What All Regattas Should Be Like
Published on June 4th, 2013
The inaugural Made in Santa Cruz Regatta in Santa Cruz, CA had a simple plan: invite all boats built within Santa Cruz County or built utilizing molds and forms constructed within Santa Cruz County.
Various events were held during the span of May 25-June 2, with the final act being the Moore 24 and Santa Cruz 27 Nationals on May 31-June 2. Here are a few soundbites from the weekend:
“Welcome home to the first Made in Santa Cruz Race Week. The two greatest fleets ever were born here.” – Rob Schuyler, Santa Cruz Yacht Club Commodore
“My life and this story has been a complete improv. I never thought this could happen. I’m blown away. The boat picks the people who sail it. It’s made history, and I’m proud to be part of it.” – Ron Moore, Moore Sailboats
“We had this idea while sitting at the bar one day. Why don’t we get all those great Santa Cruz boats together? This is what racing is all about, the laughter and the fun that everybody had. I wish all the regattas were like this.” – Beau Vrolyk, Regatta Committee Chair
Samuel Kahn won the Moore 24 title in the 31-boat fleet while Joseph Ross/ John Hagen topped the 17 Santa Cruz 27s for the victory.