Summer starts at Long Beach Race Week
Published on June 12th, 2019
More than 100 teams have already entered the 2019 Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week which draws sailors from Arizona to Hawaii, Canada and Mexico for racing on June 21 to 23. Competitors will vie in a series of seven windward/leeward or three random leg races, in both one-design and PHRF fleets.
Long Beach is known for reliable westerly breezes filling in each afternoon. Fleets racing inside the Federal Breakwater enjoy the combination of stiff wind and flat water, while outside courses get the added challenge of a lively sea state. Already forecasts are predicting sunny skies with winds of 10 to 15 knots for the event.
Sailing for championship trophies are the Schock 35 fleet and Catalina 37s. Farr 40, TP52, and J/70 classes will also be well represented, while a burgeoning Viper 640 fleet takes advantage of Ullman Sails LBRW to tune-up their skills in advance of their August World Championships.
Teams will be vying for Boat of the Day and daily awards in addition to overall series awards. For the highest placing boat sailed by at least three immediate family members, there’s the Kent Golison Family Trophy; while the Travel Trophy is given to the boat owner traveling the furthest to compete.
The Satariano Boat of the Week award recognizes the one-design class winner of the tightest, most competitive division; and the PHRF Boat of the Week prize goes to the same, in their category. Plus, a battle for honors in the Yacht Club Challenge is sure to ensue: awarded to the club whose team has the lowest combined score in Catalina 37 and two other divisions.
There’s even a bonus award spurring a rivalry off the course: a distinctive bottle of rum for the fleet with the most boats. As close of entries approaches on June 18 at 6:00pm PST – the Viper 640s and J/70s remain in a tight contest for those liquid laurels.
Hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club.