Crew of 2 Around Catalina to sail across channel

South Shore Yacht Club will host regatta at Newport Beach’s Balboa Pier, July 14-15.

NEWPORT BEACH — South Shore Yacht Club will host the Crew of 2 Around Catalina regatta at Balboa Pier in mid-July. The sailing competition will pit teams against each other on one of two race courses: the PHRF and ORCA race from Balboa Pier, around Catalina Island and back; and, a course from Balboa Pier to Ship Rock and back.

The handicap distance for the Catalina Island race segment is 90 nautical miles; the handicap distance for the Ship Rock race is 63 nautical miles. Ship Rock is located north of the island’s Isthmus Cove.

“The Crew of 2 Around Catalina is South Shore Yacht Club’s signature double-handed 90-nautical mile race around Catalina with a maximum of two skippers on board. A shorter 67-nautical mile course around Ship Rock is also offered,” according to the South Side YC website. “New for this year, we will be posting lists of ‘boat owner looking for co-skipper’ and ‘co-skipper looking for boat owner/skipper’ lists to help increase participation.”

Classes A, B and C for the Ship Rock course will begin at 11 a.m on July 14, followed by the monohull classes for the Catalina Island race at 11:05 a.m.

ORCA Class catamarans for both courses will begin at 11:10 a.m.

A post-race party will be held July 15, 6-8 p.m. Trophies will be awarded during the post-race party, which will be held at the Newport Beach Yacht Club clubhouse, 1099 Bayside Drive in Newport Beach.

South Side YC reported 16 teams – 11 for around Catalina Island and five for around Ship Rock – had already registered (as of press time).

Boats entered into the Catalina Island race include: Len Bose (Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club); Relentless (Long Beach Yacht Club); Almant de Fille (Dana West Yacht Club); Zephyr (Buccaneer Yacht Club); and, Rolling in the Deep (Arizona Yacht Club).

Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s WARRIOR (Santa Barbara Yacht Club) is among those competing in the Ship Rock race.

The South Shore YC race committee can be reached at 814-788-6194 or on radio at VHF Channel 68.

Those with questions or comments can also reach South Shore YC at 678-296-4970 or Visit for more information about the regatta and yacht club.

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