Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club hosts 42nd annual McNish Classic Yacht Race

Keelboats will be competing for the Strathmore Cup – and to be awarded “skipper’s weight in champagne.”

OXNARD—Classic yachts are poised to take over Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor on July 27, as Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club hosts the 42nd annual McNish Classic. Racers will be competing for the Strathmore Cup and the “skipper’s weight in champagne” award, which is granted to the “First to Finish” vessel.

A wide range of classic vessels – from the 135-foot America to 18-foot Gearys – compete in this classic race, according to Pacific Corinthian YC staff. The race has featured close to 40 yachts participating in previous years. Some sailors compete rigorously while others enjoy some recreational sailing, the yacht club’s staff added.

The first boat kicks off racing at noon on July 27; the inverted start fleet then embark on a 17-mile course on the waters of Channel Islands and Ventura harbors.

Sailing will end at Pacific Corinthian YC, where a barbecue and trophy presentation will be held. Each class will be presented with trophies; other award categories are Best Elapsed Time, Bristol Boat and “First to Finish.” The skipper of the First to Finish award, as noted earlier, will receive his weight in champagne.

A free taco bar will be available on July 26, at the yacht club.

Free docking is available at Pacific Corinthian YC; sailors can either join in on a guest dock raft-up or dock in their own slip.

The skippers meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on July 27.

Contact Kevin Dickmann at 805-312-8319 for more information; you can also contact the Pacific Corinthian YC office at 805-985-7292.

The entry fee is $25; tickets for the barbecue are also $25 (per person). T-shirts and sweatshirts are also available for sale.

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