Sailors and spectators at San Diego Yacht Club were greeted by a fleet of Pac52’s and TP52’s med tied at the front dock from early last week through the weekend. Racing was held on Saturday and Sunday with five races completed. Nine boats sailed in the ’52 Class in a range of conditions from bumpy and windy on Saturday to smoother water, sunny skies and more moderate breeze on Sunday. The racing was tight as many lead changes occurred and finishes came down to a matter of seconds. Winning the regatta was Tony Langley’s team of Land Rover/BAR Gladiator, with Langley on the helm and Sir Ben Ainslie calling tactics. The team from Great Britain is challenging for the Americas Cup, and is using the Pac52 class and also the TP52 SuperSeries as training grounds for their team.
While the racing on the water was intense, the social scene at the dock brought the sailors together for great parties and a sense of camaraderie. Local legend Dennis Conner paid the fleet a visit on Sunday morning, visiting the teams on the dock and catching up with old friends. Mr. Conner, four time winner of the Americas Cup commented that this was the nicest looking fleet he has ever seen at San Diego Yacht Club, both for the caliber of the boats themselves and also the sailors racing the yachts.