Schooner Cup returns to San Diego Bay

The Log staff

SAN DIEGO—Historical schooners will be seen racing through San Diego waters during the 27th running of America’s Schooner Cup Charity Regatta, March 28.

The race hosted by Silver Gate Yacht Club and supported by Ensign International Yacht Brokerage is a longstanding San Diego race that draws quite a crowd.

The Maritime Museum’s tall ship, the 145-foot schooner Californian, will be participating in the race along with Bill of Rights, a 136-foot replica of a 19th century coastal schooner.

Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) which is a civilian organization that provides support to active duty and retired sailors, marines and their families in time of need.

Over the years American’s Schooner Cup has raised more than $100,000 for this worthy cause. Funds are raised through various events that include silent auctions, raffles and direct cash donations. All net proceeds from these events go directly to the Navy-Marine Relief Corps Society.

Those interested in being a part of the race are invited to be a passenger on either the Californian or Bill of Rights as they race down the bay. Meet at the Maritime Museum’s dock at 10:30 a.m. for a non start. Guests may assist in raising the sails. For more information, visit sdmaritime.org/schooner-cup/ or call (619) 234-9153. Or visit squareup.com/market/south-bayfront-sailing-association or call (619) 500-2419 for tickets.

As a passenger, you’ll cross the starting line and enjoy a one of a kind race out the bay and back. Or, if you’re a landlubber, plunk down your lawn chair on Shelter Island and watch these beautiful sailboats of yesteryear jockey for line honors.

The race starts at noon and best viewing is on Shelter Island or the embarcadero. Tickets to sail on the Californian are $65 for adults and $48 for children and can be purchased online through the museum’s website at sdmaritime.org.

A dozen or more boats will come from as far north as Puget Sound. The coveted Schooner Cup is awarded to the first to finish on corrected time regardless of boat length. For more information visit americasschoonercup.weebly.com/.

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