The 2015 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta was held at the US Sailing Center in Miami. Over the four day regatta Miami delivered; each day brought constant 14 to 18 knots of breeze. I was competing in the Laser Standard class.
Winter blizzard Jonas may have buried the East Coast with mounds of snow last weekend, but the sun was shining in La Playa for the 5th annual Club Championships. This year’s event featured close, competitive racing for the 15 teams participating, making for an energized weekend of sailing!
2016 New Year's Day landed in between stormy weather systems rolling down the coast and offered up refreshing sunny weather with scattered clouds. The wind forecasts were all over the place, with a light westerly breeze 5 kts to 7 kts showing itself around noon, just in time for a 1230 warning signal.
Steve Natvig won the opening stop of the California Dreamin’ Series, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club on January 9-10. Natvig (Cabrillo Beach YC), a frequent crew for legendary match racer Dave Perry, bested Nicole Breault (St Francis YC) in second and Alex Jacobs (San Diego YC) in third. The Grade 3 event was sailed in J/22s.
We left San Diego headed for Miami on Christmas Night with a plane full of San Diego sailors and parents all headed to Orange Bowl on the red-eye. Leaving the cold of San Diego, it even hailed on the ride to the airport, to join the warm and breezy conditions in Miami, lows in the mid 70's and highs in the 80’s all week.
Starting with the Kris Kringle Regatta on Saturday morning - it looked for a while as if it might be a light wind day, but sure enough, around noon the westerly filled in and then it was game on! Congratulation to Andy La Dow and crew Jake La Dow and Max Hutchinson on MoFo (USA 985) for a flawless regatta.
The 2015 Hot Rum Series kicked off on November 7th with a picture perfect San Diego day; sunny skies and winds around 7-10 knots with gusts up to 15. A Southeast breeze called for spinnakers at the start.
New for 2016, Encinal Yacht Club, San Francisco Yacht Club, Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, Santa Barbara Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club are joining forces and races to provide offshore racers with an exceptional Offshore Race Week that will take ocean-rated boats from San Francisco to San Diego with stops in Monterey and Santa Barbara.
Thank you to all the volunteers who spent Sunday decorating the Club for the holidays. Check out the photos of the club's transformation into the holiday spirit and look for more photos in the January Mainsheet.