One of the better annual races in town is the Sharp Hospicecare Regatta This year’s event is on August 26, and it also happens to be the 20th annual benefit regatta that brings together racers, community organizations, and local families to benefit the Sharp HospiceCare’s Homes for Hospice Campaign.
It is a fun course (pursuit, downwind start!) in the bay, and of course it is for a very good cause. And the post-race party at Coronado Yacht Club is always fun. Yet between the J/24 class, non-spinnaker, and the regular PHRF racers, there are a total of 16 boats. 16 boats! And 4 of them are J/105s.
Last year there were 49 entries! The race is a little over a week away, which may get more boats entered at the last minute, hopefully.
Not only is this sort of turnout embarrassing for racing in general (yes we know that entries are down nearly everywhere), but it is also embarrassing for Sharp Hospicecare. If people won’t come out for a race like this, then what are the odds for other races to get good turnouts?
Come on San Diego! Get off your asses and support this superb event.