Saturday, March 29, 2014

King Harbor Race Week Preview

J/35s sailing King Harbor regatta (King Harbor, CA)- From March 28th to 30th, Los Angeles are sailors will be kicking off their sailing season with competitive racing in King Harbor. It’s fun filled regatta that features not only on-the-water racing but excellent post-race hospitality with live music.  If you’ve never been to KHYC, try it some time, they really do know how to entertain sailors (hint- imagine the fun times sailors have had after the Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race!).  And, for those sailors that need a “refresher” on sailing off this spectacular point that protrudes far into Los Angeles Bay, don't hesitate to ask any Ullman Sails representative (regatta sponsors) about Ullman Strategy & Recipe notes for "How to Win in King Harbor".

J/111 JATO sailing King Harbor regattaThere are a nice mix of local and visiting teams sailing in the regatta.  In PHRF A class, the J/111 JATO sailed by the team of Bill Webster and Mike Moorhead from host KHYC is hoping to get the season going with a good performance.  They will be faced with having to hold off a strong challenge from a top J/109 that sails the SoCal regatta circuit, Alice Leahey’s GRACE O’MALLEY from California YC.

PHRF B division sees a mix of J/70s and J/80s vying for class honors.  Craig Tallman from host KHYC is sailing his J/70 JAYA against the famous DFZ from San Diego YC- led by Alex Kownacki and Cole Jenkins.  Past winner Curt Johnson from California YC is skippering the J/80 AVET against Dave Angers’s MISS DEMEANOR.  In short, two interesting duels are shaping up for this weekend’s regatta at King Harbor, both with near sisterships in size and speeds— J/111 vs J/109 and the 70s vs 80s!  Should be fun sailing for all.   For more King Harbor Race Week sailing information