Sailors seek California Dreamin’ berth with Butler Cup win

Long Beach Yacht Club to host regatta with Catalina 37s, Nov. 3-5.

LONG BEACH — A group of eight Catalina 37s will be competing against each other in this year’s Butler Cup, held Nov. 3-4 at Long Beach Yacht Club. The regatta’s winner will earn an invitation to the 2018 California Dreamin’ Series. This year’s regatta qualifies as a World Series Grade 4 rating, according to organizers.

The Butler Cup is open to members of yacht clubs or sailing association recognized by U.S. Sailing. Only the first eight registrants are entered into the regatta – all others who sign up afterwards are placed on a wait list.

Sailors and their crew will take a windward-leeward course, with starboard finishing downwind, according to the Notice of Race. A double round robin format will be used for all racing.

The highest-placing skipper from Long Beach YC will receive an invitation to the 2018 World Series Grade 2 Flicker Cup.

Sailing practice will be held from 2-4 p.m., Nov. 3. The first skipper’s meeting will be held at 10 a.m., Nov. 4. Prizes will be awarded 30 minutes after the last boat is docked, Nov. 5.

The regatta had entries from San Diego, Long Beach and Santa Cruz yacht clubs as of press time.

Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s Justin Law (and crew) won the 2016 edition of the Butler Cup; Long Beach YC Rear Commodore Bill Commodore and Commodore Dave Hood took second and third place, respectively.

Also racing in last year’s Butler Cup were Jack Barton (San Francisco Yacht Club), Wendy Corzine (Long Beach YC), Lisa Meier (Long Beach YC), Paul Turang (Transpac Yacht Club) and Sydney Gathrid (Del Rey Yacht Club).

The Butler Cup is named after Frank Butler, the Catalina Yachts founder who designed, built and donated 11 Catalina 37s for all match races at Long Beach YC.

Long Beach YC’s only other regatta for the remainder of 2017 is the Cal 20 Fun Run, scheduled for Dec. 9.

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