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Low Turnout


Only five boats showed up to take a shot at winning $10,000 at the inaugural event of the American Sailing League Championship Series, an 18-foot skiff series run in front off the Pier 39 tourist mecca in San Francisco. Despite the ASL’s near-silence about the event on their website, organizers packed hundreds of spectators into the stands on the Pier. Erik Simonson was there to get the action on camera, and he told us a little more about the event:

“ASL’s goal is to bring extreme sailing to the masses, and with 3 lap winward-leeward courses set right off the pier’s waterfront deck, the action was tight, fast and exciting, with 5 races in 15 to 20 knots of breeze. The "Dash For the Cash" held at the end of Sundays racing decided who claimed the money, with Patrick Whitmarsh’s Team Harken taking home the $10G and bragging right til next time. From what I gather, the mostly non-sailor crowd were totaly mesmerized by the skiffs. They also had a live DJ and free cheese samples from Cabot Cheese, one of the title sponsors.”

The whole thing reminds us of the great story of the history of the 18 footers, and we wish the ASL luck. The more things change…