Masters of the Sport Coming to San Diego

Published on October 4th, 2016

San Diego, CA (October 4, 2016) – San Diego Yacht Club will host the International Masters Regatta from October 21-23, 2016.

Historically, this invitation-only international race has united several of the best master sailors from around the world including Paul Elvstrom, Bill Buchan, Malin Burnham, Don Trask, Peter Harken, Lowell North, Ron Holland, and George Hinman. World Champion sailor Malin Burnham, who was recently inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame, was skipper of the winning 2015 team.

The 2016 event will see 12 teams led by noted skippers Dick Tillman, David Irish, Douglas Rastello, Tom Webster, Richard du Moulin, John Andron, Don Martin, Chuck Nichols, Bob Fisher, Tom Ehman and Bill Menninger.

Fisher returns for his seventh consecutive year, making the trip from his home in the United Kingdom because his opponents “provide good sport afloat and great companionship ashore.”

Tim Fuller, co-chair of the 2016 regatta, is looking forward to the race. “International Masters Regatta is a special event and it’s an honor to host so many greats from the sport of sailing in one place. Every year, we look forward to this event.”

Originally established in 1975 by St. Francis Yacht Club member Don Trask, the regatta was previously sailed in the San Francisco Bay until moving to SDYC in 2012. Invited skippers must be over the age of 60 and crew members must be over the age of 45.

The three day regatta is sailed in a round robin format using equalized J/105 boats. The intended race area will consist of two days of windward-leeward courses set inside San Diego Bay with plenty of viewing opportunities for spectators along the waterfront. The third day will feature a change in the racing format with a random leg race within the harbor to finish up the regatta. There will be a practice day on Thursday, October 20.

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Source: Emily Willhoft, SDYC


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