2023 Bullship Race
Photos by Susan Burden
Quick SF Bay Crossing for 67th Bullship Race
by Tom Burden
A group of four rhumb-line Toros led by Gordie Nash and Tom Tillotson reached into the lead. Defending champ Art Lange (who has won the past two Bullships) sailed the low road with Jim Savattone (in a furniture-grade wood Toro he built himself) but their group missed too many gusts and couldn’t keep pace.
The leaders encountered the 15-knot wind from under the International Orange bridge, plus enough current to pile up some lumpy waves. Buzz Blackett and Tom Burden sailed mile after mile overlapped, catching waves for some exciting surfing.
Matt Richter, The Clydesdale Award
Pam DeWitt, First Woman Maiden Voyager
Sam Normington was youngest at age 28, with hard-luck defending champ Art Lange, who ran aground just short of the finish line, eldest El Toro Racer at age 81.
The Bullship is a classic San Francisco Bay event, with its first running back in 1954. This year’s race was just off record pace, a crisp and exciting adventure.
1st Place Winner – Gordie Nash with 5th Place Winner, and Event Chair, Vickie Gilmour
More photos coming soon!