SSS Three Bridge Fiasco - San Francisco

The SSS organizes eight regular annual races in and around the San Francisco Bay. These races are the Three Bridge Fiasco held in January, Corinthian in February, Singlehanded Farallones in May, Round the Rocks in April, Drakes Bay in August, Half Moon Bay in September, and Vallejo 1-2 (single-handed up Saturday, doublehanded back Sunday) in October.

Also, the SSS organizes the Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht Race (SHTP) from San Francisco to Kauai, Hawaii in even numbered years, and the Great Pacific Longitude Race (Long Pac) in odd numbered years.

In addition to the SSS’s races, the Offshore Yacht Racing Association (OYRA) section of the Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay (YRA) provides a division for single-handed or double-handed sailors in approximately 10 races per year. Participation in these races requires a separate application to YRA.  Contact the YRA at

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As reported by Lattitude 38 there are 237 boats signed up to race in the Three Bridge Fiasco on January 27.

What makes it a 'fiasco'? The hundreds of boats start at seemingly random times (predetermined and assigned according to their handicap rating) and can cross the startline off the Golden Gate Yacht Club in either direction. From there, they can sail the course in either direction and round the three marks to port or starboard in any order. The marks are: Blackaller Buoy (near the South Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge), Yerba Buena/Treasure Island (which bisects the Bay Bridge) and Red Rock (just south of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge). Please note that the order we've just listed in no way implies an endorsement of that possible course! Once the mark roundings are complete, sailors can cross the finish line back at GGYC from either direction. Making the race even more challenging, all the boats will be sailed single- or double-handed.

On Saturday the 27th, a big ebb is predicted to dominate the afternoon. More detailed pictures of the day's currents can be formed by visiting While it might be possible to fairly accurately predict the weather for this weekend's Corinthian Midwinters (though we won't presume to do so here), the following weekend is really too far away to say what role the weather will play.

This race has always attracted many Corsair trimaran racers! Best of luck to all! If you have you would like some trimaran expert advice contact Richard Allen with 180 Marine. Richard has been racing Corsair trimarans for over 20 years.

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