Santa Monica Bay Delivers on Opening Day of California Cup

NightshiftNightshift, skippered by Kevin McNeil, wins the day with consistent effort

Marina del Ray, Calif. (June 16, 2014) - Marina del Rey and Santa Monica Bay certainly delivered on the opening day of the California Cup as the fleet of 15 Farr 40s was greeted by sunny skies, warm temperatures and solid 8-12 knot southwesterly winds.

And if Wednesday's action is any indication, racing over the course of the four-day regatta being hosted by the California Yacht Club will be tight, tricky and a real test of skill for skippers and crews.

Principal race officer Peter Reggio reeled off three starts in rapid succession and there were three different winners on the day. Santa Barbara skipper John Demourkas and his crew aboard Groovederci rounded the first weather mark in first and was able to maintain that lead the rest of the way in winning Race 1. Annapolis skipper Kevin McNeil and his team on Nightshift took advantage of a late mistake by Plenty to win Race 2. Finally, Wolfgang Schaefer steered the German entry Struntje Light to a come-from-behind victory in Race 3.

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Cal Cup is Under Way!

June 18: Racing in the Cal Cup has started on Day 1, Wednesday June 18 . John Demourkas has won the first race. 

Full results here, updated throughout the day

 
Farr 40 Class Comes to Santa Monica Bay to Contest the California Cup

California Yacht Club welcomes strong 15-boat fleet for third stop on circuit

California Yacht Club established the California Cup in 1963 and the regatta has a rich, storied history. Founded as a match racing event and later switched to fleet racing, the Cal Cup has featured many great classes, renowned yachts and famous sailors.

Jim Kilroy won the third edition aboard his 73-foot yawl Kialoa II while Paul Cayard captured the 1983 edition aboard the 6-meter St. Francis. George Coumantaros claimed victory with his highly-successful 80-foot sloop Boomerang while Ed McDowell won with his equally accomplished Santa Cruz 70 Grand Illusion.

At various times, the California Cup has been contested using the 12-Meter yachts that were a staple of the America’s Cup for many years or the 70-foot maxi sleds that have done so well in Trans-Pacific Yacht Race and other West Coast distance events.

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