SBYSF Winter Series #1
On January 27th, SBYSF introduced a new regatta series to our local Santa Barbara youth sailors. The SBYSF Winter Series, part of the SBYSF Seasonal Series, offers no-cost local racing to our active participants. The goal of the SBYSF Seasonal Series events is to introduce new sailors to racing without the need to travel as well as giving our veterans another day on the water. For many new racers in Optimist Green Fleet and High School JV, attending a big travel regatta can be a daunting task. With local access to racing, sailors and parents have an opportunity to experience a regatta while sleeping in their own bed!
On Sunday 1/27, sailors were greeted to a warm and sunny Santa Barbara winter day. At 1030 hours sailors met on the SBYSF Dock, rigged their boats, and awaited race time. After a brief competitors meeting with Principal Race Officer and SBYSF Director Nick Kaschak, sailors hit the water in anticipation of the day’s racing. Upon arrival to the racing venue inside SB Harbor, a light but raceable SE wind filled the course. Over 30 sailors in Green Fleet, Champ Fleet, and CFJs battled the conditions and competition to complete five races.
We had a phenomenal turnout for our first Winter Series Regatta! With over 30 sailors making the trek to the harbor. We can’t wait for the next event and to create a new staple of youth sailboat racing in Santa Barbara.