San Diego Yacht Club will host the Yachting Cup on May 5-7, 2017, ushering in the first regatta for the brand new Pac52 Class. The Class features two SDYC boats, Victor Wild's Fox and Tom Holthus Bad Pak, who will compete against Manouch Moshayedi's Rio and Frank Slootman's Invisible Hand.
Every crewmember brings their own story to a boat. One of the most impressive aspects of San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) is the amount of events that the club hosts. Race organizers are out on San Diego waters for 46 weekends out of the year, meaning that thousands of sailors in Southern California participate in regattas large and small, prestigious and recreational, buoy and offshore, adult and junior. At the Southern California Yachting Association’s Midwinter Regatta on February 11 & 12, 2017, accomplished skippers sailed with their reliable crewmembers, which ranged from the current SDYC Commodore to military veterans who had only learned how to sail a few months earlier.
Read through the full slate of Sailing World articles, Class spotlights, photos and video from the 3 day Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta at San Diego Yacht Club. The overall winner is Argyle Campbell from the 20-boat Etchells Class. The Etchells were kicking off their 4-event West Coast Spring Series at this year's NOOD Regatta.
The 2017 Helly Hansen Nood Regatta is about to kick off. Learn more as Dave Reed, Editor of Sailing World shares more about the tour, and Beka Schiff, Assistant Head Coach, San Diego Yacht Club, and Helly Hansen Junior Crew Coach, explains more on the training.
One of San Diego Yacht Club’s most anticipated spring events, the Yachting Cup regatta, takes place for the 45th year on May 5-7, 2017. Over 80 entries are expected for this year’s regatta from numerous yacht clubs around Southern California. Early entries for this year’s race include a handful of West Coast 70s including 2017 Islands Race winner Roy Disney’s Andrews 70 Pyewacket. The Pac52 Class will compete in their inaugural event including Victor Wild’s Fox who won the Friday Ton Cup race in the 2016 Yachting Cup. Several past overall and class winners have already entered this year's event. Back to capture another title is the 2015 overall winner, Neil Fraser on his 1D35 Mexican Divorce.
“If I started a sailmaking company, would you buy a sail from me?” That’s what Lowell North asked his friend John Shoemaker, one afternoon in 1957, while seated at the bar of San Diego Yacht Club. John replied, “Yes, I would,” which surprised Lowell.
The 2017 Islands Race was hosted by Newport Harbor Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club on February 24 & 25. This year’s event featured considerable visibility and scenery for those on board, yet disappointingly light winds for the last third of the race.
The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta returns to San Diego for the nineteenth time March 17-19, 2017. Sponsored by Sailing World and Helly Hansen, the NOOD is the largest national sailboat racing circuit in the United States. The three-day event, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) and Coronado Yacht Club, will feature sailing on three venues (two ocean and one south San Diego Bay), and one cruising course located in San Diego Bay.
Sailors all over Southern California are eagerly preparing for one of San Diego Yacht Club’s signature offshore races. The 130nm Islands Race begins on February 24, and is SDYC’s first offshore race of 2017. Following the Islands Race is the SoCal 300, the final event of California Offshore Race Week, in May and the Rum Runner race in October.
The 2017 sailing season continued this past weekend, January 28 & 29, in La Playa for one of SDYC’s signature events - the 6th annual Club Championships. As always, competitors brought their energy, talent, and competitive spirit to the race course (and the race dock). The event featured 60 races over two days that were exciting for both participants and spectators.
The wind was a little shy at the beginning of the regatta on Saturday, starting off light from the south. The Race Committee optimistically started a race, but it was abandoned when the wind shut off completely. When the breeze picked up out of the south again, racing resumed. Once again the southerly died after the second start of the first race, but this time the normal westerly had begun to fill and competitors were able to finish the race. The westerly stayed around for the rest of the day and the Race Committee was able to get 28 races in. Sunday’s racing was postponed until just before noon when the wind picked up out of the west. After that, Sunday was a perfect day, with decent wind between 3-8 knots throughout most of the afternoon and temperatures in the mid-70s.