Ramping up for Yachting Cup
Published on March 19th, 2017
Over 80 entries from around Southern California are anticipated for the 45th Yachting Cup, a signature event for San Diego Yacht Club on May 5-7, 2017.
The 2017 Yachting Cup will feature Friday ocean buoy racing for the Pac52 and West Coast 70 classes with scores counting towards their Yachting Cup class standings. Other racers wishing to compete on Friday will sail for the Ton Cup, a random leg race inside San Diego Bay on Friday afternoon. Saturday and Sunday racing will take place on two venues out on the Pacific Ocean, and one in San Diego Bay.
The Pac52 Class will compete in their inaugural event with widespread interest on the three new designs, Invisible Hand, Bad Pak and Rio, that will join Victor Wild’s Fox. Racing classes will include ORR, Sportboat (dual scored with PHRF and ORC), and One Design.
Early entries for this year’s race include a handful of West Coast 70s including 2017 Islands Race winner Roy Disney’s Andrews 70 Pyewacket. Several past overall and class winners have already entered this year’s event. Back to capture another title is the 2015 overall winner, Neil Fraser on his 1D35 Mexican Divorce.
The Schock 35 class will be well represented in 2017. Included in this class is Larry Leveille (Santa Barbara Yacht Club) who frequently sails the Yachting Cup in his Schock 35, Uncle Bob, on the way home from the Newport to Ensenada Race.
“SDYC does a fantastic job hosting the regatta, with great committee work, and of course, great parties,” said Leveille. “With Uncle Bob and our previous boat, Yachting Cup was always a ‘can’t miss it’ event.”
David Boatner’s J/35 Rival was the 2016 overall winner, capturing three bullets on the last day of racing and earning his spot on the Yachting Cup perpetual trophy. One-design classes such as the J/120s, J/105s and Farr 40s are anticipating competitive fleet racing over the weekend.
Event details: http://yachtingcup.com