SSS welcomes Chuck Hawley back. He is the 1982 Singlehanded Transpacific winner, longtime West Marine professional and former US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee Chairman.

He will speak about his long rewarding career with the Sea and a Q&A will follow.  If you have some questions before hand, shoot them to the

Please join us!  Registration is required.

When: Feb 17, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Chuck Hawley, Singlehanded Sailing Society, Feb. Guest Speaker

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thank you!

The 3 Bridge Fiasco Awards meeting will be combined into the Corinthian Skipper’s Meeting on Wed., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.

We will start with the Awards first and then transition to the Skipper’s Meeting.  Your attendance is very desired.  Included will be a briefing from those involved in the 3BF Person Overboard and recovery at Blackaller.

Zoom links to be provided that week.

Thanks and see you there!

Registration for the SSS Corinthian Race will open on Feb. 6 in the AM.  Please READ below carefully since priority will be given to current SSS members first.

Sat and Sun race registration will be for current SSS members only.

But, on Sat and Sunday, you may elect to become an SSS member and register for the race.

Monday & forward will be registration for any single race entries (in other words non SSS members) or those who may have missed the Sat and Sunday opportunities.

Corinthians will be open to both Singlehanded and Doublehanded entries.

There will be a 150 boat entry limit.

There will be NO waitlist.

The start and finish will be at the X buoy off the GGYC sea wall.

Course is GGYC “X” start, Blackaller, Southampton, Little Harding, Blossom and GGYC “X” finish. (RC may set up a second course (but similar) to separate SH & DH divisions, TBD).

Thank you and if you have not done so, remember to contact YRA early to renew or apply for a 2021 PHRF certificate.

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

SHTP Update
Notice of Race for Singlehanded Transpacific Race 2021 is now available on jibeset,

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

        Standing Sailing Instructions

The Singlehanded Sailing Society

2020 race season is over but midwinter racing with local clubs are getting going.

Berkeley Yacht Club has a singlehanded division. Check it out HERE
This posting is late for entering the full series but single races are available.

Some of this may be old news, especially if you follow the Forum.
Just wanted to freshen up the page a bit.

2020-2021 Vendee Globe

The ultimate singlehanded race is underway.

SSS sailors doing big things!

Philippe Jammotte
Winner of the 2018 SHTP, Plans a West about solo circumnavigation aboard the Class 40 Changabang.
PJ started out 9-30-2020 but turned back after suffering boom damage after crossing the doldrums.

Whitehall Stokes, one of our alumni of the 2012 SHTP, is embarking on a single handed, non-stop, un-assisted round the world East about.
Departed SanFrancisco 11-8-2020


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.

Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht Race Update:

Given the gravity of the recent Covid-19 outbreak, the Singlehanded Sailing Society and registered skippers have concluded that the solo race from San Francisco’s Corinthian Yacht Club to Hanalei Bay in Kauai, with events at Nawiliwili Yacht Club, will be delayed until 2021. Factors playing heavily on the minds of the group included the need to not spread infection, the strain the pandemic has already placed on facilities in both locations, plus consideration of the risk of virus exposure to United States Coast Guard personnel in an emergency. The SSS is moving forward to offer an exciting event in 2021 for the singlehanded race to Hawaii.

Singlehanded Sailing Society 

2020 Racing schedule. 

2019 Start DateEventLocationOcean RaceRace Deck (If Needed)Preferred Radio Channel
Saturday, January 25, 2020SSS 3 Bridge FiascoCentral BayNo GGYC71/72
Saturday, February 29, 2020SSS Corinthian RaceCentral BayNo CYC72
Saturday, April 11, 2020
SSS Round the RocksCentral BayNo NA72
Saturday, May 16, 2020
SSS Single Handed FarallonesOceanYESGGYC69
Saturday, June 27, 2020
SSS Singlehanded Trans Pacific RaceOceanYESCYC69
Saturday, August 22,2020SSS Drake’s Bay w/ OYRA    
Suunday, August 23,2020SSS Drake’s Bay w/ OYRA    
Saturday, September 12, 2020SSS Half Moon Bay OceanYESGGYC69
Saturday, October 17, 2020SSS Vallejo 1Central BayNo NA72
Sunday, October 8, 2020SSS Vallejo 2Central BayNo RYC-finish72

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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