As the big fall regattas wind down this month and midwinter series begin next month, it’s time to look ahead to 2020. Laura Muñoz at the Yacht Racing Association is hard at work assembling the YRA Master Schedule. Meanwhile, the crew at Latitude 38 is hard at work creating the 2020 Northern California Sailing Calendar, which will include the YRA schedule. We encourage clubs and organizations to get their dates in ASAP to help grow race participation and club membership. Please send your regatta schedule to Laura at the YRA and information about your youth programs to Latitude 38 by October 26.
We know it’s complicated process to figure out your organization’s schedule. SailGP will probably return to San Francisco, but we don’t have dates for that yet. We can tell you that the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show will be held on April 16-20. Mother’s Day is May 10 — you probably don’t want to schedule a race on that day. Easter will fall on April 12. The 20th annual Summer Sailstice weekend will be June 20-21. Master Mariners has already committed to combining the Sailstice with their Wooden Boat Show. (June 21 is also Father’s Day.) Adding to the complexity of the process is the changing of the guard on club boards at this time of year. Many clubs actually started working on their schedules in late summer. Laura already has several.
The Calendar is free; advertising pays for its production, printing and distribution. Be sure to get your ad in to Mitch or John by November 5. Then, on December 30, sailors will be able to pick up the 2020 edition and start making plans for a great new year on the water.