Sailing a Santana 22 to the Farallones

by Stephen Buckingham

... only go if the weather is good and I pretty much take it one step at a time. I'm always ready to bail out. There's nothing wrong with having a nice sail out the gate and romping ride back in the daylight. In fact I'd say I would be more likely to drop out now that I've sat out there all night. A Santana 22 needs the right conditions to make it out and back before it's too late. That includes the tide windows as well. Let me know what you think of this and we'll talk again. You might want to poll the fleet as well throught he email list and maybe I'll post this rambling diatribe.

All the SSS races have both single and doublehanded divisions so you could start your singlehanded racing carrer with the 3 Bridge Fiasco at the end of January. The singlehanded Farallones can be a really long day. I'd say endurance is the biggest hurdle. The first few years I did it I dropped out some time during the night and still didn't get back until 5am! There's a 6am deadline. But one year it was blowing pretty good out of the south and I finished just after 6pm. Here's some things I felt were neccesary for the Farallones.