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As Webster's defines it:
"A race is a contest of speed, as in running, riding, driving, sailing, etc." "A racer is one who or that which takes part in a race as a racehorse, bicycle or yacht, etc."
Welcome Racers!! Shoreline Yacht Club invites you to become part of what just may be the longest-lived community of competition since time began, Yacht Racing. Of course it did not begin as we know it today, but sailors of any vintage know the basis of this competition. Who may deny the urge to check your speed, sail shape, trim and heading when sailing in proximity to another boat? That is what makes sailing so enjoyable, and racing simply adds to the experience. Through race participation, every sailor, from novice to expert, improves his or her knowledge and skill. Everyone remembers the learning curve associated with sailing. Some sailors complacently motor to and from Catalina, because the wind is never quite right for a good sail. Those who have gained knowledge of themselves and their boats are able to enjoy the peace and quiet of a passage under sail. Racing is the best way to acquire this education.
Shoreline offers racing opportunities to challenge any level of ability or desire. Our entry level Summer Series and fall Carl Anderson Memorial Series are less competitive events designed to introduce our members to the yacht racing world. New for 2011 is a series to utilize our fleet of Cal 20’s, Cal 20-Taco Tuesdays, which will be every Tuesday night in May.
Our featured PHRF (performance handicapped racing fleet) events include buoy races; the Rites of Spring, the April Fool's Race, the Dog Days of Summer and the Turkey Trot as well as point-to-point races; the Queen Mary Regatta (Redondo Beach to Long Beach) the Long Beach to Dana Point Race. Two specialized Shoreline events are the Start-Your-Heart-Out Race and the Platform to Queen Mary Race. The first consists of, you guessed it, enough starts to make you and your crew one-off experts at hitting the line. The Platform event is unique in that it offers single and double-handed sailors a chance to practice their skill. Filling out our calendar is the Charity Regatta an event of which we are especially proud. This annual event was formed in the 1980's when members from Shoreline and five other local clubs organized the regatta to benefit the Children's Clinic of Long Beach.
Please see the current calendar for additional events and entry information including our winter There and Back Avalon Regatta and the SCYA Midwinter Regatta.
Well, that pretty much sums up the Racing here at Shoreline Yacht Club. We also have seminars every now and then about Racing Rules and Tactics and How a Race Committee Works. And for those of you with up and coming little racers, our Junior Sailing One-design Racing Program, featuring the fleet of Cal 20's, may just fit the bill.
Thanks for visiting,
Race Management Committee Chair
For all of the current race information please visit www.shorelineyachtclub.com