Responding to the increasing demand from local SoCal and Newport Beach sailors for competitive one design off shore racing, The Newport Harbor Yacht Club will host the first annual One Design Offshore Championship June 9-11 in the waters off the Newport Beach pier. There will be three classes of J70s, J120s and Pac52s, including collegiate, Olympic, amateur and professional sailors, many of whom are using this regatta as a tune-up for Long Beach Race Week.
“The regatta was put together by local Newport Beach sailors and the NHYC to provide an opportunity for one design classes to sail off-shore,” said Paul Stemler, regatta chairman. “Newport Beach and NHYC have a long history of supporting high level off-shore sailing events having hosted the E-22 Worlds, E-22 North Americans, the Baldwin Cup, and the Star Worlds. We saw this as an opportunity to both further that tradition and support our local sailors. We are especially excited and honored to have the new Pacific 52 class participating and look forward to great racing.”
The schedule includes social events at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club and three days of racing: June 9th, only the Pac52s will race, while all classes will compete on June 10th – June 11th.
“While there will be accomplished sailors from all over the U.S. participating, many of the sailors grew up and live in the Newport Beach area, giving the event both a local flavor and supporting the history and tradition of high level one design sailing,” Stemler continued.
“The Pac52 Class is excited to be attending the first annual One Design Offshore Championship at NHYC, which will be the second official regatta of our inaugural 2017 racing season,” said Julie Servais, Pac52 class manager. “There will be four Pac52s attending the event, Rio, BadPak, Invisible Hand and Fox and we are looking forward to a weekend of great racing, parties and camaraderie in beautiful Newport Beach.”
About Newport Harbor Yacht Club:
The Newport Harbor Yacht Club is located on the picturesque Balboa Peninsula in Orange County, California. With over 1100 members, NHYC enjoys a wonderful tradition of yachting. From junior sailing in the local bay to premier racing around the world, NHYC members compete on all levels of junior, one-design, inshore, and offshore sailing.