2022 Three Bridge Fiasco to include friendly competition among Modern and Inspire Sailing Team Members | Modern Sailing

2022 Three Bridge Fiasco to include friendly competition among Modern and Inspire Sailing Team Members

Every year in late January, the Singlehanded Sailing Society presents one of the biggest sailboat races west of the Mississippi River: the Three Bridge Fiasco. Race crews are limited to single- or double-handers and often, more than 300 boats sign up to participate. 

The start and finish line is in front of Golden Gate Yacht Club. The course rounds Blackaller Buoy by the Golden Gate Bridge, Yerba Buena Island/Treasure Island near the Bay Bridge, and Red Rock, which is near the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. These marks can be rounded in any order and any direction, adding the “fiasco” aspect to this sensational event. Winter's typically light winds and the Bay's strong currents make this the favorite yachting event of the year for many Bay Area sailors, including team members at Modern Sailing and our partner club, Inspire Sailing.

This year, our CEO Leigh Hunt is making the Three Bridge Fiasco even more fun with two bottles of fine wine promised to the team who places the highest among them.

Members are not able to participate in this race on MSC charter yachts, but we still highly recommend going out on the Bay on January 29th to witness the colorful spectacle and cheer on the crews. See for yourselves why this race is called the Three Bridge Fiasco: hundreds of boats sailing in all directions (or attempting to sail!) to round the marks and finish with the best possible time. Members can book a boat online or join Saturday's Club Sail on Attitude Adjustment.

In the table below, you'll find information about the MSC and Inspire Sailing teams competing in this year's Fiasco. Their sail numbers are also provided to help you more easily spot their boats among the fray. 

Skipper / Crew

Boat Name

Boat Model

Sail Number
Modern Sailing Teams Leigh Hunt and Jimmie Marquez Phoenix Catalina 320 668
Kira Maixner and Joe Proctor Samba S2 11.0A 52
Gilles Combrisson and Mark Jordan Lightspeed Wylie 39 52839
Laura Parent and Gabe Serafini Dawn's Early Light J/36 77549
Inspire Sailing Teams Moni Blum and Phil Strause Wolpertinger Santa Cruz 27 47952
Katie Cornetta and David Janinis Freaks On A Leash Express 27 51

Message from Leigh Hunt, CEO and 3B Fiasco Fanatic

The Three Bridge Fiasco is my favorite event on the SF Bay racing calendar. It’s a great kick-start to the sailing season, and I love the double-handed format because it demands a lot out of both crew members. 2022 will be my seventh time competing. Like my last attempt in 2020, I’ll be sailing Phoenix out of the Modern Sailing fleet. I’m doing a double-handed entry with Jimmie Marquez, a friend who is also one of our skippers and race coaches.


Leigh and Jimmie have sailed together in several Three Bridge Fiascos over the years.

The Three Bridge race course traverses the whole main Bay, and January weather often presents a wide variety of challenging conditions. Light winds often barely push the boat enough to overcome the tide which always seems to be flowing in the opposite direction from where you want to go! Sometimes you are sailing briskly focusing on your sail trim, and other times you are drifting so slowly you are watching your SOG to see if you are making any forward progress. It’s one of the few races in the year where your anchor can play a strategic role!

The biggest strategy decision to be made for this race is usually the order you attempt to round the three marks. We generally use as much weather and tides forecast data as possible to plan our intended route, then make the final assessment out on the course. A clockwise course from Blackaller to Red Rock and then TI is often our preferred path, but we’ll see what the weather presents. The wrong call can have you drifting out under the GG Bridge, sitting at anchor off Crissy Field, or stalled and drifting aimlessly just short of Red Rock. As a less experienced racer it is always a good idea to watch where the majority of boats are headed. You may not win by following the pack, but for many of us a victory in the Three Bridge is finishing before the 7:00 PM time limit!

My personal essential equipment for this race is our stern rail-mounted BBQ grill, and we’re not afraid to use it!

We’ll see you out there!"

To sample the spectacle, watch this fun little YouTube video made from photos and film that Leigh captured during the 2020 Fiasco.

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  • Emma & George Stubbs, Sausalito

    We just took our ASA 106 at a school in Rhode Island as we prepare for 6 months of cruising in the Caribbean. The class was great, but more than anything it made us really appreciate the quality of teaching and rigor at Modern Sailing. Even though we were the newest to sailing, the group seemed to think that we had the best fundamentals. We felt very well prepared and we see why Modern Sailing has the reputation it does.

  • John Kipping

    The meeting room was quite adequate and the location most convenient, but the course outline and instruction were outstanding. Modern Sailing is fortunate to have such a well organized instructor in Mr. Stan Lander who teaches very well from a rich professional background. Mr. Lander was generous with his time and patiently in helping students who needed more attention or time in understanding various aspects of the curriculum.

  • Rolf Zingg

    Since many, many years, I had the dream to sail underneath the Golden Gate bridge. On October 14th last year, my dream became true. Thanks to our dear friend Aaron Fritz who made it possible and organized this cruise for us. With this adventure I was able to achieve one more milestone on my sailing career.

    Finally on the water, it was great! Full moon made the flows even stronger and it was like sailing in a washing machine.

    I did my sailing education in the English Channel, where the situation with the wind and flows is comparable to the San Francisco Bay. So I felt pretty much "at home" being on the helm in the Bay.

    I hope our skipper Stan Lander enjoyed this day cruise too. We, definitely did! It was an unforgettable experience for all of us.

    A very big thank you to all of you who made it possible, that my dream became reality! Also thank you for the MSC flag I got at the end of the day. It found it's place in my study, where I can see it daily.

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