By Rick Day, South Coast Yachts
SAN DIEGO YC, Sept 13-15 -- Mention sailboat racing to most cruising sailors, and you’re met with a roll of the eyes as images of expensive carbon-fiber and Kevlar sails, stripped-out uncomfortable interiors, and a boatload of aggressive, adrenaline-pumped crew run through their minds. Ask them to race their own boats, and you’re likely to get a bold, hearty laugh in your face!
But that’s exactly the experiment the Beneteau dealer in San Diego asked of their cruising customers three years ago, and if this year’s Beneteau Cup is any indication, it has really caught on! In its third year of this new format, there were 40 entrants ranging from the First 20 to the Oceanis 58. UK Sailmakers has been a co-sponsor since day one.