Smoky Great Pumpkin Regatta

Richmond Yacht Club’s Great Pumpkin Regatta entered its 34th year in 2019. Due to the wildfires taking place off the northeast of San Francisco Bay, the windy northeast winds of the Santa Ana’s were blowing warm, dry, smoke-filled air into the Bay area. While there was great buoy racing on Saturday, the 40-60 knots of NE winds on Sunday forced cancellation of all racing at the various clubs in the Bay area. The plan at the Great Pumpkin Regatta was to have three races on Saturday and a fun Pursuit race on Sunday, however due to the weather conditions and wildfires, only the Saturday racing was completed. The J/24s saw Darren Cumming’s DOWNTOWN UPROAR take class honors with straight bullets for just 3 points total. Second was narrowly taken by Val Lulevich’s SHUT UP & DRIVE with a 2-4-3 tally for 9 points. Just one point back in third place was Paul van Ravenswaay’s FERAL ROOSTER with a 3-5-2 record for 10 points. For more Great Pumpkin Regatta information, visit

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