The Dutch Shoe Returns July 22, 2016

San Diego Yacht Club and Coronado Yacht Club welcome sabot sailors of all ages to sail in the 2016 Dutch Shoe Marathon. We are looking forward to another special event, sending our sabot sailors across San Diego Bay on the annual dinghy distance race. We'll see you this summer on San Diego Bay.


On July 17, Kelly Holthus led a parade of small white sails across the channel for the 46th installation of SDYC’s iconic Dutch Shoe Marathon. Nearly 150 sabots competed in the seven-mile race from Point Loma to Coronado. The Dutch Shoe Marathon is open to sabot sailors of all ages, but for many Junior Sailing participants, it’s the first time that they sail across the channel or outside of the La Playa practice area.
San Diego Yacht Club will be broadcasting this year's Dutch Shoe live online with the help of Hildreth Media Group, and on-air host Dan Bell. We plan on including sailor interviews, on-water video, and more! Families of sailors will be able to experience this classic San Diego summertime event in a whole new way. www.sdyc.org/dutchshoe/live
On Friday July 17, 2015, SDYC will host the 46th annual Dutch Shoe Marathon. The tradition of starting at San Diego Yacht Club and racing all the way to Coronado Yacht Club has been a long standing summer event that many sailors and families look forward to every year. Over 150 sailors ages 7 - 77 will compete in this event.
The 45th annual Dutch Shoe Marathon, which covers the 7.2 nautical miles between SDYC and Coronado Yacht Club, was tackled by 152 junior and senior sailors in near perfect conditions on a sunny July 18th. The favorable current and breeze, in addition to the lack of participation in this year’s race by Navy and commercial traffic, made for one of the fastest and cleanest Dutch Shoe’s in recent memory. This, along with the decision to add a Leukemia Cup component to the race to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, made 2014 a race to remember.
Dutch Shoe 2013, like it’s larger ocean racing counterpart Transpac 2013, went down as one of the most drama-free in recent memory. Due to some incredible US Navy “inter-fleet communications” by Junior Director John Fretwell and Sailing Director Jeff Johnson during the week, there were absolutely no near misses with Naval traffic, nor thankfully commercial traffic either! Anyone who has raced or watched a DS knows this is no small feat.
The annual Dutch Shoe Marathon - an epic Naples Sabot yacht race from La Playa Cove to Coronado Yacht Club is an incredible race/experience for everyone involved. Sailors, spectators and even those shoreside who are not quite sure what they are watching, are taken in by the sight of 180 - 200 sabots, helmed mostly by 8 - 13 year old sailors, sailing down San Diego Bay on a sunny July afternoon.
What would a summer be like without the Dutch Shoe! 172 sailors of all ages assembled at SDYC for the annual race down the bay. Helen McCarthy made it a memorable one by completing the “Trifecta” as Junior Director Fretwell likes to call it: 1st Overall, 1st Girl, and 1st in C Fleet! In A Fleet Andy Reiter placed 3rd, Georgie Ryan took 5th, and Zach Malcolm finished 7th. In B Fleet Rebecca McElvain took 3rd (9th Overall!) and Jack Reiter placed 6th. In C Fleet Sajan Alagiri finished 2nd (3rd Overall!), Jack Egan placed 3rd (4th Overall!), and Matt Dorgan took 7th. For the Seniors, Chuck Sinks finished 1st, Stacy Szabo took 2nd, Danny North placed 3rd and Eric Heim finished 4th. Thank you to John and Lisa Reiter and all the volunteers for another great race!