New for this year, the 2016 California Offshore Race Week featured the combined forces of five yacht clubs along the California coast to produce a week-long schedule of races in a tour covering almost 600 miles of the California Coast line. The race brought together the Spinnaker Cup, Coastal Cup and SoCal 300 from May 27 - June 5. In between races, the boats had enough layover time in each port to make modifications to their boats for the next legs, participate in beer can races, return to work or just meet up with friends and family.
With 2/3s or 2 legs of the Inaugural California Offshore Race Week in the books, one thing stands out, it's a winner! By combining the efforts of 3 singular events into one extended week and working around the Memorial Day holiday, organizers and participants alike have to be ecstatic on the turnout and competition achieved.
This year there is another participation option since the SoCal 300 portion of the week is partnering with Sailonline.org, a website dedicated to online race simulation. For the first time ever, participants can compete in the SoCal 300 online and “navigate” the race in a similar environment that imitates the actual race.
The volunteer staff at CORW are proud to announce the posting of its NOR for the California Offshore Race Week. Offshore Race Week is the exciting grouping of three California coastal races, five yacht clubs and one in-port race under an overall trophy. We’d like to thank SD Boatworks, North Sails, Ullman Sails, Mount Gay Rum and The Pirates Lair for making this race come to life! Race one or race them all, definitely get in on this inaugural event. Please sail over to our website for complete information and printable NOR!
It was the success of last year’s inaugural SoCal 300- which starts with a 35-mile reach from Santa Barbara across “Windy Lane,” before turning the corner at Santa Rosa Island and rocketing down to San Diego- that spurred the new circuit. California Offshore Race Week, which kicks off in late May, links two tried-and-true regattas with the SoCal 300 in an all-too-logical romp down California’s scenic and wild waters.
New for 2016, Encinal Yacht Club, San Francisco Yacht Club, Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, Santa Barbara Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club are joining forces and races to provide you and your family with an exceptional Offshore Race Week that will take ocean-rated boats from San Francisco to San Diego with stops in Monterey and Santa Barbara. Bringing the historic Spinnaker Cup and a revamped Coastal Cup together and joining in with the second running of the SoCal 300, racers have options of completing the entire week long event, or they can join in for any of the individual races on their own. The schedule is set up to keep the racing fast and fun and also allow enough shore time for family and friends to meet the racers at stops along the way for a wonderful week long tour of the California Coast.
Offshore racers in California got a new race in 2015, the SoCal 300, which for 2016 has launched a new circuit – California Offshore Race Week. Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck checks in with David Servais, SoCal 300 event coordinator, for an update.