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On the Horizon

On the Horizon is a summarized Notice of Race for upcoming select regattas along the Southern California Coast. This column will briefly rephrase rules, regulations, qualifications, fees and awards.

The Dennis Conner Around the Coronado Isles Race (Sept. 23)

SAN DIEGO — The Cortez Racing Association, a California non-profit corporation, will host the Dennis Conner Around the Coronado Isles Race on Sept. 23 to celebrate Conner’s birthday. The event is sponsored by SD Boatworks and is a PHRF-SD Championship. The Regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2021-2024. The sailing instructions will be available by 5 p.m. Sept. 22 on the online official notice board. The regatta is open to all members of organizations affiliated with US Sailing. There is a $40 registration fee for non-CRA members and no charge for CRA members. The starting area is in the vicinity of San Diego Channel Buoy #9. The Racing Area covers the general locale known as San Diego Bay, Los Coronados Islands and the Pacific Ocean, and will include Mexican waters. For navigation, refer to NOAA Charts #18765 and #18733. Race results will be published on the CRA web site (www.cortezracing.com). Regatta prizes will be awarded using the listed procedure: one prize in each class of two to four boats, two for five to seven boats, three for eight or more, based on the number of starters in the class. The winner of each class of two or more will have their name engraved on the “SD Boatworks Perpetual Trophy,” donated by SD Boatworks. Trophies will be awarded at the CRA Annual Members’ Meeting at the end of the year. For the complete Notice of Race, please visit https://shorturl.at/cgyIY.

 Oktoberfest Regatta (Sept. 30)

SANTA MONICA— The Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club will host the Oktoberfest Regatta – Buoy Racing in the Bay, on Sept. 30. The race will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing except as changed herein or by the sailing instructions. This race is open to PHRF, cruising classes and one design. Entries must be received by 6 p.m. on Sept. 27. The entry fee is $35 or $30 for US Sailing members. Classes will be established for PHRF, cruising spinnaker, cruising non-spinnaker and one design entries. A minimum of three paid entries will be required to establish a class. Entrants of a class that has not met the minimum may be assigned to another appropriate class. Trophies will be presented for each class along with awards for the best Oktoberfest costume at SMWYC after racing. For more information, please contact SMWYC – Stephen McDonough at: 818.943.4082. Email race@smwyc.org. For the complete Notice of Race, please visit https://shorturl.at/anxy7.

2023 Mercury Class Pacific Coast Championship (Sept. 30-Oct. 1)

SAN PEDRO— The Los Angeles Yacht Club will host the 2023 Mercury Class Pacific Coast Championship from Sept 30-Oct. 1. The Mercury Class Yacht Racing Association and the Los Angeles Yacht Club are the organizing authorities for this regatta. This series will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2021-2024; if there is a conflict, Mercury Class Yacht Racing Association class rules take precedence. The entry fee is $75 per boat for entries received prior to Sept. 23. The fee shall increase to $90 per boat for entries received on or after Sept. 23. The regatta will be sailed inside the breakwater off San Pedro. There will be four take-home trophies awarded. The overall winner will be awarded the Don Lee Perpetual Trophy, which will bear the name of the overall winner. The presentation of awards takes place in the dining room of the Los Angeles Yacht Club after racing is completed on Oct. 1. For the complete Notice of Race, please visit https://shorturl.at/byQ35.

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