by Rich Roberts
Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week entries are now open with the event set to take place from 22-25 June. Are you looking forward to shorts, t-shirts and the first weekend of summer? Then mark your calendar, as there is now only about four months left to collect a crew, shop for sails and get your boat ready to 'Race With the Champions'.
Catalina 37s prepare to douse spinnakers leeward gate - Day 1 - Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week 2011
Indeed, entries are now open for the West Coast's largest keelboat regatta, which was featured last fall in Sailing World magazine. Competitors may register online.
The organizing Long Beach and Alamitos Bay Yacht Clubs hosted 150 boats in 15 one-design and PHRF classes last year. They expect to top that with three days of racing on three windward-leeward courses inside and outside the Long Beach Harbor breakwater.
For those who prefer longer offshore adventure with changing scenery and only one race a day, there's a Random Leg fleet, won last year by David O. Team's Rebel Yell, a Transpac 52 from Newport Harbor YC. The win also was good for PHRF Boat of the Week honors and a $1,000 Precision Swiss Time watch.
True to the event's tradition, there will be parties every night, with free transit by the Big Red Bus between LBYC and ABYC.
Long Beach Race Week website