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Racing Updates from the YRA and SSS

YRA Doublehanded Series

“If there is one thing this pandemic has taught us, it’s got to be how to be nimble and adapt to the constant need to change the best laid plans,” writes the YRA. “Due to some logistics issues with COVID, we’ve had to change up our new Doublehanded Series. The good news? It’s still definitely happening!”

Green Buffalo and Surprise! in Raccoon Strait
The Cal 40 Green Buffalo and the Alerion 38 Surprise! sail past Angel Island in the YRA Island Tour, a doublehanded race in August last year. It drew 80 entries.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

“The two SSS races, the Corinthian and the Round the Rocks Race, are no longer part of the series. Those two dates are being rescheduled and replaced with two new doublehanded-only YRA races. We will get the new schedule of dates out as soon as possible. We’re planning a kick-off date of March 14 for the first race.”

Singlehanded Sailing Society Update

The change will please those competitors who wanted to race singlehanded in the SSS series, and still participate in the YRA’s new four-race doublehanded series. The two SSS races are scheduled for February 27 (Corinthian) and March 27 (Round the Rocks). “Corinthian” is now a misnomer, as that race will start and finish in front of the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco instead of the Corinthian in Tiburon.

SSS Corinthian Start in Tiburon
Don’t show up here for the start of the SSS Corinthian on February 27, 2021.
© 2021 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

The SSS capped entries at 150, reached within two days. But, hold on, there’s hope yet if you didn’t make the first cut. The SSS reopened entries, and they’ve reached 182 sign-ups as of this morning. Registration will close for good next Wednesday night, February 24. The skippers’ meeting (via Zoom) that night will double as the awards meeting for the Three Bridge Fiasco.

New Racing Rules Seminar

Have you updated your knowledge of the Racing Rules of Sailing? The YRA is inviting sailors to an online rules talk by Rob Overton next Thursday, February 25, 7:30-9 p.m. Overton serves on the US Sailing Racing Rules Committee. He’ll discuss the changes in the 2021-2024 RRS, why those changes were put in, and how the changes will impact us as racers. The cost is $25. Learn more and register here. Incidentally, we profiled Rob and his family in the December 2019 issue of Latitude 38.

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