By Steve Bodner
Lots of slalom racing planned for this summer in San Francisco and the Delta with 3 different race series in the works!
After a trial run last season, slalom is back on the schedule at the St. Francis Yacht Club. 4 dedicated slalom races are being run as part of the Friday Night Series on May 29 , June 26, July 24 & August 21. A 4-5 mark downwind slalom course will be set with a start at Anita Rock and a finish off the St.FYC race deck with an A fleet start for experienced racers and a B fleet start for less experienced racers. The series will count your best 3 scores and 1 night of RC is required to be counted for the overall series championship. You can also register for drop in races any night of the series. Series and race information available here.
In addition to the Friday Night slalom series at the StFYC, there will be more racing on Saturdays afternoons off Crissy Field using the same course on the following dates: May 30, June 27, July 25 & August 22. Its set up to follow the Friday Night races so come on Friday afternoon and get 2 days of racing in. The Crissy Field Slalom Series is being crowd funded up until 1 week before the 1st race, so if you want to make sure the event happens and get in on a discounted early registration fee – donate now at The Crissy Field Slalom Series Fundraizr site. More event info can be found at the registration page.
Finally – there is the Rio Vista Grand Slam in Sherman Island on July 9-12 with slalom racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday and freestyle and demos added to the mix. More info can be found here.
If you’re willing to road trip - the gorge cup has slalom races planned for May 16, May 30, June 6. June 13, July 18-19, August 1st and August 15.
Of course, the Maui Race Series has one of the longest running slalom series around with their 2015 series running on June 13, June 27, July 11 & July 25.
See you on the water for slalom racing in 2015!
Steve Bodner (USA- 4)
PS- Despite the rumors of kite foiling fever – the reports of my windsurfing death have been greatly exaggerated.