Jaws is coming, but you won’t need a bigger boat!
The Jaws Regatta kicks off the Sausalito Yacht Club’s racing season, comprising 35-plus events this year. For sailboats, it’s a pursuit race. The slower boats start first with the timing set based on their handicaps. The faster boats follow. Handicaps are applied at the start of the race with the faster boats at the back of the pack “pursue” the slower boats ahead. The idea is that all the boats should finish at the same time. That does not happen, of course. Based on skill and luck, most boats finish the one and a half to two hour race over a 30 minute time period. This is ideal for the new-to-racing skipper due to its low-stress start, and offers the instant gratification of knowing how well you’ve done as you cross the finish line.
Sailboaters, register here: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/13765
For power-boaters keen to flex their horsepower, we also have a predicted log division. A course is provided to the skippers in advance so they can predict the time it takes to go around the course. On race day, a time keeper on the crew keeps track of the time it takes to go around the course. Again, it’s about a 90 minute to two hour course with about ten waypoints. The skipper is not allowed to know the time as the course is run. The winner is the skipper whose actual times come the closest to the predicted times. It sounds easy – but the race definitely tests the skills of the skipper.
Powerboaters, register here: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/13941
The name of the Jaws race comes from the person that started this race – and provided the trophy. Senior club member Bud Livingstone had an idea of running a race the old fashioned way from the yacht club. Races used to start and finish from the club deck. That was before the advent of race committee boats that are often used today. Bud also had jaws from a shark in his family. He told a story at the awards ceremony at the inaugural race in 2013: Bud described how he personally wrestled and captured the shark in 30 feet of water. He also described how his father had bought the jaws in an auction 35 years ago. (Which story is correct?) Thank you, Bud!