We are always happy to take people sailing and introduce them to our family here but we were especially proud to be able to show the men and women of Coast Guard Sector San Diego how we support each other and the maritime culture that we all value so highly. Our membership came through and volunteers provided all of the support we could need to host 50+ people for an afternoon of sailboat racing and hospitality where we were able to show our appreciation for the Coast Guards’ constant presence both in and offshore, handling the situations where we need them the most.
Last week (July 16 thru 21), my crew comprised of Johannes McElvain, Wade Waddell, and I traveled to Balboa Yacht Club to race in the 52nd Annual Governors Cup regatta. The regatta attracted twelve of the top youth match racers from around the world to compete for the prestigious Governor's Cup trophy. This year's event was heralded by many of the organizers as "the toughest" Governors Cup in history, as well as the top youth match race regatta in the world. The invitational regatta featured multiple top 50 ranked sailors, as well as the current #1 ranked match racer in the world. With such a competitive fleet, my team and I were excited to match up against the world’s best. The regatta was comprised of a practice day and opening ceremony followed by five long days of racing sailed off of the Newport pier. It was our teams first match race regatta sailed together, and my third Governors Cup as a competitor.
On Friday, July 20, over 150 sailors, both junior and senior, from several Southern California clubs celebrated the 49th annual Dutch Shoe Marathon with a long, fun race from San Diego Yacht Club to Coronado Yacht Club in sabots.
The 2018 Kettenburg and Classic Yacht Regatta, co-hosted by the Ancient Mariner Sailing Society and San Diego Yacht Club for the 6th year, saw high wind and higher waves at the start of the race this past Saturday, June 23. The event started in the smooth, calm waters the day before, Friday, June 22, when twelve classic wooden boats lined up on SDYC’s front dock to show off their vessels in a classic cours’ de elegance boat show. But it was a different kind of show on the way out to the start line Saturday, in the ocean just south of Point Loma. By the 1200 start time, the winds were gusting as high as 20 kts and the sea state an abrupt mix of swell and steep chop – not so elegant.
On June 22-24, 5-time U.S. Match Racing National Champion Dave Perry led an advanced S.O.D.A. youth match racing clinic, sponsored by North U, at the San Diego Yacht Club. Nine of the top teams in the U.S. trained hard for two and a half days in the Club’s J/22’s.
SDYC hosted the Star Trials for the '68 Olympics
The 35-boat fleet included many champion sailors including several from the San Diego Bay Star fleet: Lowell North with crew Peter Barrett, Malin Burnham with crew Jim Reynolds, Alan Raffee with crew Dennis Conner, Pete Bennett and Kim Fletcher among others. World-class sailors traveled from around the country to SDYC including Bill Buchan, Don Trask, Hilary Smart and Dick Stearns. As a young SDYC junior Sabot sailor (and now the US sailor with the most Olympic medals) Mark Reynolds recalls “cleaning boat bottoms for $1/day” during the Trials.
The first #1 (of 3 scheduled) West Coast 2018 United States Match Race Championship (USMRC) Qualifying Events was held at The St. Francis Yacht Club last weekend. Unlike the last scheduled match racing event up there, (that resulted in no racing due to insufficient winds), this sailing event almost did not happen as well, only this time due to too much wind.
The 29er Fleet in the United States hosts two Mid-Winter Regattas, East in Miami and West in Coronado. Scheduling was challenging as they occurred this year on back to back weekends in March. We participated in both events this year. Traveling to Miami meant an opportunity to connect with former SDYC Head Coach Maru Urban for some coaching in Biscayne Bay. With shallower bay conditions the traditional Miami Chop was certainly in effect along with light and shifty winds. As with many “trapping” boats like the 29er, shifty conditions put extra complexities on both the skipper and crew.
Last weekend our team representing SDYC sailed in the third and final 2018 California Dreamin' match race event which was held in Long Beach. This 2018 season has offered unusual weather which cut the San Diego stop (#1) short only providing enough wind for 6 races and turning the San Francisco stop (#2) into a non event with only two races in two days, not enough to even score it. The Long Beach stop (#3) in contrast offered more consistent breeze and two complete round robins of racing, a first for the 2018 series, but was still sailed in lighter pressure overall than prior years events there.
On February 17-18, SDYC welcomed 17 teams from all around the country to race in the first annual Women’s Winter Invitational. Teams from Southern California, Northern California, Washington, Texas and New York gathered in La Playa on a sunny and breezy February weekend for excellent racing and fellowship. The regatta was not your usual regatta – and even though the competition was close, regatta organizers went out of their way to make sure that fun was had by all.