Lasers take flight in annual harbor-wide race

Lasers take flight in annual harbor-wide race

NEWPORT BEACH – The Newport Ocean Sailing Association will host the 79th annual Flight of the Lasers race on July 20. NOSA is hosting the race on behalf of The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The free, family-oriented race starts at 1 p.m., west of the Balboa Pavilion and will take about 90 minutes to sail around Newport Harbor.

“NOSA is excited to help the Commodores Club and the city of Newport Beach keep this great tradition moving forward,” said Gator Cook, Balboa Fleet captain and NOSA director. “And we’re grateful for Sailing Pro Shop that has graciously donated prizes for this year’s event.”

The race originated in 1936 as The Flight of the Snowbirds which sailed in small wooden dinghies called Snowbirds. In 1975, when the Snowbirds aged out, the race became Flight of The Lasers when the light fiberglass, Olympic-class dinghies were adopted by yacht clubs for their junior programs.

More than 60 entries are expected to compete for about a dozen trophies in the following categories: First Ten Finishers; Best Costume; First Girl; Youngest Girl; First Married; Couple First Parent/Child Team; Youngest Boy; Bravery in the Face of Danger; Best Decorated, and Boat Oldest Skipper.

Participants and their families are invited to Newport Harbor Yacht Club for refreshments and an award presentation immediately after the race.

To register for the event or for more information, visit flightof thelasers.org, or call Newport Harbor YC at (949) 673-7730.

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