The South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club held the 68th annual Outlook Trophy race Saturday, August 14th.

The race is for centerboard and multihull boats, 20 feet and shorter.

The fleets navigate a course on the Marina del Rey race buoys just outside the breakwater. The course combines upwind, downwind and reaching legs for a total of 12.8 miles.

This year, the fleets consisted of O’Day Day Sailer and Lido 14 centerboards; and Hobie 16 and Hobie Wave catamarans.

The race was scheduled to start at noon, but was postponed 20 minutes to give the racers a chance to reach the start line.

The winds were light and the seas were calm at the start of the race. By the end of the race, the winds had built to ten to 12 knots and the seas were pretty lumpy.

This gave the racers one final challenge to complete the last one-mile upwind leg. All boats finished by 4 p.m. and headed back to SCCYC for food and trophies.

Alex Barnett on Jody Lorraine (a Hobie 16) won the multi-hull class as well as the overall trophy.

Ralph Middleton on Hot Water won the centerboard class and the Day Sailer one design class.

The Hobie Wave one design class was won by Michael Lenaman. Michael had the honor of winning the race 31 years ago as well.

The SCCYC committee boat was supplied by junior staff commodore Terry Stringfellow, and Bob Kellock was the principal race officer.

The support boat was manned by rear commodore Sandy Bartiromo. Fortunately, the racers didn’t run into any problems out on the ocean, so the support boat only had to pick up marks and take pictures.

THIRD BARBECUE RACE — Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (SMWYC) hosted the third race in its Barbecue Race series Sunday, August 15th.

At noon Sunday, Barbecue Race chair Vic Smith issued final sailing instructions to 12 skippers and the boats left their slips under light breezes.

Two classes — 30 feet and over, and under 30 feet — headed for the start line, where vice commodore Peter Glick raised the flags and gave all 12 boats a “Start.”

They headed to Santa Monica Bell Buoy and returned through the Marina south entrance to the finish line in front of the SMWYC clubhouse.

As this race is designed for the new racer, the course is simple , short and fun, with the Sunday barbecue at SMWYC, the location of trophies.

Two boats in the 30 feet and over class raced for first place and Jim and Emily Vasilion with crew Ron Wood took the trophy aboard Yassoo.

There were ten boats in the under 30 feet class and trophies were awarded as follows;

first place, Vic Smith on Maine Squeeze;

second place, Allan Freedman on Freedom Too;

third place, Gerald Soble on Shpritz; and

fourth place, Lloyd Roberts on Play Sea Bow.

The final race of the series will be hosted by SMWYC Sunday September 26th.


Susan Artof, president of the Santa Monica Bay Sailing Foundation has just announced a new community event, “Paddle for Purpose,” planned from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 2nd, on the Marina Beach near Palawan Way.

The event will be hosted by the foundation, the Special Olympics and The Jennifer Diamond Foundation and will include a unique Kayak Relay Team Race and barbecue on the beach, off Palawan Way.

Children with special needs, both physical and intellectual, are invited to attend.

The Sheriff’s Department, county lifeguards and the County Marina del Rey Fire Station will volunteer time for boat and equipment review and rides.

Also, the local “Outrigger Club of Marina del Rey” has offered to give rides to these children.

Special Olympics athletes will be competing in the outrigger and canoe races, the details of which are in the planning state.

Mark your calendar, for this fun and worthwhile event and watch for more details as they are released.

FOR THE RACERS — September is a month with lots of great challenges

SMWYC hosts its “Outlaw Regatta” on Labor Day, Monday, September 6th, and takes everyone to Seal Beach Yacht Club for a terrific race, great after-race party and fun “hang out” weekend

On Saturday, September 18th, and Sunday, September 19th, the Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs hosts the Invitational “Champion of Champions” Regatta. Fleet captain Gary Green and principal race officer Al Berg are getting the invitations in the mail, so watch your mailboxes.

On Sunday, September 26th, the Man Woman Series begins, with South Bay Yacht Racing Club hosting this first event.

For past commodores of all yacht clubs in Marina del Rey, District #11, the International Order of the Blue Gavel, is hosting a Summer Regional Convention this weekend, beginning Thursday, August 19th, and running through Sunday, August 22nd.

Past commodores from Canada and many states are arriving and will meet and socialize, beginning at Pacific Mariners Yacht Club Thursday.

Friday, Del Rey Yacht Club hosts the group for meetings and a wonderful dinner-dance.

Saturday, a harbor cruise, a trip to the Getty Museum and a luau at SMWYC are planned.