January Racing Forecast

They call it a “fiasco” for a reason. It’s about the most fun charlie-foxtrot you can willingly get yourself into.

© Peter Lyons

January brings a little bit more to the midwinter racing schedule in the form of the first installment of the ever-popular Corinthian YC Mids January 16-17. The Golden Gate YC’s Manny Fagundes Seaweed Soup Series will be doubling up with the RegattaPro Winter One-Design series plus the Berkeley YC and Sequoia YC mids this Saturday. The South Beach YC’s Island Fever series is up against the Corinthian YC Mids the following weekend. The next weekend sees the Encinal YC’s Jack frost Series get going again, along with events at Tiburon and Sequoia YCs.

On January 30 the Mids take a break for what in 2008 was the best-attended regatta on the Bay, the Singlehanded Sailing Society’s Three Bridge Fiasco. The online sign-up opened on Monday and almost 50 boats have entered already. Registration officially closes on January 21 — but is available until January 27 with a $15 late fee — so don’t wait too long to get it together for what is one of the best of the Bay Area’s peculiar institutions. The skippers’ meeting is on January 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Oakland YC, 10 days before the event.

The best place to find all this info to help you plan your racing schedule this year is the brand new 2010 Northern California Racing Calendar and YRA Master Schedule. It’s available at the link above in both HTML and PDF versions and available in a high-quality print edition at most of the places you pick up your copy of Latitude 38, or at our World Headquarters in Mill Valley.

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