Registration open for Yachting Cup
Published on April 4th, 2019
San Diego, CA (April 4, 2019) – The San Diego Yacht Club announced that registration is open for the 2019 Yachting Cup, one of California’s premier spring regattas. The Yachting Cup will return to San Diego on Friday, May 3rd for an intense three days of racing on the Coronado Roads ocean venue and in San Diego Bay. Over 100 boats in 10 classes competing in a series of one design and handicap racing are expected.
The Yachting Cup was established in 1972 as a premier offshore sailing event. The regatta was sponsored by Yachting Magazine and often times doubled as the US Ton Cup Championship, a qualifier for Worlds. Through the decades, the Yachting Cup shifted into a two-day event with multiple fleets and the Ton Cup was brought back as a Friday afternoon fun “tune-up” race.
New this year is the addition of non-spinnaker classes along with the Harbor 20 One-Design class that will be sailing in South San Diego Bay. The non-spinnaker classes will start and finish in South Bay but race up into San Diego Bay on predetermined random leg courses. The goal for 2019 is to continue adding diversity in the fleets that participate in the Yachting Cup and increase participation.
Regatta Chairman Tim Fuller explains, “This is going to be a major change for the Yachting Cup this year. Our intention is to open up the event and attract a wider range of skill levels to participate and get off the docks. You never know who might come out of the novice ranks and develop into full-blown racers.”
Separate from the Yachting Cup, sailors can choose to enter the Ton Cup on Friday May 3.. The Ton Cup is a random leg race in San Diego Bay. The scores from this race will not count towards the Yachting Cup; awards will be presented for Ton Cup post racing.
With the exception of a handful of fleets, most of the racing will take place on May 4-5. Each day of racing will conclude with post-race activities at SDYC. The Yachting Cup Awards will be held after the races on Sunday, May 5.
SDYC Commodore Jerelyn Biehl comments, “The Yachting Cup hosted by San Diego Yacht Club has grown tremendously over the past 47 years, crowning winners in numerous fleets. We’re excited this year to offer entry to boats over 20 feet and for the first time, a non-spinnaker division.
“By being more inclusive and offering starts for more boats, we hope to encourage more skippers to enter. We’re looking forward to welcoming all racers to SDYC and share in our love of competitive sailing followed by fantastic shore-side events.”
Racing is scheduled for May 3-5, 2019.
Source: SDYC Communications