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May Yacht Racing Preview

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The YRA will continue their Shorthanded Sunday Series on May 2 (the Island Tour Regatta) and May 23 (the North South Regatta). Entries for the May 2 race close today, Wednesday, April 28!

Russian Roulette and CentoMiglia with spinnakers
On a foggy day in August, the J/105 Russian Roulette and Flying Tiger CentoMiglia approach Raccoon Strait in the 2020 Islands Tour.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

The YRA’s Summer Series for full crew on short courses will continue on May 8.

The OYRA Series will resume on the 22nd, with the Duxship Race around the Duxbury Reef buoy (off Bolinas) and the Lightship.

NorCal Regattas

San Francisco Yacht Club’s Elite Keel invites J/105, Express 37, J/88, Melges 24, J/70, SF Bay IOD, Knarr and J/24 fleets to race on May 1-2.

“Shake off the dust, swab the decks, and brush up on your social skills. It’s time to emerge from isolation and go sailing,” writes Moore 24 secretary/treasurer Sarah Raymoure. The Moore 24 fleet will sail their Nationals at Santa Cruz May 7-9. Why? “Arms vaxxed, hulls waxed and ready to kick AXX!” says Sarah. Register here.

Moore 24s racing in Santa Cruz
The Moore 24 fleet beats north to Natural Bridges in a race in Santa Cruz in 2018.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

On May 8, Monterey Peninsula YC will host the Club Laser Champs.

The next race for the Singlehanded Sailing Society will be the Singlehanded Farallones Race on May 15. Also on that day, Sausalito YC will kick off their Classic Boat Invitational Series.

On May 15-16, St. Francis YC will welcome invited one-design dinghies to the Elvstrom/Zellerbach Regatta, then they’ll welcome invited classes, ORR and PHRF keelboats to the Stone Cup on May 21-23.

The Master Mariners Regatta for classic vessels is a go for the 29th, the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.

Schooners sail past Lime Point
A trio of schooners reach across the Golden Gate in the 2018 Master Mariners Regatta.
© 2021 Scott Wall

Also on Memorial Day Weekend is the Whiskeytown Sailing Association’s Memorial Weekend Regatta on Whiskeytown Lake.

SoCal Regattas

San Diego YC will host the Yachting Cup on May 1-2. That same weekend, Santa Barbara Sailing Club will put on their Cinco de Mayo Regatta.

Los Angeles YC’s Breakout Regatta Series will continue on May 8.

AllCal Regattas

California Offshore Race Week returns! It will start on May 29, with the Spinnaker Cup from San Francisco Bay to Monterey. On May 31, racers will depart Monterey for Santa Barbara in the Coastal Cup. The SoCal 300 will wrap up the series on June 3-5. Got a really, really fast boat, like a MOD70? The CA 500 is for you. Sail all the way from San Francisco to San Diego nonstop on June 3-5.

SC50s and 70 in Monterey
In Monterey, the start of the sleds in the 2019 Coastal Cup. The entire 2020 Offshore Race Week was canceled.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

For info on all of the above, see

High School Sailing

High school racing resumes this weekend for the first time since the pandemic struck. Encinal YC will host the NorCal Championships on May 1-2, while the US Sailing Center of Long Beach hosts the SoCal Championships. USSCLB will host the Gold Pacific Coast Championship on May 8-9. All of these regattas will be sailed in CFJs.

For many more regattas and events around the region, check our May Calendar, coming out in the May issue of Latitude 38 this Friday, April 30.

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