After a whirlwind of speculation and decision making regarding the official course for the 2016 Islands race, the boats are safe in port, sailors are dry and fed and trophies have been awarded. All boats sailed through the finish line last night minus two who retired early in the competition due to gear failure.
The Newport Sea Base, a youth maritime center for the community operated by the Orange County Boy Scouts in Newport Beach, CA, is sending a team of teenagers to participate in the 2016 Islands Race on March 11-12. This 120-mile offshore race will be one of two lead-up races, the other the 68th Newport to Ensenada Race, ahead of the California Coastal Cup and their planned participation in the SoCal 300 Race.
The Southern California sailing spring calendar is officially in full bloom for the 2016 season. The 130nm Islands Race (www.islandsrace.com) takes off on March 11, and is SDYC’s first US based offshore race of the year; followed by the SoCal 300 in May and the Rum Runner race in October. This is the seventh year that San Diego Yacht Club will partner with Newport Harbor Yacht Club for the Islands Race. The race will showcase impeccable scenery alongside the California coast as competitors start in Long Beach Harbor, navigate around the Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands, before completing the race in Point Loma in San Diego.
Similar to 2015, the Islands Race will be SDYC’s first (US based) offshore regatta to be followed by the SoCal 300 in May and the Rum Runner regatta in October. Islands Race competitors will start in Long Beach Harbor and sail around Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands prior to completing the race in Point Loma, San Diego. This event is consistently well-attended by over 30 boats ranging from 25-100 feet in length. I’m thrilled to be serving as chairman of this picturesque race again this year and am excited for another great event.