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Inaugural US Open Sailing Series to Conclude in San Francisco

Racing Friday-Sunday

Dave Perry tipped us to events happening this week during the conclusion of the new West Marine US Open Sailing Series. St. Francis Yacht Club, Treasure Island Sailing Center and San Francisco YC will host the final regatta of the 2021 season on August 13-15.

StFYC will host iQFoil, Open Windfoil, Formula Kite, Open Kitefoil, Nacra 17, Nacra 15, 49er and 29er classes. This will be a selection event for Formula Kite representatives at the Men’s and Women’s Individual World Championships. Meanwhile, SFYC will host three Laser classes and the International 420s. Lasers will launch out of TISC.

Foiling windsurfers in Berkeley
On Saturday, Berkeley YC hosted the CalCup windsurfer races. Many sailors from out of the area raced in preparation for this week’s regatta. After the last CalCup races on September 4, BYC will host a wrap party. See
© 2021 Glen Garfein

“The first three US Sailing events earlier this year in Florida and two recent events in Southern California were a huge success,” said Ken Seipel, CEO of West Marine.

“The West Marine US Open Sailing Series is a pillar of our strategy to rebuild the US Sailing Team and stand atop the Olympic podium in LA 2028,” said US Olympic Sailing team executive director Paul Cayard. “By hosting six events across our nation each year, we will cast the net wide and give opportunity to many thousands of our top sailing talent.”

Panel Discussions Wednesday-Thursday

In conjunction with the racing, West Marine will host panels of Olympians and Olympic hopefuls at the Sausalito and Alameda stores.

The Alameda West Marine, in the South Shore Center, will host Olympian Helena Scutt and Olympic hopefuls on Wednesday, August 11, at 5:30 p.m. Scutt is a 2016 Olympian and former member of the US Sailing Team. She competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the Women’s 49erFX. She’s from Seattle and sailed for Stanford during college. We profiled her in the October 2018 issue of Latitude 38. US Sailing marketing director Josh Toso will moderate the panel discussion. Click here to register:

Bora Gulari and Helena Scutt trapped out
Helena Scutt raced with Bora Gulari on the Nacra 17 at the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, in July 2018.
© 2021 Sailing Energy / US Sailing Team

West Marine Sausalito, in Marin City’s Gateway Shopping Center, will host Olympian Pam Healy and Olympic hopefuls on Thursday, August 12, at 5:30 p.m. Healy is an advocate for women and youth sailing as an organizer, volunteer instructor, coach and mentor nationally and locally in the San Francisco Bay Area. She won a bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, in the 470 class with JJ Fetter of San Diego. Paul Cayard, himself an Olympian, will moderate this talk. Click here to register:

The speaker events are free to attend.

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