Saturday, May 25, 2019

California Offshore Race Week Series Preview

J/88 sailing Spinnaker Cup race (San Francisco, CA)- The 2019 California Offshore Race Week is hosted by Encinal Yacht Club, Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, Santa Barbara Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club. Together, they connect three distances races into a full offshore race week series. The series first race is now the fifth major offshore Memorial Day event!

Said one owner that has participated in previous series, “it’s the perfect series of races to kick off summer. Condensed into a tight window to accommodate our busy schedules - we get the chance to experience all of the challenges of too much and too little wind while racing along the picturesque California coast. We are all looking forward to the exhilarating downwind conditions and finishing in the San Diego sun. We’re packing the sunscreen!”

The three events are the following:
  • May 25- Spinnaker Cup Race- San Francisco, CA to Monterey
  • May 27- Coastal Cup Race- Monterey, CA to Santa Barbara
  • May 30- SoCal 300 Race- Santa Barbara, CA to San Diego
J/111 sailing Spinnaker cup raceThe event has proved popular with J/Teams on the Pacific coast. Participating in all three races in both the ORR-A Class and PHRF B Class will be the J/125 VELVET HAMMER, skippered by Zachery Anderson from Richmond YC (note- they are also entered in the 50th Transpac Race).

Sailing just the Spinnaker Cup Race from San Francisco down to Monterrey, CA will be seven J/Crews.  In the PHRF D Class are two J/120s, Timo Bruck’s TWIST and Michael Clarke’s J/120 SHENANIGANS from Richmond YC. In the PHRF E Class are three J/105s (Shafaq Sheikh’s SPARTAN, Chris Kim’s VUJA STAR, and Charlie Abraham’s JAVELIN), Vern Zvoleff’s J/88 RABIAN, and Kevin Mills’ J/36 DAWNS EARLY LIGHT.

Finally, joining the fleet for the SoCal 300 Race are two more high-octane, extremely fast offshore teams.  Sailing in ORR E class are Scott Grealish’s J/121 BLUE FLASH and Doug & Jack Jorgensen’s J/111 LIVE WIRE.  For more California Offshore Race Week sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.