Lipton Star Regatta on deck for Santa Barbara Yacht Club

Single class race comes to American Riviera, Aug. 3 and 4.

SANTA BARBARA—Boats eligible for the International Star Class are invited to compete for the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, as the Lipton Star Regatta comes to Santa Barbara Yacht Club, Aug. 3-4.

Racing will take place in the Santa Barbara Channel, within two miles of the harbor. The course will be windward/leeward. A low-point scoring system will apply to the regatta.

The entry fee is $65 by or before July 31 and $90 after July 31. Santa Barbara YC’s racing committee has discretion of whether late entries would be accepted. Boats may be registered for the regatta until 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 3. Registration can be completed online at

“This is a single class regatta. It will have one line, one fleet, and great races. No waiting around between races and no courses set up for another fleet,” Santa Barbara YC’s sailing committee said in an advertisement about the regatta. “Show up Friday night or show up Saturday morning; it doesn’t matter. Easy set-up in the SBYC parking lot.”

Top overall boats will be awarded prizes, with the winning skipper and crew earning a spot on the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy. The perpetual trophy remains on display at Santa Barbara YC.

The Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy features the names of several renowned sailors, sic as Tom Blackaller, Vince Brun, Paul Cayard, Dennis Conner, Eric Doyle, Lowell North, Mark Reynolds and George Szabo.

Boats can be docked or hauled into storage daily. Please contact the yacht club for more information.

Check-in and weigh-in will take place on Aug. 2; complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a no host bar will be available between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., right after check-in and weigh-in. A no host dinner (reservations required) is also set for Aug. 2 (6 p.m.).

The first day of racing kicks off at 10 a.m., followed by a check-in and competitor’s briefing at 11 a.m. The warning signal for first race is at 1 p.m. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be available after racing.

Racing continues on Aug. 4, with the first warning signal at 1 p.m.; the final warning signal will be at 5 p.m. An awards dinner, with complimentary pasta buffet, will take place after racing.

Contact race director Brad Schaupeter at 805-965-8112 or for more information.

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