Hello, SSS Racers!
We have opened registrations for the March 18 “Round the Rocks” race. Sign up today at
So far this year’s races have seen great turnout and lots of finishers. Help us keep that going by coming out and completing the 2023 Round the Rocks!
This race is a season counter for doublehanded Moore 24s and Express 27s, so members of those fleets should enter as doublehanded if they want to guarantee they will be scored with their class-mates. (We may choose to give all singlehanded monohulls a different course than their doublehanded peers; check the SIs when they come out.)
Thank you for racing with the SSS, and we look forward to seeing you at Round the Rocks!
Richard, 2023 SSS Race Co-Chair
I announced this at Saturday’s annual awards meeting and posted it on the forum yesterday, but want to make sure that it reaches all members. As we approach the end of 2022, we’ve been working on our financial plans for 2023. This year has been a challenge to break even financially. There are a variety of reasons, but one of the big ones is the cost of supplying t-shirts to all race participants. Long gone are the days of $5 t-shirts – providing free t-shirts to skippers, and their crew for doublehanders, has put a real strain on our finances. This is acutely the case for members who race doublehanded – two t-shirts times eight races quickly exceeds the $170 annual membership fee. This loss ends up being subsidized by members racing singlehanded and single race entrants. Fortunately, we’ve had good single race entrant turnout in the first three big races each year (Three Bridge Fiasco, Corinthians, and Round the Rocks) which, while it has allowed us to squeak by financially, has masked this inequity.
Race t-shirts have been a long-standing tradition at the SSS and we don’t want to eliminate that. However, true to our roots as a SINGLEhanded organization, going forward t-shirts will be free to skippers (SH or DH) only. If you race DH and want a t-shirt for your crew, you’re going to have to pay extra for it. Annual membership will continue at $170/year and single race entry (SH or DH) will be $50/race. In either case, if you race DH and want a t-shirt for your crew, it will be an extra $20 each race.
This is how it will work in Jibeset: You sign up for season membership at $170, either during your registration for 3BF or later. During registration you will be asked as skipper if you want a t-shirt. Like this year you will have the option to ‘donate’ (ie, don’t want a t-shirt) which saves us the money to buy and print you a t-shirt and we will add that savings to our fund to support local youth sailing programs. If as skipper you want a t-shirt, you select a style/size and there is no cost to you. If you are registering as DH, you will be asked if you want a t-shirt for your crew. Your options will be no t-shirt ($0) or select a style/size for $20.
If you register as a single race entrant, the same rules will apply. You sign up at $50 for the race. As skipper you can select ‘donate’ or a style/size t-shirt, and we either add to our youth sailing fund or the t-shirt is free, respectively. If you are registering as DH, you will be asked if you want a t-shirt for your crew. Your options will be no t-shirt ($0) or select a style/size for $20. Surprise! In total back to the $70 for DH single race entry as was the case in 2022 if you get a t-shirt for skipper and crew.
We are hoping this approach will stabilize our finances a bit and cut down on waste as often t-shirts get printed only never to be claimed. This will be rolled out starting with the 2023 3BF registration.
Thanks for your ongoing support of the SSS.
Please join us for the next Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race seminar on Wednesday, Jan 11th at 7:30 via zoom. We will be covering Rigging/Sails/Repairs at Sea
You can register here:
This registration will be good for this seminar and all following seminars in the series.
Full seminar calendar:
Dec 14th – Power Requirements/Electricity Budgeting/Communications
Jan 11th – Rigging/Sails/Repairs at Sea
Feb 8th – Returning the boat (By sail or freighter)
March 8th – Provisioning/Food, Water & Medicine
April 12th – Anchoring & Satellite Coms
April 15th – Emergency Sea Trails – Cruise In
May 10th – Weather & Race Strategy
2023 Race schedule.
Registration for TBF will open on Jibeset soon!
Three Bridge Fiasco – January 28
Corinthian Race – February 25
Round the Rocks – March 18
No Trophy North Bay – April 22
SH Farallones – May 13
SHTP – June 25
Drakes Bay – August 19/20
Half Moon Bay – September 9
Vallejo 1-2 – October 7/8
Be sure to check out the latest installment of Latitude 38’s Good Jibes with special guest David Herrigel to chat all things Singlehanded Transpacific Race. David is Chair of the 2023 SHTP, has been Commodore of the Singlehanded Sailing Society and is a two-time veteran of the SHTP himself!
And be sure to mark your calendar for the 23rd Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race –
San Francisco to Hanalei Bay that starts on Sunday June 25th, 2023!
There are currently 15 boats registered to race!!
Register and get the race documents HERE.
The anchorage at Hanalei Bay.
The 2021 Singlehanded Trans Pacific Yacht Race
Start getting ready for 2023!!
The incredible singlehanded sailors!
Back 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!
Standing Sailing Instructions
SSS COVID-19 Regatta Participation Guidelines
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
- 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.
- 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.
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