Thursday, February 16, 2012

J/One-Designs @ SCYA Midwinters

J/120s sailing one-design off San Diego, California (Long Beach, CA)- The Southern California Yachting Association’s 83rd Midwinter Regatta is gearing up for the weekend of February 18 and 19, 2012. The Midwinter Regatta is the largest and most unique regatta held anywhere in North America.

This Regatta will be held at over 25 individual SCYA Clubs from Channel Islands, south to San Diego, all ports in between, and east to Arizona. This Regatta allows individual Yacht Clubs to feature specific races and to give the sailors from their area the opportunity to race in a combined, quality regional regatta against the best sailors in Southern California and beyond.  The goal for the 2012 SCYA Midwinter Regatta Committee is to provide a high level of competition and quality racing for sailors throughout Southern California and Arizona.

Along those lines, Scuttlebutt Editor Craig Leweck paid a visit to some local bars/ restaurants  on the simple basis that man does not live on bread alone and sailors like more than cheeseburgers. To that end, the sailor's hang-out (a.k.a. "watering hole") of choice apparently is Gladstone's in Long Beach.  They not only have rum and king crab, but calamari as well.  Gladstone's is renowned for being the creators of Maui's "Best Mai Tai" and voted "Best Seafood" by Press Telegram readers-- you can learn more about Gladstone's here.

As for the sailing, the various J's will be divided up over three primary sailing areas (of the six that on stage for the event).  Sailing out of Dana Point YC (south of Newport Beach) are the J/24s.  The J/80s will be racing at both Arizona YC (Lake Pleasant) and Cal YC up in Marina Del Rey.  The J/105s are beginning to gear up for their 2012 North Americans in San Diego, so watch for a highly competitive fleet vying for class honors in San Diego.  Also racing out of San Diego YC will be the J/109s and J/120s.  For more SCYA Midwinters sailing information.