LONG BEACH, CA 26 April 2018 – – Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week is all about great beginnings and great endings – with a whole lot of great sailboat racing in between!
From the free gourmet coffee bar in the morning, to last call on Second Street, this popular annual regatta packs a whole week of fun into three lively days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 22 to 24, 2018.
Hosted annually by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) and Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC) the 2018 Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week is a perennial favorite of sailors who want to mix competition with camaraderie, in the thrilling conditions of San Pedro Bay.
Registration is open now for racing which begins Friday June 22 at 12:55PM, following a competitors briefing at LBYC at 10:30AM. Saturday and Sunday races commence at 1155. PHRF and one-design classes are scheduled to compete in seven windward-leeward races over the three-day regatta, on one of four separate courses, each with its own expert Race Committee. Several fleets will cap off championship or regional series at Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week, including the Pac52 and TP52 Circuit, J/70 and J/120 Southern California High Point Series, Schock 35 Pacific Coast Championship, and the Catalina 37 National Championship.
Random-leg racers will enjoy a variety of course lengths around the scenic bay, both inside and outside the Federal breakwater, and are slated for one race on each of the three days.
Not a hard-core racer, but still want to participate? Chairman Chuck Clay says the ‘come-as-you-are’ Cruising Class lets you be part of the fun of Ullman Sails LBRW; without the not-so-fun part of stripping the boat, and endless sail changes. “We want to make it easy and enjoyable for people with cruising boats to be included,” said Clay. “You don’t need some stealth race boat or massive inventory of sails.” In fact, one headsail and one spinnaker (or a Code Zero) is all that’s allowed. Visit www.phrfsocal.org for details and to get the required Corinthian rating. Then come and enjoy one daily race, in a “grand tour formant – not up and down ten times,” Clay promised. Leave your carbon fiber sails at home, grab your dancing shoes, and come be part of the fun of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week!
Clay also announced an addition to the event’s stellar line-up of sponsors, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel; which specializes in the best of sailing gear and customized apparel, including all the leading brands. “So you can look good, while you enjoy the fun and camaraderie of race week!”
All told, it’s hearty weekend of competition, punctuated by evenings of revelry, at club parties and nearby Second Street in Belmont Shore. ‘With a free water taxi, to shuttle racers between clubs – so you don’t have to drive!
And this year, Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week offers two ways to save!
Save $50 with an early bird entry, on or before May 1. Enter by June 4 for a $25 discount on fees. Or, sneak in before close of entries at 6PM June 19. There’s no excuse! Entry fees include Friday’s After-Race Party at ABYC, including music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and no host bar; Saturday’s Post-Race Mount Gay Rum Party at LBYC, with music, dancing, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and no host bar; and Sunday’s Prize-giving, also at LBYC, with hors d’oeuvres and no host bar.
Last year’s Ullman Sails Long Beach Race week boasted three stellar days of breeze and sunshine. Hundreds of sailors spanning from Montana to Mexico competed aboard 122 entries in one-design and PHRF racing. In the spirited Catalina 37 Nationals, Newport Harbor Yacht Club Team Ayres/Satariano ousted four-time winner Dave Hood and DHC; but LBYC defended its title in the Yacht Club Challenge.
But they’re all up for grabs again, along with the Kent Golison Family Trophy, Longest Distance Travelled, and PHRF and Satariano Boat of the Week honors – June 22 to 24, in Long Beach, Calif. Visit www.lbrw.org for full details, and to enter today.
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