Each winter the Singlehanded Sailing Society
hosts one of San Francisco Bay's most unusual races: the Three Bridge Fiasco. Starting on San Francisco's
city front, the competitors round marks at the Golden Gate Bridge, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and
the Bay Bridge - in any order and in either direction! Truly a fiasco! January's squally weather and
shifty winds only added to the race's challenging format.
This year's winner was Erin, an
Antrim 30+ trimaran, sailed by designer Jim Antrim and his crew. They flew downwind (the driving rain
and the boat's spray were at times indistinguisable), then found the upwind leg, sailing at speeds often
over 15 knots, almost "relaxing."
Days like that were just made for multihulls!