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 started and will include such topics as how to read the regatta Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and the course chart.

The seminars will also describe the starting sequence, some basic racing tactics and give an overview of the racing rules.

Finally, the seminars will give an overview of the Marina yacht clubs and the events they sponsor.

Experienced local racers will present the seminars and each seminar will be concluded with a raffle for a free boating gift.

The sailors will be able to test their new racing knowledge on Saturday in a real race. There will be a mandatory skippers meeting at SCCYC at 9 a.m. on race day, where the entrants will be assigned to classes.

The race will start at noon at the race buoys just outside the Marina detached breakwater.

Two races will be held and they will consist of upwind/ downwind legs around the buoys.

If you don’t understand the last few sentences right now, you will after you attend the seminar sequence.

Coaches will be available to sail along with any skipper who requests support. There will also be a coach roaming the race course in a powerboat to give advice.

The race should be completed between 3 and 4 p.m., followed by a barbecue at SCCYC, where trophies will be presented to the winners of each class.

The Home Port Regatta is also a good event for skippers looking for crew and crew looking for skippers.

Experienced race teams often sign up for the Saturday race and put one of their regular crew at the helm.

The schedule for the week is:

Seminar 1, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, November 9th;

Seminar 2, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, November 11th;

Skipper’s Meeting, 9 a.m. Saturday, November 13th;

First race, noon Saturday, November 13th;

Barbecue and trophies Saturday, November 13th, after the races are complete.

For further details, (310) 713-8058 or the race page at


or e-mail raceChair@sccyc.org