NEWPORT BEACH—Flight of the Snowbirds, now called Flight of Newport, is the oldest, continuously running sailboat race in Newport Harbor, according to the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. The sailboat race began in the 1930s with Snowbird sailboats. Eventually the Snowbirds gave way to boats called Kites, which in turn gave way to boats called Lasers in the early 1970s. Over the past 82 years, the event has gone through a number of name changes: “The Flight of the Kites” and most recently, “The Flight of the Lasers.” Today, the race is open to Laser and Harbor 20 boats. The 2020 edition of the race is scheduled for July 26, but due to the Coronavirus, it is unclear if the event will take place.
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