1 Sept 1961 Daily Ind. Jnl. "Santa Cruz Classic Tops Labor Day Weekend Events for Yachting Buffs"
Santa Cruz Classic Tops Labor Weekend Events For Yachting Day Buffs By ALFRED MATSON The swashbuckling blue water water sailors will head out the Golden Gate tonight in the time-honored annual Santa Cruz Race. Starts will be off the St. Francis Yacht Club and will be in two divisions: boats in Class “A” will cross the line at 6 o’clock. And participants in Class “B” will start 10 minutes later. While a race of sail, because because of an offtimes lack of wind in the early morning hours, the windjammers’ race committee has formulated a plan permitting the use of a certain amount of auxiliary power sufficient to traverse 24 nautical miles. Such allowance is based upon the previously declared cruising speed of each entry. For instance, * yacht entered with a stated speed of six knots would be allowed to power for four hours and, it must be added, a tempting situation for (he less ethical. Last year the perennial victor, victor, Aldo Alessio, St. Francis Y.C, was again the winner in Mistress II, a Farallone Clipper. Clipper. In this race, howrever, Aldo will be out to tarnish the glory] of said Mistress II as it has been supplanted in his affection affection by a new’ mistress, Tasco II. The discarded amour, now owned by Fred Parr Cox, St. Francis Y.C., will be skippered by Hal McCormick, Belvedere, and he has the tools to keep the gal on the road to glory. According to Recorder Don Seaton, there are 55 entries, but it is highly doubtful whether whether the actual starter* will even approximate that number. FOR THOSE yachts not eligible eligible to compete in the Santa Cruz classic and, also for those who prefer more sheltered waters, waters, the Sausalito and Coyote Point yacht clubs have combined combined to work up an attractive package of race-cruising for the long weekend. There will be two races. The one tomorrow, sponsored by the Sausalito club, will be from Sausalito channel marker No. 2 to the finish line at a stake boat, one-half mile north of the Coyote Point club’s harbor entrance. entrance. The start will be at noon. The Coyote club will hold a barbecue dinner and dance for the visiting yachtsmen and the winners of the down leg will be given their trophies. ON SUNDAY, again at high noon, the homeward leg of the race will get underway. The finish line will be between Knox Buoy and the committee boat anchored northeast of the buoy. That evening the San Francisco Y.C. will hold open house with a dinner and dance, j ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT of the Labor Day weekend will be j the annual Sacramento River j Race on Sunday for the power cruisers. An over-the-bottom race of the Northern California Power Cruiser Assn., it is sponsored sponsored by the Sacramento Y.C. and has long been one of the outstanding events on the power power boaters’ calendar. The race starts at Steam*''"*.! Slough with spaced intervals for each entrant. A recprd- breaking fleet of well over 100 boats is expected in this battle of maintaining a declared speed over the course despite t he j contingencies of wind and tide.