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Good turnout Saturday for annual Home Port Regatta

Race Chair The Home Port Regatta was well attended this year, with 22 boats entering the race Saturday, November 13th. This regatta is designed to introduce sailors to the sport of sailboat racing and to the Marina del Rey yacht clubs. Because of this, no entry fee was charged and the skippers were not required to be a member of a yacht club. This event provides a great opportunity for new sailors and regular crew who do not skipper to get some time at the helm in a friendly and fun racing environment. Saturday’s race was preceded by two seminars during the week to teach racing basics and the important role that yacht clubs have in sponsoring and running races. The seminars were given by local sailing experts: n South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club vice commodore Carl Radusch; n Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs rear commodore John Staff; n Bob Kellock; and n Marylyn Hoenemeyer. More than 20 people attended each seminar. The 22-boat field was divided equally into two classes: spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes. The race was scheduled to start at noon Saturday, but there was a 20-minute delay waiting for the wind direction to settle down. The wind finally settled and held steady for the rest of the day from 210 degrees, which made B Mark the windward mark. Although the wind direction held, the...

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Marina Home Port Regatta events set for November

Race Chair South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club One of the most important boating events of the year in Marina del Rey — The Home Port Regatta — is planned for the second week of November. This regatta is designed to introduce sailors to the sport of sailboat racing and to Marina yacht clubs. The week’s events will include seminars from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, November 9th and 11th. The race will be held Saturday, November 13th. All shore events will be held at South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club (SCCYC), 13445 Mindanao Way, in the Marina. The regatta is sponsored by the Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs (ASMBYC) and each year, a different yacht club in the association runs the regatta. This year, SCCYC has that honor. The late Darien Murray was a big supporter and promoter of the Home Port Regatta and she spent a lifetime supporting the Marina boating community. Darien published The Dinghy twice monthly and wrote a regular column in The Argonaut until her death two years ago. The Darien Murray Perpetual Trophy was recently created in her honor. The names of each year’s Home Port Regatta winners are added to this trophy and the trophy is on display throughout the year at the host yacht club. This year’s seminar sequence is designed to teach the non-racing sailor enough to get...

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