11-part race Catalina Island Series kicks off on May 18

Long Point is the first (and last) destination; racing will continue intermittently through October.

LONG BEACH—The first Catalina Island Series race of 2019 kicks off on May 18, as sailors will compete against each other from Long Beach to Long Point and back on May 18 and 19. Racing will continue intermittently in June, July, September and October, with 11 segments completing this year’s Catalina Island Series.

Long Point is the first destination, with the regatta beginning in Long Beach at 11 a.m. on May 18. Sailors return back to Long Beach on May 19 (warning signal at noon).

Other races on the docket are:

  • June 8, Emerald Bay
  • June 9, Return to Long Beach
  • July 13, Ship Rock
  • July 14, Return to Long Beach
  • 20, Isthmus
  • 21, West End
  • 22, Return to Long Beach
  • 5, Long Point
  • 6, Return to Long Beach.

Boats with a 2019 PHRF of Southern California, ORCA and XS rating are all eligible to compete in the Catalina Island Series.

Fees for the Catalina Island Series are as follows: $195 for the entire series; $25 for one race; $160 when first entering at Emerald Bay race; $135 when first entering at Ship Rock Race; and, $100 if at first entreating at Isthmus or West End race.

The overall racing area will be Long Beach Harbor, San Pedro Channel and Catalina Island.

“The courses will be point-to-point races of varying lengths,” according to the Notice of Race. “Take home trophies will be awarded for individual races and series for each class and overall, based on number of entries. Individual Class and Overall Winners will have their names engraved on the [Catalina Island Series] perpetual trophies located and kept at LBYC. All prizes will be awarded at the [Long Beach YC Catalina Island Series] Trophy Presentation Night, Wednesday, October 23.”

Contact Race Director Jess Gerry (raceoffice@lbyc.org, 562-598-9401) or Catalina Island Series Chair David Weil (dweil@weilmaritime.com, 562-233-7146) for more information.

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