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LONG BEACH, CA  12 July 2018 – – The Moorings 2018 Laser North American Championship got underway today, in breeze that built from 6 to 14 knots, with boisterous seas to match. Laser, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 competitors – 167 in all, hailing from 26 nations – enjoyed three races in the brisk southwesterly breeze on San Pedro Bay.

The four-day event is hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC), Long Beach, Calif. “This is the kind of event ABYC likes to do,” sail Regatta Chair Ed Spotskey, “Our team really puts our best foot forward, to make this a special event for the international sailors.”

“Some of our volunteers go back to the 1984 Olympics and have been running major regattas at ABYC since then,” Spotskey added. “And many look forward to making it to the 2028 Olympics, too!” referring to the Los Angeles Summer Games, slated for 2028.

“One of the things I love about the Laser class, is we cross such an age spectrum, all competing together,” pointed out Sherri Campbell, Laser NA Class Executive Sec’y. Not only does the field of competitors span 50 years – the youngest is 14, the oldest 63 – but it also spans the world.

In addition to the North American Championship, the event also serves as a qualifier for next year’s Pan American Games. Hence, it wasn’t unusual to see Venezuela, Canada, Ecuador, Bermuda, Aruba rounding the marks in unison today, in racing that was tight and challenging, in the lively conditions.

Charlie Buckingham, USA, took an early but slim lead in the 69-boat Laser Standard division, with a 3-2-1 record, followed by fellow American Chris Barnard and Brazil’s Bruno Fontes, both with 7 points.

More close racing, in Laser Radials, saw Canadians Brenda Bowskill and Sarah Douglas separated by just one point. Tied for first place in Laser 4.7 were Abbie Carlson, USA and Spencer Leman, CAN.

As the day came to an end, weary sailors, coaches, family and friends relaxed on the bayfront lawn of ABYC, enjoying steel drum music, burgers and beverages.

Racing continues tomorrow (Friday) through Sunday July 15, starting at 11:55AM daily in the waters off Alamitos Bay.
Spectators can watch the fleet launch from the adjacent beach and parade out the channel to the start each morning – and scream in on the surf in the afternoon. In addition to world-class competition, there are morning briefings and daily post-race refreshments and entertainment. For more information, and full results, please visit www.abyc.org.

Cover Photo: Tom Walker


LONG BEACH, CA  9 July 2018 – – Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) will shimmer with the glow of over 160 Laser sailors, when it hosts the 2018 Laser North American Championship July 12 to 15. In addition to Laser Standard, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 titles, some will by vying to qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games to be held during July in Lima, Peru.

As the close of entries approaches tomorrow (July 10), entries have soared, with 26 nations to be represented in the four-day international regatta. In addition to world-class competition and camaraderie, racers will enjoy a morning briefing, daily refreshments, a regatta dinner, and souvenir.

Dedicated dinghy and small sailboat racers have known for decades that “ABYC is the place to be.” Since 1924, ABYC has provided a vital platform for the yacht racing community, fueled by a strong base of volunteers and excellent race management. The club hosts five to 10 championship regattas each year, including regional, national, world and North American championships, such as this; in dinghy, keelboat, and multihull classes. That’s in addition to 14 regularly scheduled regattas, plus an active junior program.

“Alamitos Bay Yacht Club has a long tradition of hosting international regattas, bringing the best sailors in the world to Long Beach,” explained Principal Race Officer Mark Townsend USA, IRO. “ABYC last hosted the Laser North American Championship in 2014. With the Olympic Games sailing competition due to be contested in these same waters in 2028, we are expecting even more of the world’s top sailors to be heading to Long Beach over the next 10 years.”

The Laser NAs will commence with registration at ABYC Wednesday July 11, continuing Thursday; with races starting daily at 11:55AM Thursday through Sunday. A total of 12 races are scheduled, on trapezoid courses held inside the Long Beach Breakwater near the Belmont Pier, or in the outside waters of San Pedro Bay.

With the number of entrants mounting, organizers will likely divide the fleet into Gold/Silver finalists, based on a qualifying series. Prizes will be awarded to the top positions in each fleet; plus, the Bruce Kirby Cup to the highest placing male in Laser Full Rig and the North American Radial Championship Trophy to the highest placing finisher in that field.

