“Cheek to Cheek” by Dobbs Davis in the August issue of Seahorse Magazine

The advent of a Super 12 Metre as the platform for Tom Ehman’s brainchild, the San Francisco Yacht Racing Challenge, is in his words “just like that album Cheek to Cheek with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: classic with a modern twist.”

When looked at in detail, the event may be more classic than modern, but Ehman and it seems many others may have hit on a niche in the sport they say is currently overlooked: those who long for the glory days of big keelboat sailing, where tough competition and grandeur combined to create the elegance currently missing from many other grand prix arenas. For Ehman it is also about the venue: San Francisco. This is undoubtedly one of the finest sailing venues in the world, certainly in the US, combining fantastic scenery, a progressive world-class city and some of the most predictably excellent sailing conditions. [Click on the graphics below for the full story.]

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