Byline: The Log Staff
NEWPORT BEACH — With more than 120 entries already received for what race organizers jokingly call the “End of Times” 2012 Border Run, organizers want to remind sailors who can’t sail the 69-mile Short Course or the 90-mile Long Course to San Diego that they can still be part of the Border Run by sailing the 14-mile Sprint Course to Dana Point.
Many different types of boats — from Lasers, Harbor 20s, Weta trimarans and Hobies to Catalina 38s — have already entered. “You can sail anything from a Sabot to a Maxi and everything in between,” organizers said. After completing the Sprint Course, racers can enjoy a post-race party at Dana Point Yacht Club, with food, drinks and music with a live band.
The Sprint Course is growing fast, and it already has as many entries as last year’s total, with six more weeks to go until the race.
Regardless of what course racers opt to take, the Border Run festivities will begin with a send-off party the evening of March 9 in Newport Beach. Participants will enjoy camaraderie, food, beverages and a live band.
All classes on all courses will start the race together March 10, when race organizers host one giant start off the Balboa Pier.
This year’s race slogan — “Sail like it’s your last” — is designed to satirize the widely broadcast prediction of “futurists” that the world will end in 2012.
Last year, the race attracted 233 entries, making the Border Run the largest point to-point race in 2011, said Bob Long, co-founder of the Border Run. He believes this year’s race will be even bigger.
“We are pulling out all the stops for the fourth annual Border Run,” Long said. “We have three parties, three courses, one start, food by Fiddlers Green, three bands, new trophies and prizes for winning sailors — including Go Pro video cams, SUPs, GPSs and much more.”
John Marshall of South Shore Yacht Club, the organizing authority for the event, added, “We encourage everyone to enter early … it helps us create a better event for the sailor, and that is what it is all about. We want all sailors to have a great time on all three courses. It is a challenge for the organizers — but, with the end of the world coming, we are up for it.”
The 2012 Border Run is sponsored by Ullman Sails and outfitted by Pirates Lair, and is presented by XSracing.org, South Shore YC and Dana Point YC. For more information visit theborderrun.org or call (800) 366-8584.