The 130 nautical mile Islands Race will begin on February 24, and is SDYC’s first offshore race of the 2017 season. For the eighth year, San Diego Yacht Club will partner with Newport Harbor Yacht Club for the Islands Race.
The popular course features genuine sea breezes and deep blue ocean swells. Competitors will depart from the Long Beach Harbor and head west of the Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands for some of Southern California’s best sailing before they finish the regatta in San Diego’s Point Loma.
Over 30 boats are expected to compete, ranging from 33-70 feet in length. The smallest boat entered so far is BAZINGA, a Hobie 33 while two Santa Cruz 70s, Grand Illusion and Holua, and Pyewacket, an Andrews 70, are the largest.
In the multihull division, Mighty Merloe, a 60 foot trimaran, will likely be the first boat to finish. Mighty Merloe crew is focused on improving their elapsed time record from 2015, which was a brisk 7 hours, 45 minutes, and 42 seconds.
Each yacht will have a YB tracker installed before crossing the starting line. The trackers will be pre set to collect and transmit data every fifteen minutes. This data includes direction, speed and distance to the finish line. It is presented on our user friendly race viewer so friends, family and the organisers can follow the whole fleet or a single boat with just a few clicks of a mouse.
For more information please visit the Islands Race website.
To view the race player once the race has started please follow this link.