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Year-end Racing Preview

There are still a few opportunities to get some racing in before Christmas if you’ve gotten all of your holiday shopping done (see the next story if you haven’t). And what better way to start the new year than with a schooner race?

You can still catch a few races in the Bay Area before the end of the holiday season.

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This coming Saturday, December 21, two races take place at opposite ends of the greater Bay Area. Down south a bit, Santa Cruz YC is hosting the second race of their midwinter series. And for those of you in the North Bay, you can check out Santa Rosa SC’s Winter Series #2 on Spring Lake.

Sunday, December 22 might be your last chance to race this year, unless you happen to be sailing in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race. Berkeley YC’s Chowder Races offer informal competition for fun PHRF racing. Sign up at the last minute if you want, but don’t get too serious because rain could cancel it. 

Corinthian YC is offering discounts until December 25 to racers who sign up early for their Midwinters in January and February.

On Tuesday, January 1, the Master Mariner’s Benevolent Society hosts the Classic Run for the Chili Pot Race. Point San Pablo YC starts the race at 11:30 a.m. so don’t be late, and also be sure to bring your bilge treasures for the Tacky Trophy Exchange as well.


On Boxing Day (December 26), the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race competitors set off on the 628-mile regatta. Weather forecasts point to what will likely be one of the most exciting match-ups in its 68-year history. The 100-footers, in particular Wild Oats XI and Perpetual Loyal are certain to try to best each other for line honors and a record-breaking time. Local weather guru Stan Honey will be on board Perpetual Loyal and our very own Ronnie Simpson will be sailing on One for the Road. Look for his updates in ‘Lectronic.

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