Bay Challenge: A Close Second

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In the America’s Cup there is said to be no second place.  The same is not the case for our San Francisco Bay Challenge participants, who this week fought for the top of the leaderboard only to find themselves a mere 23 seconds behind the first place time.

The team from Zephyr Health designated their racing positions aboard USA 76, then went through some practice maneuvers before crossing the start line at full speed.  The braintrust in the afterguard developed a plan that played both the wind and the currents in their favor.  Communicating that plan to the whole team was critical for a successful challenge.

Sailing in the eve of San Francisco’s largest storm in the last five years, we had big breeze from the south making for a fast reach on both legs of the course.  As we approached the finish line the mentality of everyone aboard was to go for speed, being within a minute of the winning time.  A brilliant effort gave for an exciting finish as Zephyr Health secured second place against the other companies who have sailed the Bay Challenge.

We have had 19 teams who have raced against the clock for honors of being atop our San Francisco Bay Challenge leaderboard.  Our well-defined teambuilding event challenges everyone aboard, emphasizing the complexity of yacht racing and the importance of working and comunicating as a team.