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Team NHYC Wins the 2019 Stockholm International Team Race Regatta

May 23-26, 2019 / Stockholm, Sweden

Event Website

Team NHYC, led by skippers Bill Menninger and Doug Rastello, traveled to Stockholm, Sweden to compete in the 2 on 2 Swedish International Team Race Regatta sailed in J/80s.

Crewing for Bill were Michael Menninger, Kayla McComb and Robert Kinney. Doug’s crew was Alex Curtis, Jake La Dow and Bob McDonald.

Final ResultsStockholm International Team Race Regatta 2019
1 Newport Harbor Yacht Club, NHYC, USA
2 Royal Thames Yacht Club, RTYC, GBR
3 Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet, KSSS, SWE
4 New York Yacht Club, NYYC, USA
5 Gamla Stans Yacht Sällskap, GSYS, SWE

2019 Bacardi Cup Results

Miami, FL / March 3 – 9, 2019

SoCal sailors Eric Doyle and Payson Infelise (SDYC) win the Star Class in a fleet of 64.

Bruce Ayres and Team Monsoon (Mike Buckley, George Pete, Jeff Reynolds and Chelsea Simms) from Newport Beach (NHYC) takes third in the Melges 24 Class.


Eric and Payson

2019 Harbor 20 Class Championships

NHYC hosted the first Class Championship for the Harbor 20 class this past weekend. Two teams from Annapolis flew in, and a team from the Hilton Head Fleet as well as a member of the fleet in Santa Barbara showed up to compete.

There were six qualification races on Friday which split the 30 boat fleet into gold and silver divisions. Then 10 races where run over the next two days, Bill Menninger with Peter Stemler as crew won the gold flight with Brian Bissell in second and Walter Johnson in third. The Silver Fleet was won by Jay Swigart with Bruce Stuart as crew.

Next year the Harbor 20 Class Championships will be held in Annapolis. The winner of next years 2020 Harbor 20 Class Championships will be able to return to Newport Beach for the 2020 US Sailing Championship of Champions which will be held in Harbor 20’s and hosted by Balboa Yacht Club.

Complete Results


NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA, September 19, 2018Newport Harbor Yacht Club (NHYC) is pleased to announce the opening of entries for its biennial Newport Beach, California to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico international yacht race starting March 15, 2019.  Information regarding the race and entry can be found on the event website http://nhyccaborace.com/home/.

The 800 mile yacht race begins off the picturesque seaside city of Newport Beach, sending the boats racing down the Baja Peninsula to the spectacular finish off of Cabo San Lucas. The race is open to fully crewed monohull boats of 38’ or larger and multihull boats of 45’ or larger, specifics which are covered in the Notice of Race. Early entry fees of $900.00 are available until October 31, 2018. Originally run in 1971, the NHYC “Cabo Race” has provided offshore sailors a challenging downwind race to warmer waters for nearly 5 decades. Held during the same odd years as the TransPac Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, the Cabo Race attracts many of the same boats looking to maximize quality downwind racing on the West Coast. The members of NHYC are looking forward to seeing your entry soon.

Newport Harbor Yacht Club is situated on the Balboa Peninsula in Balboa, California. Located between Los Angeles and San Diego, Newport Beach offers one of the largest recreational boat harbors in the world; often referred to as the “Riviera of the West”, over 9000 boats make Newport Beach their port of call.

Club History
The history of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, established in 1916, has been intertwined with the development of the city of Newport Beach and its world-renowned yachting and recreational harbor. Since 1919 the club’s permanent home had been its historic-landmark front pavilion. The picturesque clubhouse had been remodeled and enlarged over the years but time had taken its toll. In 2017 the clubhouse was razed and a new building was built to provide a home for future generations of yachtsman. The new clubhouse opened in the Fall of 2018.

Dr. Albert Soiland, the Norwegian born founder and first commodore of the yacht club, was a man with an inborn love of sailing and the sea. He first saw Lower Newport Bay in 1906, when it was still the marshy estuary of the Santa Ana River. Familiar with the great ports of America and Europe, he dreamed of a future Newport Harbor.

Sharing Soiland’s harbor vision were the founders of the new city of Newport Beach, incorporated in the summer of 1906 with a year-round population of 230 people. Old-timers among them looked back to the nineteenth century when, for two decades, Newport Landing on the inner shores of the bay had been used by lumber schooners as a shipping port. Because of shallow, shifting channels and the unprotected entrance at Corona del Mar, navigation was dangerous and uncertain. After repeated attempts to interest the federal government in harbor reclamation had failed, this pioneer enterprise was moved in 1889 from the bay to McFadden’s ocean wharf where it flourished through the 1890’s.

Formation of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club in 1916 strengthened local confidence at a time when plans were at last under way for the first harbor improvement projects financed by Newport Beach and Orange County. Within a few years the Santa Ana River was diverted from the Lower Bay, channels were dredged, and a short west jetty was constructed at the entrance. Newport Beach business and professional leaders took pride in the new yacht club. A number of them signed up as charter members. When the former pavilion had been freshly painted and renovated as the new clubhouse, it became a nucleus of social and civic life in the little peninsula community.

Early Newport Bay reclamation projects were to prove disappointing. The task was too great and had barely begun. Money was scarce. County-wide support was lacking. Throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s, however, Newport Harbor Yacht Club members joined every movement for government-financed harbor development. By their example and enthusiasm, they and increasing numbers of other boat owners awakened public interest in water-related activities of all kinds. Yachting grew rapidly despite the limitations of the bay’s treacherous entrance, its sandbars, and its tidal flats. Yacht club events and boat parades drew thousands of enthusiastic spectators from all over southern California.

The long struggle for the creation of Newport Harbor ended with the final major jetty extension, dredging, and landfill projects completed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1936. In May of that year, the Newport Harbor Yacht Club hosted the largest and most joyous celebration in the town’s thirty-year history. This dedication of Newport Harbor, with its safe entrance and deep channels, was the turning point in the history of the city. A glorious new half century began for Newport Harbor Yacht Club.

For more information about the Cabo Race please call Laurel Dinwiddie at 949-723-6870, or email at laurel.dinwiddie@nhycstaff.org

Newport Harbor Yacht Club

720 West Bay Ave. Balboa, CA 92661-1123