All it took was one last, wild ride on Saturday, the final day of competition at the 2018 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Yacht Club Cagliari, to give the International Melges 20 Class Association its second-ever, double, back-to-back World Champion - Drew Freides' PACIFIC YANKEE. His magic combination team of tactician Morgan Reeser and crew Charlie Smythe came from third to finish first overall, crowning them supreme for a second year in a row.
The 2018 Formula Kite North American Championship is coming to the San Diego Yacht Club November 8-11, 2018 with an estimated 30 kites launching their foil kites from Crown Cove, a beach located in Coronado, and sailing through South San Diego Bay.
Typical San Diego breezes ranging from 8-12 knots make Crown Cove an ideal venue with flat water giving riders the ability to sail faster without worrying about large swells. Crown Cove is a beautiful, clean and protected California State Park. Kiters can loft their kites, walk into the water and take off.
San Diego Yacht Club is pleased to host the PCISA/ISSA Girls National High School Invitational Regatta on October 20-21, 2018. Founded by SDYC's Mary Brigden-Snow, this is the largest National, High School Girls regatta today. The SDYC junior program is uniquely positioned to host events like this. Our outstanding junior facility, a fleet of 24 CFJ's, and an armada of coach boats, means teams from around the country can be hosted at SDYC.
Lumpy seas and a moderate Pacific Ocean swell this weekend didn’t dampen the spirit of the sailors from two days of intense sailing, hardy competition and for some, significant improvement. The inaugural San Diego Olympic Classes Regatta (SDOCR) was nothing short of a successful weekend. Over 80 boats in six fleets came out for the regatta and are already anticipating their return next year.
It’s been a Finn filled two weeks at the San Diego Yacht Club with back to back Finn regattas: the Finn Pacific Coast Championships (Sept. 15-16) and the Finn Masters North American Championships (Sept. 21-23). This weekend, the Finn Masters North Americans hosted 29 Master Finn sailors (age 40 and over) and 4 Under 40 sailors eager to compete on the beautiful Coronado Roads situated just south of Point Loma which juts out into the blue Pacific Ocean.
San Diego Yacht Club hosted the first of the Finn Trifecta regattas – the Finn Pacific Coast Championships (PCC) this past weekend, September 15-16, 2018. Thirty Finns raced on North Coronado Roads tucked under Point Loma, battling for the championship title.
San Diego Yacht Club and Balboa Yacht Club regret to announce that the Rum Runner Regatta will not be held this year. The event had previously been scheduled to run Saturday, October 27, the weekend prior to the first San Diego Hot Rum, to ideally draw racers from Long Beach/LA to participate in that classic fall race. The reality is that prior participation has been modest at best, and most of the few competitors were San Diego boats trekking up to LA to just enjoy the race south.
America's sailing capital saved the best for last, and so did San Diego Yacht Club, which won the 2018 Resolute Cup with error-free sailing when it counted most. With three strong results in the double-points medal round, the team representing the SDYC, skipper Tyler Sinks with crew Nick Martin, Nick Kaschack and Max Hutchinson, moved up the sxcoreboard from fourth, after the preliminary round of 12 races, to win the fifth edition of the Corinthian championship for U.S. yacht clubs.
The 2018 I-14 Worlds recently concluded in Richmond, CA. The event was sailed on the Berkley Circle of San Fransisco Bay, northeast of Alcatraz Island and southeast of Angel Island in the slot where the breeze blows in from the Golden Gate. It was typical San Fransisco weather with usual early morning fog clearing to nice clear blue skies for the most part. As predicted the first several days of racing were 15-20 with a few of those days toping out around 25 kts. The ‘Circle’ is very shallow so the wind driven waves stack up quickly, add a little ebb tide against or across the wind direction and it starts to make for sharp, short chop. We never really saw the full fury of a 25+ kt. against tide day, which most defiantly would have broken more boats and spirits. There were 62 boats registered from AUS, CAN, GBR, GER, ITA, and USA. A smaller fleet than usual I-14 Worlds, I think the predicted breeze kept some boats away. As usual, there were lots of good times seeing and catching up with old friends and making new from around the world who love to sail these high performance skiffs.
After a hard fought week of sailing, and an intense medal race series this afternoon the San Diego Yacht Club team wins the 2018 Resolute Cup! As the 2018 champions, the San Diego Yacht Club team also earns an spot on the starting line at the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational.