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June Races in Northern California

Entry closes at midnight tonight, Wednesday, May 31, for June 3’s Delta Ditch Run race from Richmond to Stockton Sailing Club. The DDR is also an official Delta Doo Dah event, so if you’re sailing in the DDR, especially in the Cruising Division, be sure to sign up for DDD 15 too.

Moore 24 roundup
Last year’s Delta Ditch Run was well mannered until the fleet turned the corner at Pittsburg and entered New York Slough. Afternoon winds have been blustery this week in the Delta, and temperatures have been unseasonably cool. But, as usual, be prepared for a long day in the sun.
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California Offshore Race Week will wrap up on June 1-3 with the SoCal 300 from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

On June 3, San Francisco Yacht Club‘s Midnight Moonlight Maritime Marathon will take advantage of the full moon, rising at 8:41 p.m., as will later finishers in the above-mentioned Delta Ditch Run. Also on that day, Gold Country YC will host the Go for the Gold Regatta on Scotts Flat Lake near Nevada City.

The Yacht Racing Association’s Full Crew Farallones will be on June 10 (there’s a division for shorthanded racers too).

June 15-18 is Opti Heavy Weather time at St. Francis YC, starting with a Slalom on the 15th.

On June 16-18, the San Francisco Lipton Cup will sail in StFYC’s J/22s, with distance races and windward/leewards. SFYC will host the PICYA regatta.

Santa Cruz YC plans Friday night Laser races on June 16, July 21 and August 11. The NOR and registration link for June 16 is now up on the SCYC page at “It’s a great way to kick off the weekend — come on out for some fun short-course racing,” says Laird Henkel. “We’re working on getting a post-race BBQ.”

On June 23-25, StFYC will host the Woodies Invitational for Knarrs, Folkboats, Bird Boats and IODs.

Ocean racers can celebrate Summer Sailstice this year by doing BAMA’s Doublehanded Farallones or the YRA’s Half Moon Bay Race on June 24. A skipper’s meeting for the HMB Race will be held via Zoom on June 13 at 7 p.m. Register for the meeting here. HMBYC will host a post-race beachside party with live music.

“By popular demand, like last year, the race is going to be in late June on one of the longest days of the year,” says BAMA. “With max daylight, you have more time to get back before dark. This year’s race features the same start at Baker Beach and finish at Golden Gate YC, and the option to round the island in either direction. We have the same flexible solutions for equipment requirements to allow more boats to race (e.g. Moore 24 fleet, trailerable boats). We’ve pushed back the first start time slightly to give everyone a little bit more time to get out to the start line in the morning. Registration includes two 2023 Doublehanded Farallones watch caps. Early bird registration pricing applies until June 4.”

On the following day, 19 solo sailors will head out the Gate bound for Hanalei Bay in the Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race. They’ll start off the Cityfront at Golden Gate YC.

J/105s and J/88s will head to South Beach YC on June 24-25 for a J-Stop Invitational.

On the 24th, Lake Washington Sailing Club will host the One Design Championship Series #2 and on June 25 an El Toro Regatta. For the El Toro fleet, this regatta in West Sacramento will take the place of the traditional Clear Lake regatta.

Pacific Northwest

The Van Isle 360° will race around Vancouver Island, with stops, from June 3 to 17.

In Port Townsend, WA, the Race to Alaska events will kick off with a Ruckus at the Northwest Maritime Center and Pope Marine Park, with activities from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. “See the boats. Meet the racers. Get the tattoo. Party.”

  • The Stage 1 Race from Port Townsend to Victoria, BC, will start at 5 a.m. on June 5.
  • The Stage 2 Race from Victoria to Ketchikan, AK, will start at noon on the 8th. Follow along via the trackers here.
  • Between the two stages will be a Victoria Racer Party at Swans Pub in Victoria on June 6 at 6:45 p.m.
Victoria dock party
Hanging out at the docks in Victoria between stages.
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Anacortes Race Week, the descendent of Whidbey Island Race Week, will take place on June 26-30.

Southern California

Del Rey YC’s Berger/Stein Series will wrap up with a race from Marina del Rey to Catalina Harbor on June 10, and a race back the next day.

The US Open Sailing Series will go to San Diego on June 16-18. The ILCA PCCs will join the fun. (The PCCs had been scheduled for June 24-25 at Del Rey YC, but the venue and dates have changed.) Early entry before June 2 is $150, a big savings over the standard fee of $200. Entries close on Wednesday, June 14. Sign up here.

On June 23-25, San Diego YC will host Kettenburg & Classic Yacht Regatta.

Entries in the Los Angeles to Honolulu Transpac Race will head out on June 27 and 29 and July 1. Sixty boats signed up. Look for previews of both transpacific races in the June issue of Latitude 38, coming out tomorrow.

The Roadmasters who race Moore 24s will head to the high country on June 30-July 2 for their Nationals on Huntington Lake, hosted by Fresno YC.

Most of these events, plus many more, are listed in the Calendar section of Latitude 38’s June issue. We’ll update our online Calendar tomorrow morning.

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