Entry open for 2021 Rolex Big Boat Series
Published on April 8th, 2021
After having to cancel in 2020 due to the ongoing global pandemic, the 2021 Rolex Big Boat Series is on the schedule for September 16-19 at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California.
The Notice of Race has been posted and registration is open, and with COVID-19 vaccinations increasing and restrictions easing, the Organizing Authority anticipates a full schedule of competition, with seven races for each class and social activities for all participants.
Invited boats are:
• Monohulls with an LOA greater than 30 feet and a current fully or partially measured ORR rating certificate;
• Classic boats built prior to 1955 with an LOA greater than 48 feet and an ORRez rating certificate;
• One Design boats of the J/105, J/88, J/70, J/120 and Express 37 classes.
The event will serve as the J/88 North American Championship and also the Express 37 Pacific Coast Championship.
St. Francis Yacht Club’s 2021 Commodore Bill Dana said the club is making the necessary accommodations to host visiting sailors safely, and he’s hoping a year off in 2020 will mean boat owners and crews are more eager than ever to compete. Dana recently purchased a veteran RBBS-competitor Santa Cruz 52 that will be lining up in the ORR fleet.
“I’m looking forward to the great sailing conditions we have in September drawing boats from all points on the West Coast,” said Commodore Dana. “I’d like to see some of the Southern California boats, including the TP52s, up here. After a year stuck at home, they should be ready for a change of scenery and there is nothing finer than our venue for top-notch competition.”
ORR competitor Greg Dorn and his Dehler 46 Favonius will be fresh off Transpac and looking to test his crew within the tighter confines of the Bay. “Big Boat Series is THE regatta,” says Dorn. “It creates an amazing competitive environment with the depth to bring out the best in our team and boat. RBBS is the capstone to the inshore season and thoughtfully, professionally and seriously managed.”