With year round warm weather, San Diego Yacht Club is often recognized as one of the busiest yacht clubs in the country. In 2017 alone, SDYC's Race Committee provided 90 venues over the course of 78 days with 99 total volunteers. With a similar number and stature of events on the calendar, 2018 is expected to be another full year.
Returning in 2018 are SDYC’s signature events: Yachting Cup, International Masters Regatta, Lipton Cup, and the Hot Rum Series. SDYC’s offshore races will include the Islands Race, SoCal 300, Rum Runner, and the biennial Vallarta Race. At this time, 30 of the fastest boats on the West Coast are registered for the Vallarta Race, which will have its first start on March 1.
The West Coast Pac52s and the Acapulco Pac52s will race in the waters off Point Loma this February, with opportunities for course racing (SCYA Midwinters and the NOOD Regatta) and offshore racing (Islands Race and Vallarta Race). The difference between the West Coast 52s and the Acapulco 52s is several generations of design, and the biggest synergy of the class is expected at Midwinters. Those who race the Islands Race will use it as a warm up for the Vallarta Race and those not racing to PV will likely compete in the NOOD.
New in 2018, SDYC will host two one-design national level events: the Finn Masters North American Championship and the Snipe North American Championship in the fall. These two events will feed a new SDYC event, the Olympic Classes Regatta. Focused on one design classes chosen for Olympic competition, this event will also embrace SDYC’s Olympic legacy.
SDYC’s 2018 Commodore, Mike Dorgan, is looking forward to a full year of sailing and welcoming Olympic level performances back to San Diego waters.
“We are very excited to continue San Diego Yacht Club’s great tradition of hosting premier offshore and one design regattas in 2018. We are especially excited to bring back a long time classic San Diego event: the Olympic Classes Regatta. San Diego Yacht Club members have won numerous Olympic medals in the sport of sailing over the years and we want to continue to support US Sailing and the development of our local sailors to hopefully one day compete at the highest level.”
A snapshot of the 2018 regatta schedule is below and the full list of events can be found on the San Diego Yacht Club website. Regattas are subject to entry quotas and more details will be released closer to event dates.