Sailing

Islands Race kicks 2018 racing calendar into high gear

Ninth annual regatta, hosted by San Diego and Newport Harbor yacht clubs, kicks off at Long Beach Harbor.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ¾ San Diego and Newport Harbor yacht clubs will be hosting a 130-nautical-mile offshore regatta across Catalina Channel, as the two-day Islands Race comes to Long Beach Harbor, Feb. 16-17.

Teams will race out of Long Beach and head west to Catalina and San Clemente islands, before heading toward the finish line at Point Loma in San Diego.

More than 25 boats are expected to compete in this year’s Islands Race. Last year’s race featured Steve Campo’s Hobie 33, Bazinga, and Roy Disney’s Andrews 70, Pyewacket.

It was Pyewacket who won the 2017 edition of the Islands Race; she also claimed victory in the 2016 Puerto Vallarta Race.

An awards ceremony will be held at the San Diego Yacht Club clubhouse, Feb. 17; food and drinks will be served as early as 3 p.m., though the exact time depends upon when a majority of boats finish the race.

Information about the regatta is available online at islandrace.com; live tracking of the regatta will also be available on the website once the race begins.

The Islands Race is part of a quartet of regattas that includes the Puerto Vallarta Race in March, SoCal 300 in May and Rum Runner Race in October.

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