Annika and I will be doing the Three Bridge Fiasco next Saturday as our first race with Temerity (don’t ask me about the Great Pumpkin fiasco). This iconic SF Bay event has a record turnout this year, with over 320 boats signed up. It’s a pursuit race, which means that there is a staggered start based on one’s rating, and from the start line on the City front the course runs from the Blackaller buoy (near GG bridge), Yerba Buena Island (Bay Bridge) and Red Rock (Richmond Bridge). The ‘fiasco’ part comes from the huge, diverse fleet, and the fact that you can round marks (and cross the start/finish line) in any order and in any direction.
It’s going to be pretty interesting at the start with so many boats. Our start time is 10:27:45 AM, about an hour from the first start at 09:30:00, and around that time there will be something like 6 to 8 boats crossing per minute, plus dozens in the vicinity waiting their turn. Oh, yeah.