Star Class boats to battle for Western Hemisphere Championship

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SAN DIEGO—The Star fleet will be out on San Diego Bay between May 20 and May 25. Don’t get excited just yet, Trekkies, as this is a fleet of Star boats competing in the 2019 International Star Class Western Hemisphere Championship.

Star classes 21, 26, 29 and 30 are invited to participate in this championship regatta, which is organized by San Diego Yacht Club and hosted by San Diego Bay Star Fleet (District 5). Entry into the regatta closed on April 23.

Registration and weigh-in are both scheduled for May 20 and 21; late crews can weigh in the morning of May 22, a few hours ahead of the first warning signal. A skippers meeting is set for 9 a.m. on May 22, followed by the first warning signal at noon.

Racing begins at noon on May 23, 24 and 25, as well; two races will be held each day. Sailing instructions will be available on May 17.

“Racing will be conducted in the Pacific Ocean, southeast of Point Loma,” the Notice of Race stated. “Four (4) races are required to be completed to constitute a series. When fewer than five (5) races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. When five (5) or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.”

Perpetual trophies will be awarded to the winners; skipper and crew of boats finishing in first, second or third place will be awarded series prizes.

“Masters Division and Grand Masters Division prizes will be awarded to the skipper and crew finishing 1st through 3rd place in the series for Masters aged 50 through 59, and Grand Masters aged 60 or over before the start of the first race. Competitors in the Masters and Grand Masters Divisions will also compete for series prizes,” according to the Notice of Race.

The top youth skipper (30 years old or younger) will also be recognized.

Contact San Diego YC Regatta Chairman John Burnham at johnburnham1@cox.net or Waterfront Director Jeff Johnson at sailing@sdyc.org or 619-758-6310 for more information.

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