Announcing the 2019 CA Offshore Race Week

SAVE THE DATES for the 2019 California Offshore Race Week, back by popular demand! Encinal Yacht Club, Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, Santa Barbara Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club are excited to bring back the CA Offshore Race Week, connecting three distances races into a full offshore race week series.

Simon Phillips, owner of the Farr 40 Astra: “To me, it’s the perfect series of races to kick off summer. Condensed into a tight window to accommodate our busy schedules - we get the chance to experience all of the challenges of too much and too little wind while racing along the picturesque California coast. We are all looking forward to the exhilarating downwind conditions and finishing in the San Diego sun. We’re packing the sunscreen!”

This year, CA Offshore Race Week will be adding a new component for the fastest mono and multihull boats looking to stretch their legs: the CA 500 race from San Francisco to San Diego. The CA 500 will be open to monohulls with an ORR rating of 1.06 and higher and multihulls of 45' LOA and an ORR-MH rating of 1.4 and higher.

SPINNAKER CUP (SF to Monterey)
Presented by Encinal Yacht Club & Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club
May 25 - 26, 2019

COASTAL CUP (Monterey to SB)
Presented by Encinal Yacht Club & Santa Barbara Yacht Club
May 27 - 28, 2019

SOCAL 300 (SB to SD)
Presented by Santa Barbara Yacht Club & San Diego Yacht Club
May 30 - June 1, 2019

CA 500 (SF to SD)
Presented by San Diego Yacht Club
May 30 - June 1, 2019

The CA 500 course starting line will be between StFYC outer mark "A" and a yellow placard on the StFYC Race Deck. After starting, boats shall exit SF Bay and leave Farallon Light to port, leave weather buoy ODAS 46047 to port, leave San Diego channel entrance buoy “SD 1” to port and finish by passing between San Diego channel buoys “SD 5” and SD6”. The approximate rhumbline course length is 500 nautical miles.

CA 500 scoring will use ORR and ORR-MH handicaps with awards for best corrected time in class, and first to finish in class. 

Manny Gomez, chairman of the SoCal 300 and CA 500: "I look forward to my 2nd year as chair and helping out with the California Offshore Race Week. 2018 was a successful series, and I look forward to continually improving the event to make it excellent and fun for everyone!" he began.

"Manouch Moshayedi [Rio100 owner] and I are also proud to introduce the California 500 - a race designed for large, fast boats with deep drafts that cannot access shallow harbors, such as Monterey and Santa Barbara. Our intention is to host this race from San Francisco to San Diego biennially on Transpac Race years, and for the event to "merge" with the SoCal 300 as the fleets make their way down the coast. All yachts will finish just outside the San Diego Bay, with a party the evening of June 1st. Since 2019 is the 50th running of the Transpac Race with a spectacular turnout, we look forward to welcoming boats from all over the globe into the CA Offshore Race Week!”