The Spinnaker Cup starts in San Francisco Bay at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday May 27, 2017, sending the racers out under the Golden Gate Bridge to Monterey. The fleet will finish the race as early as Saturday evening and on to the wee hours of Sunday. An evening reception on Sunday will kick off the second leg of the CORW, The Coastal Cup, which will start in Monterey on Monday, May 29th, and end in Santa Barbara. The final leg, The SoCal 300, from Santa Barbara to Sand Diego completes the CORW.


It’s Spinnaker Cup time again, and you know what that means! Fun and friendship with all the volunteers at the Club, finishing boats off the end of Wharf #2 until the wee hours of the morning, and watching the exciting competition between more than 50 participating boats, ranging in size from 24’-70’!

The Spinnaker Cup has been a favorite of bay area sailors since its inception in 1998. The concept for this 100 mile downwind run was developed by Donna Womble, Betty and Don Lessley, Doug Storkovich, and the YRA of S.F.; it became part of the offshore YRA series.

In 2017, the Spinnaker Cup kicks off the three part series of California Offshore Race Week (CORW) (Entry form and NOR on their site) . This series of three races is known as the California Offshore Championship, and is sponsored by Encinal, San Francisco, Monterey Peninsula, Santa Barbara, and San Diego Yacht Clubs. The second race in the series is the Coastal Cup, from Monterey to Santa Barbara. In the final leg, the SoCal 300, boats race through the Channel Islands on their course from Santa Barbara to San Diego. ! Each of the three races has its own winner, with awards and celebrations at the end of each race. The winner of the entire set of races will become the 2017 California Offshore Champion!

There are a few changes this year. The Regatta will start on Saturday, May 27, and finish early in the morning on Sunday, May 28. The start of the race has been moved up to 9:00 A.M., to accommodate tides in San Francisco Bay, so finishers may be arriving earlier than in past years. The Coastal Cup racers will depart from Monterey early on Monday morning.

We’ll need lots of volunteers to pitch in and make the Spinnaker Cup, our leg of the California Offshore Championship, the very best one of the series. Volunteers can finish boats at the finish line located off the end of Wharf #2; drive a chase boat to escort finishers to their slips or to the hoist as needed; or help with concierge duty inside the club to provide marina keys, lodging information, and general help and advice for the arriving sailors. Trophies will be presented at a reception on Sunday afternoon.

To volunteer, please sign up in the Spinnaker Cup Volunteer Binder on the bar at the Club, or contact me for more information at 831-277-4065 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It’s going to be a great event. We’ll see you at the Spinnaker Cup out on the water and at the Club!

Sharron Frey