San Francisco Bay sailors are accustomed to having the big professional round-the-world races pass them by some 93 degrees of latitude to the south. A diversion to the Golden Gate makes no sense. But a race that starts and finishes on San Francisco Bay? Say SF2SF organizers: “Why not?”
One of America’s most innovative designers, Jim Antrim, the mastermind behind this new plan, envisions a race beginning in late 2015 that encourages run-what-you-brung amateur participation. In addition to the usual rigours of the Southern Ocean, re-entering the Pacific will present a strategic problem that no one has faced before. Antrim asks, “Do you leave New Zealand to port or to starboard?” We’ll get back to you on that.
Photo by Roy Tennant