-5-8-11, 34

Transpac52 (5 boats)
1. Yassou, Jim Demetriades, Los Angeles, 2-1-2-1-1-1, 8 points
2. Alta Vita, Bill Turpin, Los Gatos, 1-2-1-3-4-5, 16
3. Victoria 5, Michael Campbell, City of Industry, 4-3-3-2-3-2, 17

Santa Cruz 52 (4 boats)
1. Winnetou, Martin Brauns, Los Altos Hills, 2-1-5-1-1-1, 11 points
2. Elyxir, Paul Ely, La Selva Beach, 3-2-3-2-2-2, 14
3. Morgana, Robert Magoon, San Leandro, 1-4-2-4-3-3, 17

Americap II Class A (10 boats)
1. Pendragon IV, John MacLaurin, Encino, 2-1-4-4-1-1, 13 points
2. Cita, Cita Litt, Newport Beach, 6-3-1-1-2.5, 5, 18.5
3. Swiftsure II, Sy Kleiman, Saratoga, 5-2-7-2-4-4, 16

AMERICAP II Class B (10 boats)
1. Copernicus, Bob Garvie, Incline Village, Nevada, 1-1-3-2-6-3, 16 points
2. Scorpio, John Siegel, San Francisco, 2-3-2-4-4-1, 16
3. Just in Time, Norman Olson, 6-2-7-1-1-2, 19

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