St Francis YC Wins San Francisco Cup

The battle for the San Francisco Cup ended in a victory for the St. Francis Yacht Club, winning with a score of 12-6 over San Francisco Yacht Club on Berkeley Circle. After a short delay while the wind settled in on Saturday, the Open division began racing, sailing in IODs. With 8-10 knots out of 245°, minimal current effect and spring sunshine, it looked all set for a great day of racing, and that is how it turned out. Following the IODS, it was the all-women teams, racing the J/22s from StFYC’s fleet, and StFYC’s Nicole Breault won the start and never looked like she would be caught. On board with Nicole were crew Molly Carapiet, Jody McCormack and Juliana Testa. The score was tied 1-1 and the first round depended on the juniors! In that race, also sailed in J/22s, Spencer Paulsen and crew of Parker Klebahn, William Hale and Mats Keldsen lost a hard-fought battle to put SFYC up 2-1. However, the StFYC youth team was not to lose another match and that was pretty much the story of the regatta. At the end of Saturday’s 12 matches, SFYC had won all four in the open division and StFYC had won all the women’s matches, meaning the key difference were the Juniors. StFYC won three out of four. That evening, when everyone headed back to Belvedere Cove for an evening of food, drink and entertainment, StFYC was up 7-5. The first club with 11 wins would determine the winner, so it was still anyone’s game. Sunday’s skies were overcast and the wind came out of the south at approximately 145° with 9-11 knots, holding firm with only a 5° shift. In the first match, Craig Healy and team came out determined to put a win on the board in the Open division. They came close and the racing was tough, but the first match went to SFYC. Nicole Breault continued her winning form by claiming two more wins for a clean sweep in the women’s division. The juniors proved their mettle and improved on the second day of racing by stretching their lead in both races and winning both of their matches. According to Bruce Stone, "The Open Team’s win in the second match of the day brought us within one race of the series win for StFYC, and the final score was a resounding 12-6. The San Francisco Cup is back in our hands! There were cheers in the Grill Room when the trophy was brought back to StFYC Sunday afternoon." For more San Francisco Cup information, visit

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