Schooner Cup charity event to benefit Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Silver Gate Yacht Club will host the 13-nautical-mile regatta in San Diego Bay.

SAN DIEGO—The 31st annual America’s Schooner Cup Regatta returns to San Diego Bay, March 30, with schooners of multiple classes competing in the 13-nautical-mile race within the harbor of America’s Finest City. Silver Gate Yacht Club Foundation hosts the regatta, which features schooner boats from up and down the Pacific Coast, some coming from as far north as Puget Sound.

Proceeds from the annual Schooner Cup will benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

An initial Notice of Race is already available. Schooners of all sizes are eligible to participate.

Racing will take place within San Diego Bay, starting near Buoy 17 off Shelter Island. The race includes stops at Point Loma, a stretch of ocean just south of Point Loma, and other areas within the bay.

Festivities actually begin on March 28, with a chat about the restoration of Quascilla at Silver Gate YC; the talk begins at 7:30 p.m.

Quascilla will be available for touring on the afternoon of May 29 (3-5 p.m.). A dance party and silent auction charity follows immediately after the conclusion of the tour, also at Silver Gate YC. The social event includes an island-themed barbecue. Tickets for the dinner and dance party are $30; tickets for the dance party and auction, alone, are available for $10.

A skipper’s meeting will be held at 8 a.m. on race day, at Silver Gate YC. Breakfast will also be available.

Racing will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Post-race festivities at Silver Gate YC will begin at 3:30 p.m. A pasta buffet dinner is available for $30 per person. The dinner buffet starts at 5:45 p.m.; awards will be presented 30 minutes later.

Each class will present awards to top performers after racing is completed.

Contact Jerry Newton at or 619-222-1281 for more information. Information is also available online at

The races first warning will be at 11:25 a.m. on March 30.

The 2018 race featured schooners racing in three classes. Dauntless (Group A), Witchcraft (Group B) and Maid of Kent (Group C) were the top performers.

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