First leg of Sunkist Series to benefit CHOC

One-Design regatta running from November to February 2020 will raise funds for Children's Hospital.

NEWPORT BEACH—The first leg of Balboa Yacht Club’s 2019-2020 Sunkist Series will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, or CHOC. Balboa YC’s CHOC Regatta will be held in Newport Beach, Nov. 2-3.

The Inside Classes competing in this series are Harbor 20, Thistle, Lido 14, CFJ, 420, Laser, Twichell 12, adult/junior Naples Sabot and any One-Design dinghy (smaller than 20 feet in length).

Outside Class boats are PHRF and one-design keelboats larger than 20 feet in length.

“The Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Regatta is a fundraising event that uses the November Sunkist Series races to provide an opportunity to compete for additional awards and contribute to CHOC,” the Notice of Race stated.

The CHOC Inside Classes entry free is $25 and includes a CHOC burgee and T-shirt. Entry for the CHOC Outside Classes is $50 and includes one CHOC burgee and two T-shirts.

Organizers encourage $25 donations for each additional crew member (with a T-shirt provided per donation).

Official notices, order of starts and PHRF class breaks will be posted at the Balboa YC official notice board, which is located at the Flag Deck, no later than 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 2. The first race warning signal will be at 1 p.m., both days.

Inside Classes will primarily race inside Newport Harbor, with races starting and finishing at the Balboa YC race tower. Harbor 20s, however, will start and finish off of a race committee boat, with the exact racing course yet to be determined, as of press time.

The CHOC Regatta will use the Low Point Scoring System, with no throw-outs provided.

Awards will be granted at the end of each day of racing. The boat generating the largest dollar contribution for CHOC will also be awarded.

Reach out to Balboa YC Sailing Director Becky Lenhart at 949-673-3515, ext. 133, or at for more information.

The other three legs of the Sunkist Series will be held Dec. 7-8, Jan. 4-5, 2020, and Feb 1-2, 2020.

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