Twenty-four yachts participated last weekend in the annual Corinthian Cup Regatta that South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club (SCCYC) co-sponsored with its sister club, Redondo Beach Yacht Club (RBYC).

Previously, this event was known as the Moose Cup in honor of the event sponsor, Moose McGillicuddy’s restaurants, which were located in Marina del Rey and King Harbor Marina.

The Memorial Day weekend event began Friday evening with a dinner and kickoff at SCCYC on Mindanao Way.

This year’s 24 entries represented three classes.

Principal race officer Bob Kellock assembled his race committee and headed out the channel under slightly cloudy skies and cool temperatures Saturday morning.

The breeze was light but the competition was stiff.

Three classes took starts and the race headed south to the entrance in King Harbor.

Leg one was completed with the last finish time of three hours, ten minutes.

This fast time got boats into their slips, gear stowed and crews ready to pick up the celebration at Redondo Beach Yacht Club a little earlier than usual.

The party under way, few noticed how late it was getting. They did have a race to sail next day.

Sunday, boats readied for the trip home.

The race committee got set to start the return leg of this two-day event in perfect conditions — winds blowing ten to 15 knots, sunny and clear skies.

Perfect starts, and the boats headed for the south entrance of the channel at Marina del Rey.

“This was a great reciprocal race between two great Corinthian clubs,” said principal race officer Kellock when all the participants had returned to SCCYC for after-race hospitality and trophies.

Trophies of bottles of wine with identifying tags for this event were presented to first-place finishers in each of the participating classes.

PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet) first place was awarded to Don and Bob Souther, RBYC sailing their Capri 25, No Way.

First place in the more-than-30-foot Cruising Class was awarded to Gary Speck, SCCYC, sailing his Erickson 32 Bella.

First place in the less-than-30-foot Cruising Class was awarded to Joe Cowen, SBYRC, sailing his Columbia 24, Windsong.

Full results will be available at later this week, together with additional photos.