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Catalina 22's now arriving at Pensacola Yacht Club for 50th Anniversary National Championships

by Talbot Wilson 20 May 2021 08:46 PDT May 23-27, 2021
Pensacola Yacht Club is set for the 50th Anniversary Catalina 22 Nationals © Catalina 22 National Sailing Association

Next Week, Pensacola YC member volunteers and staff and the Catalina 22 National Sailing Association will roll out the red carpet for sailors from all over the nation. By mid-week, pre regatta, 24 of the 50-year-old class of cruiser-racers had entered the regatta. Several boats are already at Pensacola YC for some early preparations.

The 50th Anniversary Catalina 22 National Championship regatta is on schedule with racing May 23-27 at Pensacola Yacht Club. Entries are being accepted until Sunday, the day before racing starts. Final registration and inspections open Friday May 21 and continues through Sunday May 22. A practice session on the bay highlights Sunday afternoon.

The championships are supported by a grant from Pensacola Sport, by, the visiting sailor's official tourism resource, and by Regatta Craft Mixers.

In 2018, the club hosted the Optimist Nationals with over 300 boats, skippers, plus their coaches and families. In 2019 the club hosted the Flying Scot Nationals. Each November the club now offers spectacular Melges 24 racing for the Bushwhacker Cup. So from Catalina 22 to Melges 24 May to November there is sailboat racing for all skill levels and all sizes.

Hal Smith, PYC's exceptional PRO who is a former C22 national champion himself, promises top quality race management.

Smith commented on the class he once raced, "The Catalina 22 class is the friendliest and warmest class ever. You will see families competing and friends teamed up to sail, and you will see sailors who have been sailing C22's for over 40 years having owned multiple boats. This is the celebration of 50 years of the C22 National Association. Few classes have that kind of durability. National regattas had been held continuously every year until last year when COVID interrupted the streak. The loyalty of these sailors is special."

Regatta Chairman Tom Pace will put together a great shore team and a program of activities for all. Lots of racing, wind willing, and promises of some wonderful socializing.

Regatta Craft Mixers has come on board to offer their refreshing line of products with a special Catalina 22 drink menu being served at the Pensacola YC's famous Blue Bar and the poolside watering hole.

The Pensacola YC team is pleased that so many Catalina 22's and their families are coming from all over the nation to enjoy the "South's Finest Yacht Club". Sailors are coming from as far as Washington state, many from the Southwest and Southeast,.

Some have been to Pensacola before, but not since the club cleared off the eastern five acres of its waterfront... not since the new sailing center was built, not since the new launching ramp and upgraded hoist were completed and not since marina renovations were finished for the second time following Hurricane Sally hit last September.

Pensacola YC now has 22 usable acres. The pool overlooks the bay. The Watson Sailing Center overlooks the bayou. Both are perfect for after-race socials. The grassy grounds offer space for boat storage and camping. It's first come to reserve one of our four RV pads.

Pensacola YC's Grill Room Bar was named the World's Best Yachting Bar in 2017, famous for Bushwhackers and very cold beer. Sparkling drinks created with Regatta Craft Mixers will add new options when mixed with any choice of spirits or just on the rocks.

The Regatta brand boasts "Our premium craft mixers are so good that they stand on their own, but don't let that stop you from using your imagination to create a dazzling cocktail. Try some of our favorite cocktails and launch your own adventure!"

Pensacola YC will be offering suggestions for some new summertime cocktails... Try a 22 Skidoo - Gold Rum, Regatta Mix Ginger Ale, Mint and a slice of lime, the 22 Wahoo - White Rum, blue curaçao, lemonade and Regatta Mix Citrus Tonic and the PYC Catalina Kooler - Dark rum, Ginger Beer Lite, and a slice of Lime. Or create your own concoction.

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