Big Changes for the 2010 Border Run

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Big Changes for the 2010 Border Run

The Border Run International Sailing Event has some big changes in store for racers in 2010. The most newsworthy are a new and more convenient start date and the advent of a new exciting Shadow Boat Class. The Shadow Boat Class is for experimental designs that, ordinarily would not fit the criteria for most coastal races, will sail with ‘Shadow Boats’ for safety and video coverage.

"There’s simply nothing like it in the US. The Shadow Class will add an exciting ingredient to an already great event while offering designers and racers a venue to promote new designs for the future. More boats means a better event for everyone." said Border Run co-founder and designer Randy Reynolds.

Another big announcement is a new start date. The new Saturday start will make the event accessible to more sailors.

“The reason for the date change is to improve long term growth of the event. People’s schedules are in some cases not as flexible as they were a year or two ago and we are being sensitive to that.” said event manager Steve Byers. “The Saturday start makes it easier for more skippers and crew to attend, Newport slips to obtain, and for Friday night send-off partygoers to enjoy the festivities on a “work free” night.” Byers also added, "Saturday is better for our new co-host, the South Shore Yacht Club, who will run the send-off party, the start, the finish and results of the race."

“We are very excited about the 2010 Border Run and plan to help the event be even better than last year’s very successful inaugural race.” said SSYC staff commodore Ken Schoffstoll.

With already 124 entries, sailors are encouraged to sign up now and take advantage of the monthly drawings with prizes being supplied by the Long Beach West Marine store. Considered a ‘feeder’ race for SDYC’s long running Yachting Cup, The Border Run will send sailors on Saturday, April 24th, 2010 from Newport Beach, around Coronado del Norte island and finish in San Diego to party at the Kona Kai Resort on the tip of Shelter Island. For first timers and smaller boats a short course option allows a more direct route to San Diego. For more information go to www.TheBorderRun.org. Photo by Pat Reynolds