The 38th Annual Tony P’s Sabot Regatta drew 31 junior sailors Saturday, April 23rd, under very favorable skies.
The event was sponsored by the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (SMWYC) and is considered one of the oldest junior events in Santa Monica Bay.
The original race of this series was run in 1967, and was sponsored by Windjammers’ Yacht Club and Charlie Brown’s Restaurant.
Both the yacht club and the restaurant have changed. Windjammers’ Yacht Club is now part of the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and the Charlie Brown’s Restaurant site is now home to Tony P’s Dockside Grill, which has carried on sponsorship of the sabot event.
Tony P’s Regatta — one of the High Point Series for the US Sabot Association — brought participants from six yacht clubs from Santa Barbara to King Harbor to compete.
Del Rey Yacht Club (DRYC) was represented by ten sailors, King Harbor Yacht Club arrived with eight, and California Yacht Club (CYC) had its six members sail over.
Santa Barbara Yacht Club (SBYC) arrived with four juniors and their parents and gear.
Westlake Yacht Club (WYC) delivered two youngsters and South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club (SCCYC) presented its first sabot racer in some years.
Class A, the advanced group, had 11 participants; Class B had 13; and Class C, the beginners, was sailed by seven youngsters.
Each class sailed three separate courses with class starts and finishes, which determined the winners by class.
Three races were run, beginning with a long course before lunch. Lunch was served and then it was back to the course for two shorter courses for each of the three classes.
The third race was finished just in time, as the wind began to build to caps in the channel.
Principal race officer and SMWYC commodore Peter Glick called the group to order and thanked all the parents and coaches for their support of this event and introduced Tony Palermo and daughter Francesca.
Palermo is co-owner of event sponsor Tony P’s Dockside Grill, and he was asked to assist in the trophy presentation.
Class A: first place, Sean Crane, CYC; second place, Ben Spector, SCCYC; and third place, Dillon Lancaster, KHYC.
Class B: first place, Reid Bergsund, KHYC; Adam Porkas, DRYC; and Christina Sharp, KHYC.
Class C: first place, Janel De Curtis, KHYC; second place, Gregg Kent, WYC; and third place, Tristan Dougherty, DRYC.
Trophies were “bucket” sun hats, to be embroidered with the event information on them. First place winners, in each class, received dining gift certificates from Tony P’s.
The next US Sabot High Point event is the Sanguinetti Dinghy Regatta, Sunday, May 1st, at California Yacht Club.