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“66” Series Balboa Yacht Club (PHRF)

I happened to stop by Newport’s Life Guard Headquarters Sunday afternoon to witness first-hand the brutal weather systems that were passing through last weekend.  The ocean off Newport was solid white-caps, and sand and spray were blowing steadily up across the Newport Pier.  During the time we were at Lifeguard HQ, the wind velocity never seemed to drop below 30 knots, and was saw peak gusts spiking over 40 knots several times.

Not surprisingly, with major storm systems passing through our area last weekend, virtually all the scheduled sailing events in our area were cancelled.

But, despite stormy, rainy conditions, 13 boats still made it out Saturday afternoon for the kick off race of Balboa Yacht Club’s annual “66” Series.  All finishers in these rough conditions are listed below and should be acknowledged for their fortitude just getting out to race a 10 mile course in wet, challenging conditions.



1 Tango, J133 Roy Jones

2. Amante, Choate48, Richley Family

3. Flaca, SC50, Paul Casanova



1. Adios, J120 46638 BYC Peter Bretschger

2. Reliance, NM41, Bill McKeever

3. eXigent, Col32, Taylor Grant

4. Cirrus, J124, Tim Harmon

5. Baraka, J120, Ralph Rodheim



1.  Old School, Pete Woodworth

2.  Lucky Star, Mark Wyland

3   Violetta, Tony Delfino

4  Pussycat, John Szalay

5  Whiplash, Berkeley Greene


Upcoming Events

March 17- “66” Series – Balboa YC (PHRF)

March 23-25 – Laser Midwinters West – ABYC (Laser, Laser Radial)

March 23-25 – 29er Pacific Coast Championships – Coronado YC (29ers)

March 24 – Angleman Series #2 – Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (PHRF)

March 25 – Harry Wood Memorial Regatta – BYC (Lido 14)

March 30-April 6 – Corona del Mar to Cabo Race – Balboa Yacht Club (Offshore)

March 30 – April 1 – Baldwin Cup – NHYC (H20 Team Racing Invitational)

March 30 – April 1 – Etchells Midwinters West – San Deigo YC (Etchells 22)

April 7 – Earl Corkett Regatta – NHYC (H20, Finn, Lehman 12)


– John Drayton

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