Get offshore with the fleet, and ‘feel the power’ of the ocean

Welcome to the 2015 Islands Race!

The 130 nm course challenge is to navigate offshore from Long Beach Harbor, transit the deep blue ocean swells and genuine sea breezes to the west of Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands, and finally negotiate various points of sail to the finish off San Diego’s Point Loma.

The 2015 Islands Race marks the 6th year of this well-attended event developed in partnership between San Diego Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club. The successful long-term cohosting of this race has proven to be a positive example of yacht clubs working together to promote, advance and improve the sport of yacht racing.

The Islands Race is a great ‘sprint’ distance race with outstanding hospitality at two world class yacht clubs. Yellowbrick race tracking for all boats and social receptions at both ends are included and make for a great race experience! And… it is an outstanding opportunity to shake out new sails, inventory safety gear and practice offshore crew skills prior to the NHYC Cabo race and SDYC Vallarta race... all without leaving US waters.


The Fast 50 Class is a new fleet in Southern California which saw its first season last year. The membership consists of roughly 50-foot race yachts (the smallest being 46’ and the biggest 52′, currently), who formed together to create a class with an annual championship circuit of the top regattas in the Southern California region.
Offshore racers are invited to FREE "After the Sun Sets" Race Seminars at 4 SoCal yacht clubs this winter (1/28 at San Diego YC, 1/29 at Balboa YC, 2/11 at Del Rey YC, and 2/12 at Dana Point YC). Learn from Bob Steel, a US Sailing "Safety at Sea" instructor on Safety and Weather Forecasting, Bruce Cooper from Ullman Sails on night sail trim and selection, and Peter Vretschger from NOSA on general tips for night racers and updates on racing to Mexico.
Welcome to the 6th annual Islands Race, co-hosted by Newport Harbor YC and San Diego YC. Registration is open.
Congratulations to overall winner of the 2014 Islands Race, Brack Duker and the crew of the Santa Cruz 70 Holua! The 5th annual Islands Race was held in early March, starting on Friday the 7th off Newport Beach, leaving both Santa Catalina Island and San Clemente Island to port, and finishing on Saturday the 8th in San Diego.
With Yellowbrick Race Trackers on board all Islands Race boats, you can go back and watch a replay of the race online. The 2 speedy trimarans start last and fly past the entire fleet, becoming the first boats to round San Clemente Island and fly south around the course.
The second edition of the Islands Race is in the history books and it was another good one, with 51 boats registered. First to Finish honors went to Pendragon VI crossing buoy SD at 0530. SDYC’s own Andy Rasdal / Valkyrie won the IRC/i52 Division and Dennis Pennel / Blue Blazes placed 2nd in the PH 1 division.
Get on board with Barry & Sue Senescu, Ken Cooper, Bruce Cooper, Erik Axford, Terri Manok, and Vince Valdez as they sail the inaugural Islands Race in March 2010.