In March 2017, Naval Architect Doug Peterson became the fourth SDYC member to be inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame. The designer responsible for two America’s Cup winning boats and endless other victorious designs, Peterson joins SDYC legends Dennis Conner, Malin Burnham, and Jack Sutphen in this accomplishment.
There were 28 boats racing in the Coronado Roads March 31 – April 2 for the Etchells Midwinters West regatta hosted by San Diego Yacht Club. Following the NOOD Regatta, the Midwinters was the second event in the Etchells West Coast Spring Series. Over 3 days of raceing, the Race Committee pulled off all 11 scheduled races, using one as a throw out score. According to competitors, winds were lighter than expected, averaging about 6-10 knots throughout the weekend. The breeze was shifty and streaky at times, with noticeable current on Sunday.
Naval architect Doug Peterson, a key designer of two America’s Cup winners (America³ in 1992 and Team New Zealand in 1995), has been tapped for the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.
Team SDYC placed 3rd in Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Palmer Trophy Grandmasters Team Race. The team, comprised of Chuck Sinks, Ben Mitchell, Jerelyn Biehl, Brad Rodi, Chris Snow and Chris Busch, was fast and smart, getting better at team racing as the event progressed. They beat the winning team, NHYC Fire, two out of three times and also beat every team in the event at least once. A great way for SDYC to test the waters of the Grandmasters keelboat team racing circuit!
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.