Winners in three Americap and seven one-design classes were named today at the St. Francis Yacht Club's Big Boat Series presented by Rolex. Five skippers were awarded perpetual trophies and Rolex timepieces.
John KILROY of Los Angeles, Calif. won the Atlantic Perpetual Trophy, which was established in 1978 and features the ship's bell of the yacht Atlantic, long-time Trans-Atlantic Ocean record holder (1905). The bell was donated by John C. "Jack" Morris, and the trophy by Jack H. Feller Jr. Kilroy sailed his Samba Pa Ti to a victory in the 15 boat Farr 40 class.
Roger STURGEON of Santa Cruz, Calif. won the St. Francis Perpetual Trophy, which was established to stimulate and encourage competition among large ocean racing yachts. Sturgeon's yacht Rosebud won the Americap A class of nine yachts. This trophy is awarded annually to yachts invited to a race or series of races that are measured and handicapped in accordance with the current measurement rule and rate 40 feet or more. This trophy was donated in 1964 by Commodore A. L. Sandy McCormick.
Martin BRAUNS of Los Altos Hills, Calif. and his Santa Cruz 52 Winnetou won the City of San Francisco Trophy, which is one of the two golden spades used to break ground for the Golden Gate Bridge in 1933.
John SIEGEL of San Francisco won the Keefe-Kilborne Memorial Trophy, which was established in 1976 to honor Harold Keefe and Ray Kilborn. Siegel's Wylie 42.23 Scorpio won the 8 boat Americap B class.
Dick DEVOS of South Haven, Mich. won the Richard Rheem Perpetual Trophy, which was established in 1972 in memory of Richard Rheem, whose famous yacht Morning Star was the elapsed time winner in the 1949 and 1955 Transpac races to Honolulu. DeVos's Windquest won the 11 boat 1D35 fleet.
The Big Boat Series presented by Rolex joins other prestigious Rolex-sponsored events in 2003 including the Giraglia Rolex Cup, Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, Rolex Fastnet Race, Maxi Rolex Cup, the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship, Rolex Middle Sea Race, the Rolex Miami OCR and the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race.
Founded in 1927, St. Francis Yacht Club, within view of the Golden Gate Bridge, is a year-round host of over 40 regattas on San Francisco Bay. The club is renowned for its expertise in running world and national championships, including the 2003 Melges 24 Worlds, J/105 and Star North American Championships.
Full results are available on the event website at the address below.