One of the many lessons learned during the last few months is that sailors really want to race. Some of the SCYA clubs, like Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (BCYC) in Corona Del Mar, decided to re-open racing at the beginning of June to serve the racing community’s demand.
According to Paul deCapua, BCYC Race Chair, “once we announced that ‘racing is back’, the floodgates opened and registrations soared to 2019 levels and, in some cases, beyond”.
BCYC’s Taco Tuesday evening series has seen strong participation on its PHRF venue and Harbor 20 venue…with 23 PHRF boats and 38 Harbor 20’s registered. Judging from the racer’s smiles behind the face masks at the outdoors post-race get togethers, the Taco Tuesday Series was a success.
Moving offshore, another of BCYC’s series, the Around the Oil Islands Races, actually grew over 2019 levels. A new class of “big boats” was added and the usual PHRF A-C classes each added a few boats…some from Dana Point…making a total of 27 boats racing 23 miles out to the mid-channel oil islands and back. The last race of the series is scheduled for August 29 with an expectation of continued westerly winds.
With so much excitement about racing, BCYC expects its Wild Sailing Regatta in September and October…and its Hot Rum Series in November and December to finish the year with a bang.
The key point here is that sailors want to race and if yacht clubs run fun and challenging events, the racers will keep coming back.
Want to Join the fun find out more at BCYC.org.