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Introducing the New-Look Ahmanson Cup

Hello NHYC Ocean Racers,

In late 2011 a meeting was held at the Newport Harbor Club to discuss the future and format of the Ahmanson Cup Series. After much discussion and intense planning, the Yacht Racing Council has re-tooled the event with the intent to increase member participation shift the focus from grand prix style buoy racing to a series based in the history and spirit of the original races.

The series will comprise of three 14 nm random leg ocean races. The first two (The Hunting Tidelands Race and the Skylark Race) will be held on April 21 -22 and the series will wrap up with the NHYC Opening Day Race from LA Harbor to Newport Beach.

In addition to shifting from a series of windward-leeward races to random leg, NHYC has also decided to introduce reverse handicap starting into the mix. For those of you unfamiliar with this “SDYC Hot Rum Series” style of race; Boats will be assigned a start time according to their PHRF RLC rating calculated so that the first boat over the finish line is the winner. There is no math to do on the way to the dock leaving more time to prepare for the great shore side parties NHYC has planned for the event!

The YRC and Race Office expect to see increased member racing and cruising yachts alike and encourage you to spread the word to your friends in the bay and area to join us for the new look Ahmanson Cup Series. Please enter early as a full entry list this will help us to gain momentum and attract more out of area participants.     

Take a moment to review the Notice of Race and Registration HERE.


Sail Fast,

NHYC Race Office