Inaugural Olympic regatta brings One-Design classes to San Diego

San Diego Olympic Classes Regatta could be held annually in anticipation of quadrennial competition in Los Angeles.

SAN DIEGO — Preparations for the 2028 Olympics in Southern California appear to be underway as San Diego Yacht Club announced the first-ever San Diego Olympic Classes Regatta, set for Oct. 5-8. Seven One-Design classes – 29er, Finn, i420, Laser, Laser Remedial, Snipe and Star – are invited to participate in the regatta.

Organizers hope to host the regatta annually, growing it in scale and size as the 2028 Games draw closer.

The regatta would cover two courses at Coronado Roads. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Oct. 5 at San Diego Yacht Club Sailing Center; racing for most classes will be held through Oct. 7, with the Snipe class concluding its competition on Oct. 8. The final Snipe class event will double as the Snipe North Americans and Pan Am Games Country Qualifier.

An awards ceremony will be held at San Diego YC Pavilion on Oct. 7.

The 2028 Summer Games will be held in the Los Angeles area. San Diego, just a couple hours drive south, is no stranger to Olympic sailing. Lowell North, Charlie Rogers and Dick Deaver – all members of San Diego YC – snagged the bronze medal in the Dragon at the 1964 Games in Tokyo.

San Diego YC members also performed well at Mexico City (1968), Montreal (1976), Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992) and Sydney (2000).

North, a gold medalist in 1968, will donate a perpetual trophy for the regatta.

Follow the race at Contact Regatta Manager Jeff Johnson at 619-758-6310 or for questions or more information.

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