This article was provided by Barrett Canfield, president and owner of South Coast Yachts San Diego and Newport Beach.
South Coast Yachts, and the Beneteau Dealer for San Diego and Orange Counties, hosted 60 boats and 250 guests at Two Harbors the weekend of Aug. 5 for the 23rd year in a row. The weekend started as boats and guests arrived from ports as far north as Santa Barbara down to San Diego on Thursday to relax on their moorings and begin to enjoy the magic of The Isthmus. The Beneteau event attracted Oceanis and First Sailboats, Swift Trawler, Gran Turismo Powerboats, and Antares Outboard powered boats, all built by Group Beneteau and delivered by South Coast Yachts.
On Friday, all guests were invited to the Dinghy Cocktail Raft Up at the host boat, a brand new 2023 Beneteau Oceanis 51.1, where the dinghy crews enjoyed potluck cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and lots of laughter, creating new friendships.
Saturday was a full day, starting with a hot catered breakfast at the Rendezvous Complex on land and then a few hours of interactive seminars with industry professionals.
The Event was sponsored by Yanmar, North Sails, Safe Harbor Marinas and Boatyards, Yachtbedding.com, Novamar, and The Dinghy Doctor, who all had representatives there to add to the seminars and answer boating questions.
After lunch, many sailboats left their moorings for the annual “Ship Rock Regatta,” where the boats started at 1:30 p.m. near Bird Rock and sailed out around Ship Rock and then to a mark off the west end to return to a finish at the green buoy marking the west end of the Bird Rock reef.
Winds gusted to 20 knots, creating exciting sailing and coverage from professional drone photos and video provided by Eddie Frank. The Race Committee and photo boat were provided by Mike and Merrilee Neal on their new Beneteau GT 50 “Vivere II” from San Diego Yacht Club. Greg Price (SDYC) and his crew aboard the Beneteau First 44.7 “Aelos” took line honors at the finish.
All guests returned to the heavily decorated Rendezvous complex on land for the “Groovy 70’s” theme party, where they were served tasty dishes from the Catalina Island Company catering, received exciting raffle prizes and regatta awards, and danced into the evening with old friends and new.
South Coast Yachts would like to thank all of the sponsors, guests, and customers for joining us, with a special thank you to the crew at SCICO Harbor Master and Catering offices for providing such memorable experiences for us in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Two Harbors!