Invitational Sailing Regatta Features College Students from Around the Nation

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — March 2, 2009 — The second annual running of the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Regatta with take place in the Pacific Ocean from March 13-15.  The sailing race, hosted by the Los Angeles Yacht Club, brings together top collegiate sailors from schools coast to coast and is the only collegiate race that combines large sailing boats and ocean sailing.

The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup Regatta is quickly becoming one of the highlight events of the Port,” said Geraldine Knatz, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director.   “Witnessing the camaraderie and hard work of so many college students at one of our oldest maritime traditions – competitive sailing – is truly heartwarming.  I look forward to the 2009 competition and meeting the men and women who will lead us into the next generation.”

The race course will be about one mile southwest of the Angels Gate Lighthouse, about a half-mile offshore and takes place between the Angels Gate Lighthouse and the Pt. Fermin buoys, a distance of 1.7 miles each way.  Crews of seven racers will sail a total of eight Catalina 37 keelboats chartered from the Long Beach Sailing Foundation, vying for the coveted three-foot tall Harbor Cup trophy.

Competitive sailing is an ancient art form encouraging Corinthian values that promote the highest level of sportsmanship, fairness, courtesy and grace in victory or defeat.  Environmental stewardship and a simple love of the ocean are also a benefit of those who race.

The race will be visible from the Pt. Fermin bluffs.

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