Tuesday, January 16, 2007


I ask myself this question every year. Thus far I am very proud of Balboa Yacht Clubs “Club Championship” that is now going on its forth year. This year I have proposed the idea of the re- energizing the BALBOA CHALLANGE scheduled for this August 4,5. We are also chairing BYC involvement with the 50th Anniversary of the Lido 14 Championship and running a pre championship Tune up regatta August 11-12. SAFTEY AT SEA is a subject I find myself paying more attention to every year.

The “Club Championship” is my idea of continuing to promote the grass roots of sailing and the old fashioned sailing club. This event is open to only BYC members and is sailed on the Governors Cup 21’s. The event has brought together our club by having trophies for the first family trophy, junior’s team trophy, and master team trophy. Everyone is on the water and it’s been a big success.

The BALBOA CHALLENGE (BC) has been around for 57 years and has a similar format as the Lipton Cup. Over the years the BC has come down to only three or four clubs attending. The time is ripe for an event where every yacht club on the west coast of the United States can attend without the logistics of bringing a boat to the event. The participants will be playing on an equal field with the use of the Governors Cup 21’s and I am confident this effort will result into a first class regatta.

With the 50th Anniversary of the Lido 14 and the Championship returning to Newport Beach I felt it was the perfect time to return to dingy sailing. Balboa Yacht club will be running a clinic and tune up regatta August 11-12, so that everyone competing in this years championship will have more time on the water. Dinghy sailing is the key to longevity to our sport and to quote Andrew Campbell, “the consistent effort on the part of the sailor is the only thing that can improve his or her sailing”.

SAFTY AT SEA is a huge subject and should be reviewed every five years by all boat owners. A couple of key points which I have for the 1st mates, make sure you know the location of the first aid kit, be able to read the lat and lon off the GPS, learn how to work the radio and channel 16, review man overboard, find your way home and make sure that the skipper is wearing a life jacket.

I am excited about the upcoming yachting season and look forward to another fun summer with my family and friends.

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