Competitors include a strong North American contingent, such as defending 2017 Laser champion Malcolm Lamphere, and runner-up in the 2017 Laser Radials, Sophia Reineke. The world-wide field of competitors also includes many from Central and South America, and the Caribbean, as the regatta will serve as the country qualifier for next year’s Pan American Games. The Pan Am Games provide Olympic style competition for athletes from 41 recognized nations of the Americas – however there are slots for only 16 contenders in the 2019 Games. The ABYC 2018 Laser NA regatta is the second of just three opportunities to qualify.

Optimal conditions are forecast for the North Americans. July is one of the best times of the year to sail in Long Beach, with a westerly sea breeze which builds each afternoon to the mid-teens. The current sunny, warm conditions are expected to continue in Southern California, fueling the prevailing winds and providing thrilling competition.

ABYC is idyllically situated on Alamitos Bay, at 7201 East Ocean Boulevard, in Long Beach, Calif. Its modern waterfront clubhouse facility is located conveniently close to the harbor entrance, with a paved boat yard and excellent access to the adjacent beach, where competitors’ boats will be stored overnight.

In addition to PRO Townsend, Ed Spotskey chairs the event, with Ben Fels AUS, IJ, as Chief Judge.

While online entries will be accepted until July 10, after that date they may be accepted in person: racers are encouraged to inquire. Visit www.abyc.org for all details on registration and the event.

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Race Announcement: Farr 40 2018 North American Championship

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Star North American Championships Regatta Announcement


MARINA DEL REY, CALIFORNIA, 5 APRIL 2018 – – There is no better place in Southern California for star sightings than the prestigious California Yacht Club (CYC) as they prepare to host the 2018 International Star Class North American Championship,  August 14 to 19.

Fifty top sailors from all over the world are expected to compete for the coveted Silver Star, emblematic of the Star Class North American Championship. Racing will take place on a challenging two-mile diameter course on Santa Monica Bay, with eight multi-lap races over four days.

“California Yacht Club has a rich history of hosting world class yachting events, and has been a longtime supporter of the Star fleet, so we’re excited to be holding this event!” said US Sailing National Race Officer and CYC Senior Race Officer Bill Stump. “In fact, the first Star Class fleet on the Pacific Coast was established in the 1920s by the founders of California Yacht Club, and venerable CYC Olympian Owen Churchill purchased one of the first boats for the new Southern California fleet. It’s a classic yacht racing design, competitive, elegant and ageless. The Star Class has generated Olympic and America’s Cup champions for decades.”

Only North American Champions may race under the Silver Star. Past North American winners such as Tobin Grael, George Szabo, Paul Cayard and Eric Doyle have gone on to win World Championships and Olympic Medals, as well as compete in the America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race. 

Over the last century, the Star has undergone various incarnations and innovations, but remains one of the greatest one-design racing classes, demanding a superior level of competition. Fast and unforgiving, with massive sail area and just 23-ft LOA, they sail comfortably in light air. Mid-breeze requires some adjustment, and heavy breeze demands guts. One wrong jibe can result in the snap of a mast and loss of the massive main sail: NASCAR wrecks have nothing on a Star boat race!

This long-standing and elite class of racing keelboat remains one of the most widespread and professionally sailed craft in the world, with over 8,524 boats built; actively raced in 19 districts throughout 27 countries.

Plans for the regatta have been in the works since March 2016, when the Star Class selected CYC for this premier event, based on its reputation for professional race management and excellent venue.

Registration, measurement and weigh-in commence August 14. A practice race and opening ceremony are slated for August 15, followed by a proposed eight races over four days, August 16 through 19.

In addition to awards for the top five winners and perpetual trophies, prizes will also be presented to the top three skippers and crew in both Masters (50-59) and Grand Masters (60 and over) divisions.

Competitors are encouraged to arrive early and participate in the annual King of Spain regatta the prior weekend, August 11 and 12.

Registration is open and can found at https://2018na.starchampionships.org/entry/2018_north_american

California Yacht Club is proud to have been selected to host major Star Class championships over the years: 1983 World Championship; 2002 World Championship; 2005 North American Championship; 2008 Olympic Sailing Trials; and 2010 North American Championship.   

CYC has been awarded the prestigious US Sailing St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy for Excellence in Race Management for their performance hosting the 2002 Worlds and 2005 North Americans.

