SDYC annually hosts the summer classic Yvonka International race each July, a Saturday race to the South Coronado Island and a Sunday afternoon return leg to Point Loma. In 2011, 12 boats "competed" and enjoyed the Saturday night anchorage off the South Coronado Island in Mexican waters.
Saturday had beautiful conditions. Sunny, about 10 knots and 2 foot swells. The pursuit start race was a broad reach out where a few boats put up kites, but it was really a little to tight to hold them and most boats took them down rather quickly. The Race Committee consisted of Summer Greene and Ian Trotter aboard Corinthian and Home Office. Corinthian beat the winner Legacy, a Columba/Kettenburg 52, to the island finish and was under anchor with about 60 seconds to spare. The 10 meter Branta insisted on holding their kite to the finish but couldn’t quite make it around Corinthian and had to give up.
Aside from the commercial fisherman down by the tuna pens the anchorage was empty. People settled in and pulled out the toys. Several boats had kayaks and paddle boards, Branta and Endymion brought small wooden sailing skiffs that matched the mother ship. Everyone had a great time playing around the island.
The group brought hors d'oeuvres to Corinthian for the traditional cocktail hour which had a great turnout followed by a quiet night on the water.
Sunday morning was a little overcast and cool, but the sea state was still nice and low. A few people came out and played with their toys again. By the first start Sunday afternoon, the sun was out and we had almost 12 knots of breeze with the sea state still about 2 feet. It was a tighter reach back to San Diego than the way out, but no one had to tack. Again, Legacy gave Corinthian a run for her money to the finish line, this time Corinthian only had about 15 seconds to spare.
Thanks to all the sailors for coming out, many who participate every year. We look forward to continuing this great event next year.