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Risk Wins A Wild and Windy SFYC Invitational

The carnage started early on a very blustery Berkeley Circle as Alchemy was forced to withdraw before racing started with a crew injury. And matters spiraled from there, with a final tally of one dropped rig, a broken boom, broken rigging turnbuckles and countless round-ups, kite mishaps and saturated crewmembers. Of the 17 boats entered, only 7 made it though without at least one DNF, DNS or DNC. On the other hand, the big breeze made for some big grins and wild rides, with Godot clocked by Kattack at over 16 kts on one particularly gusty downwind leg. As racing wrapped up on Saturday afternoon, local monitoring stations reported sustained winds of 35kts and gusts over 40kts. Risk was the master of the big breeze, taking a 2,1,1 on Saturday and doing well enough on Sunday to win the regatta by a convincing margin. Godot was second overall and Arbitrage came in third.

Links: Get results here. View the Kattack replays here. See Akula's boom break here.