ON THE WATER: Show Evolves Into Strictly Sailing

Posted: Friday, October 19, 2012 2:00 am

ON THE WATER: Show Evolves Into Strictly Sailing

By Chris Ericksen

Gazettes.com – Gazette Newspapers Long Beach California


I remember well going to the Long Beach Sailboat Show back in the 1970s and ’80s. Held in the Long Beach Arena, it featured sailboats — big ones, small ones, cruising boats, racing boats — and sails and accessories and seminars.

That show evolved into an in-the-water show in the 1990s and powerboats came in. Now, don’t get me wrong — I am a lifelong powerboater as well as a sailboater — but it did change the flavor of the event.

But now, the brand-new Strictly Sail Long Beach is coming to town this week. It features some of what the old show had — new and used boats shown in the water for sail and charter, as well as displays of and about sailing gear, rigging and accessories as well as sailing charters, travel and related services.

But new to the Strictly Sail event are educational and informational exhibits and opportunities. If you want to attend a seminar on sailing or cruising, you can at Strictly Sail. If you want to try out kayaks or stand-up paddleboards or small sailboats on the water, you can at Strictly Sail. There also will be dry-land simulators of various sailing craft.

Strictly Sail Long Beach opens today, Thursday, Oct. 18, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 21. Thursday and Friday, the show opens at noon and runs until 7 p.m. On Saturday, it opens at 10 in the morning and runs until 7. And on Sunday they’ll open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

Strictly Sail Long Beach is presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. Tickets are available on site or over the Internet on E-Ticket. For all the information you need, go to the Strictly Sail Long Beach website, www.strictlysaillongbeach.com.

Women’s Regatta

It’s time again for Long Beach Yacht Club to host the Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One-Design Challenge. Named in honor of Linda Elias, a former member of LBYC who died of ovarian cancer in 2003 at age 52, the regatta pits all-women teams from as far south as San Diego and as far north as Santa Barbara to compete in the fleet of evenly-matched Catalina 37 sloops owned by the Long Beach Yacht Club Sailing Foundation and used by LBYC for the prestigious Congressional Cup Regatta and pother events.

The schedule calls for practice sailing on Friday, Oct. 19, with the actual racing on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21. There will be a gala dinner and silent auction at LBYC on Saturday night and a trophy presentation on Sunday.

The regatta is sponsored by the Long Beach/Los Angeles Womens’ Sailing Association. Details on the Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One-Design Challenge can be found on the event website, www.lemwod.com. Or call 598-9401.

Navy Day

Another annual event on tap for the weekend is the Navy Day Regatta, hosted by Navy Yacht Club Long Beach, a yacht club for the military community that includes veterans of all U.S. military forces. While Navy Day falls on Oct. 27, the event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The regatta is sailed among boats that compete under the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) handicap rule; one-design boats are also invited. 

The race will start in the Long Beach Outer Harbor off the Peninsula and finish inside Alamitos Bay. A dinner and trophy presentation at the NYCLB facility near Basin One will end the day.

For more information about the event, go to the Navy Yacht Club Long Beach website, www.nyclb.com. On that site, you can find information on the event on the Racing link.


Friday, October 19, 2012 2:00 am.

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