The American Dream – An Interview with Newport Beach’s Charlie Buckingham

From the 47 Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Website:

Charlie Buckingham lies fourth in the Laser fleet, a solid position as he seeks the Laser selection for the US Sailing Team for Rio. Buckingham tried for 2012 selection and finished fourth in the US trials when he was still studying full time. Now he is homing in on a place at his first Olympics.

“The main goal is Olympic selection and so that is over Miami and this regatta. The regatta is going well, but more importantly the selection chase is going well here.   You cannot make loose decisions like you might normally.

I think this all makes the regatta all that much harder, but it is something you have to do and and do well.  At this stage there are 15 guys (in the class) who will perform well and can win any regatta, there are no two or three guys who are duking it out. I’ll take the day I had for sure.

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 29, 2016 – Members of the Newport Ocean Racing Association, hosts of the 69th annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht International Race, announced today the schedule for all its official race activities. The annual celebrations honor the racers, the volunteers and the sponsors; all of whom make the race possible.

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The combination of gratitude, revelry and competition has made N2E a grand event shared by the sailing community and residents alike for almost 70 years.  “We are very grateful to our many generous sponsors and the cities of Newport Beach and Ensenada for their support in making the race possible, and encourage racers to do the same,” said NOSA Commodore David Shockley.  In his annual welcome letter, the Commodore also thanked the 200+ volunteers who work all year to make N2E successful and credited the race’s longevity to them. “I am honored to work with such dedicated people,” he said.

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Race week kicks off Sunday, April 17; racing starts April 22 off Balboa Pier at 11:30 a.m.


ABYC Ocean Fleet Race

Long Beach, CA – March 26, 2016

Four fleets gathered to race in ABYC’s monthly Ocean Series on Saturday.  Etchells, Cal 20s, Tempests and Lasers all fielded classes for several windward/leeward races on Long Beach’s inner breakwater venue.  The Etchells class used this event as its World’s Qualifier for the World Championships to be held in Cowes, England later on this year.

Results are unavailable at this time.





2016 Laser Midwinters West Wrap Up


Day 3 of this event on Sunday provided better sailing conditions than expected.  A light southerly filled in early so an on time start was achieved.  The wind built slightly during the day to about 10 knots, with some 15 degree wind shifts thrown in to make things interesting.  Three races were completed making for a ten race event for the 88 competitors.

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Helly Hansen San Diego NOOD Regatta 2016

San Diego Yacht Club & Coronado Yacht Club

Over 100 boats in multiple classes raced in two venues in San Diego this past weekend.  Conditions were fresh with great sea breezes filling in for all three days providing some great racing for all.


Images of the HELLY HANSEN NOOD REGATTA, March 18-20, 2016 • Hosted by the Coronado & San Diego Yacht Club.Sunday, the last day of racing at the NOOD regatta with a 10 knot breeze and a sunny clear sky. Overall winner Bruce Golison in the J70 Midlife Crisis USA 26 Paul Todd/OUTSIDEIMAGES.COM OUTSIDE IMAGES PHOTO AGENCY
Bruce Golison’s winning team on the J/70 Midlife Crisis (l to r) Dan Morris, Jay Golison, Steve Hunt and Bruce.



From the NOOD Press Release:


In the final race of the J/70 series at the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in San Diego, Bruce Golison’s team on Midlife Crisis won the pin, took the first cross, and sealed the team’s regatta win.

More than 100 teams competing in 12 classes returned to the water today for the final day of racing in San Diego for the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta, the largest national sailboat racing circuit in the United States. Bruce Golison’s J/70 Midlife Crisis came out on top, winning its J/70 fleet and the regatta’s overall title. The win earns Golison a trip to the British Virgin Islands to compete in the Helly Hansen NOOD Championship Regatta, hosted by Sunsail.

 Golison, a champion sailor from Rossmoor, California, is relatively new to the J/70, which is one of sailing’s most popular one-design classes. The San Diego NOOD Regatta was the start of a long campaign for Golison, with the ultimate goal being the J/70 World Championship in San Francisco in September. For the NOOD, he assembled a team that included his brother Jay, professional sailor Steve Hunt, and Dan Morris, an Olympic-class dinghy sailor. This was their first weekend in the boat together and after a slow start on Friday, says Golison, they steadily improved, wining the regatta by only two points over Jeff Janov’s team on Minor Threat.

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NHYC 2016 Spring Gold Cup Regatta

Newport Beach, CA

March 19 – 20, 2016


85 Naples Sabot Junior Sailors from all over Southern California gathered at NHYC to compete in the Spring Gold Cup Regatta.  The fleet was divided into five divisions for some great racing in Newport Beach.


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2016 Laser Midwinters West Day 2 Update


March 19, 2016

As expected, conditions were on the mild side today consisting of light southerly breezes of 8 – 10 knots on this day 2 of 3 day event. Four races were completed for both the Laser Full Rigs and Laser Radials.

LMW Beach Launch
Beach-side Launch Prep

Constant wind shifts all throughout the day really spread the fleets out from head to tail as the right and the left side of the courses paid off at different times.  Lead changes at the top of both fleets in every race took place all day, especially on the upwind legs.

Tomorrow’s forecast calls for even lighter conditions.

Sailflow Forecast

Day 2 Photos – Tom Walker Photo Gallery




Top Five Laser Full Rig Class:

Laser Full Top 5 Day 2


Top Five Laser Radial Class:

Laser Radial Top 5 Day 2

ABYC's Sawyer Gibbs
ABYC’s Sawyer Gibbs