North Sails LOFT NEWS

July 25, 2019


World’s Leading Sailmaker At The Heart Of The West Coast’s Premier Regatta

The Rolex Big Boat Series always attracts world class competitors to the iconic San Francisco Bay. North Sails clients have a strong track record of commanding the leaderboard in the multiple classes of racing at the St Francis Yacht Club’s signature event each September. For 2019, the world’s leading sailmaker will continue to offer all regatta participants an enhanced experience and exceptional on-site support.

Now in its 55th year, the celebrated regatta is expecting to attract up to 80 entries across numerous classes, including ORR, ORR Classics Class, Express 37, J/105, J/88, J/70 and J/125. North Sails will once again host the “Expert Knowledge” briefing, this time presented by renowned sailor and America’s Cup winner Peter Isler. The pre race briefing, open to all competitors, will take place on Thursday September 12 at 8 AM in the St Francis Yacht Club (Starting Line Room). Chris Bedford from Sailing Weather Service will join Peter by video connection. Chris, one of the leading sources of regatta weather forecasting, will give a detailed run down of the expected weather for the racing.

Commenting on the successful partnership, now in its third year, North Sails West Coast Manager Seadon Wijsen concluded, “Our clients will be seeking every ounce of speed and performance for the Rolex Big Boat Series. We are committed to giving our customers the tools to succeed and also helping everyone competing to enjoy the event on and off the water. Peter Isler and Chris Bedford are two highly respected experts and I know the competitors will get a lot out of our ‘Expert Knowledge’ briefing in terms of weather and racing strategies.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the North Sails lounge on the regatta plaza at the St Francis Yacht Club and seeing competitive sailing on San Francisco Bay.

📸 Daniel Forster/Rolex

North Sails will also have a sail drop off point at their dedicated lounge on the regatta plaza, adjacent to the Yacht Club Docks, throughout the regatta, where clients, competitors, and friends are invited to meet the team, ask questions and relax.

“It is St. Francis Yacht Club’s mission to show leadership in the world of yachting, and nothing exemplifies that more than the Rolex Big Boat Series,” says Paul Heineken, Commodore of St. Francis Yacht Club. “The Club is delighted to have North Sails provide support for the competitors in this year’s event.”

July 31 is the deadline for entries for the Rolex Big Boat Series – learn more by visiting

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