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July Racing Preview

Good News

During the month of June, a lot of good news crossed the Latitude 38 Racing Desk. First the Richmond and Benicia Yacht Club beer cans started up. Corinthian YC kicked off their Friday night series on the 26th with a non-counter, to help the sailors shake off the long months of sheltering away from the race course.

Three boats sail past Angel Island
CYC’s Friday night races sailed under dramatic skies on June 26.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / John

In a news flash on Thursday, we announced that the Coast Guard has reinstated the blanket race permit for yacht racing in the Bay Area. On Saturday, the Singlehanded Sailing Society was finally able to send solo racers around the Farallones, after having had to postpone twice. Thirty skippers signed up. Twenty-five made it through the drippy fog to the start. (We’ll have more on that race in the August issue of Latitude 38.)

boats sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge
Bob Johnston’s Alerion 38 Surprise! and Daniel Willey’s Nauticat 44 Galaxsea sail through dense, drizzly, low fog to the Gulf of the Farallones.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

Now to figure out whose races are on, and which organizers are still holding off.

San Francisco Bay

Among a flurry of Fourth of July races, Tiburon YC has canceled the Brothers & Sisters Race. SFYC’s July 4 Fireworks Folly Pursuit Race is still on the books, as are their Hart Nunes Regatta for Mercurys and the Belvedere Classic and Great SF Schooner Race, both scheduled for July 11. (Sorry, after we posted this we received an email that the Hart Nunes has been canceled.)

Encinal YC is planning to host the YRA’s Encinal Regatta (ex-2nd Half Opener) on July 25-26. Encinal’s Summer Twilight races will start on Friday, July 3.

St. Francis YC is now accepting registrations for the Elvstrom/Zellerbach Regatta for invited dinghy classes on July 18-19. Their evening race series for J/22s on Wednesdays, kiteboarders on Thursday, and windsurfers on Fridays are on the calendar for July.

South Bay

On Thursday, we received this very welcome message from Tom Borgstrom at Sequoia YC in Redwood City: “Sequoia will be holding its first (and hopefully final!) Quarantine Cup Series, with six weekend races from July 4 through October 11.  Registration will open today on Anja Bog will be the series Race Captain.

“Sequoia is also excited to announce the return of its Wednesday Night Sunset Series, with 14 races between July 8 and October 7. Registration on will be opened soon. Mark Wommack will be the series Race Captain.

“The race committees intend to offer one or more shorthanded and fully-crewed divisions for each of these series. Note that access to the club will be restricted and no pre-race or post-race events will be held. Both series will be conducted under new rules intended to enable social distancing for limiting the transmission of COVID-19 and to comply with San Mateo County health orders.  Please see each NOR and SIs for more details, as well as the latest San Mateo County Health Orders here.

“One of the new rules will be that all crew must wear a face covering, except when:

  1. Singlehanding.
  2. All crew are part of the same household or Social Bubble as defined in the Health Order.”

Lake Tahoe

On Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe Windjammers YC has races planned on July 5 (Funette), July 12 (Howard Stevens), July 19 (Southern Crossing) and July 26 (Doublehanded Races) — all Sundays. Their Wednesday nighters have launched too.

To the north, Tahoe YC (in Tahoe City) will run the Trans-Tahoe Regatta on July 11-12. They too are sailing Wednesday night races, and they offer a Monday night series for Lasers. They were to have hosted the Laser Pacific Coast Championships on July 24-26, but that’s been canceled.

And More

Many more fine races are filling the starting gates and rarin’ to go, ears perked for the starting gun. Find more in our Calendar, coming out in the July issue of Latitude 38 on Wednesday, and in the 2020 Northern California Sailing Calendar and YRA Schedule.

Not on the Ocean, but Online

Thanks to efforts by Pacific Cup skipper Rebecca Hinden, the Pac Cup will cross the Pacific after all next month — just not in real life. Instead both erstwhile official entries and everyone else will be able to simulate a sail to Oahu. will provide the platform for a Virtual Pac Cup. “Guide your race machine in real time from the Golden Gate Bridge to the welcoming arms of Kaneohe Bay,” says the press release. Registration and practice racing are open now, and the ‘race’ itself will start on July 2. Pacific Cup YC will be dishing out prizes in two categories:

  • General/Overall Prizes and
  • 2020 Entrant Prizes. The latter are for skippers, owners, and crew signed up in the 2020 race.

Sign up here:

My Pac Cup

PCYC is also offering a series of webinars entitled My Pac Cup. These are more personal stories than how-to seminars. The webinars will be held on the second or fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Here’s the July-August line-up:

  • July 8: Jim Quanci, Green Buffalo. Jim is one of the most prolific crossers, and is oddly fond of the return trip aboard his and Mary’s Cal 40. Registration Required.
  • July 22: Gary Troxel, Tiki Blue. This former PCYC commodore aboard his Beneteau has one of the most personable boats around and can share a wide range of experiences. Register here.
  • August 12: Julia Paxton, Loose Cannon. A professional mariner, Julia is a veteran of big (SC50)  and small (Express 27) boat crossings, experiencing victory in both (including the closely fought defeat of her cousin Will to take her division in the last Pac Cup). Register Here.
  • August 26: Rowena Carlson, Nozomi. A board member and chief inspector for the last two races, Rowena is amazingly competent at all she does, frequently aboard the Cal 40 with spouse Robb Walker. She’ll talk about her doublehanding experiences and more. Register here.

1 Comment

  1. Christine Weaver 4 years ago

    After posting this on Monday, we learned that the Hart Nunes Regatta for Mercurys at SFYC on July 11 has been canceled.

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