Please select your home edition
Edition
Predictwind - Iridium

Long Beach Race Week - Action commences June 28th

by Rich Roberts on 14 May 2013
Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week 2012 Rich Roberts © http://www.UnderTheSunPhotos.com
Long Beach Race Week - The concept that sailboat racing could be fun even in large fleets of keelboats wasn't original 3 1/2 decades ago, but no event that evolved from that notion lives on more vigorously than the one that has ushered summer into Southern California for 35 years.

Under its prestigious title sponsor since 2005, Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week returns June 28-30 with three days of racing inside and outside the port's Federal breakwater. Each day's competition will be followed by onshore parties hosted by the organizing Long Beach and Alamitos Bay yacht clubs and minimally impeded by nighttime protest hearings long ago curtailed by friendlier in-and-out arbitration.

The West Coast's largest keelboat regatta has buoy racing for one-design and PHRF fleets on three racing areas: Alpha, Bravo and Charlie, each with its own race committee. Alpha and Bravo will be ocean courses; Charlie will be inside the breakwater between Islands Chaffee, Freeman and White.

All will be racing for a truckload of trophies for, among other goals, the Farr 40 West Coast championship, the Open 5.70 North American championship, the Catalina 37 and Olson 30 National championships, the Viper 640 Pan-American championship qualifier and points toward the J/80, J/105, J/109 and J/120 Southern California High Point Series.

All 10 of the Catalina 37s chartered from the Long Beach Sailing Foundation already have been taken by teams from as far away as Tacoma, Wash. and Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Farr 40s have their eyes on their World champs scheduled for San Francisco next year, with the locals working to raise their games. Several first competed as rivals in the venerable Schock 35s until stepping up to Farr 40s late in the last decade.

Ray Godwin, a local veteran of the fleet and LBYC member, placed third with his boat Temptress last year and was the only boat to beat Jeff Janov's Dark Star all weekend. Godwin said the competition is 'pretty congenial ... not too many protests. Most of us sailed together in Shocks---but, boy, is it competitive.'


The international Farr 40 class has an owner-driver rule---only the owner may drive---and limits the number of paid pros on board to three, except on the West Coast where only two are allowed.

'I personally don't pay anybody on board,' Godwin said.

Generally, the Farr 40s don't race offshore, with some exceptions.

'The top-level guys, all they want to do is the buoy racing,' Godwin said. 'We're one of the few that do the distance stuff. We always do [Newport to] Ensenada and some of the others.'

In fact, Gordon Leon of Rancho Palos Verdes and Zoltan Katinszky of San Pedro have entered their boats, Foil and White Knight, respectively, in this summer's Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii.

'They might be the first two to do it,' Godwin said.

Others are focused on prizes closer to shore, like the Ullman Sails LBRW Yacht Club Challenge Trophy. Teams must be comprised of three boats in different classes which can be from either a single club or from geographically recognized regions, such as the Pacific Northwest, Gulf Coast, British Columbia or Texas. Or on post-race parties all three evenings, with free shuttle boat service across Alamitos Bay between the two clubs. Then, as mentioned, speedy arbitration as an option to protest hearings that ruin the parties. Best of all, the racing promises few, if any, general recalls. Over-anxious starters are recalled by radio; proper starters may continue to race.

Free mooring assignments are available for out-of-town boats. Onshore accommodations, including event sponsor Ayres Hotel in adjacent Seal Beach, may be booked with special Race Week rates.

