San Diego Beer Can Race series hit the water May 25

The summer series returns for its 37th year.

SAN DIEGO — More than 120 boats are expected to participate in a local summer tradition that brings the boating community together for some friendly competition on the water.

The Cortez Racing Association (CRA) and Silver Gate Yacht Club will launch the 37th annual Beer Can Summer Series on May 25 on the Big Bay. Races will be held every Wednesday for 10 weeks.

According to race organizers, the summer series is “one of the largest annual sailing events in Southern California,” where more than 100 sailboats of varying sizes – from 24- to 60-feet — and handicaps taking to San Diego Bay each week throughout the summer.

Races are scheduled to be held at 6 p.m. every Wednesday. Spectators can watch the series from Harbor Island.

Sailors from all over the county compete in 10 different classes, including multiple America’s Cup champion Dennis Conner. Everyone who’s ever been involved in competitive sailing in San Diego, including international champions like J.J. Fetter, Peter Isler, Russell Coutts, and reigning America’s Cup champion James Spithill, has competed in the Beer Cans, according to race organizers.

“The CRA Beer Can series is the highlight of the San Diego sailing season,” said Conner. “There is something for everyone involved: good competition, interesting courses, family fun, and a great social event afterwards.”

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