Located in Marina Del Rey, Calif., CYC has been a mainstay of the yacht racing community since 1922. CYC is a modern organization steeped in tradition. Its 1,000  members, ranging from neophyte juniors just gaining their sea legs to former Olympic champions, compete in boats spanning from Optis to mega yachts, in major sailing regattas around the world.

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Scott Kaufman Wins 2017 Etchells North American Championship

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By Emily Willhoft, Photos courtesy of Cynthia Sinclair | August 20, 2017

Today was an exciting last day of the 2017 Etchells North American Championship hosted by San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) and Etchells Fleet 13. Twenty-nine teams completed the last two races in Coronado Roads, culminating in a new North American Champion after eight total races.

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ABYC’s Riley Gibbs and Reeve Dunne Win the 505 North Americans!

From the Event Website:  The final day of racing again saw mostly clear skies, but a little more finicky wind. We were able to get in one long race today with winds of 6-8 knots easing in the last half of the race. With this race, the total count for the regatta was 10 races which gave the competitors another throw out. Interestingly, the additional throw out did not change the positions of the top 5 sailors from yesterday.

Congratulations to Riley Gibbs and Reeve Dunne for a well sailed regatta to capture first place and become the 2016 North American Champions.

ABYC/NHYC’s Howie Hamlin and Jeff Nelson placed second.


L to R: Riley Gibbs and Howie Hamlin
L to R: Riley Gibbs and Howie Hamlin

SoCal’s Team GolisonTakes Fifth at the J70 North Americans


Seabrook, TX (May 22, 2016) – Julian Fernandez Neckelmann’s Flojito y Cooperando won the first race of the Torqeedo J/70 North American Championship and withstood an onslaught of challengers over seven races to earn the trophy. The reigning J/70 World Champion, Neckelmann was joined by crew Willem van Waay, Bill Hardesty and Danel Belausteguigoitia at the event hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club.

Able to discard a 13 in race 5, Flojito y Cooperando kept scores of 1,3,1,11,1,3 for 20 net points. The next five teams juggled standings all weekend, but with the victory in today’s only contest, Glenn Darden’s Hoss leapt into second place with 30 points (Darden is the current J/70 Midwinter Champion).

Peter Duncan’s Relative Obscurity benefited from a second today to move into third overall with 32 points. Robert Hughes’ Heartbreaker snagged fourth (34 points), and then Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis and Bruno Pasquinelli’s Stampede tied at 37 for the next spots. The 10-boat Corinthian division was ruled by Jack Franco’s 3 Ball JT, who finished 11th overall.

“It was just a very tough weekend with complicated conditions for them to run races,” noted Neckelmann. “The Race Committee did an outstanding job.” Expect to see Flojito y Cooperando at the J/70 World Championship this fall in San Francisco. “I’m just very happy to be sailing J/70s,” Neckelmann said with a smile. “It’s a lot of fun, and the Class is going the right way. We’ll keep growing and having big fleets.”

Racing at the North Americans was on May 19 to 22.

Final Results (Top 10 of 39; 7 races, 1 discard)
1. Flojito y Cooperando, Julian Fernandez Neckelmann [Open], (MEX), 1-3-1-11-[13]-1-3- ; 20
2. Hoss, Glenn Darden [Open], (USA), [23]-4-3-3-10-9-1- ; 30
3. Relative Obscurity, Peter Duncan [Open], (USA), 14-7-2-[22]-2-5-2- ; 32
4. Heartbreaker, Robert Hughes [Open], (USA), 4-9-[22]-7-3-7-4- ; 34
5. Midlife Crisis, Bruce Golison [Open], (USA), 2-1-5-16-5-8-[17]- ; 37T
6. Stampede, Bruno Pasquinelli [Open], (USA), 10-8-4-5-1-[13]-9- ; 37T
7. Scamp, Will Welles [Open], (USA), [19]-16-10-2-9-6-6- ; 49
8. Cloud Nine, Phil Haegler [Open], (BRA), 5-10-[25]-1-7-20-13- ; 56
9. Savasana, Brian Keane [Open], (USA)b, 16-[18]-15-9-4-3-18- ; 65
10. Hooligan Flat Stanley Racing, Trey Sheehan [Open], (USA), 9-5-14-[25]-17-11-14- ; 70

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