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Congratulations Green Buffalo on a successful found trip!
Welcome Home!!

The Singlehanded Trans Pacific Yacht Race
Is completed. Sailors are returning home.
Boats are being shipped, delivered,
Some are being sailed home. Return Track

Currently Green Buffalo, Perplexity and Northern Star are on their way back.

Keep an eye on the Log for more info.

The incredible singlehanded sailors!
2021 SHTP AwardsBack row L-R, Falk Meissner, John Wilkerson, Jamey Wylly, Brendan Huffman
Front L-R, Will Lee, Robb Walker, Bill Stange, Cliff Shaw, Jim Quanci
Not pictured, Kyle Vanderspek, Reed Bernhard



The June 19 start of the 2021 Singlehanded Trans Pacific Yacht Race is rapidly approaching. 

Boats are arriving at Richmond Yacht Club.
Final preparations being completed.
Trackers and communications being tested.

Here’s the webcam in Hanalei where we can see you arrive!

Mon, June 07, 2021

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Stan Pawlak, a sailor who was offshore preparing for the upcoming Singlehanded Transpacific Race to Hawaii this June.  Stan was found onboard but unresponsive by the Coast Guard on May 19th and evacuated by helicopter to a Bay area hospital where he later died.  His Beneteau 41.1 “Believe” was reported recovered and in Ventura.

The Singlehanded Sailing Society extends our condolences to Stan’s family and loved ones.  For their requested privacy, we did not release an immediate announcement until now.

Stan was fastidious and methodical in his preparations by ensuring his Beneteau 41.1, equipment and procedures could face the challenges of an offshore passage.  His sailing vessel “Believe” was modified to accommodate the additional challenges of a disabled sailor.  Additionally, Stan made sure it was fully compliant with the offshore equipment requirements set by International and San Francisco bodies for racing and ocean passage making. 

The ideas that Stan developed like easier life raft deployment and a better deck layout to minimize time on the foredeck could serve as a template for both abled and disabled sailors.

Many in the solo sailing community will identify with his pursuit of dreams to not just sail but to race from San Francisco to Hanalei, Kauai.  For Stan, this was in keeping with his drive, accomplishments and pursuit of dreams outside of sailing, too.

In Honor of his memory, the Singlehanded Sailing Society is planning a moment of silence at the skippers’ meeting and placing flowers at sea.

Rest Peacefully, Stan!

If you would like read more about Stan Pawlak’s life or make donations in remembrance, please see

Canine Companions in Santa Rosa, Bay Area Disabled Sailors in San Francisco or Achieve Tahoe at Alpine Meadows

From the Singlehanded Sailing Society Board, June 5, 2021.


Thursday, 1/14/2021
Membership only registration is still open for 2021 year.
Why should I join if I cannot enter the season opener?  Your membership allows us to carry on with our planned races and events for this year.  And, it’s still a good bang for the buck! Thank you!

Standing Sailing Instructions

The 2021 Singlehanded Sailing Society calendar is here!
Get ready for another exciting year of racing in the San Francisco Bay and beyond!

2021 SSS Race Calendar

Three Bridge Fiasco – January 30th

Corinthian Race – February 27th

Round the Rocks  – March 27th

Singlehanded North Bay (non points race) – April 24th

Singlehanded Farallones – May 15th

Singlehanded Trans Pacific Race– June 19th

Drakes Bay Race – August 28th & 29th

Half Moon Bay – September 11th

Vallejo 1/2 Race – October 16th & 17th

Standing Sailing Instructions

SSS COVID-19 Regatta Participation Guidelines

Revised 7/22/20

Racing will be conducted in compliance with all relevant county health orders and any additional site-specific regulations in effect at the time of each event that are detailed in the event’s Sailing Instructions (SIs).

General Procedures and Practices for Race Participants

All Participants:

  • That exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 are directed to stay home and not participate in any activity that may risk the exposure of others.
  • Should maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet from anyone outside of their household or social bubble* before, during, and after any SSS event.
  • Should wear a face covering when in public spaces.
  • Are required to provide their own personal protective equipment and to carry a face covering with them at all time during events.
  • Accept full responsibility for any potential exposure to COVID-19 that may result from participating in any SSS event.

Doublehanded Participants:

  • All doublehanded boats shall consist of individuals occupying a single household or social bubble.
  • The Skipper is the person in-charge of a boat during an event.  Skippers are responsible for their vessel and their crew’s compliance with all COVID-19 directives.
  • At the time of registration, Skippers of doublehanded boats shall self-certify that they and their crew occupy the same household or social bubble.  
  • All Skippers of doublehanded boats not able to find crew that meet these criteria are encouraged to race singlehanded.

*Social bubbles are defined as stable groups of 12 people or less who have agreed to limit their social activities to only each other for at least three weeks.

Commodore’s Welcome Letter

Welcome! The San Francisco SSS offers events where singlehanded and short-handed sailors can share knowledge, gain experience, and find a structured environment to expand their horizons. The SSS encompasses everyone from a first-time, double-handed sailor to veterans of the Singlehanded TransPacific (SHTP) yacht race. We are always learning and always sharing knowledge.
Please join us for the full season. And if you have not already, please also check us out on: FacebookInstagram and Twitter

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