The inaugural SoCal 300 is aimed at serious ocean racing teams that want to tackle a challenging offshore course in Southern California. Hosted in partnership with Santa Barbara Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club, the SoCal 300 starts May 22 in Santa Barbara with the fleet weaving through the coastal islands before finishing in San Diego.
After the start, the fleet heads offshore to Richardson Rock, which lies in some of the roughest water in California. After rounding the rock, yachts will set spinnakers to run to the next scoring gate between San Nicholas and Santa Barbara Islands. From there it’s back offshore to Bishop Rock, on the famed Cortez Bank. After completing the leg to Bishop Rock, the yachts have a final leg to the finish line in San Diego.
The SoCal 300 will feature leg scoring with 5 total legs counted. There are 4 legs on the course: Santa Barbara to Santa Rosa Island, Santa Rosa Island to San Nicholas Island, San Nicholas Island to Tanner Bank Weather Buoy, and Tanner Bank Weather Buoy to San Diego. The fifth leg is the entire race length, which will be weighed 1.5 times heavier than any of the other individual legs. All five leg scores will be combined to determine each yacht’s overall score for the event.
A combination of live tracking and gps log via data collected from the YB trackers installed on each participating yacht will be used to confirm scoring gate crossing times. Spectators can watch from home as our raceplayer will give a visual picture of the fleet on the race course and SDYC will be providing live commentary onsite.
For more information please visit the race website.