Otherwise, all a sailor has to do is (a) enter online and (b) sail a boat. The early discount deadline is June 10. Final entry deadline is June 25.
Long Beach Race Week

Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Protector - 660 x 82Southern Spars - 100

Related Articles

Para World Sailing Strategic Plan heading in the right direction
Sir Philip Craven receiving an update on progress world governing body is making in Para World Sailing Strategic Plan Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President met with senior World Sailing officials, receiving an update on the progress the world governing body is making in its Para World Sailing Strategic Plan.
Posted today at 7:19 am
America's Cup Hall of Fame - Syd Fischer one of three to be inducted
The America's Cup Hall of Fame to induct three personalities in 2017 - Syd Fischer, John K. Marshall, and Doug Peterson The America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on October 5, 2017 in San Diego, California, aboard the U.S.S. Midway. Three personalities will be inducted - Syd Fischer (AUS), John K. Marshall (USA), and Doug Peterson (USA). The America's Cup Hall of Fame was founded in 1992, as an arm of the Herreshoff Marine Museum by Halsey Herreshoff, a four-time America's Cup defender
Posted today at 3:58 am
Second annual Scrub Island Invitational - A fun race to a great party!
There's nothing like a good party at the finish to entice a fleet of enthusiastic racers to focus on the task at hand There's nothing like a good party at the finish to entice a fleet of enthusiastic racers to focus on the task at hand, and the Scrub Island Resort laid it on for racers today. Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina, a private-island resort in the BVI, lies approximately 13 km to the north east of Tortola. Today's course for the Scrub Island Invitational started off Nanny Cay with a light breeze
Posted today at 3:46 am
Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR – Perfect day of three wins
Making the difference so far is the Germans' superior strength and experience, as one of the crews in Palma Hungry to make their mark at the 49er FX European Championships when they come to their home water of Kiel in June, the duo who have sailed together since 2011 have been a class apart so far at the European season opener.
Posted on 29 Mar
Willy Altadill to return for his second edition of Volvo Ocean Race
Willy Altadill, who made his debut with MAPFRE last race, is the son of round-the-world veteran Guillermo Altadill. Willy Altadill, the 24-year-old from Barcelona, who made his debut with MAPFRE last race, is the son of round-the-world veteran Guillermo Altadill.
Posted on 29 Mar
Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar - Back to business
It was a return to business as usual for the second day of competition at Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar regatta. From a funky first day of racing when the promising solid morning breeze evaporated to become difficult, shifty and unsettled and then disappeared, it was a return to business as usual for the second day of competition at the 48th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar regatta.
Posted on 29 Mar
BVI Spring Regatta - Nanny Cay Cup sailed in light breezes
A tauntingly light breeze of five - seven knots out of the south was enough to get 50+ boats starting in Nanny Cay Cup A tauntingly light breeze of five - seven knots out of the south was enough to get 50+ boats starting in the Nanny Cay Cup, the first event of the 2017 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. Rather than the usual Round Tortola race, conditions favoured a 16 NM course starting in the channel off Nanny Cay and taking the fleet around Pelican and Flanagan Islands.
Posted on 29 Mar
It’s all about time at the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta
Several classes were too close to call going into the final day of racing at the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta Several classes were too close to call going into the final day of racing at the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), held March 24 to 26 out of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The reason? A mix of STIR-signature round-the-island courses combined with conditions that ranged from near breathless calm to blustery gusts over three days of racing that kept competitors on their toes
Posted on 28 Mar
Starting Chicago's racing season the right way
The city of Chicago will be kicking off its racing season with the Skyway Yacht Works COLORS Regatta The city of Chicago will be kicking off its racing season with the Skyway Yacht Works COLORS Regatta June 3-4, 2017 at Columbia Yacht Club. Not only is Columbia’s one level offshore racing series regatta the first major event of the season on lower Lake Michigan, but it is also one of the largest with its sights set on breaking 100 entries in a time when racing is perceived
Posted on 28 Mar
Seattle returns as host and partner in Clipper Round the World Race
The announcement that the Seattle will feature on the global route and enter a team, was made by Official Tourism Board Making its debut in the 2015-16 edition of the race, which saw the city’s name and iconic skyline emblazoned on one of the race’s twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts, Visit Seattle promoted the city as a destination for leisure, tourism and business during its eleven month, 40,000 nautical mile journey around the globe.
Posted on 28 Mar