A race for liveaboards

A race for liveaboards

CHULA VISTA —  Liveaboards can prove their floating homes are more than residences, when they untie their lines and compete in the 15th annual Glen Burnes Memorial Race Your Home Regatta, Aug. 30.

You don’t have to be a liveaboard — or a member of Chula Vista Yacht Club — to compete. Competitors can simply sign up to enter the race, hosted by Chula Vista YC, and join in the fun — which involves more than just racing. Participants can compete in two classes: liveaboard or 502 for non-liveaboards.

“The idea was to get people out of their slips who always use the excuse they never win races because their boat’s so old or they never sail,” said Mark Peterson, who is heading this year’s race committee. “It’s grown in popularity because it’s just fun.”

In this unconventional race, sailors are encouraged to bribe the judges on the race committee boat and load the boat with bikes, people and potted plants to gain some points.

Almost anything can be used to sway the judges in this race. Some prefer sweets and libations, while others simply need a little wink or a burrito to throw handicaps out. Handicaps also include the weight of items on board. The 502 class receives its regular handicap.

Founded by Glen Burnes and Dick Wolds, the sailboat race allows all racers to enjoy the competition, no matter their skill level or boat quality.

The 8 ½ -nautical-mile course sends racers from the yacht club north through the San Diego Bay and home again. The party continues back at the docks during an After Race Party completer with beer and pizza.

To enter the race or get more information, visit cvyc.org.

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