Sailors gearing up for Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race

Nearly four-dozen entries are already registered for 81-nautical-mile competition.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — The 45th Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race will feature at least 41 sailors competing in two categories in one of Southern California’s longest sailing events. The regatta, which is jointly hosted by Santa Barbara and King Harbor yacht clubs and held July 28-29, will cover 81 nautical miles between Santa Barbara and Redondo Beach.

Racing will be downwind and separated into Cruising and PHRF/ULDB classes. Three sailors, as of July 7, were registered in the Cruising Class: James Lee (King Harbor Yacht Club) and his 78-rated Wauquiez/Centurion 40S, Mare’zla; David Normandin (Dana Point Yacht Club) aboard his 84-rated Beneteau/Oceanis 48, Freedom; and, Gil Speer’s W.D. Shock/Santana 35, Good Company (Buccaneer Yacht Club).

More than three-dozen boats are entered in the PHRF/UDLB Class, including Holua, It’s OK, WASABI, Dark Star, Mexican Divorce, Wolfhound, Tigger, Bully and Eggemoggin.

Racing begins at noon, July 28, at Santa Barbara YC and continues south to Redondo Beach. King Harbor YC will open as racers arrive in the South Bay.

Festivities for the annual 81-nautical-mile regatta start as early as July 26, with the “Wet Wednesday Races” and post-race barbecue at Santa Barbara YC.

Santa Barbara YC will host registration, a cocktail party and barbeque buffet on July 27; registration and a racers breakfast will also be available before the start of the race, July 28.

King Harbor YC will host a post-race social event at 1 p.m., July 29. Trophies will be presented a few hours later.

The race is part of the Wilson Series.

More information about the race, including the regatta’s notice and rules, is available online at sbyc.org/2017-SB-KH or by calling 805-965-8112.

The regatta’s chairs are April Pitcairn of King Harbor YC (april@ppl4all.com), Doug Ewins of Santa Barbara YC (dbewins1@me.com) and Brad Schaupeter (racing@sbyc.org).

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