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    Save the Windjammers

    Save the Windjammers Race or it’s “long live the Windjammers”.

    I had tried to enter the race via Regatta Network but it’s not listed. Sent off an email a few days ago and finally called the SCYC today. The race is cancelled. Lack of interest and cost were mentioned.

    Well you can’t get any interest if there is no way to enter. So is anyone else interested in entering? Maybe if we can get together enough entires we could save the race.

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    SCYC sponsored events seem to be on the downturn over last few years.

    Lack of volunteers to make it happen?

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    Transpac and CORW has taken a lot of offshore boats to southland and Hawaii and burned up a lot of vacation time I suppose.

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    Competes with jazz cup. And tends to be a light wind affair.

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    There May Never Be A 77th

    Over Memorial Day yacht, fishing launch and rowing races are planned, together with a dinner dance for members and friends. In July we will hold our annual moonlight cruise, and over Labor Day our club sponsors it’s biggest event of the years, the San Francisco-Santa Cruz Regatta, now recognized as one of the most important events on the Northern California yachting calendar.

    SCYC Letter of Events 1933

    It was a good run, 76 years of races from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, held over the Labor Day Weekend.
    A good time to run down the coast, enjoy Monterey Bay for a couple days before the kids had to return to school
    and summer waned into fall. Many memories and adventures. But all things come to an end. It appears that
    The SCYC' Windjammers has come to an end.

    A victim of the times. Numbers are down and insurance costs are up. Much of it arising from the after effects of the
    Low Speed Chase incident in the 2012 Full Crewed Farallones Race which claimed the lives of 5 sailors. The incident
    forced yacht clubs and sailing organizations in the Norcal area to adopt new, more restrictive rules and equipment regulations
    to appease the authorities which issue permits as well as the folks that insure such events.

    The reality is, without a permit and an insurance policy that cover the events sponsors, they, may be held financially responsible for
    any and all damage done or bodily harm to participants or others somehow involved. Many sailors with bundles of offshore experience
    took objection to the new rules and restrictions, while many complied. It is what it is.

    We asked a well salted SCYC member who has been sailing since he was knee high to a totem pole what the lowdown was and he explained:

    "Many of the boats just decided that it was not worth the time or expense" He added "Even our local ocean races that used to go above above Natural Bridges
    are subject to the regulations and many sailors just stop showing up. The last few years, the Windjammers numbers have really declined and the YC just cannot
    justify the expense of the effort. It's a big bummer, but that is the reality."

    No point in blaming or finger pointing, it is simply the world we live in.

    Perhaps an unorganized, unsponsored, unauthorized sail down the coast this Labor Day Weekend will sooth the soul......
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    Wonder what the harbor patrol would do if a taco truck rolled in for the night?

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    The new equipment requirements actually reduced the amount of stuff required but got more specific. For example, we used to require that each boat 'have' a type 1 PFD for everyone on board but that they 'wear adequate personal flotation'. Nobody would ever wear the type 1's so that meant we had to buy stuff for no reason. Yes, it can be expensive to properly equip a sailboat and its crew for offshore racing. It can also be expensive to buy sails, have the bottom cleaned, have a place to park the boat etc. Oh yeah, SCYC is free to use the requirements, or not, or change them as they see fit. The "authorities" have never dictated what our equipment requirements should be.

    Windjammers used to be part of the OYRA series but we dropped it and Spin Cup many years ago because so few of our season racers wanted to do the races. Spin Cup seems to be doing OK now that it's part of CORW.

    My memory of Windjammers past is that in a ~100 rated PHRF boat it was a pleasant sail until Davenport, then you get spanked for an hour or two, then due to geography or time of day the wind dies and you come ghosting it to Santa Cruz in the middle of the night or the next morning. Then you have to get the boat back...

    Jazz Cup gets warmer as the race goes on, you finish in daylight, and you get to spend the late afternoon in a pleasant raft up.

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    Windjammers used to buy you 2-3 days in Santa Cruz, Jazz Cup buys you a day in Benicia and you have to sail back through San Pablo Bay

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    The Jazz Cup certainly took a lot of interest away from borderline Windjammer potential boats, but when Windjammers started on a Friday,
    it was possible for a sailor to do both. Perhaps it will get a reprieve with additional advance campaigning and less 75th Anniversary Transpac pressure?

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