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The Publisher

Jan 12, 2012, 5:04 PM

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With the holiday decorations tucked away, Southern California racers gathered in Marina del Rey last weekend for the start of the 2012 season - the annual 22nm race along the Los Angeles coastline to Malibu and return.

The popularity of this race - often the biggest regatta of the year on the Santa Monica Bay - has little to do with Malibu's history of Hollywood stars and surfing legends. What it does offer is the opportunity for a crew of average joes to enjoy an adventurous race and not be required to do a litany of highly skilled crew maneuvers.

Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck reflects on growing up in Marina del Rey. "The buoy races are now a blur, but I fondly remember racing to Malibu. It wasn't always a thrill, often a close reach both ways, but it was different. Subtle tactical strategy, lots of hours tweaking sail shapes, and the time hanging out with the crew formed bonds."

With participation in random leg racing on the increase in the SM Bay, and sausage regattas on the decline, the new Pacific Cup Deepwater Series is being launched in 2012 by California Yacht Club to tap into this market demand. With a three hour target time, each unique race will explore a different section of the Santa Monica Bay for boats rated under PHRF, Cruising Class and ORCA.

"I can see how putting a crew together for a random leg race is way easier than a buoy race, plus they take away some of the advantage from the highly trained teams," noted Leweck. "If you combine fewer turns with wider racing lanes, I suspect the racing remains closer, and the less experienced teams can stay in the hunt."

Is your area seeing this trend? Comments welcome.

The Publisher

Jan 13, 2012, 8:47 AM

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California YC's new Pacific Cup Deepwater Series:

California Yacht Club introduces an exciting new

3-3-3 Series

Pacific Cup Deepwater Series

For PHRF, Cruising Class and ORCA Competitors

Plus a Yacht Club Challenge

Three - Three - Three

· 3 Sunday Races
· 3 Hours Each
· 3 Consecutive Months

The series kicks off on August 19 with the Beach Patrol - a three hour race that will take the fleet to a special mark set a half mile off Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades. From that location, the boats will continue up the beach to a choice of marks along the Malibu coastline before returning to the Marina del Rey finish line.

On September 16 the fleet will sail a Whale Patrol to Palos Verdes. Special prizes will be awarded for the best photos of Blue Whales taken and e-mailed to the club during the race.

The October 7 finale’ – the Retozando en la Bahía - will feature a downwind start to a leeward mark, followed by a one-sided beat to a “mystery boat” located three miles off the California coastline. The exact location of that mystery boat – which will serve as a rounding mark for this three hour Bay tour - will not be disclosed until shortly before the race starts.

The boats that enter this new series will be competing for the Pacific Cup – one of the oldest prizes in Cal Yacht Club’s trophy case. It was donated by Carlton Rogers in 1966 and was originally awarded to split rig boats – schooners and ketches – for a series of offshore races. It’s just been re-deeded specifically for the PHRF, Cruising Class and ORCA rated boats competing in the new Pacific Cup Deepwater Series. Stand by for some serious fun!

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