Alamitos Bay Yacht Club to host inaugural Latham Bell Dinghy Challenge

Racing event will benefit club’s Junior Sailing Program.

LONG BEACH — The first-ever Latham Bell Dinghy Challenge will be held in the waters of Long Beach, June 30, with the racing event benefiting Alamitos Bay Yacht Club’s Junior Sailing Program.

The inaugural event honors Latham Bell, a former Alamitos Bay YC staff commodore and high school swim coach who was killed in a car collision on May 5, 2017.

Bell was a Seal Beach resident and regular judge on the international sailing circuit who also taught at Bixby Elementary School in Long Beach. The former Alamitos Bay YC member also taught sailing techniques to young sailors.

Alamitos Bay YC welcomes all boats with a Portsmouth Handicap Rating to participate in the Latham Bell Dinghy Challenge.

Organizers will offer refreshments to all racers and spectators who participate in the fundraiser; free coffee and lemonade will also be available. Beer will be sold for $1 (to adults) after the race.

Register for the race online at or contact the yacht club at 562-434-9955.

Alamitos Bay YC is located at 7201 E. Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach.

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