women for women
Last weekend Oceanside Yacht Club histed the Inaugural Women for Women regatta. The event turned out to be a great race and a great day on water, sun shining, and perfect wind. The charity for the event was the Oceanside Women’s Resource Center. The one requirement to the race, women skippers and women only crew, no men allowed for this one. Why, you ask? For several reasons; Let the ladies play, because as you know, girls just wanna have fun!! But most importantly, the aim was to help grow the sport of sailing to more women.
The race consisted of 2 classes with 6 boats. Spinnaker class and a Non-Spinnaker class. Spinnaker Class results: 1st: Sirocco, J 130 skippered by Cathy Sweet, pictured above, 2nd: Predator, J 35 skippered by Terri Manok, 3rd: Doll Fun, Catalina 34 skippered my Barbara Sanford and Cindy Wynne. Non Spin class: 1st place: Double Trouble, Merit 25 skippered by Patty Mangels, 2nd place: Freedom, Sonar 23 skippered by Jane Dune, 3rd place: Zoom Zoom, Capri 25 skippered by Rocket Buchanan.
Thank you to all the female racers who made it out. Thanks to Barbara Sanford of ALYC and her boat Doll Fun a Catalina 34. Barbara made it down from Newport to race with us. The remainder of boats were Oceanside locals. Thank you to the Sponsors of the event; Ullman Sails of San Diego, West Marine and Harken. The ladies fundraised just over $2,000 for the organization, a decent start for our first time regatta!
Next year we look forward to having many more women racers out there on the line with us and we promise not to hold the race the same weekend of Yachting Cup. (And SA will be a part of next year’s event, for sure! – Ed)
-Sunny Chamblee OYC