Event Calendar

Glenn Taylor Memorial Windsurf Race
Sunday 19 April 2020

Glenn Taylor Memorial Windsurfing Race

Windsurfing Fleet 18 is organizing this race in memory of Glenn Taylor who passed away in the fall of 2017. 
Glenn founded Fleet 18 and pioneered windsurfing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The first annual race was held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 (click here for the report).

Location: Ryan Lagoon, Foster City (details below). Parking and launch area is located 
between Foster City Parks & Recreation (650 Shell Bldv) and the Vibe Teen Center.

Equipment: Any type of windsurfer, any size sail.

Approximate Start Time: 1 PM 
(please arrive no later than 12noon to allow sufficient time for rigging your board and chatting with your windsurfer friends)

Race Format:  The race comprises two legs. 
There will be a single start for the first leg with the finish at a beach at one end of Ryan Lagoon (see map below). 
The race committee will record the finish time for each racer. 
The return leg will be started no sooner than 1 hour after the last racer finished the first leg with the racers 
starting in reverse order of their finish times for the first leg (aka reverse pursuit race).

Trophies: A trophy will be awarded to the winner of the first leg and the winner of the second leg.

In addition a perpetual trophy will be awarded to the racer with the best COMBINED time of both legs of the race.

2018 Winner: Teddy Huang 

Race Course and Details: This race replaced the Fleet 18 traditional season-opening race known as 'Blue Boar Beach Run' 
(for reasons only a few of us will remember, if only vaguely). 
Please find below details of both the race itself and the accompanying social event in Glen Taylor's own words, 
in a write-up he shared in an e-mail in the fall of 2015.

Entry Fee: An entry fee of $10 per contestant covers the beverages (beer and water) served during the mid-way social and the trophies.

Mid-Way Social: Please invite your non-windsurfing friends to join us at the mid-way social which takes place at the beach 
near the south end of Cutter Lane, off Beach Park Blvd, and bring your favorite snacks to share.

Content of Glenn's E-Mail of October 2015 (slight edits in italics)

The course is shown on the map below. The starting line is near the boat ramp end of the main lagoon ("1" on map).   
One buoy is placed near the gazebo (at "2") as a windward mark, usually rounded to starboard.  
The Shell Blvd. bridge can be taken in any manner but the Foster City Blvd. bridge must have its piling 
nearest Hillsdale Blvd. (the NW, or left, side) taken first, then the piling on the south east side taken second. 
The course then continues back into the main lagoon and into the south end of the lagoon without any further buoys 
to the finish on a sand beach near the south end of Cutter Ln as indicated on the map.

A three minute whistle toot start sequence is conventional.:  3 whistle toots at 3 minutes, 2 toots at 30 seconds, one toot at the start.

The return leg "unwinds" the first leg, going the reverse direction around all bridge pilings and buoy "2" and 
finishing across the starting line of the first leg


The line is placed to indicate the path and is about 3.8 miles long.  The tacks required likely add another mile to the distance.