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Summer Rolls Along with Regattas Galore

This Weekend

The deadline to enter the YRA Encinal Regatta is today; the race will head out to Point Bonita on Saturday and sail down the Estuary to the finish off Encinal Yacht Club, where the fleet will be feted with a post-race party — kind of like the good ol’ days. On Sunday, EYC and its neighbors Oakland YC and Island YC will run an Estuary Extravaganza of three races. Find registration for both events on

Estuary racing
A scene from last year’s Estuary Extravaganza.
© 2021 Fred Fago

This Saturday is also the deadline to register for St. Francis YC’s Rolex Big Boat Series to avoid a $200 late fee. As of this writing, 68 boats are entered to compete in the regatta on September 15-19. All one-design classes must have six boats to compete, with 15 boats required to constitute a class for J/70s.

The El Toro North Americans will begin on Friday and run through the weekend at Half Moon Bay YC in Pillar Point Harbor.

Farther north, the Columbia Gorge Racing Association will host the C-GOD regatta and 5O5 North Americans this weekend.

Fully into August

What could be more fun than a fleet of dinghies sailing 30 miles up the Sacramento River Deep Water Ship Channel in a pursuit race from Rio Vista to West Sacramento? Probably not much. The West Sacramento-based Lake Washington Sailing Club will run the regatta on August 7. Update on August 8: After posting this story we received word that LWSC has canceled the Delta Dinghy Ditch.

Two-day events on August 7-8 include San Francisco YC’s Summer Keel and Stillwater YC’s (in Pebble Beach) Santanarama.

On Sunday the 8th, Santa Cruz YC’s benefit regatta, Big Brothers Big Sisters Day, will sail on Monterey Bay.

Mid-Month Regattas

On August 9-14, Balboa YC in Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) will host the Youth Match Racing Worlds. This follows this week’s Governor’s Cup.

Governor's Cup racing
After one day of racing, Jeffrey Petersen (USA, Balboa YC) and Emil Kjaer (DEN, Royal Danish YC) tied at the top of the GovCup leaderboard; will face off in Wednesday’s first match.
© 2021 Tom Walker

The US Open Sailing Series will come to San Francisco Bay on August 12-15. StFYC, SFYC, Richmond YC and Treasure Island Sailing Club will all participate as hosts.

On Aug. 14-15, Richmond YC will host the RS Tera North Americans, and Santa Cruz YC will host the Laser NorCals. RYC, .

Gracie drives in EYC’s doublehanded Gracie & George race on Sunday, August 15.

Later in August

San Diego YC will host the US Women’s Match Racing Championship on August 19-22.

On Friday, August 20, StFYC’s Aldo Alessio will sail out to the ocean. The Phyllis Kleinman Swiftsure Regatta will take place on August 21-22, and both events will serve as the Santa Cruz 27 Nationals.

It’s an unusual time of year for the Great Vallejo Race, but then 2021’s been an unusual year. Registration is open for the race to Vallejo YC on Saturday and return to Richmond YC on Sunday. The YRA offers one-design, spinnaker, non-spinnaker, sportboat, multihull and cruising divisions. Entries will close on August 18.

Sausalito YC offers their Women Skippers Regatta on August 21.

Final Week of the Month

On Thursday evening, August 26, hydrofoil kites, hydrofoil windsurfers and formula windsurfers will run from Bridge to Bridge (Golden Gate to Bay). StFYC hosts.

It’s back to Stillwater YC in Pebble Beach on August 27-29, this time for the Mercury Class Nationals.

Bay View Boat Club’s Plastic Classic, for ‘plastic’ boats designed 25 years ago or earlier, will return — after last year’s hiatus — on August 28.

Two-day weekend events on August 28-29 include the OYRA and SSS Drake’s Bay Regatta, California Dreamin’ match-racing invitational at StFYC, the Pinecrest Regatta for El Toros, and the Millimeter Nationals hosted by EYC on the Estuary.

You’ll find most of these and much more in the Calendar section of the August Latitude 38, coming out this Friday, July 30.

1 Comment

  1. Christine Weaver 3 years ago

    Update on August 8: After posting this story we received word that LWSC has canceled the Delta Dinghy Ditch.

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