Charting a Course to Racing

Start racing your boat now!

Chart your course into racing! A free series of events designed to help novice skippers (and their crews) get started racing their boats in Marina del Rey:

IYR 2013

Event #1: Introduction to Yacht Racing

March 23rd, 2013


This event is for your crew as they begin racing with you. Introduction to Yacht Racing will have three parts: a morning session ofspeakers and equipment displays, an introduction to various kinds of boats, and a practice race in the afternoon.  Introduction to Yacht Racing will help prepare your crew for upcoming races. Visit for a complete list of races in the Santa Monica Bay in which you can compete.

New skippers who want to get an easy start to racing are encouraged to sign up their boat for this event (skippers need to have basic tight-quarters boat handling ability to participate). If you have questions about this event you can contact the Introduction to Yacht Racing Team at:

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Champagne Series More Pictures

Here are a few more picture from Champagne.

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Champagne More Pictures Gallery 

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Champagne Series 2013 Wrap-up

The 40th Annual Champagne Series Regatta wrapped up on Saturday with a continuation of the weirdest weather this event has experienced.

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Champagne Series got off to a slow start, literally, on Saturday the 19th with a postponement and finally a start in light air…coming off the beach.  The day’s two races around the cans tested the seamanship and patience of all racers.


Day Two got started on time, with southwesterly wind at 7 knots, only to have fluky wind force an abandonment. After only a brief delay the first race went off.  The wind held for the second race, but brought fog in with it.


By the end of the second race it was pea
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Five classes of boats competed for the Champagne Series Trophy and the Kleeve Trophy.  Top performances for the series came from Avet in PHRF B and Team Open Sailing in 5.70, each scoring three bullets and a second in their respective classes.  Well done!


Well, that’s January racing in the Santa Monica Bay!  A big “Thank you!” to all racing boats, after-racing hosts MVYC and PMYC, to CYC and SMWYC for supplying chase boats and to everyone who toiled on Race Committee.
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Champagne Series 2013 Day 2 Galleries

Champagne series day 2 was a really interesting day for photographs. It started out drizzly, cleared up to a beautiful day and then the fog rolled in at the end. A wonderful variety of lighting conditions for shots of racers!

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Champagne Series 2013 Day 2 Gallery 1

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Champagne Series 2013 Day 2 Gallery 2


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Champagne Series Day One

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Day One of the 2013 Champagne Series regatta got started with beautiful winter weather.  Too good, in a way, as winds were light and variable.  With prevailing wind from ENE, racers got an unusual course, racing toward  the beach on the initial weather legs.  As the afternoon progressed, the wind swung to S affording great views of Catalina.  The day ended with two races competed and a promise of more wind next weekend.

Cruiser-class racers will have their chance to join in next week, January 26, on the Random Leg course.  If your Cruiser-class boat isn’t registered already, sign up now!  Prizes for the day’s races, and the overall Champagne Perpetual Trophy and Kleeve Trophy, will be presented at the after party at PMYC; a raffle for some cool items will also be held.
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Champagne Series 2013 Galleries

Day one of Champagne series proved to be a very picturesque. With clear conditions we got some beautiful pictures of the racers.

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Champagne Series 2013 Gallery 3

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Champagne Series 2013

The 40th Annual Champagn Series Regata hosted by Santa Monica Bay Yacht Racing Club in Marina Del Rey

The 40th Annual Champagn Series Regata hosted by Santa Monica Bay Yacht Racing Club in Marina Del Rey

Notice of Race PDF Register Now!

Sailing Instructions  Attachment B

See Who’s Registered

Class/Start Day 2

Race Results   Overall Results

SBYRC’s 40th Annual Champagne Series regatta, off Venice Pier

Two Saturdays, January 19 and 26

SBYRC proudly presents the 40th Annual Champagne Series regatta. Sign up for this challenging event that takes place over the third and fourth Saturdays of January. Expect up to six windward/ leeward races over two days for PHRF/OD, and one Random

Leg race for Cruisers (1/26). Prepare for sporty weather!

Open to current members of PHRF, One-Design classes and ASMBYC Cruisers

Early entries accepted by January 4 (end of Peter Isler presentation)

Regular entries until 1700 HRS 1/18/13 (PHRF/OD) and 1700 HRS 1/25/13 (Cruisers)

Post-race hospitality after each day’s racing.
Prizes awarded on 1/26

Notice of Race PDF Register Now! Sailing Instructions



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